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Pinhal do Sol Hotel
Ranked #28 of 48 Hotels in Quarteira
Reviewed December 14, 2012

Hotel was fair for the price. When we booked it we weren't aware it was 3km from the beach. Saved by the courtesy bus! Couldn't fault the staff, apart from one that is. The restaurant manager would make a good MI5 spy, or even the new Dictator of Portugal! Watched everything that everyone did and made you feel most uncomfortable, as if you should not be there at all. Food could have been better. Was not geared for the British market. Special mention to Bruno, the bus driver, plumber, handyman, electrician and anything else that needed doing. He was the star of the week. Will we go to Portugal again? Definitely, but will make sure we are nearer the beach next time.

Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
4  Thank Eccy E
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Stayed at the Pinhal for a four night break from 2nd to 6th December. Had an early flight with Monarch and have to say we can't fault them. Our seats were near the front and the leg room was the best ever (near the back coming home and they weren't as good but still ok). The transfer was only 20 minutes so we arrived in plenty of time for lunch. The receptionist was very welcoming on arrival and the room we were given was very large (think we were upgraded) and spotless. Plenty of wardrobe and drawer space, with a fridge and tea/coffee making facilities. The bathroom was a decent size with hairdryer and heater over the door which we found was much needed when the temperature dropped in the afternoon. The room was so big, and the ceiling quite high that we found it difficult to get warm and had to have the heating on all night. It was rather noisy but necessary. Probably great in the heat of summer. One morning the cars in the carpark were frosted over. We had lovely weather during our 4 days but didn't take adequate warm clothes for the evening. Breakfasts were adequate with choice of cold and warm dishes (Bucks fizz if you wanted). Because the hotel was quiet we had to order our lunches at the bar but there was a good choice with freshly prepared dishes like omelettes and burgers. Dinner had limited main dishes but what they did serve up was really good. The staff in the bar and restaurant were great (especially the rather cheeky Jessica) and good fun. We met a great crowd of like minded people and would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a last minute break. The weather changed as we were leaving so felt really lucky we went when we did.

Room Tip: First floor nice and quiet overlooking garden
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank peacewood
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

I would never stay here again! I came to portugal for my 21st and although i understand it was out of season, i wouldnt expect the hospitality to change. On arrival a peice of paper was shunted into my hand along with the room keys and i was ecpected to find my own way around. SOME of the staff were lovely but on the whole i ecpected more. Outside my room flooded but when asked, i was refused a room change; i also asked for a room change twice more after we had no hot water in our perthetic shower and was again refused. The room was freezing at night and i could not figure out the heating with or without staff help, the cold was probably due to the unsecure bathroom window! Which sounded like the rain was pouring in when we had a small shower. I dont even know where to begin with the food...there was only 2 options of meat or fish and the rest was the same daily rice and chips and what was left went on a cold buffet for later, i practically lived off soup for the week.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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2  Thank lauren_jadee
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

We booked the Pinhal do sol hotel at the last minute deal for 7 nights All-In the food was good something for every one, A good selection of drinks and the staff are very friendly, the weather was not to bad for December but you need a light jacket at night. Cristina the waitress and barmaid is full of fun she works very hard and she looked after us very well. The hotel is a bit out of the way but there is a free mini bus that goes to Quarteira 3 time a day. We will be back.

Room Tip: We had a free upgrade on arrival, (nice one.)
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Jenny L
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

This hotel is an excellent hotel, friendly helpful staff, good food very clean. deal for a quiet break.
Although away from most attractions (beach shops etc.) a good free shuttle service operates in the winter it operates 3 times daily more frequent in summer I believe

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Billbow_11
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

If there'sone thing that really annoys me, it's tourists not doing their research on hotels and then complaining it's not what they expected. Yes, it was pretty much in the middle of nowhere, but that's why we booked it. You could take a short 20 minute walk along to Lidl or a longer walk into Quarteira or Villamoura. If you chose not to walk, the hotel shuttle bus ran as many times as was needed, depending on the number of guests wanting to use it.The Pinhal Do Sol staff could not be any more helpful, the rooms were what was needed, it was very clean and I would definitely visit again. Our daughter had an accident whilst on holiday and all staff enquired of her health and if they could further cater for any of her needs.

Room Tip: If you have young children it would be helpful to ask for a room near reception for easy access to t...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank Ann S
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

It was my sisters first holiday abroad, we stayed at the Pinhal do sol in September 12 for 10 days. we went all inclusive the food was very good plenty of choice at all meal times, there was also a choice of a sandwich in between lunch and dinner if required. when booking trips out we were offered a packed lunch when out for the day. are room was clean and spacious, and had a small balcony and suited are needs. the staff were friendly and helpful and went out of the way to be. the courtesy minibus was really handy at this hotel it is off the beaten track, but if you like the peace and quiet at night it is ideal, but also not that far from Vilamoura so you could use a taxi or hire a car if you like the night life. the pool was big and there was ampel seating and sun loungers. for the price we paid it was a fantastic holiday and we are looking to go again next year and would stay at the Pinhal do sol. it is not five star but if you expect that the pay to go five star.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Lorraine B
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Additional Information about Pinhal do Sol Hotel

Address: Sitio de Semino, Quarteira 8125-303, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quarteira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Quarteira
Price Range: $28 - $118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Pinhal do Sol Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 56
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Also Known As:
Sol Hotel Pinhal Do
Hotel Pinhal Sol
Quarteira Sol Hotel
Sol Hotel Quarteira
Pinhal Do Sol Hotel Quarteira, Algarve, Portugal

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