We stayed 1 week as a family of 5, aged 5,6,12 and mid 40's. Last week Aug 2013.
Rooms - According to fellow guests some of the rooms have been refurbished to a high standard. It seems that some of these may have paid for the air-con. We had two double rooms one with the sofa bed made up and in need of slight update (small signs of wear and tear such as a cracked socket etc) made up for with free air-con, fridge, kettle and cups, ironing equipment etc. Over all with reference to these two rooms I have paid £80/night for worse in the UK. the room size was fair, bathroom size good, water hot, though slow to draw off the cold in the pipes. Soap and shampoo provided.
Everyone commented that their rooms were kept very clean throughout and the maids came round every day. They tidied, made beds(changed mid week) and if towels were left wet on the floor of the bathroom these were changed automatically.
Staff were polite friendly and helpful. Reception rang round pricing trips for us (thanks Vera), the minibus was very useful as mentioned in other reviews allowing access to the busy but stunning beaches of Quarteira and Villamoura. They even made a special stop to get us closer to the clinic to check our son's ear infection.
Pools - one at the bottom end we never used as it was away from the snack bar and we never felt too crowded. One (deep) by the bar with beds parasols, shaded area and shallow pool. Bar snacks of a decent quality beer ok wine ok. Drinks not cheap and all inclusive guests seemed to get cheaper brands on the whole which is typical of resort we have seen. Staff very friendly but DO expect service to be at Mediterranean pace here and in town. In 35+oC they never rush. Its a cultural thing not rudeness or neglect.
Food - Remember they try to cater for every nationality in large numbers and not a la carte. We were at the door close to start so we ate fresh and with full choice. We were half board. Fair choice of 4 cereals, best is the availability of fresh fruit. Ample choice of bread, brioche, jams. Occasionally bacon, sausage or mushrooms. Always good scrambled eggs and tomatoes, ham and Cheese.
Evening meals usually, choice of pasta, rice or fish, salads followed by jelly cake etc. Least impressive were the cake/gateaux. Most people made the mistake of sampling every dish then complaining that it was rice and pasta and stew again next day. My advice get a taste to find which is best then get something different next time! Simple really.
Very good all round.
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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