This hotel was a very good price but once you get there it's on the pricey side. The strange thing is, food is very reasonable but drinks are, in my opinion, extortionate!! It costs £3 for a tiny glass of orange juice, the size you could down in one go!! It wasn't even fresh orange, it was cordial diluted, outrageous!! Anyway.... evening meal is good value as it is 10euros for the buffet where there is a choice of soup, salad, two main courses to choose from and a couple of desserts to choose from; drinks not included. It is very repetitive and by night five we were finding it boring eating the same things but I will say that one of the best things about our stay at this hotel was that the female waitress in the restaurant overheard me saying that I am a vegetarian and every night she would come up to me and ask if I would like something different making for me. I found this a bit of a lifesaver as barely none of the food was meat free so that was really great service.
The room was the most basic I've ever stayed in: two twin beds instead of a double bed (had to push them together, was uncomfortable), a bath that had no plug so you couldn't actually have a bath if you wished, a rubber shower attachment that was discoloured and looked like something out of the 1960s, no balcony, just a tiny window, tiny TV that had 1 English speaking channel, no mini fridge, and a telephone that cost me 10euros for a 1 minute phonecall, no more, no less. Shocking if you ask me.
I was not expecting opulence for the price we paid but I do admit to regretting booking this hotel, purely for the reason of its isolation. The website we booked on deceivingly stated it was in Vilamoura- take note, it is nowhere near it whatsoever. It is in a town called Quarteira which would have been fine if not for the fact that you would be walking for at least 30 minutes uphill from Quarteira's shops and restaurants to the hotel. A taxi from the shops cost 7 euros each time and the walk was very offputting in the searing heat. Their secluded position kind of monopolised you a bit as you were restricted with the times you could go out unless you wanted to pay sky high taxi fares coming home later than their shuttle bus goes to (19:50, and it never turned up either).
The shuttle bus is really handy for visiting Vilamoura beach (gorgeous), Vilamoura Marina and Quarteria (rubbish gritty beach). Just don't rely on it to pick you back up!!
The staff were very friendly and helpful, with the exception of an older barman who was very reluctant to serve you, often lingered in the backroom til you rang the bell for his attention, then when he surfaced he would groan at your request, no matter how friendly I was to him. I asked him for clean glasses one time as the ones he gave us were dirty and he found that a chore and I asked really pleasantly! i asked him for a cocktail and he replied, 'They take too long to make'. Charming!! Everyone else though was great and a credit to the hotel. The manager was very welcoming and ensured we were enjoying our stay.
The grounds are very well kept and quite picturesque with lots of lovely trees and flowers in all different colours. There are two pools, both of which are quite small and covered in leaves unfortunately and freezing!! Small park area for children to play in too.
To conclude, this is ok on a budget but the isolated nature of the hotel would put me off ever booking it again, it just restricts you far too much!!!
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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