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Pestana Viking Resort
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Porches
Certificate of Excellence
Gillingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Great resort, great beaches, great holiday!!”
Reviewed October 31, 2012

Loved my recent holiday at this resort! First time to the Algarve with great weather, good food and relaxing atmosphere, the cliffs surrounding the resort made the sceneries around more beautiful!! We requested for a room on the high floors and got a nice seaview on the 6th. The room was comfy and cosy and always cleaned up by Housekeeping daily. Also loved the little kitchenette complete with crockeries and cutleries. The Reception Desk were all friendly and helpful mostly and some of them were even open-minded enough to recommend eating places outside of the resort which made me feel they were giving their guests the best experiences ever and not into making money only. The facilities are great - swimming pool large enough for everyone, indoor ones a little chilly, sauna was nice, steam room-not sure if it was working properly, gym - small but adequate. Deck chairs were so relaxing - you're not allowed to reserve them, which was nice for a change! Breakfast was sufficient though crowded at peak times, but food was plentiful and varied. Buffet dinner at the Valhalla was different each night and accommodated many tastes buds. Had lunch once at the pool bar, nice and cosy but a little pricey. Loved the little walkway down the hill to the beach. The beach was private enough even though it was open to the public but there were a couple more beaches nearby for more privacy if needed. Beach restaurant a little pricey for main meals but alright for snacks. A lovely little snack bar-restaurant about 100 meters from the resort was our fave place for meals and snacks. Also have a couple of mini-markets and supermarket close enough to the resort, Martin's, Gloria's and Intermarche for the little stuffs you might need. I would definitely come back again for a nice relaxing holiday by the beach !!

Room Tip: Room facing the sea on the high floor guarantees a lovely view!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

what a fabulous holiday it was everything we could ask ,wonderful staff very clean,lovely views great choice at breakfast our only negative was the cost of meals we thought it was expensive but we found a place called the blues bar wich sold good food at a reasonable price We would recommend to anyone.

Room Tip: we were in room 209 and had the sun in the morning we looked out onto the garden and the sea beyond
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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hull, east yorkshire
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

We have just returned from our 10th visit to this excellent hotel and as always had a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday. The staff at this hotel are amazing, helpful and recognise us each time. We are given lovely rooms which are clean and well looked after and the domestic staff are very good.The food is excellent and always of a good quality (no tummy problems here) and The Belmondo restaurant near by is 1st class. The hotel has a fantastic location and the pool and garden area is beautifully clean and well maintained, this hotel has everything for a wonderful holiday.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good, most have a good view and are very clean and comfortable. Upgrades are somet...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Good value hotel , we choose this hotel as we were playing golf on the Pestana golf courses and this hotel was within minutes of them all. Good sizes rooms with seperate bedroom (didnt like single beds pushed together but think its standard )lounge and kitchenette plus bathroom . Our view was not good looking out on concrete roof so would specify to have better view we were on 3rd floor. Staff were very nice and helpful .Pool was good and no problem with sun loungers , we were there early October. I also used the spa had a really good message and facial one and half hours for 80 euro excellent and lovely girl who owns the spa. Found lovley Italian restaurant nearby and lots of lovely places in nearby villages, you would definitely need to hire a car . Good value for the price we paid.

Room Tip: Make sure you ask for room with a sea view
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Drachselsried, Bayerischer Wald
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

First visit to the Pestana Viking. Staff very helpful and very pleasant. There is free wi-fi in the reception area, but only for 30 minutes. Very good restaurant but a bit expensive if every meal is taken. Loved the pool area, lots a grass and plenty of sun umbrellas. Easy to walk out of the back of the hotel down to the beach.

We found a small restaurant 100 metres up the road which served a good range of reasonably prices meals and snacks. There is a a free shuttle bus provided every day at 10.10am to go to Pera. Make certain you register the night before, as they take those registered first and come back for the rest. You could wait a while. We really liked Armacao Pera for shopping and some good restaurants.

Room Tip: Always get a room facing the sea
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Glossop, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Just come back from another visit to the Pestana viking, this time we had taken our family including 2 grand children, All I can say it was great yet again, las time we said it was good but this time it was better, the staff were really helpful and friendly, the evening barman Rui recognised us straight away which is always nice.
Rooms were clean and spacious, maids really good.
Breakfast was good, although were a little slow replenishing food, bowls and cups at times, but just ask and they were there. Hotel much busier than our last visit but it still did not feel busy, no problems getting sun beds or tables.
I would recommend this hotel for a quiet holiday.

Room Tip: All rooms are nice and quiet but is worth paying a little extra for seaview rooms.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Having read previous reviews, we set out on this holiday with trepidation. However, we had no need to be anxious as the hotel staff, amenities and accommodation all proved to be fine. We were expecting a studio apartment, i.e. one room containing a bed, lounge area, kitchenette, dining area plus a bathroom but were pleasantly surprised to find we had a separate bedroom with en suite, a lounge, dining kitchen area and a visitor's cloakroom. We were on the 6th floor and the view from the balcony was lovely. The room was kept extremely clean by the maid who came in daily.

On the down side, the hotel itself does look a little jaded from the outside and the mattresses and pillows could certainly have been a little more luxurious but over all we had a lovely, relaxing holiday and the position of this hotel lends itself to being a good place to tour from, so I would recommend hiring a car and collecting it from the airport, so saving transfer charges.

Room Tip: A great view if you on the higher floors, facing the sea.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pestana Viking Resort
Address: Praia Senhora da Rocha | Porches/Lagoa, Porches 8400-450, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Porches
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Porches
#3 Spa Hotel in Porches
#3 Family Hotel in Porches
#3 Luxury Hotel in Porches
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Pestana Viking Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 184
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