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Pestana Viking Resort
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Porches
Lisbon, Portugal
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“Short Winter break”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

I stayed at the hotel for a few days at the beginning of November.
The overall hotel is good, a bit "tired", but as is normal with "beach hotels".
Some reviews mention direct access to the beach, but, I didn't found it ! Anyway, even if you have access, the hotel is on top of a cliff, so, access wouldn't be easy.
Anyway, the pool and surrounding grounds are nice, and you have some nice views.
The negative point for me is that they announce "free wifi access on public areas", but, you have to ask on reception for a username/password that gives you 30 min. of access. However, the access is so bad and slow, that you use almost all your time to open your first web page! I gave out, and used my own 3G access to do what I needed, and that was way faster.
Also I found that prices on bar were a bit high (for Portugal's level). Every day there is a cheaper "day's cocktail", but the quality... well... I found it's even lower than the cocktails you have in all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean !
Anyway, staff is friendly, rooms are clean, and the small kitchen inside the room is a plus.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

We enjoyed our recent stay in Pestana Viking! The location is exceptional, direct access to the beach. The rooms are clean and I believe the bathrooms were renovated recently, the interior pool is very good! The breakfast was satisfatory for a 4 star hotel. The corredor walls need to be painted but thats all!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had our wedding there on the 13th of October 2012, The hotel staff were exceptionally nice and made our special day even more special.
The rooms are modern and clean, the spa indoor swimming pool fantastic, The food was very good, the hotel is situated next to Senhora de rocha beach, one of the nicest beaches in the Algarve, the view from the hotel are outstanding.

Thank you Pestana Viking,
Chris and Simona

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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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 Spa Hotel in Porches
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Porches
#3 Luxury Hotel in Porches
#3 Family 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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