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Pestana Viking Resort
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Porches
Certificate of Excellence
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
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“7th Visit”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

We've been coming to this hotel twice a year since early 2010 and the fact that we keep going back I think speaks for itself. In fact we have recognised some guests who obviously keep going back too! It offers excellent value when we go in the Spring and Autumn, the staff are all very friendly and our room is always very clean and well presented. There is free WiFi but it is only available in the lobby area, not so good when you want use Skype or similar to contact family or friends. If it was made available in the apartment or room that would be a big plus point.
The buffet breakfast is always good and offers a wide choice of food. However, we are not keen on the themed dinners offered in the evening and would prefer an A La Carte menu or Table d'Hote style choice.
The hotel's location is excellent and the views offered from sea facing rooms and from the garden area are superb. We still recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

Nice location, good quality hotel for the price. Staff are excellent. Two negatives, 1. Their is only buffet food served at breakfast and dinner. Internet access which is essential nowadays only available in the lobby.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here in May, beautiful weather and really quiet but I can imagine it gets busy later during the summer.
Rooms were clean and well equiped, we had a fridge and kitchenette etc.
Staff were very helpful.
We stayed b&b, breakfast was a buffet and pretty similar each morning but there was pretty much everything you could ask for. It took about an hour to walk into town and taxis back were about 6 euro but there are some good restaurants locally at decent prices. Supermarket was in walking distance, we bought things for lunch and kept them in our room as the only downside we could mention is the pool bar was pricey. The hotels restaurant evening buffet seemed to have good variety but we did not eat there. Very close to two beautiful beaches and the views were fantastic. The hotel also provides towels for beach/pool so no need to take your own. Spa facilities were very good, indoor pool, sauna, jacuzzi and fitness suite etc. Overall a great stay in a lovely, clean hotel and we would be happy to visit again.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

We were looking for a warm European vacation spot to celebrate our daughter's Master's (MSc International Marketing) Graduation in London England. After we decided on Portugal, this place interested us because of it's location. It is off the highly trafficked area and less touristy. The staff was very helpful. We loved the view and nearby sandy beaches. It was the end of the "off season" so it was pretty quiet and not very populated

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

We have been going to this hotel at least 4-5 times a year for the past 7 years. It was the warmth and professionalism of the staff that drew us back over the years. Unfortunately since the change to LTI and it's current management the hotel has taken dramatic down turn. For a 4* Hotel in Portugal the quality and variation of breakfast in appalling. It is more like a motel as you have to go to reception to sign for a hairdryer since it's current management have been there. Previously they had free wifi which is norm for a 4* hotel and now it's chargeable. When you want to use the steam room you have to inform reception at least three times as it's never on continuously. Apart from the location of the hotel and it's front line staff there is nothing 4* about it.

Room Tip: If you want to pay a supplement the higher floors are better as they have better views.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

We have stayed at this hotel several times now and have never been disappointed. The hotel is situated in a fairly quiet resort, having said that there are about a dozen or so places to eat/drink within reasonable walking distance. The hotel is well presented and always very clean. The bedrooms have pretty much everything you need and I like the small kitchenette area with fridge, kettle and microwave. Dont get me wrong I dont go on holiday to cook but its nice to have somewhere to keep drinks cool etc or just to make a snack for on the balcony. Pool area lovely with fabulous views. Restaurant offers a good breakfast selection of hot and cold items. We have in the past tried the restaurant at night but to be honest havent found it worth the money. Staff are lovely and welcoming. If you want varied nightlife this isnt the resort for you but if you want a relaxing time you will enjoy. I would recommend a car to get around if you want to see a bit more of the area.

Room Tip: Higher floors are superior rooms but worth the small suppement for unobstructed sea views
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brentwood
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

Once again an enjoyable stay at the Pestana Viking, staff helpful as always and our suite on the seventh floor was very comfortable with excellent views (worth upgrading to). The only negative was the internet only being available in the lobby area, on previous holidays we have accessed it in other public areas as well. The choice at breakfast was good and as it is Portugal the cooked breakfast reflects this, I had the fresh cooked omelette on the mornings it was available and it was very enjoyable. The indoor pool was very quiet when I used it and it was enjoyable.The nightly cocktail special at 4 euros was a good choice. The area is very quiet and if you are looking for a lively hotel this probably would not meet your needs.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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 Spa Hotel in Porches
#3 Family Hotel in Porches
#4 Luxury Hotel in Porches
#4 On the Beach 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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