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“Pretty Average”
Review of Vau Aparthotel

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Vau Aparthotel
Ranked #13 of 20 Hotels in Praia da Rocha
London
1 review
“Pretty Average”
Reviewed October 15, 2007

I would have to say this hotel is more a 3 star than a 4 star. Yes the rooms are modern and clean. (not quite so impressed with the cleaners though), however the food left a lot to be desired. Breakfast was really really basic, and unless you fancied a walk in the mornings there really was no other alternative.

We ate at the hotel restaurant one evening - but this was pretty plain and basic although staff were accomodating and friendly.

The hotel could really have done with a room service option as although you have the option of cooking you dont always want to. and sometimes we were so tired with the little one we did not fancy the trek to the outside restaurants.

Apart from one rude receptionist on the first day, the staff were really friendly. Although not so good on the information. To the point that on one day we ended up paying 50 Euros more for a trip than what we were told to expect.

The pool area was nice - it was kept clean and tidy. Pool was not heated though which made it difficult for my little one as he is not quite two yet - so cant swim and therefore got very cold very quickly.

The beach (praia da vou) is only a 7 minute walk away but with the little one of an evening even this was tiresome. The Il Timone restaurant was nice but apart from that the restaurants were pretty boring.

Praia da rocha was a bit of a trek with the little one, and so we only ever did it by taxi. I would recommend getting a cab and going to Alvor for your evening meals as there was a lot more choice and were very nice.

  • Liked — THe fact that it was an aparthotel - good option with kids
  • Disliked — food!!
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
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Thank R_M_LDNLondon
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Slough
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Reviewed September 20, 2007

This was the first trip away for us as a family (my wife and our 2 kids, aged 2.5 and 6 months). Our requirements were for a destination that was no more then 2.5 hrs flight away from london, less than 60 mins transfer time from airport, near a beach, good for kids, clean and provided good food.

We booked the vau apartments in praia do vau in early sept 2007 based on the reviews on this site, and have to say we had a good time and all of our requirements were me apart from the food. We booked half board (breakfast and dinner), and I have to say the food is avarage at best. I actually paid to go to restaurants 3 nights out of 7 just to get a good meal. Breakfasts contained lots of bread and cereals, none of the full english I was expecting.

Food aside the place is great for young families. The pool isn't big but never gets too busy. Theres a kiddies pool as well. The beach is a 10 min walk away and is very clean.

The apartment was spacious and clean and had a mini kitchen with a little stove, sink and fridge. It was nice to have the benefits of an apartment coupled with the benefits of staying in a hotel. rooms were cleaned daily and there was a receptionist on desk till late. Praia do vau is quiet with not much to do at night (there are 3 restaurants by the beach - 10 mins walk), but praia do rocha and portimao are a 20-25 min walk (or 4 euro cab ride) and theres loads of restaurants/pubs/bars there. The local town of Alvor is also worth a visit for an evening.

For excursions, the ZooMarine is highly recommended and theres enough there to keep you busy for a day.

To summarise:
- nice clean apartments which benefits from hotel services
- 10 min walk to beach (with buggies!)
- great for young families
- small pool but rarely busy
- quiet resort, but lots to do in local towns

however
- dont bother to pay half board - go out to eat!!

  • Liked — Clean and spacious. Never busy at reception desk. Helpful friendly staff.
  • Disliked — Food was disappointing - bland bland bland!
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
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1 Thank a17aym
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Coimbra
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2007

Functional and close to the beach. The dishwasher was a good surprise. There was some noise though.

  • Stayed August 2003, traveled with family
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Thank Deambulante
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Dublin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2007

Myself and my boyfriend stayed here for a week at the end of May '07. We had booked through budget travel and were definitely happy we picked this hotel over the other accomodation they offered.

Its about a 20 minute walk to praia da rocha, you can walk along the coast road or take the main road (coast road is lovely). Its in a nice quiet area. The hotel has a lovely marble reception area and nice bar/restaurant. The pool area is lovely and clean, the pool is small enough but adequate for a dip. Very deep in the deep end for any diving. The sun loungers etc are nice and theres a bar at the pool for drinks/food which they will bring out to you.

Its basically a hotel with mini apartments, our bed was comfy, nice living area with TV with lots of channels, small kitchen area but with everything you could want, dishwasher etc. The only thing i couldnt find was a corkscrew but I asked at the bar for one and got one no problem.

Your room is cleaned each day with fresh towels and beds made, not sure how often they change your bedsheets maybe twice a week. The staff are nice too and free internet access in the hotel. They will call you a taxi, its about €5 anywhere. About 10 mins to the beach and 5mins to the local shop. Would definitely stay there again. Recommend to anyone.

  • Liked — Standard of Hotel
  • Disliked — It is a small bit out of the way from everything
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank strawberrybliss
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Birmingham
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed June 15, 2007

We stayed for two nights at the Hotel, in May 2007. We booked a one bedroom suite and overall our experience was fantastic.
The one bedroom suite is fabulous and great for the money.
Its only a couple of five minutes' walk to the sea front, there is a local supermarket directly which is great.
The staff were always helpful.
PLUS FREE INTERNET
We enjoyed our stay at and will go there again 100% for sure!

  • Liked — Service
  • Disliked — none
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank UKONE
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Billericay, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed April 25, 2006

Went to Vau in June of 2005 for a week self-catering. Vau / Praia de Rocha is a nice distance from the airport.
The apartment was very nice and spacious and had everything you needed, and the kitchen was satisfactory regardless of the size.
The bar was very nice as was the swimming pool - both fairly quiet and full of famlies or couples.
The beach is a 10 min walk away and was again nice and quiet (aside from the Portugeuse national holiday).
Praia De Rocha is also only a 10/15 minute walk away where there are plenty of lovely restaurants and late night bars / clubs.
I personally found the beach towards the end of Praia towards the marina the best part of beach.

  • Stayed June 2005
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13 Thank cmjones007
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Oldham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed September 16, 2005

The Vau hotel has been recentley refurbished to a high standard.
Our two bedroom appartment was spacious with brand new kitchen and bedroom furniture.
The restaraunt was not very busy but the food was good if a little overpriced.
The bar prices were very reasonable, in fact the beer was cheaper than in most of the bars in the resort.
The beach is a five to ten minute walk away. The staff speak good english and are very friendly. There are plenty of sunbeds around the pool and you also can use the facilities of the apartment block next door,(same owners).
The hotel and resort in general is quiet and suitable for a relaxing holiday.
If you are looking for night clubs and loud, noisy bars then this is not the place for you!
Vau has a very nice and well maintained beach with 2 beach bars and restaraunts. There are about five bar/restaraunts on the road opposite the beech and others a little further inland.
I will be going back in September to chill out for a few days!

  • Stayed July 2005
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21 Thank trent duvall
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Property: Vau Aparthotel
Address: Encosta DO Vau Lote 19, Praia da Rocha, Portimao 8500-820, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Praia da Rocha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Praia da Rocha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Vau Aparthotel 4*
Number of rooms: 74
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