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Vila Rosa Hotel
Ranked #11 of 20 Hotels in Praia da Rocha
County Galway, Ireland
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36 reviews
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Stayed here for 12 days arrived at 11am so tired up all night as we arrived there at 6.30am flight and had no sleep the night before. Appartments not ready till after 2pm disopointed with that as we were so tired. We were in block 4 which I was not impressed with. No view only into more apartments. I had booked these appartments neary 10 months in advance and taught I would get better and requested pool view but seeminly it makes no difference and emailed them personally. The apartment was basic spacious and clean. The maids came every day they were so nice. The people that work there are so nice and courteous and very helpful. Two pools we went to the quiet one which suited me but was with three teenagers which they found the appartments too quiet for them. No irish I think were at our pool a lot of english and Portuguese. We were about 10 to15 minute walk to Praia de rosha uphill some people especially older people would find it a bit difficult. Food was adequate at bar did not try restraunt we went self catering, went for tea and toast one morning at breakfast and was charged 7 euro each for just that, I was discusted at that as I was not booked in for b&b and the waitress said she had to charge breakfast rate. The beech is fabelous there but a bit of a trek. The place itself is very well maintained. There seemed to be entertainment for kids there for peek season dix not attend as we had teenagers. Barbeque on a friday night did not attend that eighter. Overall a lovely place but a little too far from the night life. Its only about a 15 minute taxi drive from the lovely senic Alvor, which had a lovely restraunt calked the bouganvilla restraunt steak on a stone fab. Beech lovely a quaint little village. The taxis were cheap, drivers lovely very helpful. Taxis scarce outside aqua shopping center great for shopping spent 6 evenings there added bonus sales on. Balconys forone bedroom apartm3nts are long but narrow, no air conditionin them hired out a fan 2.50 per night worth it. Up grade if posdible

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

This is our fourth time staying in Praia Da Rocha and we are planning on going back next year again. We had not stayed in Vila Rosa before but we would go back. We stayed half board but would not go back half board!! It would definitely be on a self catering basis. The food and lack of entertainment are the two items that let this hotel down. We were served cold breakfast most mornings with very little choice of food. The dinner was better because you could choose from the menu but be prepared to wait for your food, and you may need to repeat your order a few times as the dinners come out without your sides etc a lot of the time. Although we stayed the last week in June 1st week in July and technically its not high season we still expected to see entertainment for the kids as the hotel did advertise this when booking. Thats the negatives out of the way... On the positive side, our room was very spacious, clean and we had all we needed eg fridge freezer kettle, microwave, toaster, iron, ironing board, hangers for clothes, clean towels and beds every day. The cleaners came in every day and the apartment was kept very well. You are only a five minute walk from the main strip and beach and the local spar is very reasonable which is just across the bridge. The pool area is great but it would need cleaned a bit more regular as it didnt seem to be cleaned every day. All in all we had a great time, met some lovely people and we are planing to go back next year SELF CATERING.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Dubin
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

The staff are excellent, room service is brilliant, food was great and not expensive. The grounds are quite spacious and extremely well maintained. There is a main pool area with kids pool, but it also has a smaller adults pool which is quieter and would suit those without kids. The walk to the beach is fine for older kids and adults but we had a 3 yr old and it was a struggle for him. The entertainment is limited and basic. In fact very few people seem to stay around in the evening.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

Stayed for 6 nights in late June in superior apartment on ground level.
Apartment clean and tidy with everything required and cleaned every day with linen change every two days.
As we were in the ground floor we had a small garden space with 2 loungers, parasol and table with 4 chairs. Never used the loungers as we were beside the small pool which was lovely to sit round and was generally quieter than the main pool.
Had a thoroughly relaxing time and spent more time by the pool than we intended. Only 15 mins walk to the beach but as the Vila Rosa was so nice often stayed by the small pool which usually gets a cooling breeze during the afternoon.
First time in Portugal and would go back to Vila Rosa.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Tullamore, Ireland
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Stayed here for a week in June 2013 on a B&B basis. Well worth the extra few quid for breakfast ! The Apartment was huge and spotless, everything that was needed was in it i.e. Kettle, Toaster Iron/Ironing Board etc. ( at no extra charge) Apt cleaned every day. Shower didn't look great but great power from it! Pool area was very spacious with kiddies pool and adult pool. A seperate quieter pool is also on the grounds which was great for hangover days (most days) as we left the kids at home. Bar/Restaurant at poolside was nice with a very friendly barman called Elias who couldn't do enough for us. The other bar staff weren't so nice. Reception staff very helpful and very friendly. It's about a 10 minute walk from the strip which is perfect or €3.90 - €5 in a taxi ! The beaches are really nice and for my first trip to Portugal I was really impressed with the cleanliness of the area and overall friendliness of the locals. I would highly recommend these apartments to anyone. If travelling with kids (which I intend to do next time) I would look for a ground floor apt. Otherwise you are lifting buggies etc. up a lot of steps! Definitely returning with the kids in the next few years!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Cheshire
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

We stayed 6 nights self catering at the end of May early June and the season had obviously not really started. The apartment was ok though the balcony was tiny and had only one plastic chair, so no sitting out there. Otherwise, the gardens were lovely and the pools were clean and very well kept, but the loungers around the big pool were the most uncomfortable things I've ever tried to lie on and need replacing. The ones at the smaller, round pool were much better, but the little bar there was not open. The staff were, without exception, lovely and very helpful, but knew nothing about local transport so it was taxis everywhere. The mini market on site didn't seem to have much in it. Two small shopping parades in the vicinity were closed with only the manicurist still in business and we didn't fancy the couple of bars within walking distance. It was a fair walk into Praia da Rocha unless you are young and fit.
The welcome drink was tea, coffee, Pepsi or beer, but there was no beer on our first evening. There was a pump on the bar for cider, but no cider for whole time we were there. A glass of wine would have been nice. The food in the bar was ok, but the restaurant had no menu, just a buffet which looked as if it had been there all day.
On the whole it's a shame it isn't closer to the beach but that walk put me off.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Waterford, Ireland
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Just back from a 11 day stay in the vila rosa appartments in Praia da Rocha, and we loved every minute of it. I dont normally write reviews but i felt this place needed to be commended! I went with my wife and 2 children. it was perfect for kids, we felt very safe, and we were comfortable leaving them play in our garden and the green area's just outside our appartment. The appartments themselves were basic enough, but immaculately clean, and had great faciliites for cooking, etc. Cleaners also came everyday and mopped out the entire building, made or changed the beds whatever was required. The pool was great with a good selection of different depths to suit all ages and swimming capabililtes, there was poolside service with a smile, and tabs offered, for ease of payment. The staff were always friendly and helpful and great with the kids!

I have been to portugal 3 times staying in different places each time, but if we go again, i will definitely be staying in vila rosa!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Vila Rosa Hotel
Address: Urb Vila Rosa, Praia da Rocha, Portimao, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Praia da Rocha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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#5 Family Hotel in Praia da Rocha
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Hotel Class:3 star — Vila Rosa Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 333
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