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Vilanova Resort
Ranked #137 of 161 Hotels in Albufeira
Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“Definately will be going back there again! Loved it!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2011

I stayed with a friend in a 1 bedroom Villa & it was in best location for everything & the most picturesque settting. Surrounded by beautiful gardens & trees it was peacefull even though we were just a 3 minute walk to all the bars/resturants of The Strip. Didnt hear a thing when in our villa. The villa itself was clean ( if a little bit dated) & the best equiped self catering accomodation we have ever been to. Sometimes your lucky if you get a kettle! We had full size cooker, a microwave, fridge, cordless kettle, loads of pots n pans, even tea towels! Oh & a tv with sky. The beds were very comfy, even the sofa bed. We had our own quite large patio with table, chairs & brolly. The stairs to the bedroom were a bit steep so I held rail to go down, but thats the only slight negative. Albufeira is a fun place with loads of great resturants and bars. Our faves were Angelus Bar for English breakfast (e4.50), Donaldos for great food & friendly service. I loved their Hen in a Pot. Best casserole ever. La bamba also had great food. Jing Du chinese resturant had the best chinese food with 2 menus (Normal size portions or small portions for e3.50). All 4 we visited more than once. I must also recomend the Italiano Icecream parlor just down the strip from vilanova. It has a giant icecream cone outside. The icecreams are to die for! (Ferrero roche, Blackberry, banana, toffee, watermelon & loads more amazing flavors for e2 for 2 massive scoops. We went in every day, just couln'nt resist. There were load of great bars too. Also theres a little train that stops right outside vilanova & takes you to the old town for e3.75 for an all day/unlimited use ticket. The beaches were all about 10 mins walk away. We went to 3 different parts & each 1 felt like a different beach. Will definately go again. Loved it all. Book a villa as apartments are facing the Strip, villas are in gardens.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
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  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2011

Ok we stayed here in 8th june for one week we have been to albufeira before in the old town and in alvor this place is right on the strip ideal for stag and hen parties and i would say from a thurs to a monday very busey for lads / girls drinkups so be warned even though we were in a block away from the main hotel you wont get any sleep from 11am to 4 am . Our block was clean and beds changed every couple of days the accomadation reminded me of army barricks they do have nice little vilas aswell one up one down and judging by the air con units would seem very cool this set aside there not tripple glazed . dont get me wrong i do booze and crusise a bit on holiday but there are a few things to mention the languge fron certan indeviduals was not good and maybe perhaps imtimedating for some and the young girl at 10am in the morning empting here stomach contents fron the nite before is a good advert and she proberly gave the worms a drink in the grass . The reception staff were a mixed bunch really 2 very polite and helpfull two a bit unhelpfull when we arrived there was a big hole full of water outside our block we had no water went to reception and asked how long sometime in next day grand the tv didnt work no great probs went to rection sorry sir we dont keep them here and last i would say the hot water is scalding so young kids beware my partner did ask reception and the reply was use cold water with it so there you have . Anway all in all we had a good time didnt stay there much in the days there aere some good bars arouns stay away from the flashing lights and head for bjs candian bar there a good bunch also devlins irsh bar steve there great cook give it a go your be back the next day and if you enjoy a good pint of guinness lisa there pours it the best .At the end of the day you pay for what you get and at £14.00 a night for two thats it but was goood value for money ....

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank m666
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Sheffield
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2011

18 gents from Sheffiel stayed at the Vilanova resort for a stag weekend 3 to 6 June. A cracking location being right on the strip. We didnt pay much for the rooms so we did not expect the ritz. The rooms are comfortable and adequate enough for a base. The pool bar is well priced and the pool area is nice enough to spend a lazy afternoon on the superbock. The safety deposit boxes are in reception which is ok but would be better if in the rooms to avoid the walk to reception each evening. The hotel was very busy with other stag parties and several hen parties. The atmosphere around the pool and hotel was very good with lots of friendly banter. All in all Vilanova serves it's purpose. Cheap, great location, comfortable rooms with a good pool area.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Wales
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2011

I bought this holiday as a surprise for my boyfriends 21st Birthday. Before going I read the reviews, I was cringing.
As i walked into the reception i was suprised it was very clean and the staff were very helpfull. We were give the key to our room, we were very pleased, it was big and very clean and a balcony with a view of the pool and the room had air con. The kitchen had everything you needed in it.
The rooms were cleaned everyday which was good because the sand on our feet got annoying espesially when you use the bed as a sofa to. The beds were on tiled concrete slabs but we found them comftable, but these were not changed during our weeks stay, the towels got changed once.
The pool was clean when we were there but cold! we only used it once as stag do's singing songs all day got a bit boring! But we are not ones to sit by the pool anyway so it didn't spoil our holidays but bear it in mind. There were also girls getting drunk and pullng there tops off for the men.
There werent enough sunbeds as everyday we saw ppl lying on the grass around the pool.
For the first few nights we slept through but the last few nights we were woken by people returning from their nights out at about 4 and Children then getting up about 6am.
It was obvious why this place was filled with stag and hen do's as it was near all the pubs and restaurant.
We used the train that stopped outside the hotel about three times in the week to get to the old town, which is were I would stay if I went again as it was just so much more chilled and had a stunning beach. Restaurants were lovelly down there and live music, we really enjoyed it down there.
The beach by the strip was no were near as nice as the one in the old town.
Went on two trips, the first was to Slide and Splash water park, which was excelent value for money, the second was on a boat to see caves and dolphins=waste of money! Just dont bother, trip was to include swimming at a succluded beach, the man didnt stop for us to do that and we didnt see any dolphins(obviously not his fault!) but still expensive for 2 hrs 85Euros.
Would definatly go to Albufeira again but to old town.
Wouldnt go to the hotel if you are an older couple or with young childern.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2011

Me and my sister wanted a relaxing holiday what we got was the wort experience ever the resort was dirty and everything was broken the facilities they were ment to have eg tennis court were not even in use are bedding and towels were not changed the whole time we were there the floor in the room was so dirty and the beds were concreate slabs there were no staff around that you could see and no life guard at the pool all in all we did not have a good time and we actally booked a flight home 2 days early because we had enough my advice is never go to this resort.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank angelinahiscocks
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2011

We stayed here 19/4/11 and the only bad thing was the weather. A whole week of rain :-( the apartments were a bit dated but clean and beds were comfy. Handy for the pubs n not too noisy (and we're in our 40's and 50's)need more sunbeds as quite a few were broken but only got a few hours of sun so it didn't bother us. £250 each self catering was reasonable for here. Don't let some reviews put u off though. U don't get 5# hotels at these prices so if u expect 5# then book a 5# hotel. We'd go back

  • Stayed April 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2011

Upon reading former reviews of the Vilanova resort I have to say, I wasnt expecting very much. There are many reviews stating the abundance of stag and hen do's which is of course true, and about how noisy it is at night, again true, but I have to say if you are here on a hen/stag do or with a group of mates and you are there to have a good time you are in the right place!!
Vilanova is really clean and has excellent facilities. Apart from the reception staff being a little grumpy I have nothing to to complain about. The rooms are really clean and when you do get your head down for some sleep they are very comfortable.

Brilliant Value and great fun!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Vilanova Resort
Address: Areias de Sao Joao, Albufeira 8200, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Top resorts Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Vilanova Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 226
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