We stayed a week for golf on several courses of the Pestana Group. Arrival was cumbersome, as we were placed in a room type we didn't book. As the hotel was "fully booked" there was no alternative but to accept the "garden room", away from the main building, somber, dark and no view at all. We were promised that the reception would do its best to move us to the main building a few days later, and they did. Our new room was on the top floor, overlooking the driving range of the golf course, and a far away glimpse of the sea. This room was excellent with a big balcony with chairs and lounge seats. It had a very good very clean bathroom.
We had booked half board, expecting to be able to eat in the four different restaurants the hotel has on its website. In effect all meals were in the main dining room. The buffet style meals were a mix of good to great entrees and desserts and generally somewhat poor main courses. The served meals offered thre choices for entrees, mains and desserts and were also of mixed quality. Not worth the five star rating!! The same goes for the chairs in the restaurant that look like they were bought on a flea market.
Staff in general were very nice and helpful, in particular the Head of Reception and the porter, Carlos. We further enjoyed the Vila Sol golf course, a very nice lay out with quite challenging holes, and enjoyed one of the most pleasant massages we ever had by Ana, very professional and very kind!
Would we go again? Maybe, but without the half board.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pestana Vila Sol is located 5 minutes from Vilamoura and a 10 minutes ride to Marina de Vilamoura and the beaches. It has a 27 hole golf course, extensive green areas, fountains and small lakes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pestana Vila Sol Golf And Resort Hotel
- Pestana Vila Sol Golf Hotel Vilamoura
- Vila Sol Hotel
- Vila Sol Resort
- Pestana Vila Sol, Vilamoura Portugal - Algarve