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Pestana Viking Resort
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Porches
Certificate of Excellence
Lisburn, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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“Great location and friendly staff”
Reviewed 16 April 2012

Stayed for a week in early April. The location is beautiful - stunning scenary - and there is a great selection of restaurants if you want to venture outside the hotel. The breakfast provided is great - particular highlights include the honey and cinamon cake, and the gorgeous chocolate cake! We made great use of the indoor heated pool as we had a toddler - despite the hotel being reasonably full, we didn't feel like we were falling over other guests.

The staff were very friendly and went out of their way to be helpful - our room was very clean and the housekeeping staff were great - they even made the travel cot up! This is most definitely a family friendly hotel!

Room Tip: book a sea view!
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

2nd time there and now have it booked again for a 3rd trip to this hotel! Hotel is brilliant, I stayed in one of the apartments this time round. It was beautiful, 2 bathrooms, good beds, the view was lovely looking over the sea. Breakfast really good, big choice of food. Try Belmondo, the restaurant next door its the best italianan cuisine iv ever had... i love it! I went there with my family (10 of us, from 50years to 19years old) everyone of us loved it. quiet area but that suited us. Staff couldnt be nicer. I just cant praise the hotel and their staff enough. One of the best holiday's iv ever had. Honestly, a brilliant brilliant hotel.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

This was our 5th visit in two years to the Viking and as in previous visits we were not disappointed. The room was excellent, clean and well presented. Although the hotel was quite busy due to Easter holidays there was never problem getting a table at breakfast time. The food is always very good and continues to offer a wide variety of choice on a buffet style. Service in the restaurant in the mornings, which is their busiest time, is really very good. There is always plenty of food available as kitchen staff check the serving dishes regularly. Used dishes are cleared quickly from your table and nothing is too much bother. We would recommend this hotel to anyone as it offers so much in the way of service, value and facilities. We'll go back!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

We stayed for one night on Sunday. This our second visit to this hotel. Very well trained staff. The hotel has had a major refit and looks the part. Beautiful location at the top of the cliffs. Views down to the beach from the gardens. Great outdoor pool, plus children's pool set in a large garden which is well kept.
We paid 55euros for bed and breakfast. Never found better value.

Room Tip: Garden View just as good as sea view.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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Asker, Norway
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

We spent one night here last weekend as we got a room for 51 Euro..
And the room was good enough, as well as the indoor pool, sauna and steam room...
But avoid the restaurant... Overprised, and not worth it. Better to spend 5 euro on a taxi downtown is our recommendation...
We used the A La Carte meny and not the offered buffet. It may be that the buffet is good enough...

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

Very very quiet in late February. My main criticism are the beds - like concrete! Local restaurants are good and better value than hotel opti

  • Stayed February 2012
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Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

My wife and I spent a week there in September 2011 as a result of an RCI trade. We were pleasantly surprised with Pestano Viking. We would provide a 5 Star rating except for one missing detail: internet service was not free. Thus, we walked to the next door Aquamar Beachfront Restaurant for free internet service. In addition to providing free internet, this restaurant has an incredible staff which recognized us every day and provided great service, in addition to great food and beautiful Atlantic views at reasonable prices. The weather in September was wonderful. We spent a lot of time poolside and at the quaint Cove-Beach down below the hotel. Our room had a slight view of the Atlantic. Parking was free. Breakfasts were great, and the nightly entertainment in the downstairs club was fun. This resort is centrally located, and if you have a rental car, you can explore the Algarve, a beautiful area. But, if you just want to enjoy the ocean and the pool, you will not need a car. Overall, I would highly recommend this resort. I suppose I should provide 5 Stars, because if the Pestana Viking had offered free internet, we would not have gotten to know the wonderful staff at Acquamar.

Room Tip: Rent a car and explore the Algarve - don't miss Sagres or Vilamoura.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Pestana Viking Resort
Address: Praia Senhora da Rocha | Porches/Lagoa, Porches 8400-450, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Porches
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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 Family Hotel in Porches
#3 Spa Hotel in Porches
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Porches
#4 Luxury 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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