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Pinhal do Sol

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Portugal, Europe
Quarteira

This hotel is located between Vale do Lobo and Vilamoura. Situated near the beach in Quarteira, the hotel is close to Aqua Show Park, and Trafal Beach. The centre of Quarteira, with a diverse range of shopping and entertainment venues is around 3 km away, and is easily reached with the hotel shuttle bus. The nearest bars, restaurants and public transportation links are 1 km away.

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Facilities

  • Wheelchair-accessible
  • Car park
  • 24-hour reception
  • Mobile phone coverage
  • Wired Internet
  • Wi-Fi*
  • Car hire*
  • Transfer service*
  • Laundry service
  • Launderette*
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  • *Some facilities may incur an additional fee

The Local Area

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Great value hotel.

Review by ColinBurcombe Colchester, United Kingdom

Great value for money. Hotel had everything. The design is a bit quirky but thats fine and adds to the adventure...

Staff were very friendly and a great breakfast. It is a little way from things although very near a huge waterpark and it has a swimming pool.

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Great food pool

Review by kevinhW8605OF Ayia Napa, Cyprus

On arrival room wasn’t ready till 2 but was told go use bar ect Hotel pool and areas loverly with friendly staff Wasn’t expecting much with the food but was probably one of best I had value wise Went reception at 2 to be given room I walked in room and left back to reception (room spotless ) it stunk like someone been smoking 10000 cigs before I went in reception straight away change rooms the next room was perfect Town is quite a walk away but they do offer free transportation at certain times of day Draught beer on bar was great only downside I drink jd so I took my own be told I couldn’t unless in my room I was all inclusive so what difference it made me drinking my own rather than there’s I don’t understand

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They've forgotten what hospitality is really about

Review by alanv988 Lausanne, Switzerland

If it weren't for two really unpleasant experiences, I would have rated the place a solid 4.

Super friendly and efficient staff at the reception, quiet surroundings, huge & clean bedrooms, nice breakfast, great pool… Everything is a bit outdated, but honest & simple, and I was fine with that.

Issue 1 started with the bar's manager. A ridiculously short-sighted stubborn little man called W****n, with no sense of service, or even business, for that matter!

Long story short, we were supposed to borrow a friend's house for our one-week stay in the Algarve...

We had done our shopping, including a bottle of wine for the apero, after landing in Faro. Turns out, the house wasn't in the state my friend thought it was, and it was unfit for our stay. We changed our plans, found this hotel not too far, and booked the weekend there, and eventually the full week.

Our bottle was a bit warm, so we shoved it in the room's fridge, and bought another one from the hotel's bar for our first evening's apero. 12€. Absolutely delicious. I was definitely going to get some more in the foreseeable future.

The following day though, as our initial bottle had cooled down, I asked for a  corkscrew at reception. They didn't have one, so they sent me to the bar. Where the aforementioned manager simply refused to lend me the bar's bottle opener for half a minute. Insisting that that was the rule, and that I had to understand that a rule is a rule, you see, and that if everyone started asking for corkscrews instead of buying his wine, he'd be out of business.

I acknowledged that I know what a rule is, and that I understood that in the unlikely event of everyone asking for a corkscrew, he would indeed be screwed. But I also explained the situation, reassuring him that not everyone had to change plans after borrowing a house unfit for the purpose of a holiday, and that I loved his wine and would happily buy some again, but just not today. The guy did not change his mind.

The only things he gained from this unpleasant attitude were this bad mark for the whole hotel (not just his stupid bar; unfortunately, I couldn't target specifically), and a loss of income of at least 60€ on the wine I genuinely would have bought during the following days. And god knows how much on food and drinks that we would have got from the hotel's bar under normal circumstances.

I can picture this sad guy not succeeding at growing his business in the coming years and blaming it on the whole world, whilst the actual problem can be summarized as a total absence of human decency on his behalf, as well as a complete lack of business acumen.

When he's done ruining this nice little hotel's reputation, maybe he should consider a career in rule-enforcement. I can predict a future there for him.

The second issue we had was with the pool towel policy. You're not allowed to use the hotel's towels because the rule is the rule, and if everybody used the girls towels and blablablah. But then, they don't provide any other towels for the pool! You're supposed to travel with your own towels (even if you have been travelling with hand luggage only on the plane). You should therefore buy your own towels and throw them away when you fly back home. According to the receptionist, this is the standard in the area. Meaning, next time, we will be going to Spain instead of the Algarve, where I know for a fact that this stupid standard is not a thing (like in the rest of the world, actually).

A real shame, because there is so much to say for this beautiful corner of the world!

In summary, if you're looking for a place to feel better than at home (which is usually the whole purpose of booking a hotel for your holidays, isn't it?), don't come here. They prioritize making their jobs easier over providing you a relaxing stay. A real shame.

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Dont stay here!

Stayed here 11th till 14th September. Honestly its the worst place I have ever stayed. The all inclusive is a joke...

Cant get a soft drink till 11am. Food was the same everyday. Staff are rude and very unhelpful. The room was OK but the corridors are dark and long. We were not told that the shuttle service was not running so cost alot in taxis going into town to get food that we could actually eat. Never went in the pool. Couldn't buy snacks after 10pm as the bar was closed. I would not return here. Was looking at flights home on my first morning.

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Dont go

Review by Cookie9567 West Midlands, United Kingdom

We arrived at the pinhal do sol and I must admit it resembled Bates Motel rather than a hotel,the room was so far away from reception,it was down dimly lit corridors that resembled a maze,the room was adequate and appeared clean although the 2 flies that were there on the floor when we arrived were still there when we left.the pool area was pleasant and clean but the swimming pool was colder than the drinks,once you were in it was ok,the food was the worse concoction I have ever seen and the cold lunch was the same everyday,even the cold fish fingers,after 2 days we couldn't stomach it and went out of the hotel,the courtesy bus was not running so apart from having to pay to go and eat we also had to pay for taxis.The drinks were akin to drinking turpentine so we bought our own,we even had to buy our own mixers as the soft drinks were served out of 2 litre bottles and always flat the service was awful and when the staff did appear the attitude of some of them was diabolical,2 nights of entertainment Carlos and karaoke,all in all it was the worse hotel I've ever stayed in and you might say you get what you pay for but this was all that was available at a ridiculously inflated price on a positive note the toasties were acceptable.

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