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Presidente Apartamentos
Ranked #21 of 78 Hotels in Portimao
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“Very good location, no frills. Great options!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2011

I stayed one night with a group of seven, we used two apartaments, one with two rooms and another with one.Both are nice. This hotel stays between two beaches - "Praia da Rocha" and "Praia do Vau". Some of the rooms have sea view. That said, it has a very good location, about 5/10 minutes walk (but you have to use stairs, that it isn't a problem if you dont have any locomotion issues) from Vau beach. The rooms are alright, clean, and with enough space. The kitchen is good if you plan to do some meals by yourself.
The services varies a lot of the employee in question, from very good to so so.
No wifi available, only a computer with pre paid internet in the lobby .
Bring your on hygiene products, because they only give a small soup per person.
The pool is ok, and the breakfast is also ok, but a little bit more of variety wouldn't hurt ( very few fruits, and there were no toaster, or any other way to heat up yourbread). I guess that if you stay more days ( I only stayed one night), the breakfast will get very repetitive.
In sum, nice location, good option, but dont expect any luxury or a lot of extras. If you keep that in mind, you will have an excelent stay!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2011

We were 4 adults staying in a very spacious 2 bedroom apartment. The kitchen had all the utensils you could need including a butter dish! No oven but who wants to do proper cooking on holiday anyway. We were on floor 6 and had a balcony, huge terrace and fabulous view. The apartments don't have air conditioning and some evenings it did get quite warm.

We stayed self catering but did sample the snack menu which was basic and reasonable. The bar drinks are quite pricy but I can recommend the sangria it was very good.

The pool are was clean with plenty of sunloungers. Reception were very helpful and there is a pc with internet in the foyer.

We did have a problem where our toilet wouldn't flush. I called reception and someone came to sort it out within 5 minutes, after they had gone a cleaner came to clean where the person had been working. Towels and bedding were changed every other day.
Couldn't fault the service at all.

There is a little supermarket outside which has everything at a reasonable price. There are other supermarkets in Praia da Rocha but they are not that much cheaper.

Praia du Vau beach is about 5 min walk and there are no steps just a ramp to get on to it. Its a lovely beach and there are a few little bars and restaurants which are very reasonable. 1euro for a large beer and meals for 4 euros.

Praia da Rocha is about a 10-15 min walk to the centre and there are lots of shops, bars and restaurants. Titanic restaurant is lovely, there are also lots of places that do 3 courses for 7euros if you don't want to spend too much money.

Praia da Rocha beach is stunning, we walked through the town to the marina and back along the beach on a few occassions. Down by the marina there are lots of sports activities and there are paths all along the beach. It is flat to get on the beach down by the marina but further up all the entrances have steps.

We visited the new shopping centre just outside Portimao and it was fab. 3 floors, the top floor is food outlets and the other two have lots of shops. It was 5 euros in a taxi.

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and I would definately stay here again.

We had a taxi from Faro airport as the resort is about an hour away and I've heard that shuttle transfers can take 2-3 hours. Our taxi transfer cost 140 euros for both journeys.

Room Tip: The higher the floor, the better the view
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2011

Just came back yesterday and honestly could not fault our stay.
The local beach is lovely, small, interesting and three minutes walk away. There is a wee kiosk on beach for hiring loungers and buying ice-creams and coffees. If you want pedaloes ( The ones with slides are great) a bigger beach is ten minutes walk away.
We had two teenagers and a noisy nine year old boy with us. The hotel staff were exceptionally friendly and made us feel very welcome. Despite the amount of sand we trailed in from the beach, the apartment was always beautifully clean when we got back in the afternoon.
The rooms are pretty with balcony looking over pool and sea .( perfect for signalling the kids in for breakfast!)
The equipment in the kitchen is basic but perfectly adequate.
There is no nightlife to disturb your sleep (we slept with balcony doors open every night) and it is a ten minute stroll to the main street with restaurants bars pubs.
All in all a great place for a noisy family to chill out and relax.
Would definately go back......

Room Tip: we had room 506 good views over pool and to see out door.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2011

After reading the reviews on here (and elsewhere) this seemed like a good bet - and we didn't have any major complaints but the hotel is basic and has a dated feel throughout. I was surprised to learn the apartments were built as recently as 1992 to be honest - some of the decor looks older than that! Kitchenette consists of a hob, toaster and microwave - kettle is a metal teapot type which you have to boil on the hot plate. So OK for breakfast, making sandwiches etc but you're a bit restricted if planning to cook dinner in there (which we weren't).

The lounge is nice and spacious but the TV was an old portable which was seemingly on its last legs.This was a little annoying as although we hadn't planned to spend hours in front of the box, the apartments were advertised as having satellite TV.

The balcony was fine - ours was on the road side ( a tad noisy!) but you could get a view of the sea from one side. As a couple, we were expecting a double bed but were given two singles pushed together - we were told this was the same for all one bedroom apartments.

Rooms were kept spotlessly clean, and you could get clean towels every day if you so wished. If anything the cleaners were a little too keen though, turning up just after 10 some mornings! Although there are a lot of apartments to get through so you can understand why.

Staff (apart from the guy who checked us in who seemed a little grumpy) were friendly, helpful and polite.

Some of the negative points I've raised might seem a little picky - this is 3* after all so it is not realistic to expect the ultimate in luxury but I just thought it was worth pointing out that certain things might leave you feeling a little underwhelmed. I don't know if there is better value to be had elsewhere or not as it was our first stay in Portimao. The location is absolutely spot on though - 5 mins from the beach and within walking distance of the nightlife whilst being far enough away from the noise.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view!
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2011

Just returned from a weeks stay at the Presidente apartments which we would highly recommend. The rooms were clean and spacious with fresh towels everyday if wanted and bed linen changed regularly. The sea view from the balcony was fabulous. All of the staff were very friendly, helpful and couldn't do enough for you. The pool was clean and great spot for sunbathing if you don't fancy the beach! The walk from the hotel to Praia da Rocha beach takes only 15 minutes and is lined with beautiful sea views and lovely resturants nearly all of which we can recommend. A few of our favourite were Bulli & Pupe (Italian), Casa da Rocha (with lovely sea view and monkfish!) and of course the notorious Titanic, which is tucked away behind hotels off the main strip. We did find that after the strip continued along Paria da Rocha beach that the area seemed to be less welcoming with many bars, that had broken glass and litter outside and also we could imagine in high season means noisy hotels from the busy nightlife. Because of this we felt we'd chosen the perfect location at the Presidente close to Praia da Vau. The beaches are some of the most beautiful we've seen, with lovely walks all along from Praia da Vau to Praia da Rocha if you catch the tide at the right time! At times the smaller beaches were deserted with people chosing the larger beaches, but be prepared after counting most of the steps up from the beaches one set got to 110!!

Room Tip: Request a sea view at least 3rd floor.
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Presidente Apartamentos
Address: Estrada Do Vau | Praia da Rocha, Portimao 8500-802, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#16 Luxury Hotel in Portimao
Price range (per night): $40 - $167
Hotel Class:4 star — Presidente Apartamentos 4*
Number of rooms: 107
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