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“Close to the beach” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Turim Estrela do Vau Hotel

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Turim Estrela do Vau Hotel
Ranked #28 of 78 Hotels in Portimao
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56 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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“Close to the beach”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2012

We stayed out of season (although still warm enough for a pleasant half term break) and it was very quiet with none of the clubs and activities - which suited us. Breakfast was pretty average and evening meal was dire - so glad we had only booked B&B

A bit out of town but 5 minute saunter down to the beach (which has just made it into the Top 10 beaches on this site). Right next to the golf course if that is your thing.

A good 3 star, not a 4 star.

Apartment style accommodation was very useful with children. Although a good size, the apartment was looking a bit tired. Could just have been the need of a long season but we had the impression that there was quite a bit of redecorating going on so that may have improved.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dunky4
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Wetherby, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2012

Just back from another fabulous fortnight in Estrela do Vau. Three adults in one bedroom apartment plenty of space for us all. Again the apartment was clean fresh and comfortable. The cleaning ladies did a very good job and were always friendly. The little supermarket on site was perfect for those fresh bread rolls every morning still warm from the oven. The snack bar near the pool was really good and we ate there at some point most days. The food was as good if not better than some of the restaurants in town + the lady who runs it was so friendly and welcoming. As a non swimmer I can say the pools were full of water, however I did go in to the front one as it was one depth throughout 1.10m so I could keep cool and feel safe. I must say all the pools were really busy and everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves including my two family members I did enjoy the jaccuzi. Once again value for money, and looking forward to my next visit.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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9 Thank Rosslyn R
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Sneek
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63 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2012

I generally agree with what the other visitors have written. I just wish to add one thing that has really bothered us and that is the noise from those outdated air conditioners placed on the balconies. Really the only reason I would hesitate to return to this hotel.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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11 Thank M B
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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2012

I, my partner and my 2 year - old son just spent a week there. It was good but in my opinion this is a good 3 star hotel .
First the advantages: The complex is clean and tidy, this includes the lobby, the flat, the restaurant, the pools... They have a very good kids club, staffed by one person this year (as opposed to 3 staff members last year) but this person is very professional and I have seen parents leaving their kids there for some time and the kids were busy playing. It is well equipped too and my son did not get bored. Then, the complex is not in a busy part of the Algarve, it is very quiet and a few kilometers from Portimao (but it seems that there is a local bus every 30 minutes going to/from Portimao). I found that Portimao is nice but too busy for me to be on holidays. There is a village Alvor about 2 kilometers away and it is a cute and quiet village. The staff at the hotel are nice and friendly. There are nice activities on site, in the evening. We went to Portugal at a fairly quiet time of the year but we had 2 evening activities (Parrots show and live music) but according to staff at the peak of Summer there are similar activities every evening. The local beach is very near and it is absolutely fantastic, beautiful and clean. At the hotel, there is a really nice indoor Jacuzzi and indoors swimming pool, very clean. The indoor gym is ok but limited in equipment. The kid playground is ok (not the best I have seen but did keep my son busy), there are some small parrots in a big cage, which my son really liked.
Disadvantages: My main issue was the food/dinner. The breakfast is really good but the dinner is very very predictible (potatoes-boiled or chips- boiled broccoli , boiled carrots and then you choose a piece of meat or fish), the starter is a mixed salad ( one day with tuna, another day seafood, another day chicken ) or a soup (which in my opinion is not fresh at all, directly made from a instant soup bag/powder soup style). Dessert is cheesecake (strongly not recommended), ice cream or the fruit salad left overs from the breakfast in the morning. Regarding the flat , it has the basics but the bathroom is definitely not what you would expect from a 4 star hotel (e.g. you need some time and patience to get the right temperature of the shower before entering the bath, otherwise you might just scald yourself). Also we had to fiddle with the internal door going to our terrace as its lock was temperamental.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Marie-Berteau
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London, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2012

Some of the staff were very pleasant and friendly.

There was a courtesy bus when I stayed as the hotel was situated a bit away from Alvor and Praia da Rocha. We did walk to Alvor and it took us a while.

Ordered sardines in the restaurant, and was presented with tinned sardines, which was a let down really

Electrics seems to cut out when you have a few appliances on the go.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 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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3 Thank Dotz07
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Property: Turim Estrela do Vau Hotel
Address: Praia do Vau | Sítio das Delgadas, Portimao 8500-820, Portugal (Formerly Apartamentos Estrela do Vau)
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 Spa Hotel in Portimao
#10 Romantic Hotel in Portimao
Price range (per night): $50 - $260
Hotel Class:3 star — Turim Estrela do Vau Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 174
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Also Known As:
Apartamentos Estrela Do Vau Portimão
Turim Estrela Do Vau Hotel Portimao, Algarve, Portugal

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