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Rio Apartments

12 of 12 hotels in Vilamoura

2 out of 5 from 2 reviews
3 stars
Avenida Tivoli Ed. Algamar, 8125-401 Vilamoura, Portugal

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14 years 10 months ago
We stayed in the Rio apartments in vilamoura algarve. It was the worst holiday experience ever. On arrival we could not get into our room as 'the floor was being cleaned' it was 8.15pm! We were asked to wait in the bar downstairs and at 9.20 we were told our room was ready and we were shown to it when the door was opened the stuffy smell hit us and there was no air conditioning and no fans available.The room was dark and depressing. The beds were couches not very comfortable. There was only 1 plug in the kitchen so when you boiled the kettle you could not make your toast and vice versa.The phones in the room did not work even though the receptionist was aware she insisted on trying to ring the room - insane or what!! The pool area was very dingy with no apparent hotel care or attention and was attached to the stone steak house bar where the atmospere was anything but friendly. This hotel was no where near any amenities or entertainment and getting a taxi to the marina proved very difficult having to wait a minimum of an hour and half each evening.I would not visit the Rio apartment/hotel again. The wee bar at the bottom of the hill was our only light during this dismal holiday they were friendly and welcoming.

Travel operator: budget travel

16 years 8 months ago
This hotel left us with mixed feelings. When we arrived we were rather horrified. The pool area was a bit dingy and all the sunbeds were broken. Our room was small and as a couple we had to sleep with one of us on the couch and one of us on the pull out bed underneath - not very romantic!
However we decided to make the best of it and tried to settle in - even though the aptments are in the middle of nowhere.
The stone steak at the restaurant in the Rio is the best thing about the hotel and we had this the first night - which cheered us up! Then we stumbled across a portuguese bar at the bottom of the hill and we spent alot of time in there! The couple who run it are so friendly and welcoming and we had many a good night in there.
The walk to Vilamoura gets easier the more you do it - we are in our lates 20's/ early 30's so we did it quite a lot as the marina is so lovely it is well worth it. We really didn't want to spend our time in the day around the Rio pool. It was so depressing. I think the location put people off leaving the place so they would stay put ALL day round the pool then drink all night in the hotel bar. I don't know how they did it.
Another thing to note was the weather was beautiful when we were there which made things alot easier - I wouldn't fancy staying at the Rio if there were a few days of rain.
All in all I would go back here again - as a very cheap base and to go to the bar at the bottom of the road! We made the best of it but it may not be to some other people's taste!
Also if you get a taxi - make sure you tell him exactly where you are going. Our driver took us to the RIU apartments in Albufeira - we thought we had hit the jackpot - very luxurious only to be dealt the cruel blow that we were in the wrong place! Gutted!

Travel operator: travelsupermarket


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