Estrella Do Vau

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Very Good

Food

Good

Hotel entertainment

Good

Hotel service

Very Good

Kids facilities

Very Good

Location

Good

Room comfort

Very Good

Value

Poor

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I have just come back after two weeks in this Hotel. I have found the apartment large I said apartment as this in my opinion is what is is we went half board and I had wished we were self catering as the food was vary repetitive to say the least I you love egg's every day you will be fine that is if there is any left. on a few occasions we had to wait for the food to be replaced, which if you are going on a trip and working to a deadline can be a little stressful the staff in the restaurant were miserable apart from an older gentleman and as you can imagine does not make for a holiday atmosphere the entertainment was also quite repetitive there was a parrot show twice in one week no entertainment on a Sunday or a Monday. the rooms were a good size but the maid service was a little hit and miss the first week we arrived the maid did not turn up for two days and when we brought this to the attention of the reception staff they contacted the head maid who called to our room while we were out and dumped some towels no beds were made for the two day period and no explanation was given while we were there for the two weeks the sheets and pillowcases did not get changed for this period . this Hotel was a little far out from the main resort with no other bars or restaurant in the local area which was disappointing.


By: Mr Gibson - Submitted 13th August 2011

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Travel Date: July 2011 Best for: Families with Young Kids Book now
Travelled with: Families with Teenagers Recommend to a friend: No
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"estrella do vau"

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Excellent

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This hotel is ideal for people with young families, the rooms are large and the hotel provide proper cots for infants, not travel cots. Very helpfull staff


By: lisa - Submitted 24th August 2010

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Travel Date: August 2009 Best for: Families with Infants Book now
Travelled with: Families with Young Kids Recommend to a friend: Yes
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"such a lovely place"

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Excellent

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We travelled as 3 adults plus 3 children, the hotel is lovely, the papartments are very spacious, with patio doors in each room, there is a shower +wc wash hand basin in one room and another full bathroom, the hot water seems to diminish after half a bathful though! the swingpark is wwell maintaines, the three pools are well loked after if a little cold. the pub has a pool table and a television, (mainly football when l was there.) boo hoo! the whole place is attended by staff all day, gardeners, maids, bar staff, shop staff, Shop is very very dear, the beds were changed and the mailds come every day to ask if you want the cleaning done. the kitchens are well equipped , the blankets are nice and warm, although l am from scotland so they would need to be! the reception staff are excellent and nothing is too much trouble , for them to do for you, if you buy a phone card from robin at the jacaranda for 5 euros, then you can use the hotel fone ... save on the mobiles, fone cards last 150 mins for 5 euros,the beach is not far, but it is a wee 15 os mins walk downhill to get there, not a steep hill, but enough to knacker the kids after a day at the beach. pria de rocha is about a mile and a half away and has all the usual blackpool type of shops, there is a cafe at the beach side called the jacaranda , it is british run and has very reasonable prices, eg. full english 3 euross, kids meals 3.20 etc. the beach is first class and is dragged every morning, the taxi or bus to prai de rocha is a bout 7 euros, there is an aldis there if you are self catering, it is the difference between 29c or 4,50 for a loaf!!! in the hotel grounds shop,..... a big bottle of coke, 5 euros, a pot of jam 4.20, the shop is very very dear,,,, go to the town and get stocked up, there is also the spanish equivelent of tesco across the road from lidls..... l had a great holiday and l am sure you will too.


By: rose mavin - Submitted 8th May 2010

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Travel Date: April 2010 Best for: Families with Teenagers Book now
Travelled with: Families with Young Kids Recommend to a friend: Yes
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"Great place to stay"

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Very Good

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loved this place, travelled with our children 18, 14 and 11 and another family with children of similar age. The staff here could not be more helpfull made lots of friends, great place in quiet location but easy to access the busy Praia de Rocha or Alvor by taxi for 5 euro. If you go there say hi to Roger in the bar, he is a gent. We will be back.


By: Galway kids - Submitted 20th July 2009

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Travel Date: July 2009 Best for: Families with Young Kids Book now
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"A good family hotel"

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Good

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We found the hotel to be a good mid range family hotel. The staff could not have been kinder nor more helpful. On our first day we arrived very late in the evening and although the kitchen had closed the chef stayed behind to prepare us a light supper. The desk staff were very helpful and provided lots of useful information and made numerous phone calls for us without charge. The hotel is a bit off the beaten track (about 15 min walk to the beach) although the hotel provides a cheap regular mini bus service to Alvor. There's a mini supermarket on site plus kid's playground, tennis court, a weekly parrot show and a few pool tables but it's not a place where teenagers would be easily entertained. It's a good base to explore the wider area and I would recommend hiring a car.


By: Kevin Finn - Submitted 12th June 2009

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Travel Date: March 2008 Best for: Families with Young Kids Book now
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"Sticky start but ok in the end"

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Good

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When Thomas Cook saw fit to cancel our summer holiday to Albufeira Portugal they offered this hotel as the only alternative so we were faced with going or getting our money back and paying considerably more for a replacement holiday. It doesn't really need saying but we wont ever touch Thomas Cook again. So to the review, we arrived at about 9ish in the morning at Faro airport and got on the coach for the 1hour journey to our resort. On arriving at the Estrela first impressions were quite good we certainly weren't hearing any muffled giggling or hushed "I'm glad that's not our hotel" noises so we felt confident as we got off.The lobby looked quite nice and check in was speedy, we were given a room on the first floor so one floor up and out of the lift we were quickly at the front door to our home for the next 2 weeks, we excitedly opened the door and awaited the magnificent sea view from our balcony, Er, God it's the car park! yep, we had the curse of the English holiday maker a crap view! no surprise there really after 20 years of holidaying abroad we should know better by now.The room was quite spacious and complete with 4 ring cooker, fridge freezer,microwave, kettle and toaster. We were half board so we didn't expect making much use of the kitchen, we had 1 separate bedroom and even though we had booked for three adults a pull out third bed, not ideal.14" portable telly with sky news and ITV, though we later found other rooms had BBC1 and Channel 4. Bathroom was standard shower over bath, sink and hairdryer also a nice sharp screw sticking up out of the floor, you tended to only stand on that the once, we covered it with a towel couldn't be bothered telling reception if the maid who cleaned the room couldn't why should we.A quick tour of the hotel followed, pool area looked nice, three pools in total and lots of sun beds however we knew it was turn around day so that explained the empty beds. the bar area was OK nothing special. The restaurant looked nice, but small so we guessed the guests mostly stayed self catering.Please do not go to this hotel on a half board option, breakfast is awful consisting of scrambled eggs and beans, raw eggs to boil in a pot,toast, jam, ham and cheese. The juice was see through and tasteless. That is EVERY MORNING no change to the menu.The evening entertainment was dire, third rate acts, Simon Cowell would have a field day.The hotel really is in the middle of nowhere so not ideal.


By: wayne mattison - Submitted 14th August 2008

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Travel Date: August 2008 Best for: Families with Young Kids Book now
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"Estrella Do Vau review"

Overall Hotel Rating:

Excellent

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This was our second holiday aug 2006 to estrela and we were'nt let down as it was just as brilliant as the first time!! We actually didn't want to leave yet again. Beautiful hotel with the BEST STAFF you could wish for. Plenty to do at the hotel and in neighbouring resorts. Hotel restaurant is a must with tasty dishes served by a great chef. All staff even the director, are very friendly people who go out of their way for you. Clean and very spacious accomodation. WE LOVE ESTRELA!!!!! We are hoping to go back twice this year due to the kids and our love of this place.Momo keeps kids and adults entertained in the day and evenings, vidal,luis, rogerio and staff keep you happy in the bar(great fun). John and the staff on reception work very hard to make it an enjoyable holiday and they speak great english.

SEE YOU ALL SOON ESTRELA!!


By: michelle, nigel, alex, corinne cassie(chester 37,44,12,13,15) - Submitted 1st January 2007


Travel Date: August 2006 Best for: Not Specified Book now
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"Estrella Do Vau review"

Overall Hotel Rating:

Very Good

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Having just returned from the Algarve after having 2wks there with friends we found it very boring in the evenings .As the entertainment was very poor there was no mini disco's which kids love and this helps to make friends if we hadnt gone with friends i think we may have got flight home early.
Cleaning wasnt very good in apartments athough we had clean towels everyday and toilet rolls and rubbish done everyday.
The pool wasnt cleaned requarly which was really cold pool aswell , but no queues for sunbeds which was great ,
Taxi everywhere be aware of the the different prices they charge , shop at Lidls bargains resort shop expensive and you wont find squash anywhere well we could'nt only at the resort shop 4.95 euros
Lovely beaches to look at but not very clear water and cold and smell badly of fish we didnt like that.
Overall staff very friendly and plesant.

We made the most of it but it really was a below average holiday and do not intend to return fora few years.


By: Andrea Block-suffolk - Submitted 1st August 2006


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"Estrella Do Vau review"

Overall Hotel Rating:

Very Good

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We arrived at Estrela Do Vau after dark and at first were concerned that the apartments were set in the middle of nowhere. However we were reassured the next day when we found that our resort was in between Praia da Rocha and Alvor. Both of the neighbouring resorts are accessible on foot (although it is approx a 30 minute walk each way), but the best way we found was by taxi which costs 4 euros. Taxis queue up outside the hotel each evening to take people into the resorts and if you need one during the day, the reception staff are happy to ring for you.

The hotel is very friendly and staff polite. We stayed in a two bedroom apartment which was very spacious and had plenty of storage space. The apartment was spotless on our arrival but we felt it could have been cleaned better during our two week stay. There is a kids club which we didn't use as our kids were too old but it seemed to be well used by other guests and their children. A new head of entertainment (Momo) has recently been appointed and he proved really popular with the older children and teenagers organising water polo, volleyball, football, aqua gym etc. He has also been made responsible for the evening entertainment and during our stay there was karaoke, a caberet show, samba show, parrot show, limbo dancing and barbecues. Momo is very open to suggestions and keen to provide what the guests want!

We ate out each evening, mainly in Alvor, which has some lovely restaurants - we would recommend The Captain's Table, Adega Alvor and Goodville in particular. In Praia da Rocha, The Titanic restaurant is an absolute must! You may need to book in high season as it is very popular. A little more expensive than other restaurants but the food, ambience and service is absolutely fantastic. We also went on a day trip to Zoomarine and had a great day out, excellent dolphin show. We enjoyed our holiday at the Estrela Do Vau very much.

We may not return but that would only be because we like to try different places each year.


By: Debbie Laurie - London - Submitted 1st August 2006


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"Estrella Do Vau review"

Overall Hotel Rating:

Excellent

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This was our first time in Portugal and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We went the last 2 weeks in June and had lovely weather the whole 2 weeks although a bit cold and windy at night. The apartments were lovely and general hotel areas were spotless. Cleaned every day - 7 days - beds made, towels changed and floors mopped. Transfer time - 1 hour as we were first off. About 2 hours on the return journey as we were first on and had to collect others.

We had a 2 bed apartment with 3 sliding doors onto a balcony, kitchen had toaster, microwave, fridge/freezer and cooker - no oven. The first week we were in an apartment directly over the bar and asked to get changed and got a quieter apartment to the back which we didn't mind. Claudio at reception was very helpful. The pools are great. Our 2 oldest boys just loved the water and our youngest enjoyed the smaller pool. He also had fun in the little kiddies park - swing, slide, seasaws. Went to Aqualand - this is the 50th anniversary this year so try and get vouchers - buy one get one free. Good park for my boys as they could get on all the slides. Cafe was very expensive. Zoo Marine was also good - dolphin and sea lion show the best and a small fun park with free rides. Cafe not too expensive. Hotel on site cafe, not bad.

Hotel is a bit out of the way so you will need to take taxis. Titanic in Praia do Rocha (4-5 euro) and Goodville in Alvor (3.95 - 4.50 euro) were good places to eat. Modela and Lidl are in Portamaio for shopping - go and stock up well as the onsite supermarket is more expensive. The nearest beach is down the road (left) to the roundabout and follow the dirt track beside the restaurant, downhill and stony most of the way so can be a wee bit difficult to get back again in the heat!! Our two oldest boys met lovely friends and spent most of their time in the TV room, games room and around the pool. Pools cleaned daily. Momo and Toledo were the 2 entertainment guys trying to get us to exercise in the pool, water volleyball, football etc. Get up off your sunbed and you will actually enjoy the fun and make friends!! They were lovely guys with a heart of gold.

We enjoyed our 2 weeks at Estrela do Vau although spent a small fortune in taxis and eating out! I enjoyed reading other views on this site and hope this review helps you!!


By: - Submitted 1st July 2006


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"Estrella Do Vau review"

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Very Good

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Having just returned from here and having read the reviews prior to our trip we felt we had to add a few tips. This is a very quiet place which we didn't mind but didn't expect it to be as boring as it was. The apartments are spotless and apart from the lovely pools, it is very boring for children. The kidsworld club is not very good, there is Karaoke twice a week and that is the sum total of entertainment for children and adults alike. I don't want to sound like a total moaner but beware in the bar as they are inclined to ";make mistakes"; in your change. Also, do not shop in the on-site shop as it is very expensive e.g. ?8.95 for a pot of coffee which was ?2.50 in the bigger supermarket. The beaches are lovely, and Alvor is a beautiful place with great food (much nicer than Praia da Rocha).

Wouldn't be rushing back when there are other equally nice accomadations around with better facilities.


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"Estrella Do Vau review"

Overall Hotel Rating:

Excellent

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The apartment was beautiful and clean. Pool great for kids and cleaned regularly. A nice peaceful site. We hired a car which is ideal if you want to visit the many places. Praia Do Vau beach is heavenly but has a lot of steps to it, try Alvor for easy beach access. Slide n splsh water park is a great day out but cafe is pricey. Plenty of supermarkets in Portimao, Lidl is good for most things.

Alvor is a lovely fishing village, well worth a visit. Praia do Rocha has plenty of shops and bars, kids will enjoy the fountains in Portimao! Try to speak some portugese as it is appreciated. Plenty to see, 1 week wasn't enough! Would love to go back.


By: Rachael Cooper- Nottingham - Submitted 1st June 2006


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"Estrella Do Vau review"

Overall Hotel Rating:

Below Average

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After having read the comments from other visitors to this resort, felt the need to add mine! Just returned from a week spent in the resort of Praia Do Vau, and how pleased am I to be home!

A beautiful beach , and glorious weather are the only redeaming features of this resort, if you can call it a resort that is !!

We stayed at the estrella do vau, a hotel which i`m sure was a stunning place several years ago,but is now looking tired and dated!We had a studio apartment, two single beds, and a camp bed, complete with rock hard matresses and broken bed legs! a basic kitchen, and a bathroom, spoilt only by the grubby bath, and array of cracked floor and wall tiles.The hotel itself boasts 3 salt water pools, which i saw being cleaned only once in 7 days, a small pool side snack bar, a bar serving drinks of varying prices, a small restaurant , and a supermarket suitable only for those who have recently re mortgaged their homes!! Entertainment programme was virtually non existant, thus meaning taxi journeys or 30 minute walks into neighbouring Alvor or praia de rocha were a neccessity. Alvor is the quieter of the 2 resorts, definitely more suitable for those travelling with younger children, with a selection of gift shops and restaurants. won`t be returning to vau again !!


By: Julie Stobart - Submitted 1st June 2006


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Excellent

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Well it was the first time we had taken the kids abroad, and what a great holiday. We spent a lot of time on the complex as there was so much to do.
It was a real family orientated hotel and all staff were lovely. Especially the bar staff who we all got to know and still keep in touch.
Taxi into alvor or rocha only 3 euro but a courtesy bus runs from hotel.
Very clean and no nasty bugs.
We are all returning again this year.
WELL DONE ESTRELA DO VAU!!


By: Michelle Nigel ( - Submitted 1st January 2006


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Excellent

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words can't describe how much we enjoyed this holiday. It is an absolutely brilliant resort, plenty for the adults and children alike. The accomodation was perfect - very spacious, clean and well equipped. Maid service 6 days which was ideal with the kids!!

We took the kids to Slide and Splash which was a fantastic day out which we both enjoyed too!!
A lovely english restaurant in nearby Alvor ";The phoenix"; where the food was fab and low prices too.
All the staff at the hotel were very friendly and went out of their way to help in any way they could.
Transfer time was only 1 hour 20 mins which wasnt too bad.

We will definitely be going back to the same place next year.

Its a big well done for this hotel.


By: michelle simpson - Submitted 1st July 2005


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