We had a great time at Vilarosa. Nice and clean and great reception staff, Nuna was especially helpful. Always got beds around the pool and on the whole it was nice and quiet. Hotel bar is a little expensive compared to the rest of the town and we found the beds uncomfortable and pillows were less than useless but apart from that no complaints. The main restaurants and bars are only a 10 min stroll and they are all excellent.
Spent nearly a month there. Reception very helpful, convenient shop on site. Free transport from hotel three times a day very useful, but also nice walk into Carvoeiro. Restaurant on site and others close by, those we tried very good. Lovely outdoor pools and indoor if required. Not near beach but convenient bus calls there regularly to all beaches.
Good restaurant but pricey - small bar area. Front office staff and maid service excellent. Out of the main holiday season most of the local shops and restaurants were closed. They reopen Jan/Feb. There are small super markets quite close by - but for a major shop you need to go to the big supermarkets which will cost you 7/8 euros by taxi each way. There is no shop on site which would be a bonus just for the basics. A small issue but sun beds need replacing - or at least given a really good clean.
I can highly recommend the Pinhal de Marina Apartments we stayed here in September 2016 with a 4year old and a 6month old.
Staff were very friendly & accommodating towards us & our childrens needs. Amenities are clean and safe. We liked the fact that we could walk down to the Marina in the evening it's only a 10 minute perfect stroll.
Arrived here after a slight Easyjet delay & was pleased that we were allowed to check in & actually get into our room at 2pm, as previous reviews had said it was 5pm. The rooms were a very good size & have everything you could need including a washer & dryer, toaster, coffee maker, microwave. We stayed in a 2 bed apartment & 1 room was ensuite. The rooms were clean but showed some signs of wear, particularly the floor which had several markings on the tiles.
We were given fresh towels daily if required, toilet roll & beds made, apart from Saturday. We left on Sunday so not sure if they do not work the weekend.
We were pleased to be given acomodation near to reception as the area is VERY steep hills. Our room backed onto one of the pools which was not too busy, despite the usual towels being placed out very early ! The whole area is well maintained & quite pretty, We walked around to see the other pools from the map reception had handed us.All nicely presented with the main pool having some activities so that made it the noisiest. At the top of the hill the blue building is a restaurant/ snack bar & this is the only 1 we used. Staff here very helpful & friendly--they should maybe train some of the reception staff !
We are over 50 & did not attempt to walk into the Old town --I don't know how this can be achieved in 25 minutes in that heat. We walked to a nearby supermarket as the shop on the site sells just the basics. We used taxis to get to old town & to Algarve shopping.