Pedras da Rainha3.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
Great 2 bedroom villa with new kitchen and bathroom. Kitchen had oven, ceramic hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, coffee maker and of course a dish washer. The name on the bathroom porcelain would not have looked out of place in a five star hotel. Patio was excellent, half in shade and half in the sun. Garden was large and private with pine trees providing shade if the sun became too hot, as it did every day. Large pool and kiddies pool, volley ball court, tennis courts and possibly the best grass bowling green on the Algarve. With shops and restaurant on site there was everything you could need but the village of Cabanas with it's many bars, restaurants and shops was only a short walk away. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and we have already booked to go back again. Enough said
The complex is ideal as it is only a 3 minute walk to the restaurants and bars. The onsite shop is well stocked and cheaper than the other nearby one. The pool is quite big and is beside the bar and restaurant. If a lounger is not available then one can spread one's towels on the grassy bank close to the pool. The staff are mostly friendly and any problems we had were sorted out very quickly. The cleaning/housekeeping was only ok and a bloody towel, used soap and used shampoo sachet greeted us on arrival. The used sachet was still there as we were leaving. We had booked a studio but were given a one bedroomed apartment. We were up over another and had to climb a good number of steps. We did not mind that but for more elderly and infirm people a ground floor apartment would be better. The apartment had everything required for self catering however the upstairs had a sloping roof and Quasimodo would even find it difficult to stand upright. The stairs is an accident waiting to happen as the steps are so narrow we had to come down backwards. Upstairs is a absolutely ridiculous for adults so be warned.
My friend and I spent 8 days in a studio apartment on this complex set in well maintained gardens, beautiful reception area and large swimming pool. The studio was more than adequate with a well equipped kitchenette, good clean bathroom with a large shower, always plenty hot water, comfortable beds, table, chairs, wardrobe with a small set of drawers, maybe could have done with more drawers, good size patio area with table and four chairs with pull out clothes line which came in handy! Towels were changed every other day and bed linen every three days. Air conditioning was provided which we didn't need to use even though the weather was unusually hot for October. Also a tv which, also, we didn't really use. We were situated just a short walk from the Spar supermarket from which we bought freshly baked bread rolls, bread, milk, fruit and other sundries, definitely well stocked. There was another supermarket at the far end of the complex which we didn't use. We were close to cafés, restaurants and bars which we frequented. Also, a short walk to the prom/boardwalk from which we caught the water taxi to the lovely beach. The hotel provided us with a free pass to use the water taxi. Also the bus stop was just outside the complex and the train station about a 15 minute walk so we were able to visit neighbouring towns and even managed to get to Spain on one of the days. We don't usually visit a place twice but really loved Cabanas and Pedras da Rainha so hope to return very soon!
Just returned from a week at this very pleasant resort. WE had a recently refurbished studio apartment on the first floor and wall to wall sunshine so may have a bearing on the review! we arrived from the airport at about 9.45pm and were the only couple checking in so the process was quick and easy and the receptionist very efficient and explained all of the main features of the resort, small train to water taxi point etc., then arranged for a vehicle to take us to the apartment. This resort is quite large and the way it is laid out and by road the distance was probably about half a mile but by foot less than 100 yards| The studio we found charming .Set one the first floor, fairly steep steps, with a large balcony overlooking a substantial lawned area . It was very well equipped with all you need for a short stay. Yes there are no windows other than the large patio doors to the balcony so it is dark inside, but with ample lighting. and no doubt that is designed to keep it comfortable in the summer heat. It was very clean and other than a very hard mattress we had no complaints whatsoever. As said the resort is very large, in fact we only saw about a third of it during the week, but is delightfully laid out with various blocks of apartments laid out around wide grassed areas interspersed with olive trees conifers and palms and the whole area is well maintained and overall an attractive place. WE were in a newly refurbished studio and there were an occasional property, I think probably privately owned, which were a bit run down and that detracted from the otherwise pleasant surroundings. There is a large pool with good loungers and parasols and a well stocked bar which also serves snacks. A little pricier than elsewhere. There is also a restaurant open for breakfast and dinner but we didn't use it so cant comment. In addition there is a supermarket at the rear of the property which is quite well stocked and priced, better than the Spar at the other end. The resort also provides a tourist train service from the reception to the water taxi pier and a boats from there to the beach entrance both of which are free. All in all a very pleasant stay.
We last stayed here 3 years ago. It was lovely to come back. Our studio was very nice overlooking a wide grass space and with no neighbours. Well equiped kitchen sunny balcony where we could eat lunch or dinner when too lazy to walk the 5 mins to restaurants.Nice pool, helpful reception plenty of sunbathing space. The prom has a selection of eateries and some boat trips. The lovely beach is a 1 min boat ride across an inlet ( free to residents ). see also our review sept 2014
We stayed in Pedras da Rainha for the third consecutive year as a family and we still enjoy it. Our 4 year old loves the train ride to the beach and the boat shuttle. We very much enjoy the lovely gardens and the convenience of the mini market inside the resort...Our biggest resentment is the price, the level of comfort is rather limited and dated and we feel the residence can no longer justify the high end prices!
We had a house to ourselves, which was nice, almost clean and with good AC. We didn't spend much time within the hotel complex so I can't make a proper review on activities there. The staff was friendly but held back with information. We had to ask for every detail (when is breakfast, where, how to get to the beach etc) and if we forgot to ask it was our problem. The breakfast was disappointing. Standard British breakfast when there is a world of backed Portuguese goods to be discovered. The same breakfast every day, zero variation. The complex is full of fig trees and you can just pick them (when in-season) and enjoy. Unfortunately there was only one pool (not counting the baby pool). With the amount of families with children that wanted to be in the water this wasn't all too pleasant. It was too busy in a small area. If you are looking for a quiet and relaxing holiday with a place at the pool this is not the place to be. In addition, people are allowed to bring their dogs. In itself not a problem until you find dog poop wherever you walk and on the greenery. Maybe I am too picky but for the price we paid I expected more. It's a 3 star hotel afterall...Also, wifi is only available at the lobby and it is pretty bad. 3G was abysmal. But also here, it depends where your priorities lay. This place is probably good for children and old people but not so much the middle aged generation.
What a great place to stay, the apartments are lovely typical Portuguese and self catering, massive swimming pool and use of tennis courts and a amazing bowling green, supermarket and laundry on site, will be back soon
The greeting at reception was friendly efficient and full of information to get us started There is a small train which runs from the front entrance down to the boat which is then a very short ride to the beautiful beach. This service is provided for free and we used it several times. The houses are set out in small groups spread around the gardens. It was very easy to park the car right outside our house. This site is also animal friendly. The house was small but adequate. The only negative really was that we were a little over run by ants. The kitchen had everything needed and there was a pleasant lounge area which could have provided two extra beds. The bedroom was a little cramped but plenty of storage to be had. The houses have nice terraces with tables and chairs to be able to sit and eat outside. The site shop is well stocked and reasonable prices. We actually thought it was better than the Spar in the town. The site bar is some what over priced. For example a Coca Cola was 2.50 euros. The same size in all the other restaurants we ate in was 1.50 euros. Quite a difference! I you like fish and want a reasonably priced restaurant I would highly recommend Sabores Da Ria part way along the front of the town. We would be likely to go back some time in the future.
This is my second time visiting this place. First time was in a studio apartment and the second time in an apartment with space for 6 people. The location is amazing, except that there's not too many things to do. Very suited for a relaxing holiday, not necessarily a long one. You have the beach, restaurants and a few small stores close by. Beware that it's not just super warm in the summer, but can be veeery windy. That ruined quite a lot of "beach-days" for us. Tavira, Vila Real and Faro is close by for some exploring. Even though I've read that trains are "dependable" on google, this is not true... they can be very delayed and stop for long periods of time for no reason. Therefore we took the cab most places. The rooms at the hotel were not so great. Very dated. We experienced cockroaches and had to change rooms. Although they changed rooms for us with no problems, I did not get the impression they were going to do anything about it (poor next guests...). I know this is a common problem in warm climates, but this is a hotel and not all guests are familiar with these bugs and will find it very unpleasant. You are after all on holiday. Although we changed rooms, both rooms were still infested with big spider-nests and ants. I seriously had to kill ants crawling on my bed all the time. The rooms smelled quite damp and cellar-like. The bathrooms and kitchens especially were quite old. There were cracks in the walls and the entrance door/terrace doors, so that anything could easily crawl in. The beds and pillows were quite uncomfortable and flat. The housekeepers always came in the evenings, and we rarely noticed them doing anything than make the beds. They were loud... and they seriously smoked at our doorstep..They never changed toilet paper (we had one roll for 5 people..) or swept the floor which was covered in sand and stuff (even when we arrived). Very dusty place (didn't seem like anyone had been in the apartments in ages). If you're lucky enough to get a dish washing machine you have to buy soap yourself. Same goes for washing clothing in their laundry room (they only have huge boxes of laundry-detergent and soap etc in the stores). We also had to constantly buy toilet paper. Be prepared to pay in cash most places, and they do not like you paying in "big" bills, like above 10 euro-bills.... even though you can't get more than 50-euro bills out of the atm, no one will want to give change. People are generally very nice and helpful, both in the hotel and general area. Most places speak some English, but they appreciate it if you know some Portuguese. Some restaurants in this small town are amazing, (Cool Wave, Pizzaria Roma, etc) steer clear of others (especially Vitaminas Bar). Also, don't just follow the main street where "most" of the restaurants are, there are some really great ones in the side-streets as well. Another minus is that there's no internet (only in lobby/bar) - even though this is 2017... when we complained about this we were able to pay a deposit to loan a router.
- Free WiFi in public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
- Outdoor pool
Located in Conceicao e Cabanas de Tavira, Pedras da Rainha is within a mile (2 km) of sights such as Cabanas Beach and Benamor Golf. This 3-star resort welcomes guests with 140 rooms and conveniences like an outdoor pool, free self parking, and a free children's club. On the boardwalk, it's also near Roman Bridge and Tavira Castle.
You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge or visit the onsite restaurant for a bite to eat. Get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. Start your day off with English breakfast, available for a fee.
The 140 air-conditioned rooms feature kitchenettes and balconies. For entertainment, guests can expect to find TVs. Limited housekeeping is available.
At Pedras da Rainha, guests enjoy features like an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and outdoor tennis courts. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available on request) for EUR 50 per vehicle one way. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with tours or tickets, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this family-friendly resort include free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and a free kid's club.
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77% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 265 reviews