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“Quiet, relaxing retreat!”
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Vila Gale Praia
Ranked #3 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
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“Quiet, relaxing retreat!”
Reviewed 10 September 2013 via mobile

Just had a long weekend at this hotel with best friend. Was great escape and exactly the perfect place for relaxation and peacefulness. Breakfast was good and evening meals were fine dining style, again good food but not big portions for those with larger appetites.
Room was clean and spacious. Staff were friendly although service during the day for drinks and snacks was at times slack.
Location is great for beach fans as a few mins walk down the road.
Would definitely go back but not for a full summer holiday.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

That I remember from an earlier visit. Boutique hotel with attention to detail. Upon arrival I was greeted with an iced lemon tea and refreshing cool flannel! Staff all brilliant- especially Philippe and his team in the bar and restaurant. Good of excellent quality and really nice that if you are half board,you have the full menu to choose from without supplements etc. I think if you were there for a week or more, the menu could be a little limiting.Wifi reasonable sugnal around the hotel for a cist of €15 for 7 days.Also a very good incentive scheme,which even after a few years absence was still active,so 10% off all food and drink. Pool area clean and loads of sun loungers to choose from. Still a perfect oasis in the madness around Albufeira-I'll be back!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

Just retuned from a lovely, relaxing 9 night break in Villa Gale Priaya. The rooms were clean and modern, we asked to swap from a twin to a double room, which was no problem. Great service from most staff. We stayed 1/2 board, the food was good quality, however the menu was limited for a longer stay, so we ate in town a couple of evenings. I would highly recommend this hotel, if you are looking for a relaxing, quiet break.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Newport Pagnell, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

We found this hotel after extensive searching on the internet - we were not disappointed. From the moment we entered the calm, relaxed reception area to be greeted warmly by the staff our experience of the hotel just got better and better. Our room was lovely with a very large and comfortable double bed, brilliant view from the balcony and high standard of cleanliness. The food at breakfast was excellent with plenty of choice. The meals in the hotel restaurant were of a very high standard and it was impossible to resist one of their desserts! All of the staff we met were friendly, polite and efficient - they helped to make our holiday so enjoyable. Although the nearby Gale beach was very busy as it was the height of the season, the peace and quiet at the hotel pool made up for that. The beach was lovely but sun beds and umbrellas were expensive, also there are only three restaurants on the beach but were all good with lots of lovely fish dishes and a brilliant view of the gorgeous sunset. Also, it is best to book during busy months. We would definitely recommend this holiday to couples who want a quiet hotel free from lots of children, near a beautiful sandy beach.

Room Tip: It is worth paying extra for a pool view as the other side of the hotel looks out onto an alleyway a...
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Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rhuddlan, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

We stayed at the Vila Gale Praia in July/August, we had done our research on the internet to find a relaxing holiday in Portugal close to the beach. We read the reviews and decided that this looked like the hotel where we would like to stay. Everything exceeded our expectations. We had a very warm welcome after a long journey, the rooms were stylish and modern and very comfortable. The cleanliness was to a high standard with maid service every day of the week. The size of the room was plentiful with TV, DVD player, you could loan dvds if you wished. there were two armchairs and comfy beds and a spotless bathroom. The choice of food for breakfast was amazing, from 7 - 11 am. Every taste was catered for and was replenished regularly right up to the end of service at 11am, so no matter what time you made it to breakfast there was always the same choice and freshness as the food served at 7am. We dined in the restaurant a few times in the evening during our stay which was fabulous and very reasonably priced. We were especially impressed with the friendliness, reliability and commitment of the restaurant staff, nothing was ever too much trouble at any time of the day. There was never a day that we had poor service, it was what we call 'above and beyond' every day to all the residents, not just ourselves. A extra special mention has to go to Filipe for his professionalism, dedication and commitment to his work & for the kindness he showed every day to ensure that our stay was perfect. Also a mention to Catarina who came to my rescue late at night when I had sunburn on my leg!!! Blesss her!. Another mention also to the dining room staff - Joana, Pedros, Nadia, excellent work, keep smiling!!. We also visited the spa every day, it was luxury!! I had a massage on the last day which was fabulous,relaxing and very professional. Thank you all for a fabulous holiday, we hope to see you again soon - Chris & Dom Tyson (room 315)

Room Tip: Room 317 has a larger balcony than all the other rooms. It also has sun loungers and faces the pool...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

We stayed here for two weeks in May and had a lovely time. We were spoiled by friendly and attentive staff (does the management realise what an impact they all have?), a quiet and easygoing atmosphere, unique location next to wonderful beaches and all out of sight and sound of Albufeira.
Gale Praia proved to be just the oasis we needed to recharge the batteries and we appreciated the kindness and attention of all the staff. Transport is probably essential if you intend to stay for a while as there are numerous restaurants to discover in the surrounding countryside. The further inland you go then the wider the choice and the better the value for money. (We drove past the pattisserie on the main road for the first ten days of our stay-- what a mistake).
Restaurants on the beach are of questionable quality and very expensive for what they offer. You pay a lot for the sunset view!
Despite a few very minor issues this was definately the best hotel experience we have had and are happy to commend it to you.

Room Tip: Rooms on pool side good for late sunshine while G&T goes down. Third floor gets sea views too.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kent, England
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

Hotel Vila Galé Praia is the best hotel I have ever stayed at. The staff go above and beyond their job remits to make your stay comfortable- especially Filipe in the restaurant and Ana on reception. The food in the restaurant is delicious and the breakfast options are extensive. As the hotel has only forty rooms, it is always quiet and relaxing- although you understandably have to take the cons with the pros of staying in such a small hotel (getting late check out for example). The beach that is less than a five minute walk away is probably the best beach in the Algarve.

I wouldn't recommend taking children to this hotel as there is no entertainment and it is clearly aimed at adults who are looking for a peaceful break.

Overall, as a young adult (without children!), I cannot wait to return next year for another relaxing break at Hotel Vila Galé Praia.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Vila Gale Praia
Address: Estrada da Gale | Apartado 2204, Albufeira 8200-385, Portugal
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Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Albufeira
#2 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
#4 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Vila Gale Praia 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This adult's only hotel is located in a peaceful Gale district of the city, close to the like-named sandy beach. It is about 8 km to the city centre of Albufeira that offers countless shopping and entertainment venues and that can easily be reached by making use of the public bus service that departs from a stop located just 150 m from the hotel. Faro international airport is located some 50 km away. Completely renovated in 2004, this 3 storey hotel has a total of 40 double rooms. Guests have access to a vast pool and garden complex, a spacious foyer with lifts and a 24-hour reception desk, a games room, a TV room, a newspaper stand, several shops, a cosy bar and an air-conditioned a la carte restaurant with a separate non-smoking area. Room and laundry services as well as medical assistance are on offer and guests may make use of the parking facilities. The tastefully decorated rooms come equipped with a bathroom with hairdryer, a telephone, LCD TV with cable, a hi-fi stereo system, a kitchenette, a minibar/fridge, a double bed, carpeting, air conditioning, central heating, a hire safe, a sitting area and a balcony or terrace. In the outdoor area there is a swimming pool, a snack bar and a sun terrace with parasols and sun loungers laid out ready for use. It is also possible to make use Satsanga Spa with mega Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room/Turkish bath, fitness room, a massage service and beauty treatments. The nearest golf course is approximately 1 km away. Guests may select their breakfast from a wide buffet; lunch and dinner may be chosen from a menu although the evening meal may alternatively be taken a la carte. Guests have the opportunity to book a half board stay. ... more   less 
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