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Vila Gale Collection Praia
Ranked #3 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 May 2014

My wife and I stayed at this hotel recently and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The hotel is rated as a 4 star but it is one of the best in that category in my opinion. The hotel is very clean and accommodating, with nice little touches for couples like a real rose in the bathroom and towelling bathrobes. Pool side rooms are the best as you can enjoying the evening sun on the balcony while sipping your pre-dinner drink. There was a good selection of fruit and warm food for breakfast and the evening menu was also quite varied though not extensive as there are only 40 rooms. There are 3 restaurants a short walk from the hotel on the beach which were OK but nothing to rave about. The best local restaurant we visited was Sao Domingos about a mile away. Walk up to the first roundabout, turn left, straight across the next and its on the left as you enter the next village. If you want a nice relaxing holiday this is the place to book. Special thanks to all the staff at the hotel who made are stay so enjoyable.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

I stayed here early May 2014 with my adult daughter and had 5 wonderful days. Adult only, small and intimate with first rate service from every one of the staff. We had a pool view room on the third floor with a lovely view of the pool, gardens and sea beyond. room was quite spacious and very comfortable. Breakfast tasty and plentiful with more than enough choice. We had dinner in the restaurant once and lunch by the pool a few times, food was excellent. There is a gorgeous beach 2 mins walk from the hotel with a couple of nice restaurants, we particularly liked Pedras Amerelas, the furthest left on the beach. Unfortunately I didn't get into the spa but will make sure I do next visit. Pool area is really nice and spacious with plenty of comfy sunbeds no one put towels out to reserve beds as it was completely unnecessary. Every where was pristine and very well maintained and we came back thoroughly relaxed and chilled. I would give this hotel 5 stars. Will definitely be back.

Room Tip: Pool view rooms are nicer but there is a supplement
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

Our initial experience was not good as we were taken by 'shuttle' GREEN BUS to our hotel. Unfortunately we were dropped at the wrong hotel which turned out to be another Vila Gale. (Be aware there are 9 of them in the Algarve and at least 3 in Albufeira) After receiving the devastating news that we had been deserted at the wrong hotel by the driver who had quickly left the scene, the hotel staff at Vila Gale Atlanica were very helpful, advising us that our hotel was 10 minutes walk away, offering to walk us there or call us a taxi and calling Vila Gale Priai to confirm they were expecting us. We got a taxi in the end.
The moral of this story is that if you are being dropped off by a driver, get him to wait while you confirm your accommodation.
We were met by Ricardo who was very apologetic on behalf of the shuttle driver and after giving us a cold tea and wet towel we went to our room. There are only 40 rooms on 3 floors. We paid a small amount extra to overlook the pool and this was definitely worth it. The view is lovely (you can see the sea too on the 3rd floor and our double bed was enormous. The room was extremely quiet and dark too, thanks to blackout curtains.
The pool is lovely albeit cold and there were always spare loungers. There were no children and just quiet chatter to be heard. So peaceful.
There is a fridge in the room and a supermarket about 10 minute stroll away for milk. Don't forget your kettle like we did.
Breakfast is very nice - the normal juices, fruits, cooked bits and breads.
There is a library near reception with plenty of books left by guests.
There is a pool table near reception, just ask for the triangle and balls and play to your hearts content! No charge - which is nice.
Wifi can be a bit slow and currently not available in rooms but good enough.
There is a little shop next door for ice cream, postcards, and bits and pieces. Also a little bar.
The hotel has a bar and does snacks which are very nice.
The hotel has a restaurant. We had two very nice meals there. Limited choice on the menu though.
If you are limited with packing don't take towels, the hotel supplies them free of charge.
There is a 2* Michelin restaurant across the road - Vila Joya. We had lunch there for the experience and it was fabulous although drink extortionate. Go for a once only ocassion - the food was marvellous!!
The beach is 5 minutes casual stroll from the hotel and is lovely and sandy.
There are 3 bar/restaurants on the beach which are all good for lunch but Pedras is outstanding for supper and you can watch the sun set too.
Sun loungers on the beach are 13 euros for two per day!!
We had a marvellous holiday here with wonderful weather. The hotel staff were all lovely and friendly. The hotel was clean. It If you want action and excitement don't go here, it's a fair trip to the centre of Albufeira. In fact we never even went there, we were too chilled out!

Room Tip: Pay a little extra for a pool view. 3rd floor will give you a sea view too.
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

If you're wanting a quiet relaxing break in excellent surroundings in a lovely hotel with fist class staff you need look no further.
Always wary about returning to a hotel but this one didn't disappoint still as good as our previous visit a few years ago.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

Well located to local amenities book a pool view room rooms very clean and well kept quiet at night entertainment average would go again lovely pool not many sunbeds with towels on to reserve on a morning good thing

Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

I wrote a review in October 2013 on tripadvisor stating that it was time for new sunbeds and the good news is that the Gale Praia have responded and replaced all the sunbeds AND provided mats. We stayed for 25 nights in April, a little too long for me but I have difficulty dragging my wife away! The swimming has been retiled and four tiled sunbeds have been located actually in the pool. Some rooms have new baths and other rooms are set to have only a shower. All the staff were once again excellent - It's a pity that the Head of Reception, Sofia, is leaving the hotel to work closer to home. It is difficult to criticise this Hotel but there are a number of issues that you only notice during a long stay. Staffwise, the hotel is run on a shoe-string and it is only because the restaurant staff are so dedicated and hard working that it functions - the Hotel Manager is based at the nearby Atlantico so sees/hears less than a long stay guest. The garden is beautiful and some new trees have been planted but the grass mowing and strimming takes days even though a new sit-on mower is in use - a bigger team to do the job in a day would be better for guests. The swimming pool could do with a little heat.
Guests still have free access to the Spa and many treatments were reduced so they were good value for money.
We never expect the days of the turndown service with chocolates, the slippers, entertainment twice a week, and the Manager's welcome drinks party to return but the hotel thoroughly deserves the high ratings that it consistently receives.
The Hotel's restaurant is now very competitively priced, compared to the three local beach restaurants, and the food very good.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

We'll appointed hotel in central location with excellent staff and good food. Small intimate relaxing hotel, ideally suited for couples as has a no children policy. Rooms with pool view are extra and pick up the afternoon sun for relaxing on the veranda.

Room Tip: Choose first floor if not paying for room with pool view as better outlook than lower level.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: Praia da Gale | Lote 33, Apartado 2204, Albufeira 8200-385, Portugal
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 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
#2 Spa Hotel in Albufeira
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
#4 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range: £84 - £204 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Vila Gale Collection Praia 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Located just 150 m from Gale Beach, this stylish hotel offers rooms with balconies, some of which overlook the swimming pool and palm tree garden. It features a spa and saunas. Each room at Vila Gale Praia offers modern furnishings, including a flat-screen TV and DVD player. It has a seating area, work desk and a private bathroom with bathtub and hairdryer. The Gale Praia features an open-plan bar and restaurant serving a wide choice of beverages and a la carte meals. A rich breakfast buffet is served each morning in the dining room. The hotel’s cosy lobby area has plenty of seating, a library and billiards. Alternatively, guests can relax in Spa Satsanga offering several body treatments and yoga lessons, as well as a hot tub and steam rooms. Vila Gale Praia can arrange rental bikes for exploring the beautiful Algarve coast. Free parking is available at the hotel. ... more   less 
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