Stayed with family in August, had a great holiday in Albufeira. If you treat this hotel as a 2 star budget hotel - somewhere to use as a base and to sleep in, then it's reasonable.
Best selling point of the hotel is the amazing views from inside and just outside the hotel. You can see the whole of Albufeira and the sea from the bar and terrace on the top floor. Many of the rooms have a balcony with different views.
The staff were friendly and helpful. The hotel was clean, it said cleaning was every 3 days, but our room was cleaned 3 times.
The location is good - downhill walk to the old town and beach in 10 mins. Main square and fishermans beach about 30 mins walk. New town, supermarkets like lidl, aldi, continente, McDonald's and fast food are a couple of miles away - better off taking a taxi or bus.
There is free wi-fi, but it only works on the top floor or reception.
Negatives - the hotel is on the top of a fairly steep hill. There are lots of stairs in & out. This hotel is not for those with mobility issues, or the elderly. You'll need to be reasonably fit to get in and out in the August heat. 4th floor is closest to reception and front and rear entrances.
The rooms are small and need redecorating. There is no air con. The shower only heats up in the evening. The lift don't work. There was only 1 plug point in the room. There is a charge for using the room safe. The room tv is small ( about 17 inches CRT), but did show English/ American channels, eurosports, us movies, CNN, BBC, etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Da Gale is a small beach hotel. Its style is very Portuguese, it has 60 double and triple rooms, with or without balcony, and almost all have a sea view. All rooms have their own private bathroom with bathtub, a telephone, safety box and cable TV. The top floor is home to the Navy Bar, with its panoramic view. This is where we serve breakfast and create a friendly relaxing atmosphere right through to until midnight, with background music to soothe you as you gaze out to sea and across the marvellous Albufeira coastline. ***************************************** E uma pequena unidade hoteleira de praia de estilo bem portugues com 60 quartos (duplos e triplos), com ou sem varanda, quase todos com vista para o mar. Todos os quartos tem casa-de-banho privativa com banheira, telefone, cofre e TV por Cabo. No ultimo andar temos o nosso "Navy Bar" com uma vista panoramica, onde servimos os Pequenos-almocos e criamos uma atmosfera simpatica e relaxante, ate a meia-noite, com musica ambiente para o servir, vislumbrando o mar e a maravilhosa costa de Albufeira. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Da Gale Albufeira
- Da Gale Hotel Albufeira
- Hotel Da Gale Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal