We stayed at the Vila Gale Nautica for 11 nights from the 22nd of July with our two children age 13 and 15.
All in all we had a good time here the staff are friendly and our family double room was a good size with 2 balconies.
We had high expectations based on the reviews but we usually go 5 star and this hotel is what I would call a good 3 star with a few positives.
The good points:
Food not bad some nights have better chooses than others but the kids were always happy eating in the hotel restaurant.
The surrounding area is lovely to walk about in the evening with plenty of restaurants and bars if you fancy a break from the hotel. we dined out 3 or 4 times and this helped balance things out and some of the local restaurants are very good.
The floor is moped daily and beds made with clean towels etc that said the beds are twin not double and the mattresses are of very poor quality and uncomfortable.
The beach is nice and only a short walk across the road you get a nice breeze here compared to zero breeze at the secluded pool area.
The hotel feels very safe we were happy for kids to stay up and hang out and we left phones, ipads etc by our sun beds on many occasions with no problems.
The not so good:
The fridge in the room never has any drinks put in it for you and if you want water you need to wait until 9pm to get a bottle from the bar which has a massive queue at this time in general.
The pool is deep all the way round and cold so didn't use this much however the kids still enjoyed it.
This pool is not for poor swimmers and the sun beds are impossible to relax on they are lumpy hard plastic with no mattresses ( it's becomes too uncomfortable to sunbathe on these hard boney beds )
The entertainment is naff unless you like karaoke 80's style you might struggle to be entertained, and the Bar only has 2 bar men which is inadequate with lengthy queues and is very poor compared to other all inclusive hotels we've stayed at.
If you are used to a 3 star Spanish holiday you will love this place, however if you are used with 5 star hotels you will be disappointed and underwhelmed overall.
I will not be returning to this hotel but for the money it was ok I just think I will invest an extra grand next time and go back to 5 star.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This attractive beach hotel is located in the centre of Armacao de Pera just a few meters away from the beach and less than 1 km away from an array of shops, boutiques, bars, restaurants, nightclubs and public transports. Built in 1995 and renovated in 2003, the hotel has 233 modern rooms, where we feature 25 junior suites suitable for families. The hotel has a 24-hour reception with a safe, a lift and a newspaper stand. There is a kids' club and a playground available for children. An air-conditioned a la carte restaurant with a separate non-smoking area and highchairs for infants is also provided. Guests may park their cars either in the hotel car park, or in the garage. Room and laundry services as well as medical assistance complete the services on offer at this hotel. The modern rooms are equipped with air conditioning, electronic safety door look, direct telephone, LCD TV with Cable, private balcony, Wi-Fi Connection and safe (for and additional cost), Minibar and 24 hour room service, private bathroom with telephone and hair dryer. The hotel has a Health Club composed with indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, steam room / Turkish bath and Gym. In the outdoors guests will find a swimming pool for adults and children with sun loungers and parasols. The nearest golf course is approximately 8 km away. Guests are invited to take breakfast from a wide buffet. Lunch and dinner service may be choosen a la carte. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vila Gale Nautico Hotel
- Vila Gale Nautico Algarve/Armacao De Pera, Portugal