Between 6 to 13 September, I traveled to Lagos and I was staying in Hotel Vila Gale - a great hotel in terms of location (oceanfront 5 min from Meia Praia), layout and services with professional staff. The hotel offers the option of a great pool of generous dimensions. My trip was organised through a local tour-operator Domitur. Also very professional. Our guide, Rita a very pleasant young lady gave us valuable information and help in booking of day trips. We followed her recommendations and never regretted. We took a one-day trip of the historical Algarve, a pleasant foray into the region's history. Another one-day trip to Lisbon very interesting, but too little time to enjoy all that the capital has to offer. Would require a week. The peak was reached by the one-day jeep safari through the wild surroundings of Algarve. The trip was provided by Portitours. It was an unforgettable day with a little adventure, a rustic lunch delicious, tasting a local liquor called medronio and honey obtained by traditional methods. In the tour we were accompanied by Indiana Jones and the Flying Dutch, the nicknames of our guides - two great guys, very professional, very willing to share their knowledge and with exceptional driving skills. It was quite an adventure that I repeat it anytime.
Rita also recommended us three great restaurants with portuguese cuisine, that are a must for each tourist which want to taste a bit of Portugal: A Floresta (a small family restaurant with warm atmosphere and preparations "like at home"), Dom Seabastiao (with a touch of elegance and sophistication) and Sao Goncalo a true gem (we came back twice, live Fado every friday, needs reservation).
In conclusion, I will definitely return there left so much to see and do. People we meet were polite, hospitable, warm and dignified.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is located on the beach front, along the sandy Meia Praia beach. It is the new reference point on the Western Algarve Coast. The closest train station is about 1.5 km away and Faro Airport is about 85 km away from the hotel. Occupying an 85-thousand square metre area, the building faces the ocean and allows for an optimised view from the hotel's rooms. There are 168 guest rooms in total. The premises are air-conditioned and guests are welcomed in a lobby with 24-hour reception and 24-hour check-out services. Facilities at the beach hotel include lift access, a hotel safe, TV lounge, children's playground, children's club, bar and a restaurant. As far as business activities and conventions are concerned, the facilities have a large convention centre which is 1100 m² in size and wireless Internet access is available for a fee. Guests can take advantage of the hotel's room and laundry services (the latter for a fee) and leave their vehicles in the car park or garage (the latter incurs an additional fee). The hotel offers its guests spacious and comfortable rooms with LCD TV with national and international channels with access to a film menu providing entertainment and information. For guests' convenience, there is a lounge area with a table and work desk with a wireless Internet connection for laptops (for an additional cost), minibar, radio and electronic safety lock. The en suite bathroom has a shower, bath, hairdryer and toiletry kit. Individually regulated air conditioning and individually regulated heating are provided. Private balconies for enjoying views of the hotel's surrounding areas also come as standard. Guests can take a refreshing dip in the hotel's swimming pool where there is also a children's swimming area, poolside snack bar, and sun loungers and parasols available on the sun terrace. This hotel offers guests all the comforts of a real resort. Located in front of the beach, they can enjoy either the swimming pool or the beach. Guests can also unwind in our Spa, Satsanga, with Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and it offers a spa where guests can pamper themselves with a massage or spa treatment (extra fees apply). There are also 3 tennis courts, pool/snooker, bowling and golf as well (all for extra fees). Moreover, the hotel organises an entertainment programme for children. Breakfast and dinner may be chosen from a wide breakfast buffet. Lunch and dinner can also be taken a la carte. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vila Gale Lagos Hotel Lagos
- Vila Gale Hotel Lagos