The Vila Gale Hotel is situated in a quiet area of Lagos, close to one of the best beaches in the Algarve. First impressions of the hotel are good, immaculate foyer, pleasant helpful staff, large well equipped rooms, try for a ground floor garden/pool room, which allows direct access to the gardens and pool area. Rooms are cleaned daily to a very high standard and the general state of repair of the whole hotel is very good.
Now for the not so good. I stayed on a bed and breakfast basis and tried the dinner buffet only once. Breakfast is a bit of a scrum with little room to manoeuvre due to the tight lay out of the seating and serving areas. If you like a traditional sausage, egg. toast and bacon breakfast, then you are going to be disappointed. The ingredients are there, but hot they are not. Luke warm at best and I defy you to get a decent cup of tea. The buffet dinner is expensive for what is available and again pot luck if you manage to find something hot.
The lounge bar is a triumph of style over substance with uncomfortable seating and no character whatsoever. Before ordering a round of drinks, alcoholic or soft, consider phoning your bank to arrange a bigger overdraft as you are going to need it. The drink prices are eye wateringly expensive, think at least 3 or 4 times more than Lagos Town.
Taking all in to account, I enjoyed my stay at this hotel with its lovely pool and gardens and would still recommend it as long as you remember the above mentioned food and drink shortcomings.
- 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