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Vila Gale Marina
Ranked #14 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
Certificate of Excellence
Luton, Beds
Level 5 Contributor
23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Great location. Thank you to Ellena/Elaina who managed to change our room from 2nd floor to 7th, which was a junior suite. Fantastic views of the beach, marina and mountains in the distance, however it was very breezy and only gets the sun late afternoon ! Ellena even arranged for a sun lounger on the balcony ! The hotel are introducing tea/coffee facilites in the rooms... unfortunately they only have 20 and you have to prebook them.

Read previous reviews about rowdy golfers ... wish they were there when I was... the hotel was dead in the evening. Managed one night of entertainment... the magician was really good which is totally opposite to the singer. Drinks are incredibly expensive when compared with the cost of a bottle of spirit from the shops.

You have to pay for the safe in the room, approx £2 per day, activation code available from Reception. Pool/beach towels are available via a card issued when you book in. There is a car park that you can pay for or, if you are lucky, they are few spaces on the access ramp to the hotel. However, there is a free car park just behind the hotel.

All in all... lovely location, hotel is very accommdating, breakfast more than ample,

The bars/restaurants are expensive round the marina. If you go a few blocks in, there are more restaurants which, to me, have a better atmosphere. Could be a bit monotonous after a few days tho.

Pool area is very cramped, with noise from people enjoying themselves. The beach is only a five minute walk.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Marina, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Dear Guest

Firstly of all thank you for taking time to make your review about Vila Gale Marina, which deserve our best attention.

We were pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay.

It will be a pleaser for us to welcome you back at Vila Gale Marina or any other Vila Galé in Portugal or Brazil.

Thank you for your preference.

Best regards.

Porfirio Perdigão
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Fabulous hotel in an excellent location, right across the road from the Marina. Our room on the 6th floor, was right on the front of the hotel with the most amazing view ever. The room itself was clean and spacious with good air conditioning, mini bar and safe (payable). Not much in the way of storage space (3 drawers and 6 hangers) and a full length mirror in the room but no plug point nearby so a bit awkward for us women when getting ready to go out !but we managed. We stayed HB and thought that the food choice at breakfast and evening meal was very good. Lots of choice of both hot and cold food at both meals. The dining room was cool and spacious and we never had to wait or queue for anything. The staff in the dining room, as in the rest of the hotel, were very smiley and always polite and friendly. The only downside we found was that there was no dress code for dinner and quite a few of the guests (men and women) wore shorts and vest tops with flip flops. I think in a hotel like this, there should be a dress code for evening meal. The pool area was good, usual routine of towels being placed on sunbeds from early morning even though it stated this was not allowed. We usually returned to the hotel around 4.30pm for an hour or two around the pool and always managed to get sun beds, and the jacuzzi is excellent.

Vilamoura itself is absolutely lovely. The marina is fabulous and at night becomes a busy cosmopolitan area with lots of bars and restaurants, with something for everyone. Some of the bars are a little expensive but you'll soon work out the ones that are.

We had a trip to Albufeira on the local bus which took around 40 minutes and cost around 4 euros each. Again, this was a very nice place but much bigger than Vilamoura and far too much to see in one day. However I would definitely recommend going there.

All in all we had a wonderful time at this resort and hotel for our first time in Portugal and would definitely recommend and return here.

Room Tip: Emailed the hotel a couple of weeks before we went asking for a high floor overlooking the marina...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Marina, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Dear Guest

Firstly of all thank you for taking time to make your review about Vila Gale Marina, which deserve our best attention.

We were pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay.

It will be a pleaser for us to welcome you back at Vila Gale Marina or any other Vila Galé in Portugal or Brazil.

Thank you for your preference.

Best regards.

Porfirio Perdigão
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Hamilton, Scotland
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Having arrived mid evening, we opted to eat in the hotel dining room. A buffet for 22 euros. Too expensive at the price. The food was ok, but not terribly exciting and as a result, the spacious dining room not exactly busy. Breakfast was more on quantity rather than quality. We ate out at all other times.
Staff were friendly and helpful. Good location. Spotless hotel.

But PLEASE, kill the horrible elevator music in the corridors!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Marina, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Dear Guest

Firstly of all thank you for taking time to make your review about Vila Gale Marina, which deserve our best attention.

We were pleased to hear the positive points that you referred and we took due note of the negative ones.

It will be a pleaser for us to welcome you back at Vila Gale Marina or any other Vila Galé in Portugal or Brazil.

Thank you for your preference.

Best regards.

Porfirio Perdigão
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

This hotel does not deserve it's 4* status. The hotel has so little space around the pool that it is cramped & noisy. We had to get our room moved due a noisy group of golfers next to us. Golfers & Stag parties take over this hotel, which ruin it for everyone else.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Clare E
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Marina, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Dear Guest

Firstly of all thank you for taking time to make your review about Vila Gale Marina, which deserve our best attention.

We were pleased to hear the positive points that you referred and we took due note of the negative ones.

It will be a pleaser for us to welcome you back at Vila Gale Marina or any other Vila Galé in Portugal or Brazil.

Thank you for your preference.

Best regards.

Porfirio Perdigão
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Returned from Vilamoura 1 week ago, Fabulous place! The main thing that Vila Gale Hotel has going for it is location which is superb! Had room 410 which had a lovely view of the pool and the marina (Not too fond of heights so perfect height for me to sit on the balcony and have a nice view). It was my 40th Birthday whilst I was there so my husbad had prior emailed the hotel to see if there was anything to make my stay any more enjoyabe being a special occasion, Wether that was anything to do with having a great view or we would have been allocated that room anyway I dont know, But we returned from our first evening out to find a bottle of Champagne, Dipped Strawberrys and a tray of nuts waiting for us, Very nice indeed thank you, A very nice touch for which I thank the Management for! Breakfast was good lots of fresh fruit, Juice bottled still & sparking water, Top tip, The coffe machine only give 1/2 cup so if you are getting two press the hot water button and fill between the two for the perfect cup of hot coffee! Fried and scrambled egges every morning & continental breakfast if you prefer. Rooms were nice if a little on the small side but perfectly formed, Bathroom OK but maybe could do with an upgrade, Same with foyer, If I was being picky for a 4 star the things that let the hotel down was the bathrooms, the foyer and the sunbeds (I like a nice comfy sunbed and usually take this into consideration when choosing a hotel however I choose this one for location and I just went to the beach where they were really comfy if a little expensive at 12 Euro for 1/2 day) The outlook of the hotel round the pool however is nice. The overall cleanliness of the hotel is excellent, The cleaners even took the panels out of the windows to clen them on our floor! All in all I would stay here again looking at other hotels other than the Tivoli Marina (Which would have been an extra £800 and I heard some people say it isnt the best 5 star so maybe not worth the extra just for B & B!) you cannot beat the location, Peurobeach is a must if you want a treat during the day the double beds are 40 euro for the day but so worth it with waiter service at your feet, Chill out music, Pillows, Towels, Fab smoothies, Cocktails, Champagne if you really want to push the boat out! and Peurobeach in the evening is an amazing place! The marina is full of lovely resterants but you can just have drinks too, We used to eat early evening, News has some lovely sofas were you can chill with a bottle of wine and there is a champagne/cocktail bar just up from it on the right, A great holiday!!!!!!!!

Room Tip: I don't like heights but like a nice view, Room 410 was perfect for me!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Marina, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Dear Guest

Firstly of all thank you for taking time to make your review about Vila Gale Marina, which deserve our best attention.

We were pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay.

It will be a pleaser for us to welcome you back at Vila Gale Marina or any other Vila Galé in Portugal or Brazil.

Thank you for your preference.

Best regards.

Porfirio Perdigão
General Manager
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Barry, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2014 via mobile

My daughter and I had 5 days at this lovely hotel the rooms were spotless and the facilities more than expected we only had breakfast but it was one of the best we have had and we do lots of short breaks the staff were so friendly and we were so near the beach and Marina would recommend this to all my friends will return hopefully

Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Marina, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Dear Guest

Firstly of all thank you for taking time to make your review about Vila Gale Marina, which deserve our best attention.

We were pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay.

It will be a pleaser for us to welcome you back at Vila Gale Marina or any other Vila Galé in Portugal or Brazil.

Thank you for your preference.

Best regards.

Porfirio Perdigão
General Manager
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2014

Stayed for 3 nights at this hotel, and had a fantastic time. Unlike previous reviews we were not troubled by golfers at all. We arrived early, and reception staff informed us our room was not quite ready, but within 1/2 hour we were checked in and unpacking. The room was lovely and big, on the ninth floor with a fab view of the marina and beach. As there were three of us, we had an extra camp bed in the room, but this was actually quite comfortable, and not a problem for us. Both the marina and beach are just a short stroll from the hotel, with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from. We ate lunch at the Mayflower a couple of times. We were on half board and ate breakfast and dinner in the hotel restaurant, there was a good selection of food and it was to a high standard, as was the lunch we ordered from the pool bar, there was a small delay in the food coming, but we were given a complimentry round of drinks whilst we waited, and joined in a quiz that the animation team was running. The pool area and Jacuzzi were busy, with my only complaint being guests leaving towels on sunbeds first thing and not returning until late afternoon, but thats no different to any other hotel! Pool towels are provided at reception. Overall the hotel is in a fantastic location, spotlessly clean and the staff are very helpful and polite, Wifi is free in the lobby, but would be an added bonus to have it free in the rooms too. We will definatly be returning soon.

Room Tip: Rooms on ninth floor have fantastic views.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Marina, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Dear Guest

Firstly of all thank you for taking time to make your review about Vila Gale Marina, which deserve our best attention.

We were pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay.

It will be a pleaser for us to welcome you back at Vila Gale Marina or any other Vila Galé in Portugal or Brazil.

Thank you for your preference.

Best regards.

Porfirio Perdigão
General Manager
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Property: Vila Gale Marina
Address: Alameda Praia da Marina, Vilamoura, Quarteira 8125-408, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quarteira > Vilamoura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Vilamoura
#12 Family Hotel in Vilamoura
#12 Luxury Hotel in Vilamoura
#13 Romantic Hotel in Vilamoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Vila Gale Marina 4*
Number of rooms: 243
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is located directly in the tourist centre of Vilamoura a mere 200 m from the beach and 50 m from the marina. It is right near all the shops, restaurants, bars and transportations in Vilamoura. The nearest airport is in Faro only 25 km away. The hotel was built in 1995 and renovated in 2002. It has a total of 243 rooms from which 44 standard rooms with ocean view and 14 suites suitable for families. The facilities are air-conditioned and include a lobby with a 24-hour reception, lifts, a coffee shop, a newspaper stand, a bar, a buffet or a la carte restaurant with a separate non-smoking area (children's highchairs available on request), a conference rooms, free Wi-Fi internet access in public areas, car park. For an additional cost guests may use the hotel safe, the laundry services and the garage. The rooms are attractive and decorated in a maritime style. They are equipped with air conditioning, electronic safety door look, direct telephone, safe, LCD TV with Cable and Pay TV, Wi-Fi Connection (for and additional cost), Minibar and 24 hour room service, private bathroom with telephone and hair dryer. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool with a pool bar, sun loungers and parasols. Guests may also enjoy the Health Club equipped with an indoor swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a steam room, a Gym and 2 tennis courts (part of a neighbouring hotel and available for an additional fee). There are deck chairs and parasols available on the sandy beach and an entertainment programme rounds off the hotel's offerings. A fine buffet is on offer on every meal of the day. Lunch and dinner may also be taken a la carte. ... more   less 
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