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“Great Hotel, had a fantastic stay”
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Vila Gale Marina
Ranked #14 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
Certificate of Excellence
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
1 review
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“Great Hotel, had a fantastic stay”
Reviewed 22 March 2009

Me and three mates stayed in this hotel at the beginning of March, we had originally booked two rooms between the four of us but upon arrival the girl behind reception kindly upgraded us to a superior suite on the 9th floor which was fantastic!

The suite itself had two large bedrooms(one of which had ensuite), a mid sized living room and a massive balcony. The views from the balcony were great, looking right out over the marina.

The suite itself was very clean, before we made a mess of it every night, but was always returned to the way it was when we first checked in by housekeeping. (Patient people)

We booked this hotel for basically a booze up for my mates birthday, however the type of hotel and the time of year meant that it was a bit quiet, however it would be perfect for familys with kids, couples and older travellers looking to just chill out

Another great thing about the hotel was the fact that it is so close to marina with all the restauraunts and bars, also it's very close to the beach.

Would stay again for sure but probably with the bird, rather than three mates looking to drink their own body mass in alchohol. (Which by the way was magically countered by the great buffet breakfast every morning)

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 January 2009

We have recently returned from a very enjoyable holiday staying at the Villa Gale Marina Hotel in Vilamoura.

After an initial problem with our pre booked junior suite (booked to help celebrate a Special Birthday) the hotel management upgraded us to a Senior Suite on the 9th foor. The suites' accommodation was superb and the view from our huge balcony overlooking the marina/ the sea / and inland was magnificent -both day and night. This kind upgrade was very much appreciated by us both.
The maid /cleaning service was very efficient and unobtrusive.
Infact all the staff we met/spoke to were friendly and helpful throughout our stay .
The hotel restaurant had a set menu for evening meals which covered 5 courses (with approx4 choices for each course) priced a 20 euro's per head. we ate twice in the restaurant and each time we found our meals were very well presented and tasty = The buffet breakfasts were plentiful and fresh, with a wide variety of choice.

Being January, as one would expect, the hotel was not full, however there was still a varied programme of evening entertainment held nightly in the Bounty lounge Bar (which suited most of the guests very nicely and for those who wanted to watch sport events there were discrete screens in that lounge area too.) meals and snacks also being available there too -and at the same standard as the restaurant meals.
Dining out was a pleasure as there was such a variety of places to eat in. Concorde was very reasonably priced , good food & value for money. Ostra d' Ouro served excellent seafood and meat dishes, whilst the Algarvian Cataplana was really good at Perna de Pau.

A wander around the Cerro da Vila -the roman ruins & small museum - which can be found just behind the far side of the marina. at 2euro per head is well worth a visit.

The Wed Market at Quateria is typical of local markets found around europe.

One point to mention though is please be aware that we too met some middle-aged female guests in our hotel who had been mugged at twilight, in the area behind the various hotels/appartments that back on to the poorly lit park-open ground public parking area -near the supermarket by the childrens play area. So Yes, this does go on in Vilamoura , but this happens worldwide and we should always be aware/watchfull /careful / wherever we are.

If you want an assortment of shops go to the Algarve Shopping Mall in Guia near Albuferia also this mall is this is a round 500 hundred meters in front of the vineyard Adega Do Cantor the winery that produces Sir Cliff Richard's wine (Vida Nova). you have to book a wine tasting but it's well worth a visit too.

We do hope that ...if you go to Vilamoura you'll have as enjoyable holiday as we did. We intend to return again.

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N.Ireland
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Reviewed 27 January 2009

Moved from Vila Gale Tavira after 4 nights to Marina 3 nights. Wasn't used to queing for drinks etc. Full of golfers. So much so that while waiting for drinks at the bar I heard every shot that everyone played that day(so real you could hit by a golf ball). Nevertheless the standard was the usual Vila Gale way fo good old fashioned service. The staff at breakfast were plesant and accomodating. I will return!

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  • Disliked — Golfers
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 January 2009

Stayed at the Vila Gale Marina for three nights in early November. The hotel is very well located for the Marina as it’s just across the road and no more than 3 mins walk. The rooms were clean and well kept although a little on the 'cosy' side. The variety of hot and cold foods provided at breakfast was very good and always fully stocked. I can't comment on the restaurant as we were on B & B and didn't choose to eat there given there are plenty of good restaurants around the harbour. We ate in the A Bora on two evenings and the food & service was as good as always along with being great value for money. We also ate at the Don Alfonso which was good but slightly more expensive. When we travelled in November Vilamoura was very quiet with just a few golfers around but it was a great time to get away with temperatures still very much in the early 20's. If you are looking for a basic hotel but in a convenient location I would recommend the Vila Gale.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Small bedroom
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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west yorks
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2008

6 of us stayed here for 4 nights prior to Christmas for a golfing break. Rooms were very comfortable (and cheap), the choice at breakfast was excellent as was the free shuttle bus to and from the golf courses.
It is literally just across the road from the marina (only complaint is no access to hotel from main road - you have to go around the back) and even at this time of the year there was plenty of choice for eating.

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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stoke on trent
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 December 2008

i stayed in this hotel on november for a 3 days and wheather was terrible for a start weel it was sunny but cold .the hotel was ok however there was no sun in the hotel at allllllllllllllll.

you had to leave your hotel if you wanted some sunshine.the food was good in the hotel but we stayed half board and it was the same menu every night it was good job that i only stayed there for a 3 days...

staff couldnt speak much english in the restaurant therefore they did not know what fish or what meat was in the meals .

hotel was very clean.

the location for the hotel was very good only couple minutes from marina.what a shame that the hotel had no sun.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — position of this hotel no sun shine
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with family
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Aberdeen
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2008

Was on holiday last week at this hotel and found the reception staff most unfriendly compared to the Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa in Albufeira. The hotel was noisy with irish golfers coming in between 3.30 and 5.30 in the morning kicking and banging on the doors and then when finally let in they shouted to each other from the balcony and with it being u shaped it echoed and kept us awake. Apart from that it was okay.

  • Liked — The View
  • Disliked — The Noise from the Drunk Golfers
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with friends
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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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