My boyfriend and I have just returned in May from a 5 day stay, Half Board at the Vila Gale Marina hotel in Vilamoura.
Location – the hotel is about a half hour taxi ride away from the airport which costs around 30 euros. Maybe look in to booking a transfer. Hotel overlooks the marina and is about 1 minute walk away from the beach.
Rooms – standard hotel room, clean and tidy, good size balcony. Bathroom is ok, good size but I agree with the other tripadvisor reviewer that a four star hotel shouldn’t have shower curtains. Our room was on the seventh floor in the middle section which meant we directly overlooked the marina. As another reviewer mentioned there were a few noisy guests, hotel is popular with groups of men on golfing holidays.
Food – good selection at breakfast buffet. Not many people chose to stay half board which is waiter service, you choose from a selection of food over four courses. Excellent variety of fish or meat, salads etc and all made to order so you know its not been hanging around. Bottle of house white wine cost about 12 euros. Would choose to stay half board again, especially with restaurants being pricey as the exchange rate is rubbish at the moment. Current price for dinner paying separately is 20 euros each which was much more than you can get it for when booking the whole holiday.
Staff – welcoming, friendly,attentive and spoke good English
Facilities – outdoor pool, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and gym. Lots of sunbeds and a pool bar too. Luggage room can be used for flights after checkout time of 12 noon. Small scale entertainment nightly in the foyer bar area.
The marina has many bars and restaurants catering to all tastes and is very pretty at night. We walked through the Tivoli hotel which is very modern inside and you can see why its so expensive but the location is not better than at this hotel. Just to note went to spain six weeks ago and it was much more expensive to eat out there than in Portugal. We would return to this hotel, particularly for the standard of the food.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Vila Gale Marina Vilamoura, Portugal - Algarve
- Vila Gale Marina Hotel