I have recently returned from a 3 night stay at the Vila Gale Marina Hotel in Vilamoura and found it to be a bit of a 'mixed bag'.
Good points: Great location, right on the Marina and close to the beach. Good food - we stayed on a half board basis and found the variety and quality of the food to be great. Good value for money - compared to some of the other hotels we looked at in the area.
Bad points: Hotel is quite dated, rooms and communal areas are tired and in need of a refurbishment. Staff - We found them to be very impersonal and quite rude! I asked if the hotel had an iron I could borrow (which I thought was not an unreasonable request in a 4* hotel) and the receptionist just barked at me "No". Worst of all was the sunbathing situation which is ridiculous - the pool area is far too small for the amount of guests. There are signs up saying that sunbeds cannot be reserved but these are totally ignored and by 9am each morning that we stayed, every single bed had a towel or item of clothing on it. On the last day of our stay we even had to sneak into a neighbouring hotel to use their pool and sunbeds which was not ideal!. Unfortunately I don't think I could recommend this hotel to others because of the bad points I have mentioned, although the sunbed situation may not be as bad at different times in the year.
- 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