Would recommend the Vila Gale Marina to anyone looking for a stay in the upmarket resort of Vilamoura. It is just a stones throw away from the Marina, which is the place to go for all the restaurants and shops etc and to people watch.
We had private transfer from Faro which took about 25 minutes. Very quick check in and porter takes your bags to your room. Our air conditioning didnt work on the 1st day so we got upgraded tro a junior suite at no extra cost, very nice.
We were on the 4th floor with a view of the pool, marina and sea, even higher and the view would have been excellent. Try to ask for 5th floor or above. Dont bother paying for sea view rooms as because of the design of the hotel all rooms have partial sea views.
The pool area has a childrens area and an adults area, the pool is very cold, there is also an outdoor jacuzzi, temperature varies from warm to cool. We did not have a problem with getting a sunbed. We had breakfast at 8:30 and got to the beds around 9:30 and virtually took our pick.
What people have said before about the shaded pool is not altogether true. The right hand side of the pool is shaded upto about 11:00am then it is in sun all day. So we got the beds on the left handside of the pool until 11:00 and then moved to the right side without a problem.
There is a poolbar serving drinks and snacks but it is rather expensive, even cheaper eating out at the marina. So at lunch we nipped to one of the cafes near the marina, slightly cheaper and a much better setting.
We made no use of the indoor facilities so cant comment on the pool etc.
Worst thing about the hotel was the evening entertainment, dont bother! If you are looking for entertainment there is an irish bar called oneills which has live music 7 nights a week and 1 called the old navy which also has love music every night. There are a couple of other bars with live music but we didnt try those.
The breakfasts are plentiful with 5 choices or cereal, 4 choices of juice, eggs, beans, sausages, bacon, pancakes etc. Also cold selection if required. You can make yourself a bucks fizz if you want as there is also sparkling wine.
We stopped half board and enjoyed the meals, not a massive choice but enough for 7 days, might have got bored with 14, sweets a bit repetetive after a few days, but again ok. The restaurant staff were very friendly particularly Louis and were very quick at removing plates when finished with.
We had a day trip to Albufeira, a local bus service can be caught across the gardens at the front of the hotel. Timetable available from reception. Cost 3.50 euros each way and took about 45 minutes. Good value for a day out. Also took a day trip on a boat to see the caves and had a bbq on the beach, very nice and was made all the better as we shared our boat with 45 brazilians, they sure know how to party.
All in all a very good hotel with excellent service and a wonderful location.
We wont return because we try different places every year but would and have recommended to others.
If you have any questions please get in touch and enjoy your holiday.
- 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