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“Great for golf holiday”
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Vila Gale Ampalius
Ranked #9 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
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“Great for golf holiday”
Reviewed 23 October 2012

Recently stayed here for 12 days, perfect for our golfing holiday. Hotel a little tired and dated. We had a junior suite with a balcony and lovely sea view, plenty of room, always cleaned well.
Breakfast was a buffet style, it was just about ok, shame the chefs never seemed to cut the fresh fruit up properly, pineapple with the hard bits left and bits of the outside, oranges with lots of skin and pith, really it's just laziness ! The cooked breakfast was a no go for me , looked horrid , tinned sausages n so called bacon! I managed fine with nice brown toasted bread and fresh fruit, tea n coffee was awful ! So made a proper cup in our room. All the staff friendly and helpful, we would stay here again as its a good location for the golf courses we like to play, Vilamoura has plenty of restaurants and bars to frequent.

Room Tip: Go for a junior suite or room with balcony and sea view . Floor 9, we had room 930, junior suite.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

Stayed for 6 nights at the Vila Gale Ampalius from 7 - 13 October 2012 on a golf trip with 11 others. I had a single room and upgraded to a junior suite with sea view from a room overlooking the rear garden. To be fair this cost me an additional £140 for the 6 nights which I thought reasonable as the room was 60m2. Although reasonably clean the decor is dated but the veiw fantastic. Breakfast was abusy affair and OK if you like their bacon and sausages, however the coffee is disgusting.
The bar staff seem to be permanetly depressed and were not welcoming or helpful although they were OK on reception.
If you want a reasonably priced hotel for a group then this is fine, but don't have a romantic break with your other half.

Room Tip: Always go for a full sea view such as a junior suite.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 October 2012

hi went back to the hotel villa gayle again on 20 september we thaught the weather would be cooler than last time in june but it was still hot .we stayed in room 709 5 lades we went golfing first floor of room was kitchen and shower sofa wich turned into single bed or double .up stairs room on right had its own locking door with two single beds and shower with window looking over to quateria .on the left the same again with balcony over looking the marina and the sea .no fridges in the upstairs rooms.again needs up dateing .the marina still the same good value if you look for it try don miguells near mcdonalds you wont be dissapointed .and sun moon chinese banquiet all you can eat 10 eur well worth it .wont be going back its our 6year we have enjoyed them all .good luck

Room Tip: higher floors have the best views and bigger rooms .rooms looking over to quatiera have no balconies
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 October 2012

I stayed here for 4 nights with my husband in the second week of September. The weather was just right for me being a red head as it was not too hot. Vilamoura is a great place if you enjoy golf and modern bars, restaurants and shops all centred around the Marina. Do not expect to get a flavour of Portugal here. It is clean and seems to have lots of groups of men on golfing holidays when we went.

Our hotel was in a great location over looking the sea and near the harbour. I paid extra for a sea view and was glad I did. The noisy disco mentioned in other reviews was never open when we were there.

This is a four star hotel in some aspects in my view but not in others. The pool areas, lobby and restaurants were all excellent. Our room however really needed a bathroom makeover as it was a bit dated and had the dreaded shower curtain with shower over the bath.

We only had breakfast as there is so much choice to eat outside. The cooked food was pretty average and the sausages and bacon were particularly aweful. The orange juice was concentrated and I have had better food in some 3 star hotels.

There were plenty of sun loungers so no need to put towels down though some people did (most embarassingly mainly Brits). There were signs to say towels would be removed if left but no-one seemed to enforce it (I guess it was because this was an off peak period). Children had their own pool but again no-one seemed to challenge the fact they used the adults. The pools are not heated and take time to warm up so best used later.

The evening entertainment that we saw was not very good and we went out most of the time. Most staff were very helpful and room cleaning was good.

I would say the best thing about this hotel is the location and staff but it needs a breakfast and bathroom makeover! Give it a go and see what you think anyway.

Room Tip: If you go in peak season pay extra for a room facing the sea and not opposite the car park.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 October 2012

We have just come back from here. I've got to say after reading the reviews I was a little concerned about the noise from the so called Disco and was hoping all the way on the plane that my room was not near it!! I was a bit disappointed that I did not get a sea view as requested, but was pleasantly surprised by our room, we were above the shops on the front and it was quiet considering all the golfers that were there! Overall we had a lovely stay BUT the breakfast was not very good to say the least!!! Tinned cocktail sausages, fried eggs that were still uncooked on the top, pure slime dripping off!! The overall layout of the food was not very well thought through, as you went from one end of the room to the other to put your breakfast together, trying to avoid knocking into other confused diners, there was only 2 very slow toasters and a poor selection of preserves!! The only thing I can add is that we were very pleased that we didn't go half board!! Overall the staff were brilliant and friendly we had clean towels every day and the rooms were spotless ****

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Wicklow, Ireland
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

We stayed in the hotel as part of a group of 28 in the first week of October. The rooms were comfortable and well maintained and the housekeeping staff were in attendance every day. Breakfast was plentiful, if not a little repetitive. What one wouldn't do for a decent cup of coffee.No real complaints to speak of and would not hesitate to recommend this hotel for a stay in the area.

Room Tip: We had a room overlooking the pool with views of the beach and couldn't really say anything nega...
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Oldham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

Our first trip to Portuga/Vilamoura. Excellent transfers to and from the airport via A to B shuttle service. The hotel is in a great location, booked B&B, which was ideal because there are some fab restaurants all around the marina and in the small squares just behind which were quite reasonably priced. The room which was on the 6th floor and overlooked the tennis courts, was very clean and and towels/linen changed every day - just wish we had booked a room with a balcony/sea view,although this didn't really matter as we were only there for seven days.Hotel staff very helpful and efficient. Ample choice of food at breakfast. Lovely pool area and no problem finding sunbeds, clean towels available with tokens from reception. We stayed there at the end of September and there wasn't much going on in the way of entertainment in the evenings at the hotel - the 'Fun Team' weren't having much luck encouraging people to participate in the karaoke evening and the performing parrots were a bit naff - don't like to see animals exploited in this way - but each to his own! The spa area/gym and pool was lovely and free although we didn't make much use of it due to our short stay, enjoyed a very relaxing facial.Saw some signs advertising Vilamoura round and about saying "You weren't born here but this is where your belong" - that's exactly how we felt! We had a really lovely time and would most definitely return to Vilamoura and this hotel. Had read a few other reviews in which people complained about the noise from the Puro Beach Club - even packed ear plugs, just in case but this wasn't a problem as it was closed at the time we were there.

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Property: Vila Gale Ampalius
Address: Alameda Praia da Marina, Vilamoura, Quarteira 8125-408, Portugal
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Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quarteira > Vilamoura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Vilamoura
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Vilamoura
#6 Family Hotel in Vilamoura
#7 Spa Hotel in Vilamoura
#8 Luxury Hotel in Vilamoura
#11 Romantic Hotel in Vilamoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Vila Gale Ampalius 4*
Number of rooms: 357
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This attractive hotel is situated directly next to the Marina beach and is located in the tourism centre of Vilamoura. Just across the street guests will find the local casino and the marina just 100 metres away with a huge offer of shops, restaurants, bar and other entertainment attractions in the immediate vicinity. The nearest golf course lies 2 km from the hotel and it is just 50 metres to the nearest public transport connection. The hotel was built in 1992 and completely renovated in 2003. It has 357 rooms divided by 10 floors, including 84 suites suitable for families. Guests are offered a large, peaceful garden and pool area, a stylish lobby with 4 lifts, and a reception that is open to guests around the clock with a safe. It also has parking lot, a game room, a newspaper stand, a shop, a cosy bar and an air-conditioned restaurant with a non-smoking area and highchairs available for small children. The hotel is fully equipped with a conference room and the public Internet terminal room. For an additional cost guests may take advantage of the laundry service and the garage. The impeccable rooms 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 has an outdoor pool with a children's area, a snack bar, sun loungers and parasols. In addition, it offers an indoor swimming pool, a gym and a spa centre with Jacuzzi, sauna, massage service and beauty treatments. It is also possible to take advantage of offers such as tennis, golf and snooker/billiard tables. There is a fine buffet available at breakfast and in the evening. At lunch and at dinner guests may dine a la carte or chose from the set menu. It is possible to book a half-board stay. The hotel accepts American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard, MasterCard and VISA as payment options. ... more   less 
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