Just back from a week in Vilamoura and the Vila Gale Ampalius. We booked through a travel agent's website only around 3 weeks beforehand but still got a good deal.
It's ideal for the beach which is literally a couple of minutes walk away. Shops, restaurants and marina are all very closeby also.
Hotel facilities are perfectly good - large airy lobby, free internet access on PCs, and wifi (in lobby only), excellent breakfast (we queued one morning around 10am but were seated fairly quickly), room was fine (aircon, fridge, nice strong shower). We had barfood during the day a couple of times - from toasted sandwiches to more substantial meals, there was plenty of choice.
It was generally noisy outside at night time into the early hours, and even around 7am some mornings particularly the weekend. Possibly due to proximity to Puro Beach club. While the noise is not the fault of the hotel, I had emailed them in advance asking for a quiet room.
Some days our room wasn't serviced until 1630 or so, not too much of a problem if you're out and about for the day but we came back early on a couple of occasions to find our room untouched or in the process of being cleaned. Any staff we dealt with were very nice.
There was a relaxed atmosphere to the point that there was no problem to go from beach to room with sand still in your hair :)
I had a lovely facial in the spa also.
I would return to this hotel.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Vila Gale Ampalius Vilamoura, Portugal - Algarve
- Ampalius Hotel Vilamoura
- Hotel Vila Gale Ampalius