Just left this hotel on 3rd of November with my partner.
Location is very good, very near the beach and only a 5 minute walk to the Marina with all its restuarants and bars.
Breakfast at the VGA very good with lots of choice, buffet style. It filled us up substantially until our evening meal out at a different restaraunt each night.
The restuarants at Vilamoura all look the part, very plush, clean and inviting. Average cost, including a bottle of wine between 35 and 45 Euros total for the two of us.
The hotel has free sauna, gym, turkish bath, indoor and outdoor pools and pool towels on request.
The room was clean, well decorated, ample size and was 'inviting'. Free Wi-Fi in the lobby area and restaurant.
The only complaint we had which didn't really detract from our break at all, was that the towels in the rooms are threadbare. They look good but do not dry well and the hotel should address this and replace them ASAP. Others have mentioned this shortfall too in recent reviews.
Apart from that we would recommend this hotel, staff, location and food to anyone considering it. We would stay again definately.
One small tip - for a very good restuarant, where the locals and tourists also eat and is fantastic value in price and portion size and taste is the 'Snack Bar Universal' situated on 'Odilia Coelho Martins salvador' - less than a 5 minute walk from the hotel.
...when you leave the hotel and turn right (away from the beach) there is a bus stand 100 metres away which you will see easily. Walk past the bus stop and cross to the other side of the road. Carry on a few hundred metres past a couple af small bars on a raised level. A little further on on the same side, 10 metres down the next side street you will see this 'snack bar'. It is not actually a snack bar and the name is obviously misleading but the food is great as is the prices. We wish we'd discovered this place before our last night. My steak was twice the size of any other in Vilamoura and the trimming equally generous.
Hope this review helps you out.
- 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