We stayed at the Vila Gale Ampalius in June 2013 for a short 4 day break. Th taxi driver from Faro knew the hotel and the trip cost 30 euros. Not bad.
On arrival the reception staff were friendly and we were in our room quickly. There aren't a lot of lifts for such a large hotel but we got used to that. We were honestly disappointed with our room. Relatively large but with a small window (we couldn't upgrade to a balcony room as the hotel was full) and a little tired although it was clean and the beds were very comfortable. Definitely go for a balcony room though if you can - we could see into these as we passed on the corridor and they looked great.
Breakfast was included in the price but the queue was too long - we didn't bother. Pool area was great with comfortable beds but lots of children - this is very much a family hotel.
The location is superb only a short walk to the main Marina area with great shops, bars and restaurants. The beach was also very easily accessible and the funky but expensive Purobeach is almost opposite the hotel entrance.
- 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