Just spent a week here with my OH and his elderly father. Lovely hotel (although perhaps not the most attractive building from outside) which is spotlessly clean. The staff are efficient and friendly, but never intrusive. We had rooms at the back of the hotel (without balconies or sea views), but they were well equipped, clean and comfortable. Efficient plumbing, with plentiful hot water. (One of my bugbears is loos that don't flush properly and showers that go cold half way through!) We all enjoyed the buffet breakfasts - there was so much choice. We alternated between the hotel pool and the beach. Easy to get a sun bed round the pool as I think a lot of people are out playing golf. The outdoor pool was too cold for me though, so we would finish off the day with a swim in the indoor pool and relax in the jacuzzi. We enjoyed the hotel's putting green as well. There are also tennis courts, so something for everyone.
The marina is a short walk and has loads of restaurants and bars. A lot of the restaurants in the marina sell the usual holiday fare and I found the food indifferent and expensive. However, the Japanese restaurant was very good, and there is an excellent Thai opposite MC Donalds up on the main road. Prices are more competitive away from the marina.
All in all, a relaxing week in the sun without any problems.
- 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