Just had a fantastic week at the Vila Gale Ampalius. I would have given it 4,5 out of 5 if the option was available. ( No "affordable" Hotel is perfect ) It is superbly located adjacent to both the beach and Marina.
We arrived as two mature couples and were not able to be in adjacent rooms, in fact we were initially on different floors. We spoke to reception who were apologetic and said they did not have other rooms available at that time but assured us we would be relocated as soon as rooms became vacant within 24 - 48 hrs. They were brilliant, we transferred to two adjacent rooms as promised, with balconies. I had a problem with a hire car company, again the reception staff went out of their way to help me resolve it.
The meals ( we went bed breakfast evening meal ) we found to be excellent with a good choice and quality. The last day was a BBQ outdoors but there was no compromise with what was on offer. My bathroom scales will testify to that!
There was evening entertainment which was varied and on a couple of evenings almost surreal
( performing parrots? ) but there is so much going on around the Marina, you are never at a lose end.
Now for the not so good bits. The car parking is the only minus for the hotel as there appears to be no restriction on access and I am sure some people who park are not staying at the Hotel. Some cars never move all week, I would have expected controlled dedicated parking for guests that could cater for those not wishing to drive daily and those who may wish to sight see daily. There is ample pay and display adjacent but people seem to prefer to park their Mercs BMs and Audis precariously close to each other to save a few quid! Maybe some sort of week long ticket would help.
Vilamoura is a nightspot and as such can party into the early hours and we did have one late evening of music, actually more accurately described as base thump that did keep us awake. This isn't the Hotels' fault rather a result of the success of the location.
- 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