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“Perfectly located Hotel”
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Vila Gale Ampalius
Ranked #8 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
Certificate of Excellence
Coalville, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Perfectly located Hotel”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

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.

Room Tip: Balcony adds to relaxation. Sun moves around choose if you want AM PM on room/balcony. Evening musi...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Richard K
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ampalius, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Dear Guest

Firstly of all thank you for taking time to make your review about Vila Gale Ampalius, which deserve our best attention.

We were pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay.

It will be a pleaser for us to welcome you back at Vila Gale Ampalius or any other Vila Galé in Portugal or Brazil.

Thank you for your preference.

Best regards.

Porfirio Perdigão
General Manager
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

Everything they say is true great facilities - Pity about the non existent security. My Wife and I were confronted by a group of young lads at the door of our bedroom and also had a strange come into our room and ask my wife how did she get in - admin error, still waiting for an apology by both the Hotel and the tour operator. Very very lax and for that reason I would not make a return visit to this hotel.

See my review of last year and still no explanation - only for my height and a little bit of streetwise both of these situations could have turned nasty!!!!

For that very reason - look around there are a lot of similar hotels - ask tripadvisor for help!!!

Room Tip: Dont - this hotel has no security!!
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ampalius, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback regarding our hotel.

Despite the negative appreciation that you made about the security, that we have taken good note, we expect to see you again at Vila Gale Ampalius and we apology for the inconvenient that you had in your stay.

It will be a pleaser for us to welcome you back at Vila Gale Ampalius or any other Vila Galé in Portugal or Brazil.

Thank you for your preference.

Best regards.

Porfirio Perdigão
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Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland
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Reviewed 13 June 2014 via mobile

Meself and my girlfriend stayed here in June 2014. The location of the hotel is great...5 minutes walk from Vilamoura Marina and 1 minute walk from the beach. Upon arrival we were met with a lad at reception who checked us in, whilst he was talking on a phone...didn't really make us feel that welcome. Anyway, up we went to the room, a bit small but it was grand...Our bed was two single beds pushed together. I didn't pass any heed until I woke in the middle of the night, and I didn't know where I was!! Hadn't I fallen in between the beds, face down!! I got the hop of my life, I thought for a second I had been kidnapped! ....but I was ok. The room had a TV and air con. Top marks to the room service staff who kept the rooms clean.
The following morning we went down for breakfast. The place was quiet and a bar man was washing dishes behind the bar. I politely asked if it was ok to eat breakfast as the place looked empty, to which he replied "what time is it?!" ...now, whoever thought this poor auld fella English should be sacked as he clearly did not grasp that we were hungry and after food... Eventually he insisted we have breakfast. so, without haste, over we went to the breakfast stand which consisted on a continental breakfast choice. I was about to dig in when I noticed two blue-bottle type flies 'fornicating' on a cheese slice, they then proceeded to continue their relationship in the Croissants basket. Needless to say we skipped on the continental breakie!!
Overall, this hotel is comfy, fantastic location and good area for sun bathing. We enjoyed our stay here.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ampalius, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback regarding our hotel.

We were pleased to hear the positive points that you referred and we took due note of the negative ones.

It will be a pleaser for us to welcome you back at Vila Gale Ampalius or any other Vila Galé in Portugal or Brazil.

Thank you for your preference.

Best regards.

Porfirio Perdigão
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Derry, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2014 via mobile

Have just spent 5 nights in Vila gale ampalius with husband and friends. We have stayed here a few times before and have never been disappointed. We usually book a junior suite although superior rooms are quite sufficient. However would highly recommend seaview. Staff in general are excellent under the silent supervision of a gentle pleasant manager!!! Breakfast very good. Will definitely return. One small "downside" noise from nearby beach club if you are on low floor.

  • Stayed June 2014
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ampalius, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Dear Guest

Firstly of all thank you for taking time to make your review about Vila Gale Ampalius, which deserve our best attention.

We were pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay.

It will be a pleaser for us to welcome you back at Vila Gale Ampalius or any other Vila Galé in Portugal or Brazil.

Thank you for your preference.

Best regards.

Porfirio Perdigão
General Manager
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2014

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.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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1 Thank Caroline B
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ampalius, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Dear Guest

Firstly of all thank you for taking time to make your review about Vila Gale Ampalius, which deserve our best attention.

We were pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay.

It will be a pleaser for us to welcome you back at Vila Gale Ampalius or any other Vila Galé in Portugal or Brazil.

Thank you for your preference.

Best regards.

Porfirio Perdigão
General Manager
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Ballymena, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2014 via mobile

Just back from vilamoura having spent yet another week in this hotel. We have stayed there a number of times and thoroughly enjoyed it. Staff including new ones so pleasant and so nice when a manager recognises you. The restaurant has had a facelift with new hot food section and a varied entertainment programme this year both very welcome. Add to this a week of unbroken sunshine and very warm temps lovely relaxing holiday.

  • Stayed May 2014
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2 Thank mojo4040
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ampalius, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Dear Guest

Firstly of all thank you for taking time to make your review about Vila Gale Ampalius, which deserve our best attention.

We were pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and the new show cooking at the Restaurant.

It will be a pleaser for us to welcome you back at Vila Gale Ampalius or any other Vila Galé in Portugal or Brazil.

Thank you for your preference.

Best regards.

Porfirio Perdigão
General Manager
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2014

This is the best hotel we have stay in , we had a junior suite it was like a 1 bedroomed flat the staff where great special mention for Nuno on reception who helped us when we had a problem not to do with hotel .He even used his own phone

Room Tip: Get a junior suite we were on the 6th floor Best eating out Parkys at the end of marina great value...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank steve r
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ampalius, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Dear Guest

Firstly of all thank you for taking time to make your review about Vila Gale Ampalius, which deserve our best attention.

We were pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay.

It will be a pleaser for us to welcome you back at Vila Gale Ampalius or any other Vila Galé in Portugal or Brazil.

Thank you for your preference.

Best regards.

Porfirio Perdigão
General Manager
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Property: Vila Gale Ampalius
Address: Alameda Praia da Marina, Vilamoura, Quarteira 8125-408, Portugal
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Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quarteira > Vilamoura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Vilamoura
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Vilamoura
#6 Family Hotel in Vilamoura
#7 Spa Hotel in Vilamoura
#8 Luxury Hotel in Vilamoura
#11 Romantic Hotel in Vilamoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Vila Gale Ampalius 4*
Number of rooms: 357
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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