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“Our Honeymoon”
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Vila Gale Ampalius
Ranked #10 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
Certificate of Excellence
Bath, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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“Our Honeymoon”
Reviewed 25 August 2014

We chose Villamoura for our honeymoon as this was where my then boyfriend proposed. We booked into a different hotel for our return not because the other hotel wasn’t good, it was very nice (Dom Pedro Golf) but just because we thought we would try a different one.
The hotel is very clean and well organized. The staff were friendly and helpful, and the food was nice. Randomly our balcony looked out over the exact spot where he proposed so that was nice and we also had a view of the lovely marina. The room was a Junior Suite; this included a large bathroom, dining area, kitchen area, huge bed, sofa, chair, coffee table and TV. The only downside to the room was the local nightclub (not sure where it was) It was so loud and ran into the very early hours, so if you are a light sleeper then be prepared to listen to base for hours on end.
We booked Full Board, thinking this included everything, inc drinks, (sold to us by Thompson, so probably a breakdown in communication) This was not the case and upon ordering our first drinks we were rather disappointed that we had to then pay for them all week, and they were not cheap! We ate out around the marina a few times, 1. Because the food in the hotel was nice but a bit samey and 2.because the restaurants around the marina are not to be missed and the food is gorgeous!
As the hotel is quite large you did feel like a bit of a ‘number’, we didn’t get friendly with any of the staff, unlike the Dom Pedro. The pool is large and they have another little one for the small children. The spa is nice and we both had treatments, my nails painted and he had a massage.
We wouldn’t choose this hotel again because of the above points, but don’t let us put you off it’s still a nice hotel, just not really for us

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ampalius, responded to this review, 3 September 2014
Dear Guest

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

All comments and suggestions from our customers are extremely important and it helps us to correct any deficiencies and improve the level of our services.

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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Reviewed 24 August 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for two weeks in August great location so close to marina great waiting staff at breakfast. they work very hard and were very efficient . Reception staff could be more welcoming a smile helps. Lovely porters very pleasant. Room definitely tired. Husband hurt his foot as laminate splintering and chipped. Also air conditioning unit was leaking it was reported twice not fixed so still leaked. Leaving a puddle on the floor. One morning we were up early and had to report to reception that the corridor carpet was soaking and water was coming from the ceiling. This must have happened before as the corridor smelled musty since we arrived. Biggest problem with the hotel was the noise of the nightclubs next door. It was noisy until about six am -thump thump thump.then the people leaving made much noise including loud singing and using megaphones. Now I did read reviews that it was noisy but I am young and thought it can't b that bad and took a chance - it was worse than imagined - little sleep most nights. Would I come back to this hotel again -no- if you want a relaxing peaceful holiday and the price they charge for rooms should b well reduced to account for the loud noise. You would expect more from a four star.

  • Stayed August 2014
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ampalius, responded to this review, 3 September 2014
Dear Guest

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

Allow us to mention that the Nightclub, across the rood, is closed for now, and we expect that the problem will be definitely resolved.

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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Dublin
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

Stayed here with my husband and 2 children, aged 8 and 12, we got a junior suite which was a good size for the 4 of us, we had a kitchen with a 4 hob cooker and oven/grill, fridge, toaster and all utensils needed to make this a self catering holiday if that was what you wanted. We went on a bed & breakfast basis, which was fine, the usual choices were on offer, we usually arrived at a busy time, (10.15, breakfast finished at 10.30), we were seated really quickly and there was always plenty of food, juice and coffee available, plus we never felt rushed to leave, a continental breakfast was also available in the bar until 11.30am for those who like to sleep later. We didn't have lunch or dinner as there are so many places nearby to choose from. We had been to Vilamoura the previous year so had lots of places we wanted to go back to eat. The hotel is in a great location as it is beside the beach and only a 5 minute walk from the marina. As per earlier comments, it is across from one of the busiest nightclubs in the area, Puro Beach, it is also a restaurant, it is one of the most amazing venues I have ever been to, absolutely stunning, we went to an ABBA tribute night there, which was the highlight of our trip, it included dinner, which was delicious, they are family friendly too which is a huge plus for us. It can be noisy depending on what part of the hotel you are in, we were straight across from it but it never kept us awake, in fact I enjoyed sitting on the balcony for a night cap listening to the music and seeing all the glamorous people it attracts. If you are a light sleeper you should request a room further away, the hotel is shaped in a semi circle, which gives sea views to most rooms. Overall we were really happy with our experience in this hotel, we had stayed in the Crowne Plaza before, (next hotel along the beach) for us it was a better hotel, but it is also much more expensive. We would definitely return to the Vila Gale.

  • Stayed August 2014
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ampalius, responded to this review, 3 September 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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Dublin
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

We had a great time here, huge room, great service, lovely pool area , a short walk to the marina and all it has to offer and an even shorter walk to the beach , Vilamoura doesnt have the all you can drink teenager bars, its very relaxed with great musicbars and restaurants shops & stalls, all situated around a beautiful marina, The hotel puts on entertainment every night its a bit hit and miss, Children have great facilities, outdoor entertainment nights were great ,
Dining room staff were very good and very friendly, choice of food more than adequate,
One drawback is the night club across the road, it can be very noisy, they rehearsed during the day at full volume, why they do this ??? it can ruin the relaxation by the pool , we were always home after they stopped playing or they turn the volume right down late at night they never affected the quality of our sleep, might go back some day, its not spectacular but its more than adequate

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ampalius, responded to this review, 3 September 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.

Allow us to mention that the Nightclub, across the rood, is closed for now, and we expect that the problem will be definitely resolved

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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Monaghan, Ireland
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

spent a very nice relaxing week in Vile gale Ampalius, food, location, BBQ in the Evenings in hotel, all a very well put together and staff very efficent in their jobs. will go back again and maybe again.
Try to book a room at the seafront view as the sun is there first thing in the morning
The location was very close to the marina which is a nice walk, O neills pub on the marina is a nice pub to relax in on the waterfront . (and watch the world go by)

Room Tip: Room with sea front view is great
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ampalius, responded to this review, 3 September 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2014

arrived home yesterday from my 1st trip to portugal. I stayed at the Vila Gale Ampalius hotel, recommended by my travel consultant. I had asked for a peaceful location by the beach, in hotel that offered luxury and comfort.
I got the on the beach experience but what i hadn't bargained for was that the biggest night club is right outside the hotel and for 10 nights i didnt get any sleep until around 7:50am which mean't i was always way too tired to get up for breakfast, and my day didnt really start till around noon!!
I will say on the positives. The hotel was very clean. Staff very friendly. I arrived at hotel travelling alone and for the entire time i was there, Ruca a waiter in the restaurant made a point of looking after me every meal, a very lovely man, who works incredibly hard.
The entertainment sadly is very weak but the girl who takes the aqua zumba classes, sang one evening and omg she was amazing and the best entertainment i'd experienced in the hotel. She clearly needs a wage increase and place on centre stage!!!
Would i go again?..... sadly no, the place was noisy and ive come home feeling like i need a holiday, which defeats the purpose but if your looking for a busy night life its definitely the place for you

Room Tip: always request a balcony or you just wont get one, plus its still noisey
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ampalius, responded to this review, 3 September 2014
Dear Guest

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

Allow us to mention that the Nightclub, across the rood, is closed for now, and we expect that the problem will be definitely resolved.

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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Exeter
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Stayed here for just one night, a stop off close to the airport before moving on elsewhere in the Algarve. THANK GOODNESS IT WAS ONLY ONE NIGHT! The hotel itself is lovely, well appointed rooms, nice views and fabulous breakfast. Parking is a nightmare, certainly not enough for the amount of guests. The bit they don't tell you is about the nightclub just across the road. The constant thud of bass until nearly 6am made impossible to sleep for us and our small children. Its not Vila gales fault but please read the reviews and do not book this hotel if you cherish some sleep. I paid £150 for one night and felt totally cheated and upset wasting such a huge amount of money.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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3 Thank LisyLou42
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ampalius, responded to this review, 3 September 2014
Dear Guest

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

Allow us to mention that the Nightclub, across the rood, is closed for now, and we expect that the problem will be definitely resolved.

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
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
#9 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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