We had never been to the Algarve before and did not know what to expect, we had previously stayed in Vila Gale CasCais, and that is a fine hotel. The Vile Gale Ampalius was not quite as good, the rooms and location were very good and the cleanliness exceptional. The resort itself is not very big, basically all is centred around the Marina which is lovely, but could be expensive. We found out as the holiday wore on that is a lot cheaper to eat in the squares and streets above the Marina as sometimes the prices were as much as 30% lower. This first week we were there if was very cloudy and on three days the wind was very strong. Also it gets quite cool after 8-9 pm.
Hotel Bad Points: The reception staff could be very cool towards guests apart from one lady and one man, if they were to smile a bit more it would really be better for them and the guests staying there. The food was ok in the restaurant but always the same and if you stay for two weeks it gets very boring, even if they altered it a couple of days a week it would make a big difference. Also, don't get the hotel to book taxis for you, we did and it was a limousine that picked us up and charged 11 euro to nearby Quanteira, when we came back we got a taxi from the rank in Quanteira and were charged 4.50c euro, some difference!
On the good side, the outdoor staff and pool and bar staff were very friendly and the pool area is very good.
- 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