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“Great location with a couple of reservations”
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Vila Gale Ampalius
Ranked #10 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
1 review
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“Great location with a couple of reservations”
Reviewed 21 June 2010

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.
PDK Ireland

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 June 2010

Stayed here on a golfing break. Hotel was clean, rooms functional & the facilities good. Only a 2 minute walk to the Marina where there were many bars & restaurants and a good night life. Shuttle Bus for the golf was excellent at all the courses within 10 minutes.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with friends
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Lancashire
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Reviewed 4 May 2010

This hotel overlooks the beach & just a short distance away from the marina. The hotel is worthy of its 4 star, first impressions were pleasant and inviting. Staff are very helpful and friendly. The hotel is popular with golf package holidays. Some people have complained about golfers and their clubs in reception, they are there in the morning and afternoon. But the golfers are all very friendly and more than happy to move the clubs if needed.
The rooms, bars & restaurant areas were all very clean. We would recommend this hotel.
We would recommend a restaurant called MAYFLOWER, the food and service is 1st class. The prices are a little more expensive than those set back off the marina but well worth it!
A taxi from the airport to resort costs roughly 35euros. You can book airport transfers in resort for 27euros!"

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 March 2010

The location of this hotel overlooking a sandy beach just a short distance away from the marina with all the facilites made it an ideal place to stay for a week .Worthy of its 4 star classification first impressions were good and inviting,it seemed very popular with golf package holidays which became annoying having to wade your way through endless golf bags around the door not to mention early morning noise around/above you around 6am .The other thing that puzzled me was the tacky evening entertainment in the bar area of solo singers , bingo . dancers and karioke !!! 4 star hotels are not normally in to this in my travels ! Check in staff seemed to struggle with numbers which took nearly 30 minutes to get signed up .Apart from all this , the place and rooms were very clean with everything you wanted , we were on the 7th floor front facing which provided excellent views over the harbour entrance and beaches not to mention great sunsets which made up for any mis-giving
With everything you wanted for a holiday just a short walk from the hotel made this location a very good choice and would certainly return again .

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Bristol
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Reviewed 26 March 2010

I have been to Vilamoura several times but this was my first stay in this hotel. It is a very nice hotel in a fantastic location. The rooms and communal areas were all very clean and the buffet style breakfast was good. The only let down was that the staff were not the most helpful.

I really like this hotel and have booked to go back again.

  • Stayed June 2009
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed 15 March 2010

We had been for a weakend in Vilagale ampallius. Hotel has excellent locacion, on the beach with direct acess to there, only 3 minutes walking to marina and with touristic train stop in front of the hotel. Pool are has sea and beach view.
Staf is very friendly, nice live music all nights, nice breakfast and dinner.
We stay in a senior suite with lovely view to beach, Vilamoura marina, casino and Quarteira. The senior suites are duplex, 2 rooms with ensuit bathroom in first floor, one of then with terrace, and living room with sofas, tv, terrace, table, kitchenet and another bathroom. Is an excellent choice for a 2 or more childreen family. Rooms are recently refurnisch and are vey good for a 4 stars.
Vilagale ampallius is a good choice if you want a nice 4 stars with excellent locacion and very spacious suites.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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Fife, Scotland
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Reviewed 28 February 2010

Hotel was nice and clean, the location for the villamoura marina and golf courses in the villamoura area was pretty good. Room was slightly small for a double room, but was clean and bright and serviced regularly.

Breakfast choice was good enough, local produce and fresh foods of which you could pack your own lunch, only real drawback was the coffee - for some reason they just couldn't make it!

Bar area was light and area, great choice of cocktails, drinks were a little bit pricey, if you are staying here ask for a discount card - sometimes they'll give you one - 15% off drinks will help.

Spa & leisure facilities were chargeable extras,having never seen that before we found it strange,but once you paid for a treatment access was included so it was easy to spend a couple of hours in there.

Storage and locked room area was easily accesible to front door for golf clubs and the likes. Would go back here at a busier period.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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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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