I booked this hotel purely on its visual appeal. I like places that are unique and not the standard concrete tower block. I was not disappointed. Everything about this hotel was unique. Each building had been converted into a high quality hotel from a disused fishing village.
The standard of the conversion was immaculate. Each room had satellite TV, fridge, and a bathroom with all the mod cons and hot water that lasted 24 hours a day (unlike some hotels)
The room was serviced daily and fresh towels always left. There was free soaps and shampoo too. The decor was traditional and was very clean. The bed was very comfortable. The grounds were landscaped to a high standard and were an absolute pleasure to be in.
The staff could not do enough to help. Every single minor query was solved instantly. I was particularly impressed that at 0140hrs on the second day my air conditioning failed and was making a loud noise. I was offered a new room straight away and moved straight in.
The breakfast was epic. The selection covering all tastes from cereals, to cooked and more continental was amazing and could cater for all.
Evening meals were a little pricey €22 for an all you can eat arrangement. If you had a healthy appetite then worth while but if your like me then one plate is enough was a bit pricey.
Hotel has free shuttle bus into town at periodical intervals in the day. Taxi is only €5 and major shopping centre is at the end of the hotels entrance road. There is a cinema which shows english films.
I would go back tomorrow and agree with many reviews on here that this hotel is paradise.
My only criticism is that with all the room facilities there is no Tea/coffee making facilities.
If your partial to a hot drink take a travel kettle. I did this and there was no issue.
Great hotel and staff .... Well worth a visit
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa and approximately 4 km from the centre of Tavira and 3 km away from various restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shops and the public transport network. The nearest beach is just outside the hotel and just 400 m away you will find yourself in one of the best sandy beaches in the Algarve. The hotel was rebuilt in 2000 from an old tuna fish camp and has a total of 162 rooms of which 43 rooms with river view and 5 junior suites suitable for families. The hotel has a 24-hour reception, lovely lobby area, a currency exchange desk, a luggage room, a chapel, a museum and a game room. Among the common areas guests may enjoy the air-conditioned TV room, bar and restaurant where free Wi-Fi internet connection. Children are very welcome to this hotel being that they have their own Club full of activities and entertainment. Guests may park their cars in the parking lot and for an additional costs may use the laundry services and hotel safe. The pleasant rooms are equipped with air conditioning, electronic safety door look, direct telephone, LCD TV with Cable and Pay TV, Wi-Fi Connection and safe (for and additional cost), Minibar and 24 hour room service, private bathroom with telephone and hair dryer. The hotel Spa, Satsanga, is composed with a gym, an indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, steam room/Turkish bath, Vichy shower massages and beauty treatments. The seasonal entertainment programme ensures that there is never a dull moment at the hotel. The hotel restaurant has a wide buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is an a la carte menu offered at lunch and a set menu available at dinner. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vila Gale Albacora Tavira, Portugal - Algarve
- Vila Gale Albacora Hotel