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“Perfect for summer holidays with children”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Vila Gale Albacora

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Vila Gale Albacora
Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in Tavira
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Coimbra
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48 hotel reviews
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“Perfect for summer holidays with children”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

The hotel is situated in a very pleasant area, away from the city centre. The hotel area is very well preserved, and as the rooms are spread around in little villas you almost forget that you are in a hotel.
The swimming pool area is confortable and very pleasant.
There are several beaches that you can try, but you have to go by boat or by car.
We went with our three children, and this is really a perfect spot for them. Plenty of places to go around and play, many other children to play with. Most of the guests of this hotel are families with children. The animation team is simply incredible, and they keep the kids occupied and happy all the time!

Strong points: quality of the beach; animation team; hotel surroundings
weak points: the rooms could be a little bit more confortable; restaurant to costly; there should be more boats to and from the beach

Definitely a place to return to!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Albacora, responded to this review, 15 October 2013
Dear Guest,

We are glad for the pleasure time you had with us.
We wait for you on next trip to Algarve.

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César Gaspar
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

Lovely hotel, big rooms, great view over the boat harbour, pretty gardens. All very telaxing for a long stay. The bustle of town is long way away. There are buses to town and boats to the island. A fantastic buffet breakfast really got us going in the morning.

Room Tip: The rooms overlooking the boat harbour were quiet.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Albacora, responded to this review, 10 October 2013
Dear Guest,

We are glad for the pleasure time you had with us.
We wait for you on next trip to Algarve.

Kind Regards
César Gaspar
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Alloa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

We have just returned from here. Some people have pointed out the location and liked it others have said about the smell from the salt pans still being worked today. Yes if you choose a hotel in the middle of a nature reserve which has working salt pans you will get a smell, this did not upset us. But we choose to pay the extra for a river view which was excellent value and a must if you want to stay here.

The hotel its self was excellent the pool area was kept clean and well maintained. Our room had the beds pushed together a brownie point lost, the noise from adjoining rooms was high this being due to the wardrobe door runner's being well past their life expectancy and they need updated as a matter of priority. Their was a far bit of noise from the wheeled suitcases as people arrived and left but in general this was not to bad.
We had some major rain when their we went to the library in the hotel which was well appointed but poor light, the room above the library would be a better location for reading our looking over to the Island.

Service,
Yes the staff make this hotel also polite and happy to help out with any question.

Food,
We went all inclusive, and this was the major let down always cold and not enough main's. Vegetable soup every day! then vegetable with peas added to make Peas soup simply not good enough.

Yes we would stay hear aging but not for a week.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Albacora, responded to this review, 10 October 2013
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We appreciate you’re review.
We will analyse you’re suggestions.

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London
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

I am writing this on my last night at the hotel and hoping that the terrible smell coming from the pools the hotel is situated next to doesn't affect my review too much. Overall I would say I would return to the hotel and found many points very enjoyable but there are some major flaws which let the hotel down. I will list out the pro's and con's:

Pro's:
- location to a degree (also a con) It's lovely to be so close to the beach and you really don't miss being out of the town. It also means that you can lay by the pool without much noise.
- pool area and general hotel areas are really well kept. Everything is really clean and grounds have a lovely community feel.
- number of tv channels
- good choice of breakfast and evening meals. We weren't going to eat at the hotel but we are very glad we did. Choices at buffet kept two hungry people very happy.
- bus service and boat services available

Cons:
- the smell!!! The road on the way in makes you gag. The boyfriend and myself are in disagreement on what it is. The smell at the hotel has been fine until this last night and the direction of wind has changed and the room smells of it.
- the beds. Twin beds with desperate bedding pushed together. Not great for a romantic holiday.
- lack of clarity of the boat service (note for management). There are two boats on separate timetables and reception only give you one timetable. Make sure you get on the one for the side of the beach with the resturants. There were 3 couples on the boat trying to explain where we wanted to go with both boat drivers and due to lack of English we still were taken to the wrong one meaning a long walk to the other end.
- the noise!!!!! Main issue! You can hear everything and are woken up every morning at a stupid time because of the cobbled pavements outside the hotel room. People with wheeled bags are the main culprit which is frequent for a hotel. Also staff are in carts early which wake you up from 7. No lie ins here.

I would come here again because I love tavira and the beach. I would just request a quieter hotel room and pray the wind is blowing the un smelly way!

  • Stayed September 2013
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Albacora, responded to this review, 10 October 2013
Dear Guest,

We thank you your preference.
Sorry for the inconvenience, as you know the surroundings are composed by salt pans, and because of their activity, some of them release some smell that the owners until now can't controlled and can't add any product because is a protected area.

Kins Regards,

César Gaspar
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london, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

We stayed here early September and it was lovely. Rising out of the salt flats it is like an oasis with real charm. The pool area was delightful, particularly late afternoon and the staff extremely friendly. The rooms were well appointed and spacious - we had river facing rooms and never came across any noise.

The boat services to the beaches were really good and a treat in themselves. I would strongly recommend the Estreita beach - less crowded and also good to swim on lagoon side. It was a simple hop by boat (another ticket) to Santa Luzia and the excellent seafood restaurants. Eating out was a treat here and in Cabanas. We did not make it into Tavira for a meal but I have no doubt there are a good places.

The food in the hotel was good but would be reason for a 4 not 5 rating. The pool side bar was excellent and had god varied lunch. Morning breakfast excellent. The downsides were evening buffet and lack of outside seating in the evening - it is a real shame to have to sit inside an a/c restaurant at night given the lovely temperatures outside. We also had a very disappointing a la carte dinner - the waiter got it all wrong and the choice pretty weak given how good portuguese food can be.

I would strongly recommend this places, especially for young families as the kids club was very active. Hopefully some outdoor seating can be sorted at some stage.

Room Tip: river view if possible
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Albacora, responded to this review, 10 October 2013
Dear Guest,

We thank you you’re comments.
Our commitment is improving day by day.

We wait for you on next trip to Algarve.

Kind Regards
César Gaspar
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2013

If you want a quiet peaceful spot in an unusual setting then I would recommend this hotel. Tavira town is lovely, small and yes it has been set up for tourists but it still retains a real original Portuguese flavour. Eating out is cheap and varied, can be rustic but good value. Back to the hotel - a four star hotel it is not! there are too many silly little things that need sorting and updating. Dont get me wrong the swimming area centre piece is lovely and the setting is great. You are not getting the blocks of high rise hotels from further up the coast but a unique little hotel set in a nature reserve. There are problems, nothing major but with a bit of effort this could be a fantastic place. Food - oh dear, it just wasn't hot - at all, not at breakfast or evening meal. Even though a few people pointed this out nothing changed. There is a free bus into town (you can walk it but phew not when its hot!) but it doesnt run on Mondays and Tuesdays - And it stops at 5.30pm why??!! We also found the reception staff a bit stiff and not very knowledgeable about what was going on in there own area. The room and hotel decor is a bit dated but having said that both were always clean and tidy. Overall a lovely stay in a unique place just needs small things sorting out then it would deserve four star! PS, NO ENGLISH BREAKFAST TEA - JUST HERBAL STUFF.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Albacora, responded to this review, 10 October 2013
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We appreciate you’re review.
We will analyse you’re suggestions.

Kind regards
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

This place was exactly what we were looking for - a relaxed and attractive hotel, near the lovely town of Tavira. The room we had was very pleasant and the air conditioning worked well, which was good as it was a bit mosquito-y so we needed to keep the windows closed (take some repellent!). We drank cocktails by the lovely pool, sitting on loungers in the sun. We only stayed one night, but were very pleased with our choice. The only drawback I found was the food - I'm often a bit disappointed by the quality of all-inclusive buffets, and this was no exception. Don't get me wrong - I can find something to eat anywhere, so I'm not a fussy eater - but it must be something about mass catering that brings the quality of the food down. Not the end of the world, as we still had plenty to eat, and it didn't ruin our stay, but I wonder how I would've felt if we had been there for longer than 1 night.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Albacora, responded to this review, 24 September 2013
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Property: Vila Gale Albacora
Address: Estrada 4 Aguas | Vale do Olival, Tavira 8800-602, Portugal
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Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Tavira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Tavira
#1 Spa Hotel in Tavira
#3 Luxury Hotel in Tavira
#4 Romantic Hotel in Tavira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Vila Gale Albacora 4*
Number of rooms: 162
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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