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Vila Gale Ericeira
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

We found this hotel wiithout a reservation after arriving in Ericeira and loving the town. We stayed 2 nights, but had to change rooms. Our first room was a suite with a wrap around balcony that overlooked the ocean and swimming pool. I was delightful. These rooms have average furniture and amenities, but are very nice. We had 2 doors that went our on a balcony that was bigger than the suite, over looking right the water. The only issue was there were only 2 plastic chairs and a tiny plastic table on a huge deck. They need at least a table, chairs and chaise lounges. None the less, it was very nice.

The pool area is excellent, right on the water. The hotel does get a lot of tour buses, but they get there late and leave pretty early.

One negative, wifi in public areas only.

Room Tip: Room 327 was a suite and had a great balcony.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Colleen H
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ericeira, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2014

Dear Mrs. Colleen,

It is very gratifying for us to see the guests enjoying their stay at the Vila Galé Ericeira and for that, thank you for your comments.

Hope to see you back with us soon.


Best regards

José Miguel Oliveira Martins
General Manager

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Reviewed 11 October 2013

The hotel is located by the sea. Very reach breakfast. Friendly staff.
I was surprised to find out that the Wi-Fi provided by the hotel is way below the usual standard in other hotels in Portugal: The free Wi-Fi is free only in the lobby area. For Wi-Fi in rooms there a EU5 charge. Also the free Wi-Fi does not support cell phones' connection to the net.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Oded M
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ericeira, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your comments as we feel very happy to know that we've provided you a nice stay.

We experienced some difficulties with our wy-fi that, in the meantime were corrected.

Looking forward to welcome you back at the Vila Galé Ericeira.



Best Regards

José Miguel Oliveira Martins
General Manager

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Reviewed 23 September 2013 via mobile

This hotel is perfectly situated, very clean, staff are helpful & polite, breakfast is good with a wide selection, the rooms are nice with the best views, you will find it hard to get a better view. The town is such a great little fishing & surfing town. Restaurants are perfect. We travel a lot and are fussy, I would challenge anyone to find a better place for such good value! I'd recommend this hotel and area to anyone. We will definitely be returning.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Thank Carlos2610
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ericeira, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2013

Dear Mr. Carlos,

Thank you very much for your review on the Vila Galé Ericeira.

It is very gratifying to know that your stay with was up to your expectations, we have no words.. .

We are waiting for your return.


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José Miguel Oliveira Martins
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

If I could give 0 points I would do it. The main reason is the parking situation: the hotel has approximately 30 parking spaces but the hotel has 202 rooms. The city is not reachable by train so you can assume that at least 80% of the people come by car.

So the parking lot is continuously full without any (again any!) car moves. So they tell you to find parking in the city which is impossible due to Ericeira's great beaches and of course many visitors. The parking in the city is for free but you will have a very, very hard time to park your car anywhere because you will see tons of people cruising through the village looking for parking.
They will also tell you the situation changes after 6 pm when most of the day visitors leave. Forget about it. Exactly nothing changes. You will hardly see any parking space become available and if so someone else is already there.
There is paid parking across the street but I couldn't figure out how much it costs per pday

So unless the hotel takes this issue seriously I would not recommend to visit this place.

Now the hotel itself: The rooms are dated but fine. The AC works very well because they have separate room units and no central cooling (central cooling us usually slow and not cooling/heating well). The walls are paper thin and you can heary everything from the other rooms.

Be careful when booking: The non-seaview rooms face something like a fun fair which is noisy (loud music) until late at night. The seaview rooms on the other hand are mixed with balcony rooms and smoking rooms. So if you get a room above a balcony you might very well face a lot of cigarette smoke (even if the balcony room is non-smoking because on the balcony smoking is permitted) because in Spain/Portugal it is very common to smoke. Additionally the sea view rooms face the pool area which is noisy as well. So I would recommend the non-sea view rooms because i prefer to open the windows and have no smoke.

The breakfast is very good and service is excellent. They don't have non-salted butter on the buffet but you can ask for it.

The Wifi in the room costs 5 EUR/day

Room Tip: Be careful when booking: The non-seaview rooms face something like a fun fair which is noisy (loud music) until late at night. The seaview rooms on the other hand are mixed with balcony rooms and smoking rooms. So if you get a room above a balcony you might very well face a lot of cigarette smoke (even if the balcony room is non-smoking because on the balcony smoking is permitted) because in Spain/Portugal it is very common to smoke. Additionally the sea view rooms face the pool area which is noisy as well. So I would recommend the non-sea view rooms because i prefer to open the windows and have no smoke.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank das_ubersoldat
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ericeira, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review.

In fact, the parking is a weak spot we have since the hotel opened in 1943 and is located right in the center of Ericeira so, unfortunately, growing space is not available (not even underground).

Hope to see you again with us.


Best regards

José Miguel Oliveira Martins
General Manager

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Reviewed 7 September 2013

hounded by time share apartment sales brochures, this hotel looks good from the outside and the view and location next to the beach is nice but inside is a soulless, hard bed. the room decorated for a tour bus of people. the room service was expensive and average. the breakfast was also as bland.
pity really.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled on business
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Thank highabove
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ericeira, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your comments and we regret that some items were not up to your standards.

Even so, we look forward to welcome you back at Vila Galé Ericeira.


Best regards

José Miguel Oliveira Martins
General Manager

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