We stayed at the Vila Gale Praia hotel in Sept 2012. On arriving it feels like you're in the middle of nowhere - I've been to Portugal many times but always to busier areas, so it felt a bit isolated, but the hotel was nice and welcoming.
Rooms are fine, a bit tired and basic, but a HUGE comfy bed. We had a garden view, which wasn't anything to shout about. Rooms on the other side had a much nicer pool view, but less private.
The pool itself was lovely - clean, a good size and the gardens were well maintained. There are tennis courts, and a bar just inside the hotel, and although the staff were friendly, the bar was sometimes unmanned for ages which was a little annoying. The hotel was quiet though, so maybe it's better in peak season. The hotel restaurant food is nice, but lacked atmosphere, and was definitely overpriced. External restaurants were much better.
The hotel had a lounge with big tv, books, games etc, and a pool table. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't great so we had to make use of this at times. We didn't have spa treatments, but we used the loungers inside the jacuzzi room on a particularly miserable day. It overlooks the pool which is nice (if it's sunny).
Nearby there isn't much around aside from 3 restaurants and the beach. The beach is a typical Algarve beach - pretty, nice sand, stretches for miles. Didnt have a car, so often walked for ages along the beach, stopping at the remote beach bars for a beer. The restaurants near the hotel serve fish, fish and more fish, but all freshly caught daily catches and a great variety. One of the restaurants has a cliff top bar, with beanbag cushions on the floor / little stools and chilled beach club music to enjoy the sunset to. Think cafe del mar, but on a much much smaller, less hedonistic scale....
Overall, it was a nice hotel, quiet and serene and great for a relaxing break. We enjoyed it. There's not enough to do there to warrant another visit, but I'd use the hotel chain again based on our experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This adult's only hotel is located in a peaceful Gale district of the city, close to the like-named sandy beach. It is about 8 km to the city centre of Albufeira that offers countless shopping and entertainment venues and that can easily be reached by making use of the public bus service that departs from a stop located just 150 m from the hotel. Faro international airport is located some 50 km away. Completely renovated in 2004, this 3 storey hotel has a total of 40 double rooms. Guests have access to a vast pool and garden complex, a spacious foyer with lifts and a 24-hour reception desk, a games room, a TV room, a newspaper stand, several shops, a cosy bar and an air-conditioned a la carte restaurant with a separate non-smoking area. Room and laundry services as well as medical assistance are on offer and guests may make use of the parking facilities. The tastefully decorated rooms come equipped with a bathroom with hairdryer, a telephone, LCD TV with cable, a hi-fi stereo system, a kitchenette, a minibar/fridge, a double bed, carpeting, air conditioning, central heating, a hire safe, a sitting area and a balcony or terrace. In the outdoor area there is a swimming pool, a snack bar and a sun terrace with parasols and sun loungers laid out ready for use. It is also possible to make use Satsanga Spa with mega Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room/Turkish bath, fitness room, a massage service and beauty treatments. The nearest golf course is approximately 1 km away. Guests may select their breakfast from a wide buffet; lunch and dinner may be chosen from a menu although the evening meal may alternatively be taken a la carte. Guests have the opportunity to book a half board stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vila Gale Praia Hotel
- Vila Gale Praia Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve