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“Calm and very good standard” 5 of 5 stars
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Vila Gale Praia
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Praia da Gale | Apartado 2204, Albufeira 8200-917, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #2 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
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Puteaux, Ile-de-France, France
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“Calm and very good standard”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I stayed with my wife at this hotel and we thought it was excellent. Staff very helpful and friendly. Facilities were excellent, great spread at breakfast and we ate at the restaurant one night and had a good meal. Quite hotel and not many families which was perfect for us. The hotel is situated pretty much on the beach and a 15 minute taxi ride from Albuferia. Some restuarant and bars close by so if you want a wild time, probably not the hotel for you.

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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This hotel location is only 10 minutes away from the beach, and only a 15 minute away from Old Town.
The hotel itself is very modern and is very clean, hotel staff are friendly and the food provided at breakfast is very nice.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We went last year to this hotel and decided to return with another couple because of the location, peacefulness and service we received from the staff.
Rooms are large and all with air con, beds are very comfortable. Cleaned thoroughly every day.
The staff are so professional and never too busy for a chat. Philippe and Jose in particular we were glad to see they were still working there, but truthfully every member of staff we encountered was lovely. I highly recommend the Grasshopper cocktail! Lunch prices are reasonable, if you have the room for it after the breakfast blowout.
My friend and I treated ourselves to a massage which was offered at a 50% discount. Well worth the 45 euros.
The spa is the perfect place to retreat after a long stint in the sun. There is a small gym that is not particularly well equipped, but let's be honest I'm not going to work out on a relaxing holiday.
The food is delicious and there is something for everyone at the breakfast buffet. 2 mins way from the beach. 10-12 euros in a taxi to Albufeira old town.
The only negatives I can think of, which in no way detracted from how good our overall experience was, is that they used to provide a free shuttle bus into town 2 or 3 times a day, which they no longer do. Also they cut the grass area around the pool once a week which seems to take all day, from 10am til around 4pm. Honestly, the grass is fine, leave it alone!
Best tip I could give is regarding the three restaurants on the beach. O Galeao served the best meals we had the whole ten days we were there. Chateaubriand for about 17 euros each, amazing fresh fish and the best steak any of us had ever had. The fish restaurant to the left of this, we went the first year and we did not go back as it was expensive, and they had lobsters in the tank with their claws tied together. Roll your eyes all you want, but as an animal lover from Essex this did not sit right with me. The waiter also laughed at when I asked how much to set one free. The restaurant to the right (I think just called Vila Gale Praia) was nice for a casual dinner, again the fish was wonderful, but did not match up to ) Galeao.
All in all if you are looking for a quiet break with a touch of class (and no screaming kids), this is the place for you.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We had a fantastic time at Hotel Vila Gale Praia. The hotel is beside a beautiful beach, but also has a lovely relaxing pool if you prefer. Morning breakfast is a delicious buffet of a variety of food- high standard. We also had a very nice dinner there one evening. For variety, other evenings we chose to eat either in one of the local restaurants or took a taxi into Albufiera; roughly 10 euros. Generally the area is quite residential, but there is a large supermarket close by and a scatter of restaurants around. The rooms were clean. The staff were very friendly and helpful. I also benefited from a massage. There is a small gym there as well that we didn't use. Some reports had advised taking a room overlooking the pool for the views. We preferred to be at the back of the hotel where the balcony was cooler in the summer sun. We will recommend it to our friends.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I wanted a good-sized pool, a gym, privacy and sun. My husband wanted great food, quiet surroundings, a spa and a stylish retreat. We were both delighted! The food is utterly fantastic, and in hindsight we should have opted in for full board. Hugely varied breakfast buffet, great value lunches and high quality dinners meant we only ate out twice during our week-long stay. The staff are incredibly attentive and pretty much all bi-lingual. We cannot WAIT to return!
Room 318 has a fantastic view and wonderful sun terrace. Recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

omg this is by far the best hotel we have ever stayed in. great facilities and the staff cannot do enough for you. as stated already this is a child free hotel which results in a nice quiet holiday but is only a short taxi ride to town. The beaches nearby are amazing especially the one to your left as it is like a private beach.

All the restaurants around the hotel are brilliant and good value for money. We cannot wait to return next year for more fun in the sun

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is an ideal hotel for an adult only place to relax and enjoy peace and quiet without small kids screaming their heads off all day :-)

The rooms are pretty basic and the TV is in urgent need of an upgrade even just to watch the news for half an hour. There is a fridge but no coffee making facilities and in my opinion the AC is not adequate.

Breakfast has a wide choice and is on until 11:00 when the bar opens so no complaints there! The pool area as mentioned is quiet and there are plenty of sun beds that are not usually all taken, again there are the few that "bags" a bed and disappear for hours which is selfish and not monitored by hotel staff.

The hotels location is ideal for the beach and the three bar / restaurants located there which all provide good food for a fair price. The Jamaica bar in the hotel complex is fantastic value for money where you can get snacks and drinks all day and night for a price you would not believe.. give it a try please!!

I think the hotel flatters itself giving it a four star rating, it has a number of good facilities which must tick all the boxes for a four star but there are a number of things missing such as a porter, a turn down service, pool towels at the pool, a stocked mini bar, coffee maker. The rate is similar to the Tivoli Victoria, which is a bigger hotel but has all the afore mentioned services, but allows kids.. So you pay your money and take your choice. For me despite some things lacking, and a really bad smell of drains in the public areas I would still come back again.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Praia da Gale | Apartado 2204, Albufeira 8200-917, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
#2 Spa Hotel in Albufeira
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
#4 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Vila Gale Praia 4*
Number of rooms: 40
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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