Hi just back from a week long stay at the Vila Gale Nautico. I booked this hotel from the good reviews on this website and i found the cheapest deal on 'reserveahotelonline[--]'.
Ok firstly location: This hotel is situated in a quite part of the town - it is within walking distance to the gorgeous beach but more that a 5 min walk - a most of the other reviews state (but maybe i am a slow walker!) . The main part of the town is about a fifteen minute walk away. The hotel Garb is in a better location. Also we spotted the Torre Sol which again is better located but looked a bit grubby.
The Pool: This hotel has both inside and outside pool. The outside pool is huge and seemed to be clean and there was loads of sun loungers! The inside pool again seemed clean enough but there seemed to be a really dogy smell.
The hotel was very clean (the bathroom was a little grubby) and the rooms were service daily. Each hotel has a little (very little!) balcony. We didn't have a problem with noise but then we asked for a room on the lower floor without a view of the pool - i could imagine if you had a pool view that it would be much nosier as you would be nearer the restaurant and bar.
The guests are mainly Germans and English - very family orientated - there is a games room and also a little kids area just off the pool -We didn’t meet any other Irish guests.
Most of the staff seemed great the kids but there was an incident which bugged me - my son who is only five was walking by where they were setting up the evening buffet and there was a huge pile of fruit and he asked could he have an apple and was told no that it was for the dinner - I thought for god’s sake its only an apple!
We only ate breakfast at the hotel - which is included in the price- and didn’t sample any of the evening meals - the prices seemed higher than the other restaurants in the area.
This area of the Algarve is great as it is near Zoomarine, Krazyworld, Aqualand, Splash & Slide and also near the Nike World and the big shopping centre - we rented a car and it was the best decision ever - as this area is quiet and there is not that much to do. There is an underground garage which is free but we were told in the month of August it is E4.50 per day!
Now we come to the downsides of this hotel - there seemed to be an awful smell from the bathroom (similar to the one in the pool) which only appeared in the morning time and by mid afternoon disappeared - have no idea what it was from.
The price of drinks such water was crazy E2.00 - when it can be bought from supermarkets in the shopping centre for 8cent!!!
As there is no fridge in the rooms you can’t buy your own drinks and that’s probably the reason they don’t have them.
Over all I don’t think we would ever return to this hotel - mainly because there is nothing that special about it - no wow factor - it was good value for money - and a great place to stay with kids!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This attractive beach hotel is located in the centre of Armacao de Pera just a few meters away from the beach and less than 1 km away from an array of shops, boutiques, bars, restaurants, nightclubs and public transports. Built in 1995 and renovated in 2003, the hotel has 233 modern rooms, where we feature 25 junior suites suitable for families. The hotel has a 24-hour reception with a safe, a lift and a newspaper stand. There is a kids' club and a playground available for children. An air-conditioned a la carte restaurant with a separate non-smoking area and highchairs for infants is also provided. Guests may park their cars either in the hotel car park, or in the garage. Room and laundry services as well as medical assistance complete the services on offer at this hotel. The modern rooms are equipped with air conditioning, electronic safety door look, direct telephone, LCD TV with Cable, private balcony, Wi-Fi Connection and safe (for and additional cost), Minibar and 24 hour room service, private bathroom with telephone and hair dryer. The hotel has a Health Club composed with indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, steam room / Turkish bath and Gym. In the outdoors guests will find a swimming pool for adults and children with sun loungers and parasols. The nearest golf course is approximately 8 km away. Guests are invited to take breakfast from a wide buffet. Lunch and dinner service may be choosen a la carte. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vila Gale Nautico Hotel
- Vila Gale Nautico Armacao De Pera, Algarve, Portugal