We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Very good family hotel” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Vila Gale Ampalius

Best prices for -
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 6 more sites!
Save Saved
You added Vila Gale Ampalius to your Saves list
Vila Gale Ampalius
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Alameda da Praia da Marina, Vilamoura 8125-408, Portugal   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #12 of 35 Hotels in Vilamoura
Belfast, United Kingdom
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Very good family hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

I returned to this hotel having stayed and reviewed 2 years ago. The hotel is maintained to a high standard. The rooms are very good, efficiently cleaned every day and are quite spacious. the bar, foyer and restaurant areas are relaxing, clean and cool. Outside there are plenty of sunbeds and I found no problems having a swim if avoiding times when children's activities were on. The location is excellent - beside the beach and an excellent beach bar and restaurant.
The downsides were the queues at reception when checking in and the lack of effort by the laid back staff at the poolside bar.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

736 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    227
    329
    132
    34
    14
See reviews for
175
300
11
10
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (212)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
bedfordshire
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
49 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

The is my second time at this hotel and would definitely recommend it, the location is great, right on the beach and close to all in the evenings. Its much quicker to walk back from the marina on the road than round the beach road. There is now a nightclub opposite in the grounds of the Tivoli hotel but I must say the only noise we ever heard was a drunk at about 8am outside, where he had come from wasn't sure, never heard a thing from either side, we faced the casino and once door shut all noise was held out. Nice swimming pool area with bar and a nice breeze if sat up higher. The resort is great but fairly expensive, don't think this is a cheap resort as its not, 30 euros for 2 beds on the beach, but its lovely.

Upgrade to a seaview if possible with a balcony and a lot or rooms face the road with no balconies, we had one of these but they changed us for one with a balcony when asked as the hotel was not full. We only had bed and breakfast and the breakfast we fine, lots of choice and was a nice area to eat in.

Never used the bar in evenings as nobody ever in there, probably too expensive or the areas around the marina are so good with great atmospheres too.

Will definitely be back.

Room Tip: Have sea view if possible
See more room tips
  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Portree
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

When we arrived and to our surprise, two members of staff explained that the evening meal was included, when we had eaten our first evening meal, we were informed we had to pay for it! Initially they denied saying it was included but after a long embarrassing conversation agreed to waive the cost. And the room staff left our clean towels in the Bidet every day...

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Stayed at this hotel 3 years ago and was looking forward to returning. Booked 7 nights with Jet 2 holidays, paid the supplement for a sea view the same as last time. When we got to our room after a 3 hour wait we found it to be much smaller than the one we'd had before, with only a side sea view facing the road and the dreaded Puro Beach Nightclub!! that we'd read about on reviews before we came away, Went straight back to reception and demanded another room, eventually we were given one with full sea view around the other side of the hotel. This was a little quieter but we still got the revellers passing by as other people have already mentioned .On our last morning we had an early start and saw 2 men relieving themselves in the sand dunes and one passed out on the ground, not really the lasting impression you want to take home with you!! .When we checked out we were told we owed 33 euros for water from the 'mini bar' we'd had about 6 small bottles as we thought it was complimentary and there was nothing to say otherwise We refused to pay and told them it would be a small compensation for so many disturbed nights. It was our first holiday abroad with our little 20 month old granddaughter, she loved the children's pool and enjoyed every minute, thank goodness she was so tired by the end of the day she was oblivious to the racket outside. Would not stay here again at this time of year. Really enjoyed the resort and had some lovely meals around the marina in the evening all very child friendly.

Room Tip: Superior sea view higher floor
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Swansea, United Kingdom
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Just returned home from our holiday and like other reviews cannot fault the location of this hotel being right on the sea front, BUT and it's a big BUT, you have a Nightclub on one side and a Casino on the other which means very loud music and extremely noisy revellers. The worst was yet to come when they all piled out to go home which was around 5.30 am to 7.30 am the chanting, screaming and honking of car horns was unbearable. After three nights of this we complained to the manager and was told that unfortunately nothing could be done about the situation. We also heard other guests complaining about the noise and some were glad they had only booked for a week. The food although plentiful was cold on many occasions while some might be happy with that we were not after all you are paying for the comfort of a 4 star hotel and you expect food to be hot! All in all we made the best of a holiday that we had been looking forward to but we will never return to this hotel or resort again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 6
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Ennis, Montana
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Just home after spending nine nights in this hotel and more exhausted than when I started our holiday. Nightclub close by and the noise is unbearable, revellers on the street from approximate 4am till 8am sometimes, shouting, singing and honking car horns, single glazing so it sounded as if the window was open, even though we were on 8th floor. Complained at reception and was met with indifference, he said it was holiday time. Otherwise a nice hotel.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

returned on 9th july which was my familys 4rth stay at this great hotel.my kids are 7 and 11 and a great feature has been two pools one shallow one which was great when my kids were smaller as they can play away in safety, it is also surrounded by lush grass for running about and trees for shade.staff are great and helpful and polite and you often see the hands-on manager mucking in to help his staff.the location of this hotel for both beach and marina could not be better it also has two tennis courts and putting area .the hotel really has a chilled atmosphere but also puts on great activities throughout the day for kids and adults which is the main draw for me ,the staff always make everyone feel included and welcome no matter what language you speak and nearly everyone speaks great english which has been great for my kids to make many friends and have fun ,for myself i especially love the 5pm volleyball match which i hadnt played since school and has been the best fun ever just trying to keep the ball in the air.in the bar there is a pool table and various tv,s for whatever sporting events are on , this year coincided with the wimbledon final and the atmosphere was electric.downstairs there is a games room with table football air hockey table tennis and some arcade games all great for getting out the sun for a bit or just rounding off the night.there is always some sort of evening entertainment for both kids and adults at the bar area. really cant fault this hotel and have noted in other peoples reviews comments about noise from children but maybe they be better suited to a hotel which only caters for pensioners.about the marina there are some really good places to eat in particular we liked the mayfower and lamparos

Room Tip: been 4 times now always had a junior suite overlooking kids pool where there is also views of ocean...
See more room tips
  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Price Your Stay

Been to Vila Gale Ampalius? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Vila Gale Ampalius

Address: Alameda da Praia da Marina, Vilamoura 8125-408, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Vilamoura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Vilamoura
#7 Spa Hotel in Vilamoura
#9 Family Hotel in Vilamoura
#10 Luxury Hotel in Vilamoura
#12 Romantic Hotel in Vilamoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Vila Gale Ampalius 4*
Number of rooms: 357
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This attractive hotel is situated directly next to the Marina beach and is located in the tourism centre of Vilamoura. Just across the street guests will find the local casino and the marina just 100 metres away with a huge offer of shops, restaurants, bar and other entertainment attractions in the immediate vicinity. The nearest golf course lies 2 km from the hotel and it is just 50 metres to the nearest public transport connection. The hotel was built in 1992 and completely renovated in 2003. It has 357 rooms divided by 10 floors, including 84 suites suitable for families. Guests are offered a large, peaceful garden and pool area, a stylish lobby with 4 lifts, and a reception that is open to guests around the clock with a safe. It also has parking lot, a game room, a newspaper stand, a shop, a cosy bar and an air-conditioned restaurant with a non-smoking area and highchairs available for small children. The hotel is fully equipped with a conference room and the public Internet terminal room. For an additional cost guests may take advantage of the laundry service and the garage. The impeccable rooms are equipped with air conditioning, electronic safety door look, direct telephone, safe, LCD TV with Cable and Pay TV, Wi-Fi Connection (for and additional cost), Minibar and 24 hour room service, private bathroom with telephone and hair dryer. The hotel has an outdoor pool with a children's area, a snack bar, sun loungers and parasols. In addition, it offers an indoor swimming pool, a gym and a spa centre with Jacuzzi, sauna, massage service and beauty treatments. It is also possible to take advantage of offers such as tennis, golf and snooker/billiard tables. There is a fine buffet available at breakfast and in the evening. At lunch and at dinner guests may dine a la carte or chose from the set menu. It is possible to book a half-board stay. The hotel accepts American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard, MasterCard and VISA as payment options. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Priceline, TripOnline SA, Despegar.com, Hotels.com, HotelTravel.com and Tingo so you can book your Vila Gale Ampalius reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Vila Gale Ampalius Vilamoura, Portugal - Algarve
Ampalius Hotel Vilamoura
Hotel Vila Gale Ampalius

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Vila Gale Ampalius, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.