Tavira has 2 hotels of the Vila Gale brand: Vila Gale Tavira is near the city center, Vila Gale Albacora is a little outside of the city, in a nature resort. For guests that don't have an own (or rental) car, there is a shuttle bus to town taking about 10 minutes. It is going about every 2nd hour but not after 6 p.m. Since the hotel is divided from the city by a river, requiring a long way around, it takes about 30-40 minutes to the city by foot. (On the way, you come across a large shopping center with a supermarkt, fashion stores, a cinema and large food court, which is a good alternative for those looking for some budget eating).
Rooms are laid out in rows of single-storied buildings, with AC and refridgerator. The bedrooms have no window, just the patio door. Walls are relatively clairaudient and in the night we sometimes heard a loud noise from the roof, maybe from AC pipes.
Breakfast buffet was really good, with full English breakfast (hotel generally seems to be dominated by english guests), bread, very good and original jams, cheese and sausage, fruit, etc. We tried the dinner buffet once, found it good too, but certainly overpriced for our needs. Eating a la carte we easily got away with not much more than half the price.
Internet was only available in the lobby and at a cost. We didn't care as we had our own UMTS modem with us.
Since the main Tavira beach is on an island before the coast line, you can only get there by boat - the hotel has its own boat shuttle going several times a day.
The staff was always very friendly and helpful. All in all, we really enjoyed our stay in the hotel, and spent two very relaxed weeks there.
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- Also Known As:
- Vila Gale Albacora Tavira
- Vila Gale Albacora Hotel