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Vila Gale Albacora

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#4 of 15 hotels in Tavira
Location
4.2
Cleanliness
4.1
Service
4.2
Value
4.0
Located in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa and approximately 4 km from the centre of Tavira and 3 km away from various restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shops and the public transport network. The nearest beach is just outside the hotel and just 400 m away you will find yourself in one of the best sandy beaches in the Algarve. The hotel was rebuilt in 2000 from an old tuna fish camp and has a total of 162 rooms of which 43 rooms with river view and 5 junior suites suitable for families. The hotel has a 24-hour reception, lovely lobby area, a currency exchange desk, a luggage room, a chapel, a museum and a game room. Among the common areas guests may enjoy the air-conditioned TV room, bar and restaurant where free Wi-Fi internet connection. Children are very welcome to this hotel being that they have their own Club full of activities and entertainment. Guests may park their cars in the parking lot and for an additional costs may use the laundry services and hotel safe. The pleasant rooms are equipped with air conditioning, electronic safety door look, direct telephone, LCD TV with Cable and Pay TV, Wi-Fi Connection and safe (for and additional cost), Minibar and 24 hour room service, private bathroom with telephone and hair dryer. The hotel Spa, Satsanga, is composed with a gym, an indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, steam room/Turkish bath, Vichy shower massages and beauty treatments. The seasonal entertainment programme ensures that there is never a dull moment at the hotel. The hotel restaurant has a wide buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is an a la carte menu offered at lunch and a set menu available at dinner.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Game room
Babysitting
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kid-friendly buffet
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Evening entertainment
Indoor play area for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Full body massage
Massage
Baggage storage
Concierge
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
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Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Park View
Family
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Portuguese

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Quatro Águas, Tavira 8800-602 Portugal
Name/address in local language
Vila Galé Albacora
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johnny061 wrote a review Feb 2024
Hunstanton, United Kingdom280 contributions201 helpful votes
I had stopped writing reviews generally, but felt our stay here was very good. A unique building and location. We went out of season, so avoided the worst of the mosquitoes, but this meant the hotel was quiet and only some services were available. For example The shuttle bus only went 5 days per week and we were not aware until too late that the ferry to the island only went from the town and not the hotel quay. The buffet dinner was reasonable, but limited and expensive for what was offered. The included breakfast was enjoyable but some more healthy options ( Seeds , nuts, berries ,dairy alternatives) could have been offered Staff were all excellent and helpful. Our room 226 was a little basic ,but a very good location with fantastic views. I think a little more could be made of the history but the museum was a nice touch but more on the building would have been good.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Maryann O wrote a review Nov 2023
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This four-star hotel in Tavira had every amenity and great service. In addition, the buffet breakfasts and dinners were very varied and good. The property is huge. It is broken into “streets”. I would love to return for a longer stay at this beauty.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded Jan 19, 2024
Dear Guest, Thank you for your comments regarding your experience at Hotel Vila Galé Albacora, which deserved our best attention. We sincerely hope to be able to count on your visit in the next opportunity. Yours sincerely. Luís Marreiros General Manager
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Nige and Jane wrote a review Nov 2023
Worcester386 contributions270 helpful votes
This a large hotel with quite a corporate feel. Its origins as accommodation for tuna fishermen are interesting, and add some character in the form of the retention of some of the communal buildings. Our room was comfortable and well equipped, but it is important to manage the significant presence of mosquitoes on the site. It is a novel location close to an extensive beach and lagoon. Dinner and breakfast were reasonable, although the size of the hotel makes the dining room a busy place.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jan 19, 2024
Dear Guest, Thank you for your comments regarding your experience at Hotel Vila Galé Albacora, which deserved our best attention. We sincerely hope to be able to count on your visit in the next opportunity. Yours sincerely. Luís Marreiros General Manager
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Tara N wrote a review Oct 2023
Santa Monica, California41 contributions48 helpful votes
The front desk man was not communicative. The wait staff wos overworked. Some trainees are workimg very hard and are friendly, but other employees were quite rude We paid extra for a Rio view. The bathroom had almost no ventilation and no curtain for the shower. The shower was not safe. The glass divider moved and one could easiy fall into it. We asked for a shower mat as we said the bath tub floor was slippery and unsafe. The front desk man said "i dont think we have those". We asked for washcloths and he said they would be delivered, but they weren't. We loved the natural surroundings and the historical setting but cannot recommend the accomadations in the main part of the hotel because of the outdated and unsafe bathrooms
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jan 19, 2024
Dear Guest, Thank you for your comments regarding your experience at Hotel Vila Galé Albacora, which deserved our best attention. All comments and suggestions from our guests are extremely important to us, as they help us to correct any deficiencies and improve the level of our services, as we want them to meet and exceed the expectations of those who visit us. Our aim is to serve our clients better and better, exceeding their expectations whenever possible. We sincerely hope to be able to count on your visit again. Yours sincerely. Luís Marreiros General Manager
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Alan B wrote a review Oct 2023
Duluth, Georgia160 contributions54 helpful votes
The bathroom was very nice - a good shower, good quality towels, room to put our toilet articles, well lit. I wish I could say the same for the bedroom. The floor tiles near the door had not been laid well, and one tile was too high and the door stuck on it. There were no drawers to put things when we unpacked, so we had to pile them on a long table on the wall opposite the beds. The rods for hanging clothes in the closet ran front to back instead of sideways across the closet, so it was difficult to hang clothes. And the room was very dark. I had trouble seeing the numbers on the combination lock on my suitcase, and even with a headlamp reading anything was difficult. There was no overhead light, just four lamps, and the switch for one of the lamps had gotten behind the long table, which was too heavy to move, so I had to get down on the floor and reach under the table to get at the switch. The lobby was very nice, with a comfortable sitting area, but the door was open most of the time, so the place was full of mosquitos. Staff was very nice and helpful, and when we reported a leak under our sink, it was repaired very promptly. The best thing about this hotel in my opinion was the dining room, where there was an excellent breakfast and dinner buffet with a huge variety of very good food.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Dear Guest, Thank you for your comments regarding your experience at Hotel Vila Galé Albacora, which deserved our best attention. All comments and suggestions from our guests are extremely important to us, as they help us to correct any deficiencies and improve the level of our services, as we want them to meet and exceed the expectations of those who visit us. Our aim is to serve our clients better and better, exceeding their expectations whenever possible. We sincerely hope to be able to count on your visit again. Yours sincerely. Luís Marreiros General Manager
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personalirishtours wrote a review Oct 2023
Killarney, Ireland33 contributions
Rooms are dark and dreary and with very basic furniture. Not in the least adequate for todays needs. Poor Aircon too and the whole bedroom experience was to say the least. Dated. Location. In the middle of a National park and if you don’t like mosquitoes don’t go there. We were ate alive. Breakfast has a poor offering and it’s too far out from Tevira as well. No walking out there either and dangerous to walk into the town Staff were very nice and couldn’t do enough for us
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded Jan 19, 2024
Dear Guest, Thank you for your comments regarding your experience at Hotel Vila Galé Albacora, which deserved our best attention. All comments and suggestions from our guests are extremely important to us, as they help us to correct any deficiencies and improve the level of our services, as we want them to meet and exceed the expectations of those who visit us. Our aim is to serve our clients better and better, exceeding their expectations whenever possible. We sincerely hope to be able to count on your visit again. Yours sincerely. Luís Marreiros General Manager
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Saras S wrote a review Oct 2023
London, United Kingdom1 contribution
Stayed at this hotel for the second year in a row following my cousin having his wedding here last year. I absolutely love this hotel. The food is amazing as are the services provided by the hotel. It has a very relaxing and peaceful vibe. Special shout out to the bartenders: Keegan and Pedro! They really took care of my family and I. They made us feel very welcome and well looked after. They are both very special and interesting individuals who I really enjoyed speaking to. I'm glad to have met them. They also make fantastic cocktails. Another special shout out to The Animation Team, they were tireless in their efforts to involve guests in fun daily activities around the pool as well as providing amazing entertainment in the evenings. They are all incredible entertainers and very good at looking after guests and getting people involved. They helped us create a lot of good memories during our stay here. The personal touch at this hotel is definitely there. Tavira Island is just a short boat ride away. You can also get a river taxi from the pier by the hotel up to Tavira Town. I love the vibe of this place and I think this will be a hotel my family and I will want to regularly visit in the future for our family holidays. I will definitely be looking to come back here next year to relax and have fun. Thanks Vila Galé Albacora, I'll see you next year!
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Dear Guest, Thank you for your comments regarding your experience at Hotel Vila Galé Albacora, which deserved our best attention. We sincerely hope to be able to count on your visit in the next opportunity. Yours sincerely. Luís Marreiros General Manager
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HeadHoncho wrote a review Oct 2023
Scotland, United Kingdom9 contributions1 helpful vote
Located on the site of an old fishing village. They have renovated everything to a high standard. Staff are very helpful. Rooms are a decent size and comfortable. The decor feels dated but I suspect that is because it has been kept in keeping with the original function. Breakfast is excellent with a wide variety of hot and cold options. A la carte and buffet in the evening are also very good. The buffet seems to be included in the large groups who can visit which creates a bit of congestion so that night we opted for a la carte. Pool area is lovely with a special area for kids. We took a boat trip that was also good value . Downside is that you are out on a limb so would need to drive in the evening. Also mosquitoes- I don't know what they can do about them but they are vicious. We did have a problem with our room but it was changed with no fuss. We very much enjoyed our stay here -it as a good "chill out" It's about 45 mins from Faro airport
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Room Tip: Bring insect repellent! Eat a la carte if a large crowd in Indoor pool- need to book-OK and wear...
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Dear Guest, Thank you for your comments regarding your experience at Hotel Vila Galé Albacora, which deserved our best attention. We sincerely hope to be able to count on your visit in the next opportunity. Yours sincerely. Luís Marreiros General Manager
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blightygirly wrote a review May 2023
18 contributions5 helpful votes
A fabulous, unusual hotel set away from the crowds but easy enough reach to the town of Tavira. Spotlessly clean rooms, gardens, pool and extremely friendly staff who are very accommodating. A 5 minute boat trip over to an island with clean beach , sunbeds , umbrellas and restaurants. We shall definitely return.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded May 22, 2023
Dear guest Blightygirly, Thank you very much for you recent visit to Vila Galé Albacora. We are glad to know that you had wonderfull time with us. Thank you for you word about our satff and service. I hope you visit us again soon Kind regards Paulo Dias Manager
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Susan F wrote a review May 2023
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We are a group of 5 friends who have just returned from a very relaxing 4 night stay at this lovely hotel. Set a little way outside Tavira, it is very well kept, clean and the staff work very hard to ensure you enjoy your stay. We stayed on a B&B basis and there was a good selection of food, hot and cold, on offer. We didn’t eat dinner there, preferring to go into Tavira (€10 for a taxi for 5) for our evening meals. The hotel has its own boat taxi to Tavira Island and we loved this, it really is a wonderful service that the hotel offers. The beach at Tavira island is stunning with beds, umbrellas and plenty of restaurants. The pool area is clean and had plenty of beds and umbrellas although was a bit loud for us. We would deduct one star just for lack of tea and coffee making facilities in the room, because the courtesy bus into town doesn’t run every day and because the mosquitos are quite enthusiastic! We hope to be back again in the near future!
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Responded May 15, 2023
Dear guest Z75ZRsusanf, Thank you very much for you recent stay with us and for you positive review about it. We are glad to know that you and your friends had a lovely time with us. Thank you for you compliments to our staff. I am sorry to know that you did not give us the 5 star due to the lack of tea and coffee making facilities in the room. Please be informed that they are availbale upon request. On your next visit please make sure you request it before arrival.. I hope that we have the pleasure to welcome you once again in the future. Kind regards Paulo Dias Manager
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
162
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Frequently Asked Questions about Vila Galé Albacora
Which popular attractions are close to Vila Galé Albacora?
Nearby attractions include Tavira Island (0.6 miles) and Costabeach Tavira Island and Tours (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Vila Galé Albacora?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, a swimup bar, and free wifi.
Which room amenities are available at Vila Galé Albacora?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Vila Galé Albacora?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Vila Galé Albacora?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Vila Galé Albacora?
Conveniently located restaurants include D'Gusta, A Casa di Carlo e Franco, and Sunshine Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Vila Galé Albacora?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness center, and locker rooms available in the fitness center during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Vila Galé Albacora?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Vila Galé Albacora offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Vila Galé Albacora?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Are there any historical sites close to Vila Galé Albacora?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Forte de Santo António de Tavira (1.4 miles) and Igreja de São José do Hospital do Espírito Santo (1.3 miles).