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“Noisy, bad location - traveller from Sussex”
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Vila Gale Nautico
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Armacao de Pera
Reviewed September 25, 2007

Stayed at the Vila Gale Nautico from 15th to 22nd September 2007. The hotel was clean but if you can manage without sleep for 7 nights the Vila Gale Nautico is the place for you!

We experienced noise from the apartment above as well as next door and in the corridors and restaurant until 3am and again early in the mornings. There was no escaping the noise. We also didn't use our balcony as had continuous smoke wafting from the balcony next door!

The dinner buffet is particularly poor, although advertised from 7pm - 10pm, there is no food after 8.30pm as they do not re-stock food. Breakfast okay but quite a stressful experience with the number of people at the small buffet.

Staff were generally miserable apart from the reception staff and customer service with a smile is not the done thing! Not what I would expect from a 4 star hotel.

The location is not particularly pretty, and staying on B&B basis, we struggled to find decent restaurants in Armacao de Pera and the area does not provide for strolling along the prom.

On a positive note, the rooms were cleaned every day and the pool is nice, with no fighting for sun beds although we stayed out of season.

Would not return or recommend this hotel, primarily because I like my peace and quiet on holiday especially at night, fail to see how this hotel makes its 4 star status.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled with friends
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4  Thank mel1980
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VilaGaleHoteis, Gerente geral at Vila Gale Nautico, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review and comments... in 2007! (Never too late to reply :) )

Your comments helped us to continue trying to exceed the expectations of our guests. And that´s why that our company VILA GALÉ had made some important renovations in the public areas, services with a very good team. Vila Galé Náutico is now an All-Inclusive Hotel since 2012.

Armação de Pêra is also different and much nicer after the finishing of the construction works during many years and with the new promenade.

On behalf of Vila Galé Nautico team, we hope that we will be able to welcome you back in the future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager

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Reviewed September 18, 2007

i loved this hotel, but when we went (beginning of oct) i felt it was
slightly too late in the season.

the tempwas ok but it could have been slightly warmer for my liking (my fault for booking in oct!!)

the rooms were spotless, the breakfast selection was great and the pool area was big enough for everyone.

only little niggles - the waiter in the bar took forever to bring us our drinks odrer and expected a tip every time we ordered drinks and the pool was FREEZING cold

the area was quiet with not much nightlife although there was a good selection of places too eat.

i am 26 and my friend was 34 and we were with 2 older couples so we had fun but i wouldnt recommend it for young people looking for a great nightlife.

i would def stay here again though!!

  • Stayed: October 2006
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6  Thank scotsgirl9
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VilaGaleHoteis, Gerente geral at Vila Gale Nautico, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review and comments... in 2007! (Never too late to reply :) )

Your comments helped us to continue trying to exceed the expectations of our guests. And that´s why that our company VILA GALÉ had made some important renovations in the public areas, services with a very good team. Vila Galé Náutico is now an All-Inclusive Hotel since 2012.

Armação de Pêra is also different and much nicer after the finishing of the construction works during many years and with the new promenade.

On behalf of Vila Galé Nautico team, we hope that we will be able to welcome you back in the future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager

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Reviewed September 16, 2007

My hubby and young daughter and I had a wonderful time. The hotel itself was lovely - meals were tasty with choice and well priced. Breakfast was ample. We could always get a sun lounger at the spacious pool - though the water was freezing in it! My only fault was the area...not much else to do. The beach is gorgeous though.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with family
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5  Thank Louise17
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VilaGaleHoteis, Gerente geral at Vila Gale Nautico, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review and comments... in 2007! (Never too late to reply :) )

Your comments helped us to continue trying to exceed the expectations of our guests. And that´s why that our company VILA GALÉ had made some important renovations in the public areas, services with a very good team. Vila Galé Náutico is now an All-Inclusive Hotel since 2012.

Armação de Pêra is also different and much nicer after the finishing of the construction works during many years and with the new promenade.

On behalf of Vila Galé Nautico team, we hope that we will be able to welcome you back in the future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager

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Reviewed September 14, 2007

Just returned from a great holiday in Portugal. Enjoyed staying at the Vila Gale Nautico - top class entertainment every evening including themed buffets e.g. there was a Mexican evening with Mexican food and entertainment round the pool (weather permitting) which was great value and good fun. Staff were very polite and helpful and the standard of accommodation was top class. Beach is just across the road and the town centre is approximately 20 mins walk away. Price included a buffet breakfast each morning which was of a very high standard and offered a huge selection of fruit, breads, bacon , eggs, cereals, cold meats and cheeses and much more! I would recommend this hotel to anyone going to Armacao de Pera.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank DoreenaJ
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VilaGaleHoteis, Gerente geral at Vila Gale Nautico, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review and comments... in 2007! (Never too late to reply :) )

Your comments helped us to continue trying to exceed the expectations of our guests. And that´s why that our company VILA GALÉ had made some important renovations in the public areas, services with a very good team. Vila Galé Náutico is now an All-Inclusive Hotel since 2012.

Armação de Pêra is also different and much nicer after the finishing of the construction works during many years and with the new promenade.

On behalf of Vila Galé Nautico team, we hope that we will be able to welcome you back in the future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager

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Reviewed September 13, 2007

Just returned from a week at the villa Gale Nautico and whilst the reception staff were very friendly and pleasant this hotel lacks what is necessary to place it in the four star category, Food was ok but not very varied and no grills at breakfast or dinner for freshly prepared foods which is the case now in most four star hotels. Also only one toasting machine! Our room was very pleasnt and pool facing {The other views are very poor} and caught the late evening sun so this was good, However,there are no fridges in the room but these can be hired for 2.50 euros per day and again most four star hotels provide this as standard. Also our room cleaning was very randon - most days our room was not cleaned un til 3.00 or late and on one occasion it was 5.00 pm and we were there at the time and it took two girls less than 5 minutes! Also our sheets were not changed one in a 7 day stay. It as nice to eat breakfast outside iif you wanted but the staff seemed overworked and often we had to get cutlery and china ourselves. Entertainment was much the same each night but we used to wander into the old town after our meal. The main problem with the location is that although Armaca de Pera is still a fishing village, and yes, it is interesting to watch the fishermen come in with their catch, the whole place has been spolit by numerous high rise apartment blocks some 12 storeys high and they have completely changed the character of the place.Overall, 3 stars would be more appropriate in my opinion.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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VilaGaleHoteis, Gerente geral at Vila Gale Nautico, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review and comments... in 2007! (Never too late to reply :) )

Your comments helped us to continue trying to exceed the expectations of our guests. And that´s why that our company VILA GALÉ had made some important renovations in the public areas, services with a very good team. Vila Galé Náutico is now an All-Inclusive Hotel since 2012.

Armação de Pêra is also different and much nicer after the finishing of the construction works during many years and with the new promenade.

On behalf of Vila Galé Nautico team, we hope that we will be able to welcome you back in the future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager

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Reviewed August 23, 2007

A Nice spacious hotel which was clean and well kept although we did have to wait until 5pm one day to get our room cleaned as there were a lot of new arrivals. The hotel is right on the outskirts of the town and we have a faint whiff of sewage every day but nothing too offensive. The hotel put entertainment on every night but all the acts seemed to sing the same sort of songs. We had a solo bongo player, a solo drummer and a solo guitarist all singing to backing tracks. We only went B&B and went out for meals at lunch time and tea time. approx 20 euros lunch and 60 euros tea average for three of us. There are a lot of 'snack' places and gift shops along the sea front, far too many in my opinion. Anyway, getting back to the hotel, the staff did as much as they could although there were times when they just didn't have enough staff to cope in the evenings and we were kept waiting for longer than we should have. The pool was cleaned four times while we were there (2 weeks) and the garden maintenance was good. There was a small games room although more than fifty percent of the games seemed to be broken and out of order. There were only two computers to use for internet access which seemed a waste of space considering the size of the reception area. The food and drink was overpriced as you would expect in a hotel ie 3 euros for 1L of water compared to 9L for 0.72 euros (yes thats 72 cents !) so we bought in more drink and food than we would have liked to. We probably wouldn't go back there but we would use Vila Gale hotels again

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with family
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2  Thank TrigUK
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VilaGaleHoteis, Gerente geral at Vila Gale Nautico, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review and comments... in 2007! (Never too late to reply :) )

Your comments helped us to continue trying to exceed the expectations of our guests. And that´s why that our company VILA GALÉ had made some important renovations in the public areas, services with a very good team. Vila Galé Náutico is now an All-Inclusive Hotel since 2012.

Armação de Pêra is also different and much nicer after the finishing of the construction works during many years and with the new promenade.

On behalf of Vila Galé Nautico team, we hope that we will be able to welcome you back in the future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager

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Reviewed August 5, 2007

Stayed at the Vila Gale Hotel for 1 week in June. First impressions were good. Nice clean hotel. Our room was cleaned every day. Would recommend paying for a 'pool view'.

Twin rooms as shown on their images are 2 single beds 'pushed together' & there was no fridge in the room which is not what is to be expected of a 4* hotel.

Our stay included breakfast, which was ok but it got quite annoying having to queue by one toaster!! Pool was nice & had a snack bar where you can have food & drinks by the pool. Was not enough sun-beds by the pool, you have to be up early to get one.

Very quiet location there's not much to do in the evenings at the hotel, where the entertainment can only be described as 'cheesy'.
One man band, with entertainment staff there to try to encourage you to dance. Clippers & Hera both nice restaurants in the small town close by which is just a 10 minute walk.

If you want a quiet & relaxing holiday it is ideal, but a trip to Albufeira was 20 euro in a taxi one way! I would recommend to stay closer if you want more of a choice of things to do.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank dello
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VilaGaleHoteis, Gerente geral at Vila Gale Nautico, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review and comments... in 2007! (Never too late to reply :) )

Your comments helped us to continue trying to exceed the expectations of our guests. And that´s why that our company VILA GALÉ had made some important renovations in the public areas, services with a very good team. Vila Galé Náutico is now an All-Inclusive Hotel since 2012.

Armação de Pêra is also different and much nicer after the finishing of the construction works during many years and with the new promenade.

On behalf of Vila Galé Nautico team, we hope that we will be able to welcome you back in the future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager

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Address: Urbanizacao Vale do Olival | Apartado 298, Armacao de Pera 8365-158, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Armacao de Pera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Armacao de Pera
Price Range: $90 - $324 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Vila Gale Nautico 4*
Number of rooms: 233
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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