From the outside the hotel looks nice and the gardens are well maintained. However, there were some building works going on to a villa behind the hotel, which caused some noise and we weren't notified of this on arrival.
The food was mediocre and the choice in the evening left a bit to be desired. We were half-board but some nights there really was nothing suitable so we had to eat out . Some evenings we had to queue for a table, which was farcical and we had drinks added to our room bill, despite our eating out this particular night, and the hotel would not accept we had not been in the restaurant until we insisted they show us the slip which you sign when your drinks are delivered and we compared this to our passport signatures!! Not sure if this was a fellow traveller mixing up their room number or the staff not writing it down properly but just keep a check on what you are ordering and paying for.
The evening entertainment was exceptionally poor, unfortunately, the hotel is located in the quietest area known to man, thank god for the Water Dog pub which was a 5 minute walk away. There are one or two places to eat in resort but the overall impression was this resort is more for Portugese Nationals than tourists and if you go further in to the town (about a 20 min walk) there is a little more life.
It is well worth venturing down to the beach which is lovely, and you can watch some of the locals crabbing! It is well worth catching the "Walley Trolley" or the little train that runs from outside the hotel into the town for a scenic trip.
We didn't want an 18-30's resort, just a little more life. If you want a nice quiet hotel and are not a fussy eater, this will probably be fine, unfortunately, we would not go back
- 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