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Vila Gale Nautico
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Armacao de Pera
Vancouver
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Almost excellent”
Reviewed June 10, 2010

We stayed at this hotel in April/May, which seems to be a perfect time to visit Portugal. Everything was blooming. The weather was nice enough to hang out at the beach that's close by or at the pool, yet the crowds had not yet arrived and it wasn't too hot. You could actually run into local folks.

There are some neat little restaurants and shops within walking distance.

The hotel is clean, the staff very friendly and kind. They'll help you to book outings and arrange that you get picked up from the hotel. Most of them speak several languages. There were some young staff who greeted you at dinner time - in a different outfit every night. They were very charming with their big smiles.

The food was good and there was always plenty of it. Yeah, if you eat outside you run the risk of a seagul snapping away a piece here or there but we found that amusing. A little cat waited by the tables at meal times and befriended anybody who noticed her. But none of it bothered us.

There was some construction going on at times. I would not expect the world to come to a standstill because I am on holidays. They tried to tune it out with music, so it was o.k.

The only real problem I had was that we were booked on the first floor. I did not feel comfortable leaving the window/door open at night. It was also easy enough to hear people next door through the thin walls. But again - I can't blame the hotel staff for that either.

I would recommend this hotel mainly to older folks or anybody who isn't expecting a huge party every night. Maybe ask for the second floor and up.

  • Stayed April 2010
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VilaGaleHoteis, Gerente geral at Vila Gale Nautico, responded to this review, June 15, 2013
Dear Guest,

Hello since 2010! Thank you for your review and comments.

I´m starting this year as the new General Manager of this great hotel, and one of the first priorities is to reply to the many guests that spent their time to share their experience in Vila Galé Náutico.

Is never too late to say thank you and to send a reply. Your comments and suggestions are an important tool for our constant pursuit of service improvement.

Your comments helped us to continue trying to exceed the expectations of our guests. And that´s why that VILA GALÉ HOTELS had made some important renovations in the public areas and hotel 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 and specially with the new promenade facing the sea.

Vila Galé Náutico All-Inclusive Hotel also now provides to all our guests a unique service of 54 excursions during all week, local programs, rent-a-car and bike and very complete information of the public transports network available. Everything that you need to have a excellent experience in the Algarve. Please contact our front-office team.

On my own behalf and on that of the Vila Galé Nautico Hotel team, we hope we have the honour of hosting you again in a near future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager
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Reviewed April 30, 2010

love Armacao de pera, regular visitor for thirty years. second time to this hotel, but first time with my 18 month old daughter. Hotel was clean, i found all staff to be friendly and helpful. I was able to use the microwave to heat up toddler food even when the restaurant wasnt open. They were all very sweet to my daughter, always talking to her in the restaurant etc. Great resort as locals also stopped to say hello, especially those who had youngsters too, so the kids could say OLA! Play area with games, toys, colouring etc was very useful to us, but weather was fantastic so outside alot.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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VilaGaleHoteis, Gerente geral at Vila Gale Nautico, responded to this review, June 15, 2013
Dear Guest,

Hello since 2010! Thank you for your review and comments.

I´m starting this year as the new General Manager of this great hotel, and one of the first priorities is to reply to the many guests that spent their time to share their experience in Vila Galé Náutico.

Is never too late to say thank you and to send a reply. Your comments and suggestions are an important tool for our constant pursuit of service improvement.

Your comments helped us to continue trying to exceed the expectations of our guests. And that´s why that VILA GALÉ HOTELS had made some important renovations in the public areas and hotel 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 and specially with the new promenade facing the sea.

Vila Galé Náutico All-Inclusive Hotel also now provides to all our guests a unique service of 54 excursions during all week, local programs, rent-a-car and bike and very complete information of the public transports network available. Everything that you need to have a excellent experience in the Algarve. Please contact our front-office team.

On my own behalf and on that of the Vila Galé Nautico Hotel team, we hope we have the honour of hosting you again in a near future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager
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London
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Reviewed November 20, 2009

Not worth 4* star at all,

Firstly the service, managers are useless and do not like to help, the staff however are particularly helpful, maybe the managers are on a possible power trip? (Hendrick and Ana Isabella Xavier, were two managers that just didn’t want to help!)

The double rooms mean a Twin room – not very clear, you get two single beds pushed together! The lighting within the bathroom is not particularly great in some rooms, so do check that out before you move in, the bathrooms were not a pleasant sight either.

Secondly the food- be very careful, once we walked in on the should be fresh breakfast buffet, the pineapples in the fruit bar were covered in flies inside the bowl!!! Disgusting! There is a great choice especially for the meat eaters, not a lot for vegetarian- but it is food at your own risk!

Thirdly the bar and evening entertainment: actually was fantastic, the first night we got there, we had an amazing cocktail (Strawberry daiquiri) made, but subsequent times after that the other members of staff couldn’t quite remake it as the first time. The cocktails were generally nice though, and it was quite a nice evening entertainment.

During the day to get your sun lounger, the hotel guests put their towels over their chosen sun lounger- which does work and nobody takes your seats or moves them, however, it is not allowed and someone could tell the staff to move your towels although it didn’t happen to us! Late afternoon around 3-4pm certain staff members run aqua gym, and many little games and contests and make it very enjoyable- certainly something that is a 4* innovation.

Location is ok, a few minutes stroll from the beach- not long at all. There are a few nice restaurants, the one on the beach front as soon u enter on the left, which is in like a little hut, has amazing salad, even a few restaurants further along on the strip were nice with the exception of one called pizzeria du Traviata (or something like that) was awful! The service the price and the actual food was horrendous, we was sick for the whole holiday afterwards!

Hotels do not have antibacterial hand wash, just soap that’s useless against the current flu pandemic- so take your own

Trup & Ami

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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VilaGaleHoteis, Gerente geral at Vila Gale Nautico, responded to this review, June 15, 2013
Dear Guest,

Hello since 2009! Thank you for your review and comments.

I´m starting this year as the new General Manager of this great hotel, and one of the first priorities is to reply to the many guests that spent their time to share their experience in Vila Galé Náutico.

Is never too late to say thank you and to send a reply. Your comments and suggestions are an important tool for our constant pursuit of service improvement.

Your comments helped us to continue trying to exceed the expectations of our guests. And that´s why that VILA GALÉ HOTELS had made some important renovations in the public areas and hotel 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 and specially with the new promenade facing the sea.

Vila Galé Náutico All-Inclusive Hotel also now provides to all our guests a unique service of 54 excursions during all week, local programs, rent-a-car and bike and very complete information of the public transports network available. Everything that you need to have a excellent experience in the Algarve. Please contact our front-office team.

On my own behalf and on that of the Vila Galé Nautico Hotel team, we hope we have the honour of hosting you again in a near future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager
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Staffordshire, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2009

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

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank shaka106
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VilaGaleHoteis, Gerente geral at Vila Gale Nautico, responded to this review, June 15, 2013
Dear Guest,

Hello since 2009! Thank you for your review and comments.

I´m starting this year as the new General Manager of this great hotel, and one of the first priorities is to reply to the many guests that spent their time to share their experience in Vila Galé Náutico.

Is never too late to say thank you and to send a reply. Your comments and suggestions are an important tool for our constant pursuit of service improvement.

Your comments helped us to continue trying to exceed the expectations of our guests. And that´s why that VILA GALÉ HOTELS had made some important renovations in the public areas and hotel 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 and specially with the new promenade facing the sea.

Vila Galé Náutico All-Inclusive Hotel also now provides to all our guests a unique service of 54 excursions during all week, local programs, rent-a-car and bike and very complete information of the public transports network available. Everything that you need to have a excellent experience in the Algarve. Please contact our front-office team.

On my own behalf and on that of the Vila Galé Nautico Hotel team, we hope we have the honour of hosting you again in a near future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager
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Godstone, Surrey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 21, 2009

My husband and I stayed at this hotel for a week in July 2009 and had a wonderful time. The hotel is very nice, clean and spacious. We had a Junior Suite facing the road which was quiet rather than looking over the pool and being disturbed by the very noisy entertainment until 11.30pm.

The pool is great with plenty of sunbeds. And the beach is a short walk away which is also beautiful. If you want sunbeds on the beach it is 15 euros for two for the day.

However, the one real disappointment was the food in the hotel restaurant. We went All Inclusive but wish now that we had stayed B&B. Breakfast is fine but it was lunch and dinner that were really poor. Being in a port, surrounded by lovely restaurants serving plenty of fresh food , we expected the hotel to offer lots of fresh food too. However, the evening meals were more often than not poor quality meat, mushy vegetables and the same salad that had been out at lunchtime. Any fresh fish that there was (which we saw once in the week) was served with very strange sauces. So we went out for the final three nights and found some lovely restaurants where we had lovely fresh meals.

Our recommendation would be too definitely stay at this hotel but go B&B and enjoy the lovely restaurants in the town.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank jafu
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VilaGaleHoteis, Gerente geral at Vila Gale Nautico, responded to this review, June 15, 2013
Dear Guest,

Hello since 2009! Thank you for your review and comments.

I´m starting this year as the new General Manager of this great hotel, and one of the first priorities is to reply to the many guests that spent their time to share their experience in Vila Galé Náutico.

Is never too late to say thank you and to send a reply. Your comments and suggestions are an important tool for our constant pursuit of service improvement.

Your comments helped us to continue trying to exceed the expectations of our guests. And that´s why that VILA GALÉ HOTELS had made some important renovations in the public areas and hotel 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 and specially with the new promenade facing the sea.

Vila Galé Náutico All-Inclusive Hotel also now provides to all our guests a unique service of 54 excursions during all week, local programs, rent-a-car and bike and very complete information of the public transports network available. Everything that you need to have a excellent experience in the Algarve. Please contact our front-office team.

On my own behalf and on that of the Vila Galé Nautico Hotel team, we hope we have the honour of hosting you again in a near future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager
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Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Reviewed July 21, 2009

Not a good impression of hotel from the off, arrived all hot and very tired to a very unorganised reception, huge queue and then to be told our room would not be ready for a further 2 hours but we could use the pool facilities or go to the beach. Anyway we decided to go to the pool for something to eat without any idea except for a point of a finger in the vague direction and needless to say got a little lost enroute. We then ordered 2 toasted sandwiches and 2 diet cokes at the rip off price of 14 euros, a mere 9 euros outside of the hotel. A bottle of water cost 3 euros, which we could get 30 bigger bottles for the price of their one from the supermarket down the road which we bought daily for around the pool. I would like to say the quality of the toasted sandwiches was good but they had merely been ran thru a warm room no where near a toaster :-(. This was our last trip to the snack bar.
On a positive when we finally managed to check in the rooms were very spacious, plenty of storage and clean, everything you would expect for a 4* hotel.
For breakfast there was plenty of choice ie continental meats, cheeses, pastries, cereal (not kelloggs by a long way), toast (slowest toaster in world), cooked breakfast but quite a few times was cold, and if you want to add a little more meat to your diet try the fruit as there were an ample selection of dead flies floating in the juice. I would also recommend going down early for breakfast (before 9am) otherwise its a fight to get anything.
Pool area was nice, all kept very clean and tidy. We went to the beach one day and came back in the afternoon and there was no sunbeds and proceeded to sit on the grass under a tree. A lovely gardener saw us and he went and got another 2 sunbeds out of storage which I thought was really sweet of him. If you like a sunbed get there early before 9 otherwise they are all gone. Thats all really for the hotel,

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank TeresaHertfordshire
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VilaGaleHoteis, Gerente geral at Vila Gale Nautico, responded to this review, June 15, 2013
Dear Guest,

Hello since 2009! Thank you for your review and comments.

I´m starting this year as the new General Manager of this great hotel, and one of the first priorities is to reply to the many guests that spent their time to share their experience in Vila Galé Náutico.

Is never too late to say thank you and to send a reply. Your comments and suggestions are an important tool for our constant pursuit of service improvement.

Your comments helped us to continue trying to exceed the expectations of our guests. And that´s why that VILA GALÉ HOTELS had made some important renovations in the public areas and hotel 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 and specially with the new promenade facing the sea.

Vila Galé Náutico All-Inclusive Hotel also now provides to all our guests a unique service of 54 excursions during all week, local programs, rent-a-car and bike and very complete information of the public transports network available. Everything that you need to have a excellent experience in the Algarve. Please contact our front-office team.

On my own behalf and on that of the Vila Galé Nautico Hotel team, we hope we have the honour of hosting you again in a near future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager
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paisley
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed July 20, 2009

Vila gale Nautico more 3* than 4*.Have previously stayed in vila gale praia and vila gale Cerro Algoa and these were both a much higher standard than Nautico.Hotel is definitely in need of refurbishment. Room was adequate but on several days it was not cleaned until nearly 6 o'clock which was quite annoying having no fresh towels at 4.30 after day on beach! Pool area was quite dirty litter left lying around all day and no evidence of pool being cleaned,however there were always sufficient beds. Breakfast was very good,always plenty of choice and it was lovely to eat it on the terrace. We did not eat at hotel in evening so cannot comment on that.
Armaceao de Pera beach is beautiful and only 2 minutes from hotel it is lovely to walk along in morning and watch fishermen preparing for their day. The beach is one of best in Algarve if you set out before it is too hot you can walk all the way to Salgados passing the nudist beach on the way! This walk takes about 90 minutes but it is really worth it.
Lots of good places to eat I would recommend Sardinha Assada,at hotel end of beach or Nautica at opposite end for lunch.In the evening best cocktail caiprinha was in snack bar Dora close to hotel and only 3 euros delicious! We also enjoyed Businis.Clipper and A Grelha.Walters is good value if a bit frantic!
Lots of building work going on but I'm sure it will be beautiful when finished this didn't spoil our holiday it was quite entertaining watching men at work!
I will definitely return to Armacao but would return to hotel Garbe which is far superior to Nautico,
P.S. Hotel charges 35 euros for safe and avoid minibar 2.50 euros for small bottle of water

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank cfc_ciaran7
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VilaGaleHoteis, Gerente geral at Vila Gale Nautico, responded to this review, June 15, 2013
Dear Guest,

Hello since 2009! Thank you for your review and comments.

I´m starting this year as the new General Manager of this great hotel, and one of the first priorities is to reply to the many guests that spent their time to share their experience in Vila Galé Náutico.

Is never too late to say thank you and to send a reply. Your comments and suggestions are an important tool for our constant pursuit of service improvement.

Your comments helped us to continue trying to exceed the expectations of our guests. And that´s why that VILA GALÉ HOTELS had made some important renovations in the public areas and hotel 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 and specially with the new promenade facing the sea.

Vila Galé Náutico All-Inclusive Hotel also now provides to all our guests a unique service of 54 excursions during all week, local programs, rent-a-car and bike and very complete information of the public transports network available. Everything that you need to have a excellent experience in the Algarve. Please contact our front-office team.

On my own behalf and on that of the Vila Galé Nautico Hotel team, we hope we have the honour of hosting you again in a near future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager
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Property: Vila Gale Nautico
Address: Urbanizacao Vale do Olival | Apartado 298, Armacao de Pera 8365-158, Portugal
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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
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Armacao de Pera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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