We spent 10 day's at the Vila Gale and were absolutely delighted with the location and the hotel was easily the best one in the area. The Vila Gale is situated virtually on top of the beach and to access it each day is only a very light stroll away. The beach itself is quite simply stunning and one of the best I have ever visited. No stones, and glorious golden sand for as far as you can see. There are bars and restaurants every so often along the Meia Praia beach and one if the best ones is the nearest one to the Vila Gale. The walk down to the Marina is no more than 15 mins and once you learn some of the shortcuts we discovered, only 10 minutes with a steady pace. The Marina is wonderful and there's loads of great bars and restaurants to try. The Pie & Pickle (Irish Bar) was one of our favs, mainly because of the Rugby coverage whilst the world cup was on and the hospitality shown by the owners Siobhan and Mike was brill. We also had many enjoyable (early morning breakfasts at a little gem of a bar we found in the town 'O Artista'. The bar is situated in a side street near the Tivoli hotel and right next door to McCabe's bar. Well, all I can say is you have to try their cooked breakfast to understand why we kept going back there. The owner and some of the regular ex pat's who frequent the bar were all very sociable and made us feel right at home.
Did some sea fishing with Seafari's which was okay, but I personally had better sport in Fuerturventura a few years ago. Caught three fish, but nothing to write home about. My mate broke his duck and pulled in an angry looking eel.
The Vila Gale is a great hotel with all you need under one roof. The pool and surrounding grounds are something special and the bedrooms are all very well appointed. The shower in our room was absolutely brilliant and you get a great balcony, widescreen TV and comfortable beds. We found the food on offer in the hotel to be both delicious and plentiful every day. Quite frankly, anyone on this website who has moaned about the food must have stayed at a different hotel to us! I'm told the spa is also great, although i didn't use it myself on this vacation.
My only negative comment about this venue was the disinterest shown by several of the hotel bar staff. In particular one of the female bar staff who it seemed would start doing anything but serve a customer, just as soon as you stand at the counter to buy a drink. Having said that, the bar is very large and comfortable, although we found it a little boring because the evening entertainment only consisted of karaoke, which is not really our bag and in any case, we preferred to go out into the town or the Marina.
One thing I can say though is that the reception staff are first class, especially an absolute diamond called Ricardo Rodriguez. Seriously, nothing was too much trouble for him and he should be rewarded for being a great employee if any of the hotel management are reading this review. Ricardo did us a massive favour by phoning round several bars, shops and restaurants we visited in Lagos town to find a bag we had accidentally left behind somewhere. Bag located and taxi booked all within 10 mins. Top bloke Ricardo!
The hotel is perfectly located for anyone on a golfing holiday with one of the best courses around, Palmares, just 1km up the road.
Overall we had a fabulous time in the Vila Gale and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a terrific base in sunny Lagos.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is located on the beach front, along the sandy Meia Praia beach. It is the new reference point on the Western Algarve Coast. The closest train station is about 1.5 km away and Faro Airport is about 85 km away from the hotel. Occupying an 85-thousand square metre area, the building faces the ocean and allows for an optimised view from the hotel's rooms. There are 168 guest rooms in total. The premises are air-conditioned and guests are welcomed in a lobby with 24-hour reception and 24-hour check-out services. Facilities at the beach hotel include lift access, a hotel safe, TV lounge, children's playground, children's club, bar and a restaurant. As far as business activities and conventions are concerned, the facilities have a large convention centre which is 1100 m² in size and wireless Internet access is available for a fee. Guests can take advantage of the hotel's room and laundry services (the latter for a fee) and leave their vehicles in the car park or garage (the latter incurs an additional fee). The hotel offers its guests spacious and comfortable rooms with LCD TV with national and international channels with access to a film menu providing entertainment and information. For guests' convenience, there is a lounge area with a table and work desk with a wireless Internet connection for laptops (for an additional cost), minibar, radio and electronic safety lock. The en suite bathroom has a shower, bath, hairdryer and toiletry kit. Individually regulated air conditioning and individually regulated heating are provided. Private balconies for enjoying views of the hotel's surrounding areas also come as standard. Guests can take a refreshing dip in the hotel's swimming pool where there is also a children's swimming area, poolside snack bar, and sun loungers and parasols available on the sun terrace. This hotel offers guests all the comforts of a real resort. Located in front of the beach, they can enjoy either the swimming pool or the beach. Guests can also unwind in our Spa, Satsanga, with Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and it offers a spa where guests can pamper themselves with a massage or spa treatment (extra fees apply). There are also 3 tennis courts, pool/snooker, bowling and golf as well (all for extra fees). Moreover, the hotel organises an entertainment programme for children. Breakfast and dinner may be chosen from a wide breakfast buffet. Lunch and dinner can also be taken a la carte. ... more less
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- Vila Gale Lagos Hotel Lagos
- Vila Gale Hotel Lagos