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Vila Gale Marina
Ranked #14 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
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Reviewed December 25, 2011

Must say the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Great location and posh resort. However, avoid going there in December if you are afraid of being in a quiet place. I was there for 4 days and no more than 5 guests for the whole period. Good hotel although certain facilities are a little tired.

Room Tip: higher floors for the marina view
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 14, 2011

I was almost chocked when i arrived at the lobby. I didnt book the hotel as it was done by a business partner. The chock was due to me being brought back to memories from the 80s, cheap mass tourism, pink burnt poms in wrinkled t-shirts wearing flip flops, and socks. With horrible hang overs. My God, i hadnt been in such environments for 20 years but it only took me a day to adjust and rather enjoy this nostalgic trip. The hotel is an enormous monster. I had a room on the top floor viewing the marina and 100s of balconies all with colorful towels hanging on drying. The room was the most simple ive had in a half generation and the bed resembled a prison bed (or what id imagine you'd have in a cell). Hard and with simple sheets and equallt entry level blanket/pillow. Basic stuff, nothing romantic here. This whole thing was an industrial apparatus. Volume. Anyway, the room wasnt that bad after i got over the initial chock that got me phoning my bus partner that booked and demanding another hotel. It was late so i threw in the towel. The next morning i went up early for a morning run. At 6 almost all sunchairs had towels but no guests. Apparently guests went up early, placed a towel to 'book' the sun chairs around the pool, and then back to sleep. Just like a holiday comedy movie. Back at the hotel after my run i had a shower and the only thing i can say about the bathroom is; basic stuff. Ok, but basic. The breakfast however was a bit better. Lots to choose from and decent service. All very fresh foods so nothing to complain about. Its supposed to be a 4 star hotel and i cannot understand the rating system, its surely should not be higher than 3, tops. Anyway, considering what I paid (around E40 bb) i would say it was decent value all round. Would still rather choose something else next time.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Reviewed December 3, 2011

After reading reviews on this hotel we were a little cautious. Faro airport were on strike and we had to fly to Seville and bus across, no big deal we got to see some Spanish countryside. My husband took me for this break for my 50th birthday , and it was perfect. Hotel Great, Location great. Weather great, Food great.. We would definitely return next year. it was a well chosen warm last minute break. Staff were extremely helpful and the rooms were very comfortable. EXCELLENT .....

Room Tip: We paid extra to upgrade but that is individual choice.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank deerelodge
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Reviewed October 27, 2011

Following our booking travelled to the Vila Gale Marina - 15/10 - with some concern after reading some of the previous reviews. Thankfully our concerns were unfounded as we had a thoroughly enjoyable week at this hotel. The rooms were spacious, comfortable and spotlessly clean as were the public areas, including the pool and sun terraces. Yes, the decor was a little dated in some areas and the pool area was on the small side, and because the pool area is on the Marina side of the hotel there was no morning sun on the pool, but the hotel is well situated for the marina and its attractions and convenient for the beach.
We found the staff courteous and willing to please at all times. The restaurant again was immaculate and the food was always well presented with plently of choice of all courses. We were on half board - most guests seemed to be on BB - and although it was quite busy at breakfast there was never any queing involved. The evening meal was quite relaxed in pleasant surrounding and the staff were on the whole both attentive and cheerful. Previous reviews highlighted problems with noise but thankfully we did not experience any great disturbance other than some early hours noise occassionally. On the whole an enjoyable experience at the Vila Gale and a lovely week of warm autumn sunshine.

Room Tip: Good views from the upper floors
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

Excellent location for the marina and beach, the staff were helpful and in the main friendly- apart from one waitress who took exception to the two of us sitting on a four-seater table, even though the restaurant was half empty.
Public areas clean and tidy, outside pool mostly in shade but plenty of sunbeds even when some people put towels out at 9.30am and didn't appear until noon. Pool freezing cold and vey deep at one end, not necessary when diving is forbidden. Hotel only allows one towel per day so if you get it too wet- tough. Bar prices expensive. Inside pool looked ok and always empty.
Room- balcony in permanent shade but this was sometimes welcome in the heat, fridge very useful for bought water and beer, safe should be free as opposed to 2.5 euros a day, beds comfy and clean, maid sometimes did not appear until 3pm which is too late in my opinion, doors are heavy and slam easily which is annoying when people get to bed late, balcony doors do not seal properly so any noise by the pool is easily audible which is a pain when drinkers sit outside into the small hours ( i recommend you take earplugs).
Food- breakfast good choice, plenty of hot and cold choices (an omelette station would have been a nice touch), did not have lunch, evening meal a bit repetative and not much choice for veggies, marina bars and restaurants are nice but the staff there pester you to go in as you pass which is a pain.
There are a lot of golfers in the hotel which means the hotel and pools are quiet during the day whilst they are away playing, however when they return it can be a pain as they sit outside and chat when we want to sleep.
Overall I would recommend for the location but the food could be better and the pool was too shady.

Room Tip: All have views of the pool but the east side ones have sun on the balconies
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 17, 2011

We are a O A P couple.looking for an easy holiday.This hotel was the perfect place for us ..end of Sept to Oct 6th.After a "fruitfilled" breakfast.we paddled the beach every morning..stunned by the beauty of the gigantic Atllantic breakers...nearly always our rooms were ready after trip..Around 1 p m we treated ourselves to delicious smoked salmon plus a glass of wine in the friendly lobby where we got to know some staff.our p m's varied to walks along the marina,a ride on the noddy train.. and most exciting searching for that night's retaurant./ that was fun as there was such a variety inc an excellent one inQuarteria.however the two evening meals we experienced in the hotel's restaurant were the best ( A LA CARTE MENU)how we appreciated being treated so well after our outings.. WELL DONE
to the friendly staff.... we will be back again... just hope the sun will be shning as brightly..
THANKS TO ALL

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

We had a very pleasant week at this hotel. The room was clean, with very comfortable beds, a fridge (shops for water and snacks just a couple of minutes' walk away) and a small safe. I thought the corridor windows would be lethal for small children, so if I'd had young ones with me, I would have been looking for a ground floor room. Reception staff were not unfriendly but gave the bare minimum in terms of attention and service. Food was average to slightly better than average, depending on the night. Restaurant staff were very attentive and helpful and, I would say, at times, heroicly patient and vigilant in dealing with some of the young children whose parents left them to wander unattended in a very busy dining room! The marina and beach are very close by, as is the casino, which has evening entertainment. All in all, a nice place to relax for a few days.

Room Tip: We had a room "facing the sea", which is not exactly a magnificent seaview, as there are a...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Alameda Praia da Marina, Vilamoura, Quarteira 8125-408, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quarteira > Vilamoura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Vilamoura
#12 Family Hotel in Vilamoura
#12 Luxury Hotel in Vilamoura
#13 Romantic Hotel in Vilamoura
Price Range: $87 - $216 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Vila Gale Marina 4*
Number of rooms: 243
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is located directly in the tourist centre of Vilamoura a mere 200 m from the beach and 50 m from the marina. It is right near all the shops, restaurants, bars and transportations in Vilamoura. The nearest airport is in Faro only 25 km away. The hotel was built in 1995 and renovated in 2002. It has a total of 243 rooms from which 44 standard rooms with ocean view and 14 suites suitable for families. The facilities are air-conditioned and include a lobby with a 24-hour reception, lifts, a coffee shop, a newspaper stand, a bar, a buffet or a la carte restaurant with a separate non-smoking area (children's highchairs available on request), a conference rooms, free Wi-Fi internet access in public areas, car park. For an additional cost guests may use the hotel safe, the laundry services and the garage. The rooms are attractive and decorated in a maritime style. They are equipped with air conditioning, electronic safety door look, direct telephone, safe, LCD TV with Cable and Pay TV, Wi-Fi Connection (for and additional cost), Minibar and 24 hour room service, private bathroom with telephone and hair dryer. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool with a pool bar, sun loungers and parasols. Guests may also enjoy the Health Club equipped with an indoor swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a steam room, a Gym and 2 tennis courts (part of a neighbouring hotel and available for an additional fee). There are deck chairs and parasols available on the sandy beach and an entertainment programme rounds off the hotel's offerings. A fine buffet is on offer on every meal of the day. Lunch and dinner may also be taken a la carte. ... more   less 
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