This was our second year here at the Gale Marina. As my husband is a boat lover this hotel was ideal. The first year we were put on the top floor which got the sun all day with fantastic views out to the sea and marina. Unfortunately this time we were put on the second floor which never got a hint of sun! When we ask for a higher floor we were told there was no other roomsl left in the hotel. This was a great disappointment to my husband as we only got to look at the pool! If you are an early bird, and I mean early bird - you may get a sunbed that stays in the sun most of the day. Most people put their towels on the beds then went out for the day! As this happens where ever you go - we always went to the beach, which is lovely! The restaurants are lovely and we particulaly loved going to Spazzios for lunch (small cafe on the marina front). The restuarants do get busy at around 9.00pm and I would advise booking in advance at most places. A number of times we had to stand in queues and wait for people to finish eating. As we have a 9 year old son we tried to eat early which gave you greater choice to browse the restuarants before the hoards came out, then we went back to the hotel for the evening entertainment. This was another reason for eating early, if you didn't get a seat early enough you wouldn't get one at all. Although for 2 years running the spanish/portugese holiday makers just brings chairs from anywhere and sit infront of you so they can get the best view! Overall the hotel was nice and one of the cheapest in vilamoura for its location but I think I will gear towards to smaller hotels in future as the constant queuing for breakfast, sunbeds and entertainment is getting really tedious!!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Vila Gale Marina Vilamoura, Portugal - Algarve
- Vila Gale Marina Hotel