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“Shady pool area”
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Vila Gale Marina
Ranked #14 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 20, 2012

We had a great room overlooking the marina, there was always someting to look at! The only downside to this hotel was that the pool area became shady in the afternoon. Entertainment was pretty naff too! This hotel is a good base for the golf courses that are nearby, and the beach. We hired a car and drove to Albefuria and Alvor, which have gorgeous beaches. The restaurants in Vilamoura are fantastic, lots of choice and very tasty.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Marina, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your review, we do appreciate your observations regarding the entertainment.

Kind regards,

Margarida Antunes

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Reviewed September 13, 2012

We stayed at Vila Gale for 5 nights and it was lovely!! Great rooms, great service and excellent location (a short walk to the left and you're on the beach, a short walk to the right and you're at the Marina). Staff are very friendly and helpful. Pool area is stunning. Highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Marina, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for sharing your review. It is with great pleasure to find you have enjoyed your stay with us.

Hope you may visit us again soon.

Kind regards,

Margarida Antunes

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Reviewed September 11, 2012

My partner & I stayed here for a week from 30th August.
We arrived at 12pm and although check-in wasn't until 2pm we were given our room straight away which we were really pleased about.
We had stayed here before so, at check in, we requested a high floor for the view & we were given a lovely room on the 8th floor.
The hotel were very keen on the "not leaving your towels on the sun beds" rule so there were plenty of spare beds even after lunch at 2pm.
Breakfast was fine. I just had fruit most mornings & my partner had a hot breakfast (personally I wouldn't have fancied the bacon but was more than happy with the rest)
We went to the beach most days which we loved but didn't pay the staggering 15 euros each per day for a bed. I was amazed anybody was prepared to be ripped off in this way.
One day we walked right along the beach past quarteria to a lovely beachside restaurant called, from memory, bj's. This place is worth a walk to. It was full of upper class Brits who have moved out there & were heard discussing Tarquins & canapés which was brilliant entertainment.
We ate out on the marina every night which was lovely.
We did hear the music mentioned in previous reviews - on the Friday night it went on until 6am but when you have a hotel with such a great location a bit of noise is to be expected plus what can the hotel do about it in all honesty. I never heard my neighbours from either side which was a real plus.
We loved this hotel - the areas which could be improved are
a- the music round the pool at times is dreadful. Needs to be more chilled out rather than hardcore dance ! I wanted to relax after a night on the town.
B- the gym can in no way be described as a gym. I have more equipment loitering round my house & garage. So I just took the stairs to my 8th floor room 4 times per day for exercise.

As we were leaving we bumped into a couple from Sheffield who hadn't been impressed with the hotel but this was down to the evening meals & the cost of drinks. The hotel really does need to realise it makes absolutely no business sense to charge nearly 3 euros for a small bottle of water as this couple bought 1 drink & we bought absolutely no drinks in the whole week. There's a very well priced supermarket just round the corner from the hotel so we stocked our fridge up with water, beer & wine etc. I would never go half board to Vilamoura. The joy of this holiday is eating in different restaurants on the marina but that's just personal choice.
We will definitely be back to this hotel.
It gets 4 stars from us.

Room Tip: Rooms on the 7th floor & above have great views of the marina.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Marina, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2012

Dear Guest Lisa,

Thank you for sharing your satisfaction with us. We do appreciate your observations regarding the pool music and Gym. These will be noted in our future refurbishments.

We hope to welcome you back to our hotel in the near future.

Kind regards,

Margarida Antunes

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Reviewed September 10, 2012

We arrived at the Vila Gale on Bank Holiday Monday, end of August. We were two families with 2 18 year olds and a 15 year old. When the teenagers went to their room, it was two single beds with a camp bed. We were not happy about this as they were paying adult prices and deserved a better mattress for a week. As soon as we went back down to reception they changed the room and were given a room with 2 single beds and a camp bed with a thick mattress. This was better than the initial room and we were happy with this. As soon as we arrived we had a lovely meal outside by the pool. Staff were very friendly and helpful. We were a little disappointed with our evening meal on the first evening (we did not feel that this was a 4* service), but as the week went on we enjoyed our food very much especially the salads and puddings. Breakfast was very enjoyable - good choice. There were enough sun beds for the 7 of us daily next to one another - we did not book them - just turned up and there were always ones available. Pool side is a little small, but again we did not feel that this was an issue. Towels were free of charge at the poolside which was very useful. We did not hear any noise at night, but our friends were disturbed by noise on the streets. Entertainment was a little disappointing, but an effort was made to entertain - again not the usual 4* service. The rooms were clean and there was a fride in the room. Some rooms were small. The aircon worked very well. We took a trip to the mountains which was booked on the Marine - this was a worthwhile trip - lunch was not included in the price when you book, but whilst on the trip there is not choice but to take the 13 Euro lunch deal - but it is certainly worth the money - red and white wine, soft drinks, small starter, choice of main meal, bread, salad, tomatoes, pudding and coffee. Very enjoyable although initially we were a little annoyed that we had to take the lunch. It would be better to increase the Trip price and include the lunch. Sea was lovely. Marina and Beach couple of minutes walk. Would return to the Vila Gale Marina and would recommend it as a good 3*.

Room Tip: Rooms on floor 9 have a view of marina. Rooms are of a good size ( 221) - although ours was not (21...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Marina, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your review, we do appreciate your observations regarding the entertainment. These will be noted in our future changes.

We hope you may visit us again in the near future

Kind regards,

Margarida Antunes

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Reviewed September 10, 2012

My partner and I stayed here for 11 days from the 26th August . The hotel is in a brilliant location close the marina and not too far to the beaches. We chose to go to the beach in Quarteria about a 15-20min walk passed the Crowne Plaza hotel , the sunbeds there were half the price. There was a lovely breeze so felt cooler than around the pool. Could not fault the room , hotel staff very helpful and friendly the food was also very good lots of choice. We would def recommend to stay here . One downside I suppose may be for older people there was not much entertainment in the hotel as most people seemed to be bed and breakfast so went out for their evening meal . I would recommend bed and breakfast as so many lovely restaurants to eat. The marina is very upmarket and buzzing at night.

Room Tip: We were on the 7th floor to the side lovely sunny balcony and view of marina.No noise at all.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Marina, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2012

Dear Guest,

I am very pleased to know you have enjoyed your stay at the Vila Galé Marina, and Vilamoura.
Looking forward to welcome you back next year !

Kind regards,

Margarida Antunes

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Reviewed September 5, 2012

Just spent a great week here. It was in a perfect location - 2 minutes walk to the Marina and 5 minutes to the beach. Also handy for local bus service. The staff were friendly - they served a good variety of food. We arrived back late from a trip one day and they were still putting out fresh food at 9.45pm. Our room was large clean with an excellent view of the Marina.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Marina, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your review, as it is with great pleasure to find you have enjoyed your stay with us. We are very happy to read your review as our main objective is the satisfaction of our guests .

We hope to welcome you back to our hotel.

Kind regards,

Margarida Antunes

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Stayed here from 18th August 2012 for 13 nights. We read the reviews and although mixed we decided as it was near the Marina we would book on B & B basis.
We were very dissapointed and did not rate as a 4 star Hotel. The first room we were in was very small and dark so we asked to be moved, this was done for us and we had a nicer bigger room.
Could not believe at breakfast time we had to queue up most mornings as there were not enough tables, breakfast was good with plenty of choice.
we requested an iron & ironing board and told no iron but they had a laundry, which was chargeable, first 4 star hotel we have stayed at that does not have irons!!
The pool was very busy and unless you reserved a sunbed very early you had no chance, also very noisy with the Fun Team for the kids, so really more for families, also they had music playing outside around the pool which would have been great if they had changed the CD once in a while.... so fed up with Adele and Bob Marley!
One day we were going on a trip to Lisbon and leaving at 6am, we requested a packed breakfast, we were told that it would be delivered to our room at 5.30am, it never arrived and when we were leaving for the trip we spoke to reception who upon checking found the wrong date had been written down, we asked if something could be rustled up quick and when reception contacted the restaurant he was told they were too busy!!
Although we had a nice time it was not down to the Hotel really, would only recomend for families as there was a lot of kids. Sorry but I would not stay here again and would not recomend the hotel, there are far better in Vilamoura and Albufeira, so very disapointed.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Nick1960
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Marina, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your review. We do regreat that you did not find our hotel to your standard. In fact this hotel is a family hotel oriented, and we work for the total satisfaction of our guests and their confort.
Regarding the iron & ironing board, in Portugal, the hotels are not allowed to have it, for a security question.
We are glad you have enjoyed our breakfast.

Kind regards,

Margarida Antunes

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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 Luxury Hotel in Vilamoura
#12 Family Hotel in Vilamoura
#13 Romantic Hotel in Vilamoura
Price Range: $77 - $263 (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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