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“great central hotel”
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Vila Gale Marina
Ranked #13 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
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“great central hotel”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

As a few people discribe it, the hotel is very central in Vilamooura. Good rooms and great staff. We coldn't fault anything.Just 3 minutes walking to the marina and to the casino. Don't miss a walk on the beach to QUARTEIRA as it is the next resort after Voilamoura. Really portuguse place with loads of fish restaurants and cheaper then Vilamoura. Don't hesitate to book this excelent hotel. One suggestion: book your transfer private and avoid the shuttles as you will take ages at the airport and stops everywhere. We did book yellowfish transferss, what was the best ever airport transfer we had, even free wifi onboard and a bottle of red wine free on arrival. Excelent. Now just book your holiday

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Marina, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
Dear Mr. Morgan,

I am very pleased to know you have enjoyed your stay at the Vila galé Marina Hotel and Vilamoura
Looking forward to welcoming you back next time!

Kind Regards,

Margarida Antunes
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Clean, good service, friendly staff. Bit of an old person/ loutish behavior attracting hotel. Quite a few children with a crowded pool area, making it hard sometimes to get good sun loungers. Also it is in the shade for the majority of the day.

My vegetarian girlfriend did not feel that the food was very good, but as i eat meat I feel the food was actually not that bad, especially breakfast which was very good. There's a large variety of food at both breakfast and dinner.

We also requested a double bed but they did not provide one.

Paying for a padlock on your safe is a bit odd, especially at 20 euros but that would not stop me going there.

Very good location, most likely would not rush back but that does not mean i do not recommend going.

Room Tip: The higher the room the better the view of the entire marina, specifically in the middle of the buil...
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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 review, February 18, 2013
Dear Mr. Jonathon Crane,

Thank you for sharing your satisfaction with us.
We hope you may visit us again in the near future

Kind regards,

Margarida Antunes
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Oswestry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

I cannot believe that I have taken this long to write a review on a truly wonderful hotel. My girls and I stayed here for a week, it was a last minute summer break after a stressful few months, and I couldn't have chosen a better place in vilamoura. I upgraded from a standard room to a superior, and boy oh boy was it the best decision and worth every penny spent. We had an enormous balcony with a seaview, mountain view and marina view, truly breath-taking. Although I had booked half board, I did expect to be eating out some evenings, but the food was so varied and of such good quality, even my daughter who is such a picky eater found something different every evening. The staff were the best part of the vacation, they couldn't do enough for you, and although the hotel is dated in décor, it is so clean and well looked after, it really didn't matter. We have stayed in 5 star establishments and sailed on top cruise liners, but quite honestly, this was the best break we have ever been on. If I had to think of one criticism, it would be the lifts!! I have to say, this was a scary experience for me, they were soooooo small!!

Room Tip: upgrade to a superior seaview room, it is worth every penny
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Marina, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
Dear Mrs. Kelly,

We thank you for your review and praise of our staff will be passed on.
We hope to welcome you back to our hotel. Thank you

Kind regards,

Margarida Antunes
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

stayed in the vila gale hotel for 2 weeks in september, and it was so perfect from the moment we checked in to the time we checked out. The very comfortable room , staff , food , entertainment , location, weather , the nearby beach, just about everything that goes to make a perfect holiday .Try the Vila Gale , promise you will not be dissapointed .

Room Tip: try for the top floor if only for the view
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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 review, February 18, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your wonderful review .... will be passed on to all staff who will be very pleased to welcome you back in Vila Galé Marina!

Kind regards,

Margarida Antunes
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

Not a bad hotel but certainly not a good one.

The hotel staff were the best part of the facility , the hotel itself is past its sell by date and needs a serious update.

The rooms were just about OK but on the small side and in our room the heater/air conditioner only blew cold air.

We were on a golf break and staying on a b&b basis so I can not comment on either lunch or dinner but must point out that breakfast is a total dissaster. Coffee and tea are provided from a poxy little machine stuck in a corner and you have to cook your own toast on what must be the slowest toaster on the world. i would hate to be there in the high season as i dread to think how long the wait would be.

The worst part however is the fact that every element making up an English Breakfast was cold on each of the three mornings we ate and there is just no excuse for this.

The only saving grace for this establishment is its location which is only yards from the marina.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Marina, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
Dear Mr. John N,

Thank you for sharing your review. We do regret that you did not find our hotel to your standard.

We are glad you enjoyed the hotel location.

Kind Regards,

Margarida Antunes
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

The Vila Gale Marina is perfect for golfers. The rooms are clean and comfortable, the service is good and the staff are friendly. Not a great choice at breakfast but adequate after a few drinks the night before! Hotel is close to various bars etc and also just a short taxi ride to some excellent restaurants. The complimentary transport to and from golf courses works brilliantly.

Room Tip: My room was on one of the sides of the hotel and definitely bigger than my mates who had rooms above...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Marina, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
Dear Guest,

We want to thank you for your review.
In fact our hotel is a golf oriented in winter time, and a family hotel in summer time.
We hope to welcome you again, in summer and winter time

Kind Regards,

Margarida Antunes
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huddersfield
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

Great place . Suited to golfing in winter and more famílies and couples in summer .
I visit regular as it is such a Short trip.
Flight to Faro two hours 20 minutes transfer 20 minutes. Flights get booked with ryanair air or easy jet always cheap especially if you get in early. Transfer to hotel always yellow fish transfers .most reliable and punctual ive used with free wifi on board
Golf in VIlamoura is great lots of choice although look for deals it can be pricey. There is a pick up shuttle bus very convenient.
In summer the hotel transforms into a regular hotel that acomodates everyone .
Everything you want is close by bars restaurants , the marina and markets itãs a very easy place to get around.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Marina, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
Dear Mr. Joan P,

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

Kind regards,

Margarida Antunes
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Property: Vila Gale Marina
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
#11 Luxury Hotel in Vilamoura
#12 Family Hotel in Vilamoura
#13 Romantic Hotel in Vilamoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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