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Vila Gale Marina
Ranked #12 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
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Preston, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Golfing Trip”
Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

Have stayed at this hotel every year for the last 4 years for a week in February with the PGA playing golf. Always well looked after by staff who are very helpful. Rooms cleaned every day to a high standard. Breakfast is available every morning which is nice but there isn't much variety. Free wi if available in the hotel lobby and for an extra 15 euros a week it is available in your room. Cannot fault this hotel and will hopefully be returning again next year!

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Marina, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Dear Guest,

We are really pleased to have had the oportunity once again to welcome you in our hotel so that you have enjoyed your holiday at the Vila Galé Marina.

We hope you may visit us again next year, with North Region PGA group.

Kind regards,

Margarida Antunes
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

Once again, many thanks Vila Gale Marina Hotel for another great stay and welcome. Just got back from a 5 night golf break with 14 friends. This hotel is in great location with all the facilities that you would want on a golf break. Very helpful 'front of house staff', good breakfast and large comfortable rooms for a good night sleep with plenty of hot water 'on tap', this hotel is an ideal base for your visit to Vilamoura.
Our group are already planning our 2013 trip where we will once again have no hesitation in location our group at this hotel. Diolch yn Fawr!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Marina, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for your nice review.

We hope to receive you again at your next trip to Vilamoura.

Kind Regards,

Margarida Antunes
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Rhyl, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

We stayed here in November 2012, a bit disappointed, the room did have a nice view of the harbour, but the hotel seemed a bit lifeless and not very friendly at reception. Breakfast was ok and staff in there were very pleasant.
We have stayed in November before and have been very lucky with the weather. It did seem quieter than before and a lot of restaurants were closed for their holidays. The hotel very central and still plenty of places to eat all very good. Lovely meal in the Fishermans Shack not far from the hotel.We love Vilamoura and are going back in March but a different Hotel. Let you know what thats like.

Room Tip: We had a room with a pool view so nice view of the harbour but need to be high up. We were floor 8
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  • Stayed November 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 sharing your review. Unfortunately, in winter time, almost all the restaurants in Marina are closed.
I'm sorry we can not welcome you again, in your next stay in March.

Kind Regards,

Margarida Antunes
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed January 27, 2013

This hotel has a perfect location overlooking the marina. Very comfortable accommodation and breakfast choice was extensive and of a good standard. Also ate in the restaurant on four nights and enjoyed the choice on the set menu. Staff were pleasant and welcoming, and the locals could not do enough for us, perhaps due to our December out of season trip when there were few tourists on the ground. Would definitely recommend this hotel and the resort - was doubtful about travelling to the Algarve at this time of year but the weather was warm and sunny apart from heavy rain on one day. Most amenities were open with some exceptions. Disappointed not to get tickets for a show at the Casino (right next door but we were not trouble by noise as reported in some reviews) - only corporate sales which may have been due to out of season.

Would definitely go here again. The beach was perfect for a December stroll and paddle!

  • Stayed December 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 sharing your satisfaction with us. However, Vila Galé Marina was closed on December and January. Maybe you are refering to Vila Galé Ampalius.

Kind Regards,

Margarida Antunes
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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brentwood
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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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Property: Vila Gale Marina
Address: Alameda Praia da Marina, Vilamoura, Quarteira 8125-408, Portugal
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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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