Spent a week at the end of June at this hotel and had a very relaxing week. We selected this hotel due to a good price, reviews and location. The hotel was fairly clean and welcoming, got our room earlier then expected and got a nice large room on the 6th floor facing West. The room was dated and lacked storage but was big and the mini bar fridge allowed you to store drinks to keep cool. The pool area is not huge and if you want to lay in the sun all day then you will need to get your towel on a bed at 9am even though there is a sign saying you can't do that! Staff and guests seem to ignore that rule. The pool is nice, but you are laying side by side!! The bar area is part of the reception area which was not nice and the evening entertainment was poor at best. Was good to be able to eat breakfast up to 10.30am even if it lacked variety.
The best part of this hotel is the location, you are right on the Marina, a few mintues flat walking takes you to the beach, marina and restaurants. Also if you get a room near the top of the hotel you get a great view of all this.
Vilamouria is a lovely place to stay, 2 good beaches close by, nice flat walks too. We walked to Quarteria which if you ignore the fish market area is actually a nice place, very quiet and laid back. It has some good shops, a huge promeande to walk and a nice beach. You will find the Tourist Information centre here. We took the local bus to Faro, cost 7 euros return and takes 45 mins, one bus and worth doing. Faro isn't huge, but has a nice old part, offers some good boat trips and a small area for shopping. If you are after shops just as you come into Faro is a big shopping centre with all the brand names. Warning if you don't have a return ticket then you have to buy your ticket at the bus station in Faro before coming back, on the way there pay on the bus.
Resturant wise in Vilamouria you are spolit for choice, i would recommend not eating on the Marina as you get ripped off a bit. Plenty of places just a step back from there. We used the Thai place just down from the hotel which was very good and popular at the weekend. There is also a good fish resturant just down from the Thai. And if you want good coffee and cakes/crepes use Pinito Mole by the Thai resturant, lovely little place.
For evening entertainment Sinatra's or the Hole in One were good. There was also a good Irish bar above the Marina. But be awre the drinks prices are loaded to cover the costs of the entertainment they provide.
Overall the hotel is not a 4*, 3* I would say. Great location and we would go back for the right price. And I can recommend staying at Vilamouria, place for adults mainly or families with older childern.
- 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