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“RELAXING FRIENDLY HOTEL WITH GREAT STAFF & HIGH STANDARDS”
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Vila Gale Marina
Ranked #12 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
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“RELAXING FRIENDLY HOTEL WITH GREAT STAFF & HIGH STANDARDS”
Reviewed August 3, 2010

Very good hotel with some rooms having an excellent view of the sea and marina. On arrival l was allocated to the 7th floor which had the aforementioned great view however l was anxious about the railing n the balcony as it was not very robust and with a lively young son with me , l was concerned about safety. I explained my concerns with staff who allocated me a room on the first floor which overlooked the pool. Whilst it lacked the view of the higher floor, l felt much better. The room was spotlessand cleaned everyday. Towels for the pool were available every day as well. One downfall was caused by most residents feeling the need to put towels down on sun loungers around the pool and then not being seen for hours on end. The management issued letters to all residents advising against this sort of conduct but in reality very little changed. In essence if you want a sun lounger around the pool you will need to move quickly in the morning.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 2, 2010

Stayed at the Vila Gale Marina last week with a group of 10 people, including kids and teenagers. Can't get a better location than this, directly opposite the hotel was an alleyway leading to the marina. The casino is a short walk away, and you just need your passport for entrance, no vests allowed. A short walk thru the park opposite the entrance and you find the beach. The rooms were nicely decorated, for european standards. The bathrooms were clean and plenty towels available. The mini bar/fridge in the room was cold and they didn't mind you putting your own water and drinks in there. The breakfast was ok, though we did fancy something different on the 4th day and walked to Mac donalds which is just down the road. The staff are friendly and helpful. Didn't have any problems with noisy guests in the night that you usually get. The pool was a little on the small side, but kept the party happy. A trip to the Aquashow waterpark, 10 mins away solved the problem, had a great day out and everyone enjoyed it!!! Pool side restaurant is quite good for snacks etc, prices are good and alot of choice. Will stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2010
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Reviewed August 2, 2010

We are 4 and stay in Vilagale marina in a very nice junior suite with 1 bedroom, separate living room with very confortable sofabed, small table with 2 chairs, another small sofa, bathroom, 2 tvs and a very large terrace with excellent marina and sea view with table and chairs. Rooms has nice furniture, clean everyday and towles change everyday too. Junior suites doesn´t have kitchnet!
Pool area is a litle bit small but plenty of sunbeds and parasol, we never had problem to find one. Is very clean and not very busy. Hotel provides beach and pool towles.
Pool bar is open all day and has nice soft meals and drinks. Is not very cheaper but foods quallity is very good, we eat there many times because beach bars and marina restaurants has similar prices.
We only dinner 1 evening in Hotel restaurants because it was a tematic dinner, food was very good, plenty of choice and not very expensive, 20,00€ each adults and 10,00€ childreen without drinks. However, is cheaper dinner in marina restaurants.
Breakfast is plenty of choice and we never wait for table.
Staff is very friendly and helpfull.
Animation team is very nice too and there are games all day for childreen and adults and live music or shows by night.
Vilagale Marina has excellent locacion if you ravel without car or if you don´t want use it. Is no more than 5 minutes walking to beach and 1 minute walking to Vilamoura marina, plenty of excellent restaurants, shops and bars.
We really love our days in Vilamoura and Vilagale Marina, like others Vilagale Hotels, is an excellent 4 stars with great locacion, very good service and nice rooms and public areas.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 15, 2010

Spent 3 lovely days at the Vila Gale Marina in the first week of July and had a lovely time. Hotel is a good solid 3/4 star and the rooms are very clean and comfortable. The facilities, bar and pool all very good as well but what made the Hotel is the staff - from Check in to check out all the staff we met were extremely helpful and friendly and i must give a special mention to John in the bar - what a nice fella ! When you add the fact that the Hotel has a great location and grat views it a good choice in Vilamoura.
we will be coming back !

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2010

Stayed at the hotel with a group of 12 friends for a 40th birthday. The hotel appears geared up for both groups, couples and families and I found it to be well located and a reasonable price. The reception staff were helpful, although only one spoke good english when we checked in resulting in a delay; otherwise we had no problems. Bar staff were all attentive and helpful and we had no problems with the golf shuttle bus. Rooms are average in quality but nothing out of the ordinary for a Portugese 4 star. Breakfast was fine with a reasonable choice and I agree with other reviewers about a high room (best for views). Everything was very clean and I would consider staying here again should I return to the resort.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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manchester
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Reviewed July 1, 2010

My friend and I stayed at this hotel for 1 week 19th june on a bed/breakfast basis, Although we asked for a high floor when we arrived approx 10.30 a.m. the rooms were not available and they informed us that it would be about 3.00 p.m. before it was ready so they offered us one on the 1st floor and I have to say there was nothing wrong with it except you dont get the view of the marina but to be honest for the amount of time we were in our room we were not bothered. The Hotel itself was lovely the staff very pleasant the rooms nice you even get towels for the pool everyday. Rooms always kept clean. This is the 2nd time I have been to Vilamoura and I would definetly stay at this hotel again. Ideally situated for everything.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
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chesterfield
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Reviewed June 28, 2010

Would recommend the Vila Gale Marina to anyone looking for a stay in the upmarket resort of Vilamoura. It is just a stones throw away from the Marina, which is the place to go for all the restaurants and shops etc and to people watch.

We had private transfer from Faro which took about 25 minutes. Very quick check in and porter takes your bags to your room. Our air conditioning didnt work on the 1st day so we got upgraded tro a junior suite at no extra cost, very nice.

We were on the 4th floor with a view of the pool, marina and sea, even higher and the view would have been excellent. Try to ask for 5th floor or above. Dont bother paying for sea view rooms as because of the design of the hotel all rooms have partial sea views.

The pool area has a childrens area and an adults area, the pool is very cold, there is also an outdoor jacuzzi, temperature varies from warm to cool. We did not have a problem with getting a sunbed. We had breakfast at 8:30 and got to the beds around 9:30 and virtually took our pick.

What people have said before about the shaded pool is not altogether true. The right hand side of the pool is shaded upto about 11:00am then it is in sun all day. So we got the beds on the left handside of the pool until 11:00 and then moved to the right side without a problem.

There is a poolbar serving drinks and snacks but it is rather expensive, even cheaper eating out at the marina. So at lunch we nipped to one of the cafes near the marina, slightly cheaper and a much better setting.

We made no use of the indoor facilities so cant comment on the pool etc.

Worst thing about the hotel was the evening entertainment, dont bother! If you are looking for entertainment there is an irish bar called oneills which has live music 7 nights a week and 1 called the old navy which also has love music every night. There are a couple of other bars with live music but we didnt try those.

The breakfasts are plentiful with 5 choices or cereal, 4 choices of juice, eggs, beans, sausages, bacon, pancakes etc. Also cold selection if required. You can make yourself a bucks fizz if you want as there is also sparkling wine.

We stopped half board and enjoyed the meals, not a massive choice but enough for 7 days, might have got bored with 14, sweets a bit repetetive after a few days, but again ok. The restaurant staff were very friendly particularly Louis and were very quick at removing plates when finished with.

We had a day trip to Albufeira, a local bus service can be caught across the gardens at the front of the hotel. Timetable available from reception. Cost 3.50 euros each way and took about 45 minutes. Good value for a day out. Also took a day trip on a boat to see the caves and had a bbq on the beach, very nice and was made all the better as we shared our boat with 45 brazilians, they sure know how to party.

All in all a very good hotel with excellent service and a wonderful location.

We wont return because we try different places every year but would and have recommended to others.

If you have any questions please get in touch and enjoy your holiday.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
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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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