We travelled here with a small child aged 2. The hotel itself is very nice, always clean and tidy. A few chipped edges here and there, but not run down. In March it did have a lot of older residents, but this was fine with us as we wanted somewhere quiet. The hotel is close to the town centre and has plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops nearby. We had a view overlooking the car park, but also had a great view of the salt marshes, the river and the town.
The indoor pool was free to use out of summer season, we only had to pay 3 Euros each for a swimming cap (which we then kept for the whole week). In March the outdoor pool was too cold, so this was ideal for us.
The restaurant food was good; we were half board. The restaurant is a buffet style, but I believe that there is also an A la Carte menu. Good choice of food at breakfast time. Evening meals had quite a bit of choice, main courses always had a chicken dish, red meat, fish and a vegetarian option. I think they cover most of the bases with this. Quality was good, apart from one night when it was really bland.
Drinks at the hotel are expensive compared to local prices, but you can buy bottled water and since there are so many cafes nearby we made use of these and got a bit of variety during the day. We loved the Pastelaria Tavirense which is opposite the Cinema, excellent cakes and pastries!
All in all, it was a nice hotel, the staff were excellent and couldn't do enough for us. We would definitely return here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the historical city of Tavira between this picturesque old town and Ria Fromosa. Here, guests will discover a good selection of shopping and entertainment venues. The fine sandy of the dune island, Ilha de Tavira, is easily reached by ferry and the hotel bus travels to the airport several times a day. The large, excellent golf courses of Quinta da Ria and Quinta da Cima are only 11 km away. Public transport departs from stops located directly in front of the hotel; Faro airport is approximately 30 km away. Built in 2002, this popular hotel offers a total of 268 rooms spread over 3 floors, of which 22 connecting rooms and 6 junior suites suitable for families. Amongst the facilities you will find a stylish reception area with 24-hour service and lifts, free Wi-Fi Internet connection in public areas, a currency exchange desk, a game room and a Kids Club. The hotel is equipped with wheelchair access ways and an air-conditioning. You may take advantage of a restaurant with non-smoking areas and highchairs for infants, two hotel bars, a gaming room, a garden and outdoor areas such as the playground for kids. For and additional cost you may use the hotel safe, the laundry service or the garage. All the rooms have been tastefully furnished and offer air conditioning, electronic safety door look, direct telephone, LCD TV with Cable and Pay TV, Wi-Fi Connection and safe (for and additional cost), Minibar and 24 hour room service, private bathroom with telephone and hair dryer. There is an outdoor swimming pool with sun loungers and parasols all around and a garden area. The hotel is equipped with a Health Club which is composed with indoor heated pool, a Jacuzzi, a steam room and a gym. There is also the possibility for our guests to have massages and beauty treatments. Guests may select their breakfast, lunch and dinner from a wide buffet. Lunch and dinner may be chosen a la carte. Special dietary requirements, as well as individual-specific menus, may be catered to and it is possible to book a half-board stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vila Gale Tavira Hotel Tavira
- Vila Gale Hotel Tavira