We stayed at the Vila Gale for a 4 day break with a 16 yr. The bedroom was well appointed and on the 3rd floor looking out towards estuary (and flyover / petrol station but no noise and not a problem). The room was kept very clean and big enough for three of us. It was the end of the season so the Hotel was not busy and there were no noise issues as mentioned by other reviews. On the last day we were up around 0600 hrs for our plane and did notice a little noise from nearby nightclub (under flyover) but this was the first time and certainly had not been a problem during our stay. Food was buffet style with a good variety and the restaurant staff were very helpful and friendly (as were those at reception). The eveing meal started at 7pm. The outdoor pool was not heated so we used the indoor pool / jacuzzi (both warm) / steam room / gym and these facilities were all very good and well maintained. Around the indoor pool are "bedroom" type beds which have fresh sheets / pillows put on them and these would be better replaced with sun lounger type beds. During our stay most of the guests were older with few children (There was a Saga rep on hand which was a good clue), although there is a small childrens room available.The hotel is a short walk into the main Town Centre and about 10-15 minute walk to the public ferry to Tavira Island via nature area (The public ferry cost 1.50 Euro as opposed to water taxi near to Hotel which was around 18 Euro!). The Town itself was quaint with cobbled streets in places and plenty of restaurants / small shops. It is a little rough around the edges in places, but it is a working town, not Disney, and the nearby fruit / fish market was interesting. A 10-15 minute walk takes you to the main train station (next to Lidl) and we went into Faro for the day (each 6.20 Euro return). Unfortunately the weather was'nt that good on that day which made for a short trip. On the other side of the flyover is a large shopping centre which includes a food hall. Overall we would recommend the Hotel and would return. It is well located and we liked the fact the town was not particularly touristy and very close by.
- 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