Stayed for 5 nights in the Vila Gale Hotel. Best location in Ericeira overlooking the ocean and local beach. Room was comfortable with sea view and balcony. Great selection at breakfast to suit all tastes and international preferences (although I'm not a big fan of frankfurters in place of a good old pork sausage). Having said that the sparkling cava/wine was a nice touch in the mornings. Staff were friendly and professional and were nice to deal with. Hotel oozed 'old world charm' and had a Portuguese charm to it.
With swimming we were spoilt for choice. 2 decent sized pools, one freshwater and the other salt water. Their 3rd pool is currently under construction and this will cater for specially for kids. It looks like it could be ready in about a week or so and it comes with 2 water slides. There's also a kids playground which got the thumbs up from our 4 year old.
We unfortunately didn't dine in the hotel restaurant during our stay, although their menu looked very tempting. I think having over 40 restaurants to choose from in Ericeira probably doesn't help the hotel too much but from a tourists point of view you are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out in the town.
Perhaps the hotel should consider maximising their stunning views of the ocean and do an evening BBQ with buffet on their terrace. This might entice guests to stay and dine in the hotel.
If you surf, Ericeira seemed to have some great spots for surfers of all levels. Overall, we were very happy with Vila Gale Hotel would definitely try and return in the future, perhaps when the kids are a little older so we can all attempt to catch a few waves.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This breath taking hotel is located right on the Atlantic coast above the water offering a stunning ocean view and only 50 meters away from the inviting beach of Ericeira. Connections to the public transport network are to be found 500 metres away and the nearest airport is in Lisbon 40 km away. In the hotel surrounding there are many shops, bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Opened in 2002, the hotel offers a total of 202 rooms spread over 5 floors. Among the rooms 116 with ocean view and 5 junior suites. The hotel includes a lobby area with a 24-hour reception desk, free Wi-Fi in public areas, wheelchair access and lifts, hotel safe. For those arriving by car the hotel offers parking or garage (for an additional fee). In the common areas you will find a restaurant with buffet or a la carte service, 2 bars, a game room, kids playground and business corner. The hotel is fully equipped with event rooms with internet access and multimedia options ideal for meetings and conferences. Younger guests may let off steam in the playground and participate in the kids' club activities. Room, laundry and medical services round up the facilities on offer. The comfortable rooms 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. Some of the rooms have balcony access. The outdoor complex offers a freshwater swimming pool as well as a saltwater pool with a separate children's pool, a sun terrace with sun loungers, parasols and a pool- bar. The Health Club with free access for guess is equipped with Sauna, Jacuzzi, Steam room and Gym. You may also access the Spa for massages and beauty treatments for and additional cost. Surrounded by the ocean and beautiful landscapes, Vila Gale Ericeira is the perfect choice for those who wish to practice nautical sports, such as surfing. Guests may select their breakfast, lunch and dinner from a wide buffet. Lunch and Dinner may also be selected a la carte menu or from a set menu. Special diet requirements as well as individual-specific dishes may be prepared. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vila Gale Ericeira Hotel Ericeira
- Vila Gale Hotel Ericeira
- Ericeira Vila Gale Hotel