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“old world with Portuguese charm”
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Vila Gale Ericeira
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Ericeira
Certificate of Excellence
dublin
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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“old world with Portuguese charm”
Reviewed July 5, 2014

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.

Room Tip: Pay the little extra for room with sea view and balcony. (2nd or 3rd floor)
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ericeira, responded to this review, July 16, 2014
Dear Guest,

We thank you for the time taken to post your review and for the complete description that you have made about our hotel and services.

We hope that we can welcome you back on a near future,

Best Regards,

Carlos Alves
Manager
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed June 17, 2014

The hotel at this place (i mean, before bought by Vila Galé) exists since a looooong time ago. It was an historic hotel and place where the rich and important families from Lisbon passes their holidays in the 70s . They always stay in this hotel for the season and always in Ericeira. It was a 'must' on that time. A glamorous place from other times... Then the hotel was bought by Vila Galé and closed during a while for big re-shaping (to put it up to date with modern life).
This is how you see it now. Not chic , not fancy not 5 ***** service or decoration but calm simple, cosy and relaxing... With a great view over the cold ocean... It is settle on top of the ocean literally. Beautiful surroundings.

Of course that for me, imagining how that place must have been in other times, with all that fancy people going around and parties, etc... it was an extra from mine imagination... But the ocean 'bathing' the hotal and the great views all over the hotel and all the walks in this cosy village , give us a very good 'scenario' for imagination...

The village of Ericeira is very nice, calm and cozy. You have everything you need in there for a small relaxing and calm holidays. Very nice.

Ericeira have good restaurants too. Some expensive places (but with very good see food a great view for the ocean) but also contains good and cheap places as well.

Good and long side-walking for nice and long walks from the hotel to the other side of the village ... always with ocean view as company.

The are also some nice bars and music at night in there.

you must pass a weekend (2 or 3 days) in here.

Room Tip: Choose an ocean side room if you prefer a great view. It is a more noisy side because of the waves b...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ericeira, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for the complete description that you have made from our hotel.

The hotel is open since the late 1940's and has you sad is has been visited by many important families and persons related to the portuguese society.

It is an hotel with history and inheritance. It is our commitment to keep up to this legacy.

We hope that we can welcome you again in Vila Galé Ericeira or in any other Vila Galé "Always Close to You".

Best Regards,

Carlos Alves
Manager
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Bogense, Denmark
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Reviewed June 12, 2014

My husband and I spent a week at Vila Gale in May 2014. An incredible week. Nice og cosy village, where we spent a lot of time, nice little restaurants etc. The hotel was absolutely first class, the staff did everything to make our holiday a relaxing stay. We are returning in september 2014 again.

Room Tip: You sleep very god in their beds and the cleaning is OK
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ericeira, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Dear Guest,

We thank you for your words and we are waiting for your visit in September.

See you soon,

Carlos Alves
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 6, 2014

Hi Jose

We may not be able to make Lucky 7 Plus Two this year. We have retired from work since our last visit and of course we have to watch where our money is spent. We will save up though and try and make the Plus Two soon as we don't want to miss out on the relaxing atmosphere you offer.
Best regards.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ericeira, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Dear Guest,

We thank you for your feedback and regret that you will not return to our hotel has soon as we wish.

Jose, is now on Vila Galé Santa Cruz in Madeira, however the hotel is still offering the same relaxing atmosphere that you look for.

We hope to welcome you has soon as posible,

Best Regards,

Carlos Alves
Director
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perth scotland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed June 5, 2014

we arrived at our room to be greeted by vibrations caused by jack hammers, pheumatic drills and hammers, we were here for a rest! Thankfully after pushing the reception staff we were changed to a room a little further away from the noise, but there was still some disturbance, but it was better than our first one. During our stay here, there were workers walking through the swimming pool area carrying various building equipment and tools (except at the weekend). When one pays for a room at a 4 star hotel 5 months previous, you do not expect to be greeted by building works, these jobs should be done out of season, or we should have been informed of the works and given the opportunity to change our booking. The hotel charges extra for your room safe (they advise you to use the safe) wifi is extra in your room, snooker is extra. Breakfast is good, although it is the same each day, we had dinner once which was acceptable.
This hotel could be a lot better for its star rating, but it seems to concentrate on coach tour parties from Germany who arrive and leave on a daily basis in large numbers, I think the hotel is happy looking after these transient guests.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ericeira, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Dear Guest,

We regret that your stay was not so enjoyable has you wanted and has we wished it was.

In fact, last winter the Hercules Storm destryoed all our outdoor Swimmg Pool area and Health Club and of course we had to rebuilt it all over again.

Unfortunatelly the winter in Portugal this year lasted longer than usual and the rainny days were frequent untill May and this has delayed the construction works.

All the areas are ready to welcome you again on a near future for a calm and relaxing holidays.

We hope that we can welcome you again in Vila Galé Ericeira or in any other Vila Galé Hotel.

Best Regards,

Carlos Alves
Director
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed May 27, 2014

Stayed at Vila Gale in 2013 and are returning again in July 2014. Hotel is in a fantastic location right by the ocean. Very relaxing stay which was enhanced by the friendly staff. Centre only a short walk away. Plenty of nice restaurants, some very inexpensive

Room Tip: A room on an upper floor with an ocean view is most definitely recommended
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2014

This hotel is very well located on the edge of the ocean. The restaurant and the lobby have a spectacular view of the sea. We were lucky enough to be upgraded to a room with a little balcony where we could sit and watch the waves crash into the shore. The hotel and the room was tastefully decorated with dark wood.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Ericeira, responded to this review, May 6, 2014
Dear Guest,

We thank you for the time taken posting this review.

It was a pleasure welcome you in our hotel and for being able to provide you an enjoyable stay.

We hope that we can welcome you again in Vila Galé Ericeira or in any other Vila Galé Hotel "always close to you".

Best Regards,


Carlos Alves
Manager
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Property: Vila Gale Ericeira
Address: Praca dos Navegantes 1, Ericeira 2655-320, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Ericeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Ericeira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Vila Gale Ericeira 4*
Number of rooms: 202
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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