Vila Gale Marina
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Stayed here for 6 nights in August 2004.
Very nice hotel and it is in a good location with good friendly service.
Stayed on the ninth floor, had a great view of Marina and had a balcony... When you check in ask for 7th floor upwards and a view of Marina + Balcony.
Nice pool, but is very busy compared to other other hotels.... Beach is great, but it cost over 15 euros a day for a chair... People were taking their own umbrellas which is a good idea.
Marina is a 2 minute walk and beach is a 5-10 minute walk....
Hotel Amenities: No Iron or Firdge... Be warned, our iron broke and the hotel did not have one for us to use, they want you to use their very expensive laundry service.
I would reccomend this hotel and it is only a 4 star if you get a room & balcony with a view...
If you can't beat em join em!
Found the reviews most helpful and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Room on 9th floor did give fantastic view of marina. Took 7 mnth old and 4 yr old children and plenty of room for us all. Please note you can hire a fridge for a small daily fee, essential for me with a baby. Couldn't fault breakfast, it is the Algarve! Go to restaurant before 10am tho to avoid waiting. As for the sun beds, think its a dreadful shame but if you can't beat em join em!
Gimmie Kir Royal cocktails
Recently returned from this hotel and reading some of the comments certainly made us laugh - yes the sunbeds!
The only negative we can comment on are the number of sunbeds and yes as per other comments, its the brits who hog them. recommend you put your towel out before 7-30am!! As you face the hotel from the main street the sun will be on the right side from apprx 10-30 - 4. So we had some great laxy days by the pool.
We actually booked this holiday via a reputable travel agent and would definately recommend it - next time we will do it independently. The staff are absolutely fantastic right from arrival to departure. On our arrival on 15th July we had a little 3 year old with us, our room wasnt ready however without even asking, the receptionist wanted to move us so we could get into the room, and get the little one sorted - for us a Marina view wasnt the be all and end all, as the little ones safety was more important. Even on the 3rd floor we still got a view of the Marina. The rooms were great - bathroom superb, and a bit of telly if you really wanted it (CBeebies).
There is a welcome evening every Friday where the Managers welcome you and give you a fab free cocktail (KIR ROYAL) mmm its nice we went back for seconds and got thirds!! The Management couldnt do enough for you - oh and changing money - the reception do not charge a commission on sterling travellers cheques (even better) There are a lot of comments on where to eat - we would recommend the bounty bar in the evening and definately the stone bass fillet in champagne/algarvian chicken and shrimp bean plate.
The breakfasts are great again like previous comments wouldnt recommend the bacon, however my hubby would, and everything else is great.
There is entertainment every evening even Parrots on a Friday which are great fun.
Vilamoura is so relaxing, no hassles, lovely beach, lovely restaurants, gorgeous marina, few designer shops, fantastic chinese (chinatown) - just by the car entrance to the marina.
We were so sad to be leaving Vilamoura and this hotel, we will definately go back.
Carlos Filipe, the barman at the hotel cant do enough for you.
Hope you enjoy your stay just as much as we did
i took the time to read the reviews here before i went to this
hotel and im glad i did.
we have just got back from an 11 night stay in vilamoura, vila gale marina.
first the good news.
its a lovely hotel. a very short walk from the marina and the beach. its a 20 minute journey from the airport on coach.
we were given a room on the 2nd floor, but taking the advice from this site, I asked for a room higher up. be careful, they allocate the night before. however, the staff are brilliant and nothing we asked for was ever any trouble...
we were allocated a 7th floor room, a sun-trap in the evenings and great views of the marina.
food...breakfast is plentifull, but the english is a bit poor, but thats normal in most resorts. plenty of self-service continental.
breakfast finishes at 10.30am, but get there early if you want a full choice.
facilities are ok. never checked the sauna (why !!) or gym. evening entertainment was a bit naff, dont bother staying in unles you have children.
room was very big, and bathroom was great.
the brits steal all the sunbeds early so if you want one, throw your towel over one, be careful only half the area gets the sun in the morning. we arrived before the schools broke up - bliss, not that busy. our second week was full of children as the schools in ireland and scotland had finished for summer. it was like the M6 during the day !!
As for the resort, no hastle, no timeshare, etc. most of the cafes are very similar, read through the travel agency customers in the folders near reception. they give you the good, bad, ugly. majority of places to eat are great.
drinking...a bit limited. figo's bar is ok, a lively scottish-style pub, a big irish bar with live music. avoid the cocktail bar on the harbour - near the fishing trip kiosks, a bit of a rip-off, and staff have not got a clue !!!!
apart from that...enjoy the hotel, enjoy the resort. real hot right now, be careful - a bit windy at times, and you dont feel the sun at times ! but still very hot !
Hotel was all we hoped for.
Reception very friendly , Rooms spacious and clean.
On 8th Floor , so a brilliant view over the Marina.
Asked for this and allocated Room at Reception , knowing that's what we wanted - so it is worthwhile asking beforehand.
Went B & B. Excellent choice at Buffet.
Eggs, Cereal , sausage ,Cold Meats , Cheese and usual foreign bacon ( not like ours ). Plenty of Bread and drinks.
Satellite TV in room - even with BBC1.
Only downside was no Fridge in Room.
Vilamoura is a purpose built resort , so no " old town " , but very nice and relaxing anyway.
Good Restaurants - Chicos , Bella Italien , and many more. the Kebabs opposite Chicos are also very good.
About the same prices at home.
Try the El Matador for Happy Hour 7-8pm and Toasted Sandwiches.
Will go again some time.
Fantastic Hotel and location
My wife and i had read the reports on this hotel and hoped it was as good as it sounded,and we were not dissapointed. Fantastic hotel lovely views we were on the seventh floor,some rooms arent so lucky view wise so may i suggest you ask for see and or marina view.
Villamoura was lovely clean and tidy but becareful expensive....!
If your into golf its superb or just to relax by the pool you wont be dissapointed.
we booked with expedia and it was so smooth i recommend them to.
Night life in hotel was ok if your young then go out mainly older couples and golfers go here!
If you want to relax unwind and pamper yourselves this is a great place to start so go and enjoy it we did.
I have just returned from the Vila Gale Marina. On the whole I was very disappointed with this holiday. Firstly, to start off with we were allocated to a smoking room when we specified for a smokers room, getting stuck twice in a lift for 20 mins wasnt much fun either.
Secondly, our buffet food was nearly always cold. The A la Carte menu was somewhat better but was limited to the same menu everyday. Thirdly, the entertainment facilities were somewhat to be desired and needs improvement. Fourthly, we had problems with the heating, which was highly temperamental. Fifthly the maids definition of cleaning was a quick vacuum round the room. Finally, on a minor point we found it strange not to have tea and coffee facilities. Despite all that in its defence, we were offered lots of trips such as Seville, Faro and Lisbon, which I would recommend. Although I felt that we did not have enough time to visit all the sites, and be prepared for an early start!
Furthermore, the hotel is ideally situated close to the beach and marina. In closing we found that this hotel will be perfect for older couples wanting to relax. Definitely not for younger couples and kids!
I question whehter this is a 4* hotel.
More Vila Gale more Vilamoura
Wonderful. The staff were efficient and polite, cleaners were always smiling and hard-working, waiting and dining-room staff were wonderful, and the manageress is perfect in her job. Food was great, always lots of choice, (my only critisism, too much fish for a non-fish eater,) but spoilt for choice at all meal-times. Room had loads of storage space.
Reception area clean and bright. Shopping was fairly expensive, but you get what you pay for. Not trashy or tacky. Loads of trips to choose from, plenty of places to visit, and the most beautiful marina. Down side? Not really for kids, which meant it was perfect for us. Best bit?
The hotel is so well built, hardly any noise through the walls. What a winner. Will I go back? Tomorrow if I could afford it. Over 50, sun, space, scenery and no kids? Perfect!
Good hotel, Great Location
Just back from a weeks stay at the Vila Gale Marina Hotel in Vilamoura, good hotel with nice big clean rooms with excellent views of the huge marina there, and just a couple of minutes walk away. Plenty of choice at breakfast. Be warned if you arive on an early flight you may have to wait until lunchtime to check in. And you need to be up quite early to get a sunbed in the sun, as quite a large area round the pool doesn't get the sun till lunchtime. Hotel gets reduced rates on local golf courses, and transportation is provided. The prices for golf were at peak just as we left in mid-September. Vilamoura is lovely, spoilt for choice in resturaunts and some nice shops. Can recommed the 'Bella Italia' for fab Italian food, and the fish resturaunts are great and reasonably priced - try the Monkfish Cataplana! And the place is buzzing, good for people watching. Would especially recommend this resort for couples and golfers.
Fantastic Views and Location
Just returned from this hotel.
The hotel is in an excellent location and if you can request a room on the 7th, 8th or 9th floors you will have a superb view of the marina.
The 8th floor is for non-smokers.
I could not find any fault with the hotel although some of the entertainment needs a little improvement. The cabaret girls were very good.
The usual gripe amongst people seemed to be the lack of sunbeds!! The area around the swimming pool is small but needless to say it was towels on beds at dawn!! The hotel management say they could not do anything about it.
We spoke to some french and german people who seemed to laugh at the british (and yes it was all the british) putting towels down on sunbeds at 8.00 a.m. and not using them until 1.00 p.m. when the sun eventually appear (the sun does not appear until after 1.00 p.m. on the swimming pool).
The only fault I could find with this hotel is the small swimming pool and area around it which does seem very small considering there must have been about 200 people in the hotel at the time.
The marina is across the road from the hotel and has a variety of restaurants from cheap to expensive. You will not starve!
The beach is about 5 minutes away. Be careful though as you are charged to use the sunbeds there. 13 euros if you arrive before 12 for two sunbeds. 8 euros after 1.00. I recommend that you go after 1. There are plenty of sunbeds to be had and the sun is not as strong.
The casino is also a very short walk away and has an evening show on.
Try and book it with the Casino direct and not through the tour rep. It is cheaper.
You can get a free shuttle bus from the bus stop at the back of the hotel to the Algarve shopping centre. It is similar to our shopping centres but cheaper. I was told that there was a Selfridges there so I hot footed it and the only English shop was a Body Shop but a good day out to get away from the heat. Portugal like Spain was going through a heatwave on our visit. It hit 42 degrees for a couple of days but we did not know!!!
Try and get to Lisbon if you can (although it is a very early start - our start was 6.30 a.m.).
You will be taken to various places by the coach and then have some free time (although not nearly enough) to do what you want.
I would certainly recommend this hotel and resort to anyone but I would say that it is not for families with children. It is more of a couply resort.
Hope this helps.