Vila Gale Cascais
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So it was adios to Spain and Ola to Portugal. Having enjoyed Spain so much we were a little apprehensive as to whether Portugal would be a disappointment, particularly as we started in the Algave which, apart from the odd pretty town, did very little to reassure us. However, as we turned up towards the west coast with its rugged cliffs and dramatic countryside we began to see more of its charms. The weather has stayed warm. In fact I have spent a few days being annoyed that ...
... a 40 minute train ride. We spent the whole day lounging on the beach with fruity drinks and soaking up some sun. We tried to get a spot in the outdoor activities like surfing or kayaking but everything was booked L After our long day of beaching it, we headed back to the hostel and got ready for our last dinner of spring break. We went to a great place that had an English ...
... and have lively conversations. I feel like us Americans are often anxious to get dinner over with, eating at 6pm and personally, I normally shovel it down fast and can´t wait to clear the table, get the cleanup over with, and then have free time for the rest of the night. In this household, cleaning up after a meal can wait until the morning.
Last night was my first night out in Lisbon. The night always starts in Bairro Alto, a sort of ...
... around bare foot. As in a lot of european and asian countries, hawkers try and flog you rubbish while youre eating, drinking, walking, just about while you're on the loo too. One of these charming characters asked me if I wanted to buy some glowing rings. No I replied, however if you fix my shoe Ill give you 10 euro. (He was Sudanese, so i thought he might be good at "weaving" things - a bit racist I know). Anyway, his eyes lit up ...
... steering and let Libellule sleep.
Each squall was stronger than the last and I decided to reduce the genoa before the arrival of the next one looming off the stern. This meant loosening the sheet, cranking and tailing the furling line, and trying to steer with one foot on the tiller. The swells undulated the rudder and made a slapstick of this but I managed it, and we still made six knots and the steering was easier now. Libellule woke himself up ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Vila Gale Cascais
Sehr schönes Hotel!
Die Zimmer in diesem Hotel sind sehr groß mit einer kleinen Küchenzeile, sehr sauber, die Einrichtung ist einfach aber bequem. Unser Zimmer überblickte den örtlichen Park und den Parkplatz. Das Hotelpersonal war sehr hilfsbereit und freundlich. Die Mahlzeiten fanden am Buffet statt und waren ziemlich gut. Cascais ist eine sehr angenehme Stadt aber ist weit vom Hotel entfernt (ein ca. 20minütiger Spaziergang zum Strand und in die Stadt). Der Pool war reizend mit vielen Sonnenliegen in einer tropischen Umgebung. Es gibt eine Baustelle nebenan, das kann tagsüber schon ziemlich auf die Nerven gehen.
Haben gerade zwei Wochen in diesem Hotel verbracht. Unser Zimmer war sehr groß und hatte eine tollen Blick auf Meer. Die Poolgegend war gut und es gab ausreichend Sonnenliegen. Man kann leicht ins Stadtzentrum/Zug/Bushaltestelle kommen, nehem Sie die Buscas, halten direkt nach der Brücke und ein kleiner roter Bus fährt Sie für 90 Cents durch die ganze Stadt. Außerhalb der Ditadela kann man kostenlos Fahrräder mieten und dann den ganzen Tag lang der wunderbaren Fahrradroute bis hin zum Guincho Strand fahren, oder man kann bis hin nach Estoril am Strand entlang fahren. Wir haben viermal im Hotel gegessen und fanden die Mahlzeiten in Ordnung. Wenn man hier Halbpension gebucht hätte würde es einem an Vielfalt fehlen. Wenn Sie günstig in der Stadt unterwegs sein wollen, versuchen Sie Dom Pedro 1. In Cascais gibt es viele gute Fischrestaurants, vor allem auf der Rua Flores. Besuchen Sie das Museum neben dem Hotel und nehmen Sie die amerikanische Führerin, sie ist sehr interessant. Wir haben auch Lissabon und Sintra besucht, beide kann man per Bus und Bahn gut erreichen.
We have just returned from 11 days at this hotel. First impressions of the bedroom were that is did not meet four star expectations. The kitchenette dominated the room and there were no armchairs. We had a land view but were unable to upgrade as the hotel was full. The first night there was a lot of noise from a disco and loud fireworks at midnight. I think this was from the park which we overlooked. The hotel staff said we had a quiet room and fireworks were common! However, this only happened one night which was a Saturday.
Very nice hotel !
The rooms in this hotel are large with a small kitchenette, very clean, with simple but comfortable furnishings. Our room overlooked a local park and the parking area. Hotel staff was very helpful and friendly. Meals are offered buffet style and were quite good.
Cascais is a very pleasant town but is far away from this hotel (a good 20 minute walk to the beach and city).
The pool area is lovely with lots of sunbeds spread in a tropical setting. There is a construction site nearby which can be annoying during the day.
Just come back from two weeks at this hotel. Our room was very large with good sea views. Good pool area with plenty of sunbeds. There is an easy way to get to the town centre/train/bus station catch the buscas, stop just after the bridge, a small red bus that takes you around the town for 90 cents. There is also free bike hire outside the Citadela and a wonderful cycle route all the way out to Guincho beach or you can cycle along the sea front to Estoril. We ate in four times and found the meals ok. I think it would lack variety if you we here on half board. For a cheap night out in town try Dom Pedro 1.
The rooms in this hotel are very clean, with simple but comfortable furnishings. A small kitchenette gives you the option of preparing simple snacks. Lovely views from the front of the hotel over the sea, while the rooms at the back overlook a local park. We found the staff very helpful and friendly. Cascais is a very pleasant town with good transport links to Lisbon and other sites of interest. We would highly recommend the beach at Guincho and a day trip to Sintra.
I stayed here for 11 nights and found it very comfortable.
This is a really nice hotel with a very helpful staff. The hotel itself is very well maintained and they have an excellent restaurant and a separate bar as well as nightly entertainment. One thing we didn't like about the area is that we found the cobblestone sidewalks difficult to walk on. The area also has quite a few hills so it wasn't as easy for us to get around. The train and bus station are about 1-1 1/2 miles from the hotel in the center of town. By the middle of the week we ended up taking a taxi to and from the hotel. We also found that it was not uncommon for the people in the area to underestimate times and distances when they give you information but we got used to that. Another thing to be aware of is that very often when you sit down at a restaurant they will put bread,butter,olives,pate,cheese etc. on the table. There is a cover charge for these items and that can add several euros per person to your bill. (we learned the hard way!) The public transportation was pretty good but always ask the bus driver where to get off for your destination. Some of the information we got was not exactly correct. We were told the bus would drop us off in front of the palace we wanted to visit but the bus stop was about 3/4 of a mile away and we had to walk through the park to get there. All in all we had a great time and would highly recommend the hotel and the area.
Good hotel, nice resort
We stayed here in October 2003. We were allocated one of the larger rooms, really a mini suite, on arrival. Very spacious with a small kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living/dining room and balcony. It was very comfortable and spacious.
The hotel is in a quiet location about 15 minutes walk from the resort centre. In the grounds there is a terrace bar and a good size pool.
We were on a bed and breadkfast deal so only ate dinner in the hotel a couple of times - OK but not exciting. Watch out for the killer toasters at breakfast! There are plenty of good restaurants in the town
Good Golfing Hotel
We went as a party of 8 golfers(male) The hotel was ok the bonus was the kitchen. Breakfast wasn't great watered down fruit juice, scrambled eggs and beans looked as though they were cooked the night before. poor choice of cereals. The staff were very accomodating there was entertainment in the hotel, however, in October there weren't many in the hotel, We didn't eat in the hotel at night as the restaurant lacked atmosphere. We had sea view room but the sleep was spoiled by CocoNuts night club which kept going while 5am( Saturday night). The 800 meters to the town centre took 20 minutes to walk? We will stay again as golfers but I wouldn't bring my wife