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Vila Gale Praia
Ranked #2 of 162 Hotels in Albufeira
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Manchester
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19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Loved it!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2012 via mobile

Absolutely loved this hotel - really nicely decorated and not dated like many supposedly superior hotels.

Very quiet location next to the beach. Fantastic huge supermarket around the corner but restaurants, bars and shops are otherwise limited. Was fine for us as we ate mostly at hotel due to being half board. Food here was v carefully prepared. Really enjoyed it although seem to remember it being fairly pricey! Other local food places do nice snack stuff for lunch and they serve at dinner too - at least 2 of them.


Hotel breakfast was fine - not a huge huge selection but plenty - it's not a v big hotel after all... But I remember thinking it was fine.

Staff there were all lovely! V professional and friendly. Spa staff included and my mum and I had a great massage with the resort - expensive again but it always is in the hotel.

Love the beach near by. To the right you can walk for miles on vast open beach.. To the left you can walk along the cliff side, descending into little sandy bays. The views are lovely!

Not much else to do but beach, walk and eat and chill! :) hotel pool was nice too although too chilly in oct! If you want to explore more - can easily get a taxi into albufeira (tacky but some nice bits) or rent a car... A great place fr chilling though and the hotel is just perfect!!!!

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2012

August 2012 spent 11 nights at this comfortable, quiet hotel very well located for the excellent beaches. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Beach towels are provided.

But one day we stayed round the pool was gardening day (all day about 9am - 4pm Friday) - strimmers and lawn mowers going constantly with breaks for lunch etc.

The breakfast consists of a good range of the usual breakfast type food but nothing special or exotic.

There is a limited selection of evening meals and nothing particularly stands out - eating out is better. Of the three restaurants on the beach the Praia da Gale is the best (book a table if you want a particular one), The A Grelha Do Ti-Manel fish restaurant is good with quick service and all the fish you can eat for about €15. Avoid the 'lighthouse' pizza restaurant - the service is very poor.

There is very little going on in the evenings (so not suitable if you like partying).

If you want a boat trip the Mara from the Albufeira marina is a good choice - the hotel can book it for you. It is worth visiting the marina to see what choices there are (a taxi should cost about €7-8 from the hotel to get there).

If you do take a taxi to the hotel make sure that you have the address of the hotel on you as there are several Villa Gale hotels around (emphasise to the driver that it is the Gale beach hotel you want - or just ask them to take you to the beach at Gale). We had a taxi driver who didn't have a clue.

Cashpoint machines (Multibanks) are an issue.The nearest one was nicked (it was located at near the cake shop/cafe on the roundabout). The one at the Ocean supermarket is not always filled with cash. The nearest bank (with a Multibank) is in the next town 15 mins walk from the A Grelha Do Ti-Manel fish restaurant - keep walking past the Indian restaurant on your right till you eventually come to a roundabout you will then see the Credit Agricol bank on the right (you will need to swipe your card to open the door). There really should be a cashpoint machine near the beach in Gale.

Room Tip: Level 1 has ground access. Level 3 allow you to see the sea. We changed rooms from ground to 2nd flo...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Duncan M
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Leeds
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2012 via mobile

Ideal for access to beach and pool area very relaxing and no problem in getting sun loungers.
The staff are excellent and nothing is a problem for them, indeed they get an A+
The hotel is both very clean and a credit to the group.
I have only got home today but would love to ho back tomorrow.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brussels
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97 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2012

End of July spend 5 days / 4 nights at this lovely (semi) boutique hotel.
Though it's location is a bit strange (partly in a home building lot) the hotel is well situated - some 100 m from the beach and from 2 restaurants. There's a shop in the proximity of the hotel.
The reception and seating area is very nice - you also have a view on the pool area from there.
Our pool view room was of a decent size and was well equipped. Everything was working fine.
The pool and pool area are nice with sufficient sunbeds available. The pool has a good length (some 20 to 25 meters) for a good swim and the area is clean and tidy.

Breakfast in the hotel was great - good choice, good quality. If requested, eggs, etc.. were made to order. Good service also.
Lunch near the swimming pool was also nice : decent choice, good quality - good service.
One night we also had dinner in the restaurant : though not cheap to Portugese standards, the food was very nice (choice, quality ànd presentation) and there was also a good wine selection available. Service was again good.

When taking holiday in the area, we'll for sure return to this nice place !

Room Tip: Higher floors get you a nicer view on the pool area.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Thibojo
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2012

We have had a short break (2-3 nights)at this hotel 3 times now and think it is just lovely. The staff are welcoming and very helpful. Rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable.It is perfect for couples with great location for a restful break. We have used the spa facilities and they were great. The restaurant is first class but not as exceptional as our first visit.The head waiter (sorry I forget his name) is superb and service friendly and good. They could do with repairing some of their outdoor chairs, a very minor problem

Room Tip: Rooms with a view over the pool area are best with great sunsets. They cost a little more but are wo...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Vila Gale Praia

Property: Vila Gale Praia
Address: Estrada da Gale | Apartado 2204, Albufeira 8200-385, Portugal
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Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Albufeira
#2 Spa Hotel in Albufeira
#4 Romantic Hotel in Albufeira
Price range (per night): ₹ 6,284 - ₹ 16,593
Hotel Class:4 star — Vila Gale Praia 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This adult's only hotel is located in a peaceful Gale district of the city, close to the like-named sandy beach. It is about 8 km to the city centre of Albufeira that offers countless shopping and entertainment venues and that can easily be reached by making use of the public bus service that departs from a stop located just 150 m from the hotel. Faro international airport is located some 50 km away. Completely renovated in 2004, this 3 storey hotel has a total of 40 double rooms. Guests have access to a vast pool and garden complex, a spacious foyer with lifts and a 24-hour reception desk, a games room, a TV room, a newspaper stand, several shops, a cosy bar and an air-conditioned a la carte restaurant with a separate non-smoking area. Room and laundry services as well as medical assistance are on offer and guests may make use of the parking facilities. The tastefully decorated rooms come equipped with a bathroom with hairdryer, a telephone, LCD TV with cable, a hi-fi stereo system, a kitchenette, a minibar/fridge, a double bed, carpeting, air conditioning, central heating, a hire safe, a sitting area and a balcony or terrace. In the outdoor area there is a swimming pool, a snack bar and a sun terrace with parasols and sun loungers laid out ready for use. It is also possible to make use Satsanga Spa with mega Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room/Turkish bath, fitness room, a massage service and beauty treatments. The nearest golf course is approximately 1 km away. Guests may select their breakfast from a wide buffet; lunch and dinner may be chosen from a menu although the evening meal may alternatively be taken a la carte. Guests have the opportunity to book a half board stay. ... more   less 
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