We stayed at Vila Gale for four nights two weeks ago and it was lovely. We booked the night before based on Trip Advisor reviews and we are glad we did. Located 10min (10euros) around the corner from Albuferia in a quite suburb, it is peaceful (literally silent) and relaxing. The beach is glorious and golden and not too crowded. You can rent loungers and umbrellas there if you want.
The hotel was lovely, receptionists were so helpful and room was very well equipped. We even borrowed a DVD one night from reception. The pool lovely, plenty of space on loungers and very quiet. There was a nice mix of people there, from older people to younger couples. We ate lunch at the tables by the pool and it was delicious. Breakfast was lovely - don't wait at the door to be seated, just seat yourself and make sure you get some hot bread! Yum! we had a room not facing the pool and it was really good, looked out over the terrace and a the ocean (amazing sunset!). I noticed all of the people with pool rooms had to keep their blinds pulled!
We had dinner at all three of the restuarants on the beach, the one on the far left (facing the beach) was definitley the best. The middle one was ok, good service and a bit more cheap and cheerful. We went into dinner in Albuferia but left after 30min, too much tat and we preffered the peace and quiet and delicious specials in Gale.
There is a supermarket literally 5min walk from the hotel. (Out hotel turn right, go down the side path past the pool and then veer right and follow along and you come out at the supermarket) we got a bit lost the first time we went.
We took a transfer (aranged when we landed) from the kiosk at Faro (BestTours) on a coach and that cost 26 euros for two people to gale. Reception helped us book a really cheap transfer back to faro (36euros) with a company called YellowFish. Very cheap and cheerful and got us there quick in a slightly beaten up people mover!
Recommend Vila Gale - perfect break!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Vila Gale Praia Hotel
- Vila Gale Praia Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve