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Vila Gale Ampalius

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This review contains urgent holiday information and so please read the whole piece. The hotel is almost on the beach, quite nice, staff very friendly and helpful, facilities good and worthy of 4 stars. The hotel is large and so breakfast is a bit of a 'free for all' buffet and if a lot of people are staying they will struggle to replenish food. The food quality and variety is good. Our room was spacious with a nice bathroom with shower, bath, bidet, etc. The kitchenette was built into a cupboard and so cooking was impossible, but the refrigerator was handy as it was hot weather 24/25 deg C all week in early April! The room could have benefitted from more drawer space and the curtains/blackout need renewing and refitting. We had a south westerly room on the 6th floor and so early evening on our veranda watching the sunset was amazing. The only snag was the room faced the Tivoli Hotel, which was undergoing some further construction and the pile driver didn't stop until 11pm and the other construction started at 7:45am every morning! Also as the room was above the main entrance to the hotel late night revellers were a nuisance once or twice. As you will have read from other reviewers on this side of the hotel there is an open air night club across the street, which fortunately for us was closed in April but according to the notice it was open June, July and August in 2016 and is likely to be the same in 2017. Stay during the high season and this will be a major noise nuisance as they tend to play loud music until the early hours! If you do stay during these months ask for a room on the East side facing the Crown Plaza. Vilamoura Marina is great but I would describe it as having a mix of clientele. Fantastic restaurants not badly priced with a very good meal for 2 with wine and coffee for 68 euros. In the Marina we liked the 'Italia' but the ultimate was the 'Mayflower' where the quality, service, presentation and quantity of food was outstanding, which I would rate better than AA 2 rosette standard again for 65 euros as above. If you are looking for something cheaper head to Quarteira just along the prom from the hotel max 0.5mile. Lovely café in the centre of the town with 2 coffees and cake for less than 2 euros total. There is a fantastic fish market there and artisan shops as well. The little road train outside the hotel is good and offers a daily hop on and off for 6 euros per person. Check out the Vilamoura Old Village. Now the important bit: Do NOT be tempted to use the 'Ticket Shop.' There is a reason why it is cheap. We went on the trip to Cliff Richard's vineyard, which was very nice, but after the 1 hour tour and tasting we were dumped in Albufeira for 4 hours and then when we were picked up the minibus drove only to the office in Albufeira and then we had to wait another hour for other coaches to arrive only to have our minibus overloaded and the driver quite rightly refused to drive with people standing. Sitting just behind the driver I noticed the dash had every warning light lit ABS, ESP and so clearly the bus had not been serviced in sometime. The minibus struggled to go up hill and to stop and the driver seemed very tired. Draw your own conclusion and I tried to cancel 2 further trips with them the next day and was charged 5 euros per person per ticket. I am sure this experience was not a one off and so you are warned!!

First things first, this is not a pretty hotel, I'm guessing it was built in the 70's ?? However it does have some good bits. The rooms are spacious and kept very clean by the lovely housekeeping staff, they are a little dated but comfy and the bathroom was large and well designed. We had an extra bed in our room for my 12 year old son and he only just fitted in it. If you like a sunny balcony be sure to ask for one and if you want a view you need to be on floor 5 or above, our room was 708 and had a great view over the marina and out to sea, we had the lovely evening sunshine. The rooms on the other side of the hotel seem very dark. On our first evening we were welcomed at reception and given our room keys, no offer of help with our luggage but never mind. We were told dinner had started and to come down when we had freshened up, we did and we were absolutely blown away by the meal, 3 a-la-carte courses, with delicious food and excellent service, even had a glass of free bubbly (delicious) and a very lovely pre-starter. Washed down with a very nice bottle of house wine (under €10) The second and third night were the same, delicious food, so nice that we had planned what we were going to order for the rest of the week with so much to choose from. So on night four we arrived for dinner to find the door locked! We were sent to the breakfast room where we were presented with a buffet, apparently this was normal and we had been upgraded the previous nights. The buffet was very disappointing and our lovely waiter was no where to be seen, a rather rude man told us this was the situation and basically tough. We ate out for the rest of the week! We were allowed to swap our evening meal for a lunch time snack by the pool so that's what we did. Breakfast was also a buffet and was a bit poor, bacon either undercooked or burnt to a crisp. Nice omelettes and eggs, but none of the food was particularly warm. Packaged yogurts and fruit etc, nothing terrible but certainly nothing to get excited about. The hotel pool is lovely but absolutely freezing cold! Lots of comfy sun beds and places to sit, again be aware of the sunny and shady sides of the pool If you love the sun you need to choose wisely. The hotel is in an excellent location and except for the one vile man in the restaurant the staff were a delight. We loved the lady who ran the pool bar, she was so friendly. In short for a reasonably priced week in the sun you could do a lot worse than here. Just think very carefully about half board if you are not a buffet fan. The resort is lovely and there are fabulous places to eat and drink. The beach is also beautiful and you can hire sunbeds and umbrellas for approx €8 per day.

Excellent Hotel. Top class service. Located on the beach. You can walk to the beach and enjoy the sun. Excellent sea view rooms. Breakfast was also very nice with plenty of options. Pool side bar was a perfect location to enjoy Sangria. Indoor Pool and Jacuzzi was also very good and enjoyable. Overall a prefect location for a fun filled holiday.

Having booked last minute flights for a 4 night break in Vilamoura I booked this hotel on previous reviews and was not disappointed. We were shuttled to the hotel by a taxi service booked through the hotel. It cost €30 for the return trip and was so worth it. After an early morning flight we arrived 3 hours early to book in however we were told that the room was ready and got immediate access. Nice touch. The hotel room on the 8th. floor had a balcony with both sea and marina views. The beds were so comfortable that nodding off was not a problem. The facilities in the hotel were very good. We didn't use the pool as there was a breeze blowing for the first three days. There were loads of sun loungers readily available and plenty of sheltered spots to avail of the sunshine. The pool bar served lovely cool beer, cider and the measures of brandy and port were astonishing. There is a lovely little chill out area on the rooftop of the pool bar. Very comfortable and relaxing with great views of the beach.Breakfast in this hotel was just amazing from the champagne to the savoury cakes and everything else you could think of. It's a 2 minute walk to the marina and also you can be on the beach in 1 minute.The front line staff in this hotel make it. Nothing is too much trouble for them. The receptionists, both male and female, always had a smile on their faces. The room was cleaned daily and towels replaced daily. I would definitely recommend this hotel and would hope to pay a return visit if and when the opportunity arises. One small gripe was that at checkout I was charged €9 for 3 bottles of water I drank from the fridge. While it did state that there was a charge for use of the mini bar I just presumed the water was free!!!!

This is the second time we have stayed at this hotel and it ticks all the boxes. Staff very helpful and friendly. The rooms are a bit tired and could do with some modernisation but should not put anyone off from staying here. Tea & coffee facilities in the room would be a nice addition. Plenty of storage in the room for clothes. We would definitely return to this hotel when in Portugal next.

perfect location next to the beach and the port; when it is too cold outside one can use the heated indoor swimming pool; junior suites with sea view can easily accomodate 4 persons and have small kitchen with refrigerator; excellent breakfast and dinner buffets; excellent wines at reasonable prices; overall great experience

Hotel is very good in every regard. Location is superb, just a few minutes to the beach, the bus stop, the marina........ We stayed for 5 days and all the staff were helpful and pleasant. Some money has been spent here on the indoor pool, spa, gym etc. Which we used a few times. Hotel is spotless and very clean everywhere. Rooms are fine. Mixed reviews on here. They have spent money on parts of the rooms but not others. Beds are new and hard which I like. If you want to be picky the doors to the wardrobes and bathroom are old and have not been replaced in line with others elements in the hotel as yet. Apart from that the rooms are fine. We thoroughly enjoyed it here and will be back.

Great location, fantastic breakfast, room was clean, modern and house keepers came daily with fresh towels. Had a wonderful stay. Beach was a 2 minute walk and the marina was a 5 minute walk. Would definitely stay again and recommend to friends and family.

We spent 7 days at this hotel leaving it on 6th April. We had a warm welcome and lots of help from the staff especially with bus timetables etc. We had a great sea view room which was spacious and very comfortable and really enjoyed the buffet breakfast which offered plenty of choice between continental and their equivalent of 'Full English'. The location is good only a few minutes walk from the Marina and a bus stop which we used several times to get to other places. We used the indoor pool , sauna etc and my wife had a spa treatment which she really enjoyed.

We stayed at the Vila Gale Ampulius last week, weather was around 27 each day. The hotel was clean and modern. The breakfast dining was good normal buffet breakfast no issues. We stayed in a senior suite which had two rooms upstairs each with toilet shower and bath, rooms both had TVs and 1 has a balcony with sea view and views of the Marina, beautiful. The downstairs has a small kitchen containing most things u need ie microwave, kettle, cooker plates and cutlery, was pleased with the outlay. We had everything we needed. Lovely size dining table and good size sitting area, again with a balcony of same views. Really pleased because everything was clean and good standard. There was supermarket and spar around 300 yards away. Eating out- we are mainly at the Marina area each night trying somewhere different I would reccomend the Captains bar, oneills, Mariners bar and grill , 19th hole and the Cataplana. All very good food. Lots of shops and restaurants bars but it was not noisy or loud with annoying drunks. Not sure if that's because of time of year but it was overall lovely atmosphere. There is a gypsy market on a Wednesday and we did a trip to Albuferia old town which was 23 Euros by taxi but worth it as the old town was lovely and bustling with shops,bars and restaurants. There is a taxi rank right outside the hotel a bus stop and a little train. There is a Casino the other side of the hotel. The beach was beautiful again next door with a quaint beach cafe. Overall it had everything and even boat trips across the Marina. If you stay here I believe you have everything close by. The hotel staff were friendly, helpful and nothing seemed too much trouble. Well done for making our stay easy and a pleasure.

Avenida Praia Da Marina Vilamoura

Vilamoura Marina is within a mile (2 km) of Vila Gale Ampalius, and other popular sites like Falesia Beach are within a couple of miles (3 km). This 357 -room, 4-star aparthotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a marina, an outdoor pool, and an indoor pool. It's in central Vilamoura and also a short walk from Marina Beach and Vilamoura Beach.


Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast, served each morning from 7 AM to 10:30 AM. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge or visit the onsite restaurant for a bite to eat. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café.


All 357 air-conditioned apartments feature minibars and desks. Guests can expect free WiFi and LCD TVs with cable channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, and bidets.

Property features

At Vila Gale Ampalius, guests enjoy a marina, an indoor pool, and an outdoor pool. Self parking is offered for EUR 7.50 per day. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach aparthotel include a children's pool, a fitness center, and a spa tub.

Room options

Superior Twin Room, Sea View

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Junior Suite

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Twin Room, Sea View

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Standard Single Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

78% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1527 reviews