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Vila Gale Ampalius

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Improvements could be made on the staffing levels on reception. There was only ever one person on duty to deal with everything. Breakfast is excellent and the rooms very good overall. Bathrooms a little dated but good value. I would return happily and recommend

We had such a nice Christmas break here 2016 in a junior suite with wall to wall blue skies that we came back again 2017. Because the prices had gone up quite a bit over the year we downgraded this trip to a superior seaview room at the front of the hotel, which are still bigger than rooms in many hotels and due to the shape of the building still have the same 20 foot wide balconies and huge patio doors and windows as the junior suites. The weather was less kind this year. Not a lot anyone can do about that, but at least we only had a couple of actual rain showers. The twin beds were a bit too hard for us but you just have to ask for a mattress topper at reception, which isn’t really advertised anywhere. It’s not the thickest topper you’ll ever come across but it changes the bed totally from one that is plain hard to one that is firm and supportive and very comfortable indeed. Plus it’s a single topper across both mattresses so your beds effectively get changed from a pair of singles to a super king double. Like the junior suite, superior rooms are timeshare rooms and have a kitchenette – the fridge was very useful. But you don’t automatically get a kettle. Ask for one at reception or the bar. The sofa bed in the junior suite last year was one of the best sofas we’ve ever had in any hotel. Unfortunately, in superior rooms you have to make do with a couple of chairs. Yes, the bathrooms are a bit poky with a really horrid tube type of ancient hairdryer but there's plenty of hot water and the lighting's not too bad. In-room WiFi seemed very decent to us, but we don’t try to stream things so what do we know? We thought breakfast was good and so were the buffet dinners – certainly better than many hotel buffets in our opinion. Dinner buffet is normally €25pp but it’s increased to a very reasonable €36pp on Xmas Eve and Xmas Day. Happy hour in the bar for either one or two hours until 7pm with 20% discount. It was much busier over Xmas in the hotel this year because a party of 80 ex-pat Brits from Spain were staying. Winter is obviously the time that building works get done in recently some reviewers have complained about the noise. Over Xmas there wasn’t a lot of noisy work going on. They’re in the middle of a programme to replace the old sliding patio doors and windows in junior suites and superior rooms with double glazed units with a central hinged door. We’re very pleased about that because, in the winter especially, when the bad weather comes from the south west, the wind howls in through gaps around the old doors and shakes them like mad. Hopefully the new ones will seal better. As usual, the staff were great. We think Portuguese people are some of the nicest you’ll ever meet. This is a nice hotel, it’s not top end luxury, but we’d recommend the better rooms to anyone. However, unless you can sleep through a noisy party, don’t book a junior suite between June and September when Purobeach Beach Club is up and running because the junior suites look directly at the club across the road.

We have stayed at this hotel on many occasions in the past and have had a great time.The staff are great and nothing is to much trouble they are very helpful.But this time the hotel had building work going on while we were staying. They told us when we were checking in and told us that they have informed easy jet holidays but easy jet never told us.They upgraded us to the back of the hotel on the top floor and said the noise should not effect us. I blame easy jet not the hotel and have taken up the matter with easy jet.We will go back to this hotel and hopefully next time all the building work would have been carried out. The only thing they could change is those little sausages and bacon could be a bit better.

Myself and my wife stayed half board at the Ampalius between 15-22/01/2018. We know Vilamoura very well as we stayed at the Dom Pedro Marina xmas 2016. The hotel lived up to our expectations and some. The first thing to say is that there are hotel renovations going on at the moment and there is a lot of noise but this did not upset our stay as we knew about it and we hardly noticed as we were having such a good time. The check in was painless and our room was on the 8th floor with a sea view as requested and a view of the marina. The room was a good standard twin with a balcony, it was looked after by the maids on a daily basis and was very clean. The balcony didn't get the sun until 3pm but the main sea front rooms were undergoing renovations and they get the sun all day. The room had only one small problem namely a dodgy fridge but everything else was excellent. You can also request a kettle if required. The Spa area is top drawer with a great pool, jacuzzi, sauna, turkish bath and gym. The changing rooms are a little cramped but are manageable. The basic facilities are free to all guests. Bring a swim hat for the pool. The best thing about the hotel is the food. Breakfast was good with all the choices available, but the highlight were the evening meals. There is normally a buffet service in the main eating area, but as the hotel was not full enough we ate in the main lounge from the a la carte menu and the food was the last word, the chef was a magician. The food was the highlight of our trip. The outside pool area was open but very quiet, the renovations had something to do with it but once they are finished it will be a nice area to relax. Vilamoura is a really great area with a stylish marina and a two top beaches. It is a brief stroll away from Quarteira which is a fishing town and is nice place to visit. The Vila Gale Ampalius is a top hotel and will be our winter bolt hole for sometime to come.

The staff at the ampalas are really great always cheerful and friendly the food was excellent and the rooms spacious we had a great view out to the sea. We hope to return there soon and look forward to the same friendly welcome.

First time in vilamoura and we wanted a hotel that was on the beach and also close to the town. This hotel had the best of both worlds. Room was lovely, public areas were very clean, pool was a little cold but it was April. Had a nice view of the beach and a balcony. The entertainment mostly catered towards kids but we ate out most evenings and came back to Hotel bar for a drink each evening. Some of public areas could do with a bit of updating but were clean none the less. Would recommend and return again.

Decided to book a last minute weekend getaway, to relax and unwind with my husband, and make use of the pool and spa facilites. SLEEP QUALITY very poor if you are a couple. 2 single beds, and made up as singles that were just pushed together and not secured, despite asking for a double bed, so found ourselves falling down the middle and disturbing our sleep. FURNISHINGS AND DECOR Quite small, basic room with little view of the sea as requested and in the shade for most of the day. Very strange set up with old antiquated sliding doors to wardrobe and small kitchenette, which really wasnt nencessary in such a small room. Fridge was very useful, however be aware that the water left in the fridge is apparently the 'mini bar' and is not complementary despite nothing in the room to tell you otherwise, and you will be charged for it. There is no kettle or coffee/tea facilities. Good toiliteries provided and hairdryer, but it over heats frequently, so suggest bringing your own if this is important to you. Tv has lots of channels, but very few English programmes. BREAKFAST BUFFET Usual standard buffet, with good choices of breads and cakes. Hot buffet not particularly a good standard of food. Awful little sausages and bacon that was mostly fat and undercooked. Coffee was the worst I have had in Portugal and really made me feel ill. It is from a machine and was a big disappointment. SPA This was the main reason we chose this hotel. On the face of it, it all looks very nice and has a good choice of gym, pool, sauna and steam room. Gym was pretty basic with a few weights, treadmill, stepper and bike. They have an annoying rule that you have to get a coupon from reception to use a towel, but you are not told this until you have walked all the way to the pool, and then told you need a token from reception to get a towel! Why? Makes no sense. Another annoying rule is everyone has to wear a swim hat and if you dont have one they sell you it for €2. I can understand it for hygeine reasons, but no other hygeine practices are followed. People can walk in and out with outdoor shoes among barefoot swimmers. There is not water provided after using the sauna or steam room to hydrate. Worst of all is the changing area, it is the tiniest of areas with no where to change and doors opening either end giving you no privacy. There are 2 showers, but no shampoo, shower gel or body lotions provided. Hairdryer is pointless as had little heat coming from it. Be aware when stepping into the jacuzzi or pool, the ceiling is so low you will knock your head and there are no warning signs. We didnt pay for parking, but this may have been beacuse of low season, but there was plenty of parking around the area. We weren't too bothered by the building works, although it was going on whilst we were there. Sadly,this hotel did not meet my expectations and wouldnt stay here again as there is too much other choice in the area.

Due to travel later next week but already Vile Gale Ampalius has provided great customer service in comparison to other vilamoura hotels, especially Celine who helped with our enquiries and booking. This time we are travelling to vilamoura as a family with a toddler, as our holiday is in January we needed to check a few things that are not really specified on most hotel websites.... Are children allowed in the indoor pool ( we found out many don't allow children as their indoor facilities are more of a spa environment than just indoor pool), what indoor and outdoor children facilities are there and are they open/available in January, and is there any extra charge for toddler cot facilities. I contacted a number of hotels in the area that we are familiar with and thankfully we got all the right answers and a great price from Vile gale. Celine also sorted out our airport transfers with toddler car seat so we won't have to travel with ours. The hotel is under going works at the moment that we have been made fully aware of with details of times, areas and any facilities that may be affected. Any questions we have had about the works prior to our visit have been answered immediately. We look forward to our visit and hopefully the hotel & weather will not disappoint.

We returned 19th Dec 2017 for 11 nights. The hotel was very quiet. There were 12 of us for evening meal in the bar area. Ordered from A la carte menu. The food was delicious and enough to feed small army!! Met some lovely people. 23rd Dec saw A lot of new arrivals from as far afield as Mauritius. The atmosphere in the hotel is lovely. We met Natasha the waitress again. Still as lovely as ever. It seems everyone knows her. This Xmas morning had breakfast and went down to Quarteira. Sat alongside beach and people watched. Love to see the Portuguese families out walking together...from grandma to the youngest! It's sad that although the notices on the beach says "no dogs" it's not adhered to and no one really picks up the poop. Would definitely visit again and again. It would be nice if people could buy a small gift for the waiting staff they work so hard or buy cough and cold meds from £ shop and when leaving for home leave in the room for the cleaning staff. They really appreciate it.😀

Nice big room. Cooking facilities in the room. Lovely view of the sea and coastline. 2 minute walk to the marina with shops,restaurants and bars. Nice pool area with pool bar. Plenty of sunbeds for everyone.Staff friendly and helpful. Was able to check in 3 hours before check in opens which was great after a long flight.

Avenida Praia Da Marina Vilamoura

Hotel highlights

  • Close to Vilamoura Marina
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

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 provide minibars, safes, 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

Twin 2 | Full 1 | 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 1789 reviews