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Hotel Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa Hotel 4 star
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Rua do Municipio, Lote 26, 8200-916 Albufeira, Portugal Albufeira, Portugal -
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One of nine Vila Galé hotels in the Algarve region, the Vila Galé Cerro Alagoa is located in the small centre of Albufeira, a few minutes' walk to the beach. Typical of the large mass-tourism structures concentrated in certain areas of the Algarve, the Cerro Alagoa isn't our first choice for spending time relaxing in intimate surroundings, but is a great option for families on a budget as it has various facilities onsite and isn't far from the beach.

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      Vila Galé Cerro Alagoa   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 6.5 /10

    Located in the centre of Albufeira, the hotel is a practical place to stay for holidaymakers wanting to be close to bars, shops and restaurants - although it must be said that there are very few authentic Portuguese establishments left in this area, which has become extremely touristic despite its small size. About an hour from Faro airport, tourists can take the N125 east of Faro all the way there. Albufeira is also close to one of the most built-up areas of the Algarve, Vila Moura, which is especially famous for the famous football players who put in an appearance sometimes in the summer. To get away from the crowds it is essential to hire a car to drive along the coast or visit charming inland villages like Boliqueime just north of Albufeira.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    The 310 rooms are spread over five floors and all have balconies with either a street or sea view. Unlike the rest of the hotel, the décor in the rooms is a lot more modern, with a warm brown set of furniture and dark green mock-leather headboard above the bed. There is a fridge for guests to store drinks but there is no in-room safe; guests can store their valuables at reception. All rooms have flat-screen televisions and either a double or king-size bed; most rooms are actually twins, where the two single beds are pushed together. The décor is simple and functional, and the rooms are spacious, but there is nothing to write home about. Bathrooms all have bath tubs and are stocked with Vila Galé bathroom products.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    Typically of these types of large non-descript resorts, the hotel has a marble lobby but the low ceiling makes it feel a little cramped, although thankfully the skylights let in plenty of light. The area has two seating areas for guests wishing to stay in on a rainy day. To the back of the lobby on a slightly raised platform is the bar (open in the evenings) and small stage, where events takes place every evening.

    Although the décor is dated and the entire hotel is in need of a spruce up, it is in fairly good shape for its 20 years! It originally opened in 1994 and was refurbished in 2006. The highlight of the resort is the beautiful view of the vegetation and sea from the pool area and balconies in the rooms.

    In terms of onsite facilities, there is a large outdoor pool with pool bar (open May-October) as well as a restaurant. The main draw of the hotel apart from its low-end prices, is its health club that includes a jungle themed heated indoor pool (for winter holidaymakers), sauna, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, and a gym. Although there is no spa, there is a massage room but treatments must be booked in advance. The facilities are free for guests to use. In the basement there is a small shop selling travel essentials as well as newspapers (open 9:00am-2:00pm). For children there is an indoor and outdoor kids' club open during peak season (school holidays) - most of the year the club isn't surpervised but parents are welcome to accompany their children to play games or paint. Older kids have access to a games room also in the basement. For guests wanting to get away from the bustle around the pool, there is a reading room with a television that is open to guests for 24 hours.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    As well as the pool bar open in peak season from May-October, there is also the restaurant, which serves a buffet at all three meals - there is a special ŕ la carte section for guests wanting a bit of a change. Otherwise, the hotel has 24-hour room-service (although hot food service stops through the night - for exact times, enquire at reception) at an extra charge. The hotel offers three meals plans: all-inclusive, bed and breakfast and half-board. The lobby bar opens from 5:00pm until 1:00am and it is here that the evening entertainment like reptile shows, dancing and singing takes place. Another bar, which looks a lot like a British pub but with a range of lights and false vegetation hang from the ceiling. This bar opens in the evenings and serves snack food.

    Spa 7.7 /10

    There is no spa as such here, although there is a gym, sauna, Turkish bath and Jacuzzi. For massages, they are on request and there is only one massage room, so advance booking is necessary.

    Beach 7.40 /10

    The nearest beach is a few minutes' walk away from the hotel. Quiet during off-peak season, the beaches in Albufeira get extremely crowded when in season during school holidays; which means it can get a bit grubby.

    To know

    The hotel is part of a local chain of hotels, Vila Galé, which has several hotels in Portugal and Brazil, with the main bulk being in the Algarve. See other Algarve hotel reviews.

    For guests arriving by car, there is a car park out front that is complimentary to use.

    For people with restricted movement, there are three barrier-free rooms onsite.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, golf, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The pub
    • The efforts to provide amenities
    • Indoor jungle pool.
    • Proximity to the beach.
    • Sea views from main pool area and room balconies.

    disadvantages

    • A town hotel.
    • No beach.
    • The non-descript décor throughout the hotel.
    • The large ugly cement structure.

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