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Hotel Vila Gale Lagos Hotel 4 star
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Estrada da Meia Praia 8600-315 LagosPortugal Lagos, Portugal -
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Open all year round, the Vila Galé Lagos is one of the newer and better hotels of the Vila Galé group. Located just a few steps away from the beautiful Meia Beach, and a short walk from the Lagos marina and original town centre, the hotel is perfect for guests wanting to spend time away from any sort of large urban metropolis. The large glass complex is loosely based on a fashion theme and has a very good range of facilities onsite. The service is excellent, the rooms spacious and comfortable, making the hotel a great choice for holidaymakers looking for a resort hotel. The aspect of the resort that impressed us the most is the passion the manager has for the project - a passion not just to boost profits, but also a genuine interest in providing the best he can for his guests and his staff, which is extremely rare and shines through in the service and the quality of the facilities throughout the hotel.

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      Vila Gale Lagos   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 5.0 /10

    The hotel is located just across a small quiet road lining the beach, Meia Praia. The area is fairly residential, with a couple of hotels nearby like the Yellow Lagos Meia Praia (also reviewed by us). The hotel also lines part of the road, although as it is quiet, there isn't much disturbance. The centre of town is a 10-minute walk away opposite the marina. Lagos is about an hour and a half away from Faro going west on the N-125.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    Although the resort looks like it could have 500 rooms, it actually has 286. Instead of packing in as many rooms as possible into the building, the developers have banked on creating large more family-friendly rooms, which is a great plus. The total includes 36 suites and 36 family rooms. Most rooms have a sea view - either side or full, depending on where the room is located - so if this is key for your stay, make sure you enquire about this at the time of booking.

    Every room has a good size balcony looking out onto the pool area and flat gardens. There isn't much intimacy here as the balconies are quite close together, meaning any conversation you choose to have outside is audible by your neighbours, but it is still a lovely area to sit and take in the view. The beach-facing rooms can also be disturbed by the noise coming from activities taking place on the lawn around the pool - to counter this, ask for a land view room, which is at the back of the hotel and therefore away from all the activity.

    All rooms have the expected mod-cons such as a flat-screen television, a safe and a mini-bar that can be filled at the guest's request (extra charge). The bathrooms are as spacious as the rooms with Vila Galé own-brand amenities. The ground floor rooms (family rooms) have a bath tub as do the suites, but otherwise most of the rooms have showers. The resort also has two barrier-free rooms.

    One detail that you might want to check when booking is the type of bed in your allocated room as they tend to be two twin beds pushed together, which some guests can find uncomfortable. The suites all have king size beds.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    The resort opened in 2009 and it is a modern, large glass structure sitting on a large flat site just opposite the beach. The fact that the theme is fashion explains its shopping-centre atmosphere, the catwalk posters of clothing lines by Portuguese designers, in the main restaurant and the few evening dresses on show in glass cabinets throughout the hotel. The colours used in the décor are grey and black, giving the hotel a clinical and cold feel. However, the building is extremely spacious, which despite its monumental size, means that guests are never struggling for space.

    Fairly spread out, the hotel is built on three floors in a horseshoes shape, meaning that all rooms have sea views. The rooms all look out onto the gardens of the hotel and the pool area in the centre of the horseshoe (but not too close to the rooms either). In the summer, various activities take place here such as badminton and football.

    In terms of onsite facilities, the hotel really does have a very good range on offer. From a full spa complete with indoor pool (see section below), a golf course with 24 holes nearby, three tennis courts, a five-aside football ground, kids' club, a main restaurant and a bar, all right across from the beach, families looking for a convenient place to stay, the Vila Galé Lagos is a good option.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    There is one main restaurant that seats up to 320 with room for 50 more guests outside on the terrace. Although canteen-like, the dining hall is pleasant, the food is decent and the service is very good. Friendly and attentive, the waiters are always ready to make your stay as pleasant as possible. The food, laid out on a buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner, is of a very good quality, with a different meat and fish option every day. We really enjoyed our meal here, which isn't a given at most resort buffet restaurants. For guests who do not want to opt for a full formula, snacks are served throughout most of the day at the pool bar. There is also the possibility of having lunch at the club just across the road, where there is a small pool to keep the children entertained while you wait for the food to come.

    Guests can choose from every kind of meal plan possible, from all-inclusive, bed and breakfast, half-board and full-board. The hotel also has 24-hour room service (not included in the room rate).

    Spa

    The spa has six treatment rooms, a full indoor pool (with a black floor, which is unusual) that is extremely pleasant, completely surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the gardens. There is also a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gym and a yoga area. However, none of the facilities here are included in the room rate. There is a fixed rate of 11 Euro/day to use all the facilities with massages and other treatments at an extra charge. Enquire about special deals, as guests on a long stay are often entitled to a special price for massages. The spa has a very quiet and soothing atmosphere, despite its somewhat clinical aspect.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    The beach is one of the most beautiful in the region if you like flat, wide stretches of golden sands. There are no other characteristics here like rocks or vegetation. The water is calm, transparent, and turquoise, but deceivingly cold! The sea here takes all summer to warm up, hence why you won't see many locals having a dip until September. The hotel has direct beach access from the main pool deck, so you don't need to go round via the entrance. Further up the beach, just opposite the hotel, is a beach club that serves lunch by a small pool and becomes a nightclub at the weekends and every evening during peak season. Depending on the season, the hotel has negotiated special tariffs for guest access to the club.

    To know

    The hotel is part of the Portuguese hotel chain, Vila Galé. There are 17 hotels in Portugal, of which nine are in the Algarve - see other hotel reviews. Vila Galé also has six hotels in Brazil.

    There is an outdoor and underground car park at the hotel, so no need to worry for guests needing a car on site. There are also plans to develop a diving centre near the tennis courts, which will be able to train guests in PADI during their stay.

    There is Wi-Fi throughout the hotel (at an extra charge).

    The resort can guarantee a certain view and/or connecting room if you book early enough.

    Equipment

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

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

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      sports, golf, tennis, football, basketball, beach volley, aqua gym, gym, fitness, mountain bike

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Private beach
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Variety of onsite facilities.
    • Friendly staff.
    • Comfortable rooms.
    • Most rooms have sea views (can be guaranteed).
    • Good quality food on the buffet.

    disadvantages

    • The rather large impersonal structure.
    • Can be a little noisy in peak months as activities take place on the lawn quite near the accommodation building.
    • The lack of vegetation (still in the process of growing when we visited).

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