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Hotel Vila Gale Tavira Hotel 4 star
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The Vila Galé Tavira is open all year-round, unlike its sister hotel, Albacora, in Quatro Aguas just outside of Tavira. A resort hotel located right in the new centre of Tavira, it is an old-fashioned hotel with dated décor. However, even if you are not a big fan of resorts in general, it can be a good base to explore the area from, but to spend all one's time onsite might be a little depressing after a while due to its lack of ambience, dark interiors hiding from the harsh sun, and dull colours used.

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      Vila Gale Tavira   -   © Briag Courteaux / EASYVOYAGE

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      Vila Gale Tavira   -   © Briag Courteaux / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 7.0 /10

    The hotel is located right in the new centre of the small fishing village of Tavira. The village has a rich history as an important fishing port; the village was also an important Moorish city in the 1700s and ruins of forts and settlements are still visible all over the village. The hotel is about an hour's drive east on the N-125 from Faro, the capital of the Algarve. The nearest beach is about 20 minutes away on foot.

    Accommodation 7.00 /10

    In total there 268 rooms including six junior suites, but despite its high room count, the hotel remains fairly peaceful and spacious outside of peak season (June-September). Again, as at Albacora, the rooms are fairly basic in their décor and facilities.

    All rooms are decorated in exactly the same style, all have a balcony with either a pool or city view, a small fridge (that can be used like a mini-bar upon request), safe, television (old generation), air-conditioning and 24-hour room service. The rooms feel spacious despite their 21m² and have well-appointed bathrooms, all with bath ubs (as opposed to shower cabins) and are stocked with own-brand Vila Galé bathroom products.

    Like at some of its sister hotels, the décor here is dull and drab. There isn't enough outlandish furniture to call it garish, but if you are looking for something fresh and contemporary, give this one a miss!

    Overview 6.60 /10

    Open in 2002, the hotel was built on salt plains that were no longer in use. It has a (very subtle) Moroccan theme, acting as a reminder of Tavira's Arab past. The hotel, standing right in the new centre, is difficult to miss with its dated architecture and myriad of tiny box-balconies. The hotel's shared areas are overly spacious and strikingly spotless. Although it has all the facilities one would expect from a resort hotel, like a dining room and bar with indoor and outdoor seating.

    Events are held in the bar every evening and activity programs are put together for children and adults in the summer, however, for guests wanting an all-round-the-clock experience, there is a handful of bars, restaurants and clubs in and around the village, especially over the summer season. With regards the internet, there is Wi-Fi in all shared areas and cable internet in the rooms.

    The hotel doesn't have a full working spa as such, but there is the possibility of booking various treatments with an outsourced company as there are two massage rooms on site. Guests also have free access to the hotel health club, which includes a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. This area of the hotel however, says more public swimming pool than luxury spa, but it does the job. One bit that we were not expecting to see however, was the enormous circular indoor pool complete with grand domed ceiling and windows lining the circular pool deck that looks out onto the surrounding gardens.

    Food and drink 7.25 /10

    The main restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and serves buffets for all three - there is also an à la carte option. The buffet is a mix of international dishes, including fresh fish and a meat option, which is typically Portuguese. The hotel offers all types of meal-plans, from bed and breakfast to all-inclusive. The grill is open in summer by the pool. The bar is open throughout the year and it is on the stage on the patio that live bands entertain in the evenings. The hotel also has a 24-hour room service.

    Spa 6.75 /10

    Beach

    The beaches in Tavira are beautiful, especially out of season, as most beaches will be deserted - great if your ideal holiday is spent on a beach all to yourself! But not so great if you actually want to have a swim without the necessary squirming ceremony to get into the cold water, the Portuguese will tell you. The best time for a seaside swim is in September, when the water has been heated up throughout summer and tourists have gone home. Our preferred beach is behind the Vila Galé Albacora Hotel, which sits right on the banks of the Formosa River encased in fine white powdery beaches. There is also a beach accessible via a two minute boast-taxi ride from the hotel. The area is part of a protected natural park so tourists must take all their rubbish with them after a day here in order to help keep the area clean.

    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. Vila Galé also has six hotels in Brazil.

    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

      gym, aqua gym, golf, bums and tums, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Its proximity to the village of Tavira - good for sampling local life.

    disadvantages

    • The décor and atmosphere are on the dated and dull side.

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Overall Score nc/10
    • Aurélie F. Aurélie F.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in décembre 2012 Posted on 2014-05-01 En couple - 1 nuitée (Chambre avec vue)

        super hotel,trés jolie, super grand, a un prix battant tous les records 45 euros la nuit avec petit déjeuné pour un 4 étoile!!! trop la classe. le petit déjeuné buffet a volonté. vive le portugal!!

      • Advantages

        beau confortable bonne accueil agreable séjour

      • Disavantages

        rien du tout, tout etais parfais rien a dire

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      • Overall Score 10.00/10
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