About Vila Gale Tavira

  • high speed internet in room
  • swimming pool
  • restaurant
  • free internet
  • bar lounge
  • fitness center
  • spa
  • wifi
  • business services
  • suites
  • public wifi
  • wheelchair access
  • free wireless internet in room
  • air conditioning
  • room service
  • dry cleaning
  • meeting room
  • non smoking rooms
  • laundry service
  • flatscreen tv
  • concierge desk
  • banquet room
  • family rooms
  • multilingual staff
  • airport transportation
  • breakfast buffet
  • outdoor pool
  • conference facilities
  • parking
  • free breakfast
  • minibar
  • private balcony
  • hot tub
  • heated pool
  • indoor pool
  • kids activities
  • poolside bar
  • safe

Reviews summary

( 1304 reviews)
  • 4 room
  • 3 pool
  • 2 beach
  • 3 service
  • 3 value
  • 2 food
  • 5 cleanliness
  • 2 location

19 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

Dancing Holiday

Reviewed Fri 22nd of June 2012

"We booked a dance break through Club Dance Holidays (CDH), London W1. They arranged everything, and they put us on a 6.30pm flight from London Gatwick to Faro which arrived at 9.30pm (local), which was after the Welcome Meeting at 8.30! (They wanted to charge a supplement if we wanted a different flight). We missed the first evening dance too. We also had to wait at the airport for another flight, which added another hour to our time, before we got the transport to the hotel.

The hotel was lovely, very clean, good outside pool (unheated). Food - just OK.

No info was given about the return transport to the airport, so we had to press the dance teacher.

Got a call from the MD of CDH the day after our return, but heard nothing one month later."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Fri 22nd of June 2012

Rating breakdown

  • 2 Location
  • 2 Beach
  • 4 Room
  • 3 Pool
  • 3 Service
  • 3 Value
  • 2 Food
  • 5 Cleanliness

dont use this hotel

Reviewed Mon 11th of May 2009

"never again will we stay at villa gale.staff very rude did,nt want to serve you if you were not with saga.rooms were very clean,cleaners were lovley could teach reception staff some people skills .4star we would,nt give 1 star .cleaners 5 star.do not recomend this hotel to anyone..."

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  • Travel date: Mon 11th of May 2009

Not Again

Reviewed Fri 10th of October 2008

"The noisiest hotel we have ever stopped in constant noise from dawn till dawn (24 hours)from doors banging to the late bar that was open till 3.00am also the fish market across the road and the Friday and Saturday Disco next to the fish market that went on till 5.30 am and was a constant beat that could be heard any were in the hotel.Food was good but did get a bit repetitive after 7 days as they started to repeat the last seven day menu to many drunken golfers who could not care who they insulted but that is what you get when big parties are let to say in a hotel.Do not pay the extra for a room with a pool view as these get all the noise from the bar till 3.00am and some times you may want to go to bed before 3.00am we had to get moved in the end and strange as it sounds the quietest rooms the hotel told us are the ones over the garage entrance which we did move too and yes they were right they were the quietest ones.In all there sister hotel is a better place if you want a quite and relaxing holiday went to check it out and it was a fare better place than the one in the town."

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  • Travel date: Thu 9th of October 2008

The hotel is very much a hidden Gem in a...

Reviewed Thu 17th of January 2008

"The hotel is very much a hidden Gem in an ideal location. About 30 mins from the airport, the hotel is based in a lovely village not far from the Spanish border.

We only stayed 3 nights but there was plenty to do and plenty of restaurants etc for a week’s stay.

The hotel was exceptional value for money (we paid around £65 for 2 for 3 nights B&B). This was in October and therefore out of season, however the weather was warm enough for poolside lounging but not too hot.

The hotel was very much business orientated with a couple of conferences going on, however these were no trouble at all and left plenty of room round the large pool. The hotel facilities were good (although there was an extra charge for use of the indoor pool/health suite) and the room was clean and good value for money.

My only criticism would be the outdoor pool - I have never been in a colder pool!! The benefit of this is that once you get over the initial shock, the pool was so cold that there was never anyone else in it - so good for brave swimmers!

Breakfast was a very large buffet and catered for all tastes. Dinner was al la Carte or buffet. We ate in only once (mainly as the choice of local restaurants was good), and the dinner buffet was large and relatively good value for money.

If you search the internet for a good deal on this hotel, I would thoroughly recommend and we will be visiting again (perhaps when slightly hotter so as to enjoy the beaches!)."

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  • Travel date: Thu 17th of January 2008

This is a super 4 star hotel. The staff...

Reviewed Fri 16th of November 2007

"This is a super 4 star hotel. The staff spoke very good English; the breakfast was excellent with a huge selection of fruits, cereals, hot food, breads, cheeses, and meats.

The pool area was great and the health club also excellent. The location of the hotel could not have been better and it was a five minute stroll into the lovely town area and the riverside.

My rating would have been a ten but just two things let this otherwise super hotel down - the wardrobe space was limited and drawers were few and far between, BUT, the main problem was the beds. I have never slept or failed to sleep on such hard mattresses. I asked for a softer one but even the extra camping style Z beds had the same hard mattresses on them.

Eventually after 4 sleepless nights I bought an air bed / pool inflatable and thereby managed to sleep for the rest of the holiday. I mentioned this on my hotel questionnaire so hopefully the hotel will invest in a small number of softer mattresses for people with back / sleeping problems.

We will certainly go back to Tavira and this hotel but next time I'll take my air bed with me."

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  • Travel date: Fri 16th of November 2007

This hotel suffers from poor acoustics....

Reviewed Fri 16th of March 2007

"This hotel suffers from poor acoustics.

Which meant disturbed sleep for me due to slamming doors and inconsiderate guests; it's a shame as apart from the embarrassing entertainment and rowdy golf groups, it's quite a nice hotel.

Breakfasts are good, staff are helpful, the local restaurants (Aquiliana and Rive Gauche) and bars (Patricks and Santa Lucia) are preferable to the hotel facilities.

Enjoyed the mini train around Tavira, the beach at Barril (via the train), Olaho harbour, Camera Obscura.

Tavira is a really nice place, away from the tourist areas and hope to go back one day but would probably choose self catering accommodation next time."

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  • Travel date: Fri 16th of March 2007

Loved this Hotel!

Reviewed Fri 9th of November 2012

"We've just returned from a week at this hote, booked through Expedial The best holiday - and the most relaxing - we've ever had. Staff were fantastic, helpful and friendly. They couldn't do enough for us. the hotel was spotless, room spacious and linen changed daily. There were so many facilities on offer we didn't get to use them all. the food was SO good in the buffet at night that we ate there for 6 of the 7 nights and forgot our promise of 'sample the local cuisine', which we did once and, though it was nice, it wasn't a patch on the hotel. We felt completely pampered for the whole week and will definitely be back. We booked the car through Expedia as well to pick us up at the airport and take us back. EV tours operate this service and we will use them again. We were delayed for 4 hours and told (Expedia by phone) not to worry - the car would be waiting. It WAS and the EV tours rep gave us printed confirmation of our pick up the following week. What Service. Highly recommend the hotel."

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  • Travel date: Thu 2nd of November 2006

Also just returned home

Reviewed Wed 28th of November 2012

"Went last week and found the noise the most annoying of our stay, apart from the constant loudness of people walking past in the corridor we had to contend with the people above pacing up and down. Saga louts were everywhere but they seemed to enjoy sleeping at every opportunity and even during the mediocre entertainment.

Loved Tavira and as the purpose of the visit was to buy an apartment we were not disappointed. We ate at the riverside restaurants and loved the food and cordial welcome.

If you take the scenic train around town be warned the seats are hard.

All in all had brilliant flight with Easy from Stansted and great stay."

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  • Travel date: Tue 31st of October 2006

Excellant but with a few niggles

Reviewed Sat 27th of October 2012

"Just returned from a week in Tavira. Absolutely loved the place and delighted to see how the town has developed as last went there 10 years ago.

The Hotel was not as bad as I expected after reading some of the more negative reviews.

I found the rooms spacious, modern and very clean. However I got a room directly opposite the petrol station and was kept aware to 05:30 on saturday morning due to a few drunk kids outside. Not bothered as I was young once too!

To be honest, after touring and stopping in Portugal over 10 times, I found the reception staff a little off and unhelpful. This was totally opposite to the fantastic maids who were friendly and a good laugh.

I ate in the restaurant on two nights and thought the buffet was excellant for the price. The breakfast buffet was good too. Not good for the waistline.

I would agree with other reviewers and avoid at all cost the riverside tavernas. The food was at best average and overpriced compared to the excellant food available over the bridge.

I advise folks to use the lovely indoor pool and hot tub. However bring your own beach towel as the hotel will charge you to rent one and bring a swimming cap as they are required for the indoor pool and will insist you buy one (only 2e).

My only real complaint was the ignorance of other Hotel users. For some reason a large number of people insisted on slamming their doors and holding conversations along the corridor well into the early hours. Whilst the Hotel cannot be held accountable, it was annoying!

As we were out of season, the Hotel had alot of people from Saga and its American sister holiday. The large majority of them were pleasant, but a few were very ignorant and constantly pushing in at the buffet and glared when you walked past!

I could complain about the mini bar not always being re-stocked, having no plug in the bath/wash basin and it taking 2 days to get one, or maids cleaning the next room at 7 in the morning, but overall I thought it was a good Hotel for the price we paid.

I loved the town and will go back to explore soon. The people are friendly and seem to enjoy us tourists!

This Hotel is perfect if you are quite laid back and want a quiet, relaxing break. Don't expect too much rock and roll!"

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  • Travel date: Tue 24th of October 2006

Beware the SAGA louts

Reviewed Mon 29th of October 2012

"This was our second stay at Vila Gale Tavira, having had a week in June this year too. What impressed us was the peace and quiet of this hotel and of the lovely village. Dont go near the row of restaurants by the waterfront - they try and entice you inside. All were of varying bad quality and charged for bread and olives. Go over the Roman bridge and you'll find a number of fine restaurants run by people who love food. The following will not disappoint: Aspecto; Patio; Aquasul; Basia; Rive Guache - Aquasul being the best. One thing - all these restaurants fill up extremely quickly so I would recommend eating around 7.30pm or leaving it until around 9 - 9.30pm. However Tavira does shut down pretty early and when we ate late we found it difficult to find a bar open after 10pm most nights.

The hotel itself is fine - especially if you're over 50. Unfortunately for us, in addition to the majority of guests being SAGA, an American version of this organisation had a large contingent in the hotel. So for a couple of 30-something professionals you can only overhear so many discussions regarding illnesses, trips, and how hot it was so many times without losing the will to live. However the hotel was clean but I agree with previous subscribers in that it doesnt really FEEL like a 4star hotel. Food - we only had breakfast which was fine. Fresh coffee would have been nice rather than sachets. Very busy at breakfast time.

Evening entertainment at the hotel was fine again if you were over 50/60yrs but we tended to only have a night cap.
Tavira itself is fantastic and we will probably go back next year."

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  • Travel date: Sat 30th of September 2006

Great for a relaxing break

Reviewed Fri 21st of December 2012

"Located in a traditional fishing town, on the edge of town by the salt flats, so dont expect picturesque views - unless you pay more for a pool view. We looked out over an old part of the town so had the interesting chimney pots and stork nests to look at!

I got the impression that it had been a long season and that they had probably just let a lot of seasonal staff go - no way of backing that up, but maid service was often late afternoon unless you chivved them up! Only one person on the bar throughout the day.

Breakfast buffet was excellant always with a good choice and varied slightly each day. Ate there on our first night and it was fine - typical international buffet - but once was enough.

Plently of choice around the town - avoid the river front with tables outside (one excellant one by the fishmarket /old market but can't remember its name, although it was on the only one that didn't have tables and chairs outside! Plenty of choice across the roman bridge in the back streets.

At the back of the town near the police headquarters there is an excellant fish restaurant Vela2 - also got good reviews on the Tavira forum - fresh whole fish straight off the grill - a meal for two, with as much fresh fish as you can eat, wine and water - 23E! But dont expect posh surroundings, only 3/4 mins walk from the hotel.

We enjoyed our break and would recommend it, ideal if you want to chill out and do nothing - which suited us."

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  • Travel date: Wed 27th of September 2006

Loved our stay

Reviewed Fri 2nd of November 2012

"We spent 4 nights at the Vila Gale in Tavira and loved the experience, the guest rooms are spacious as are all the public areas including the pool. The entire hotel has tiled floors which gives a clean spacious feel to the property. The staff were friendly and aways helpful and the buffet breakfast is generous and of excellent choice and quality. The town of Tavira is unspoilt and quiet and the food at the local restaurants is inexpensive and good quality."

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  • Travel date: Mon 25th of September 2006

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