Hotel Vila Gale Tavira
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A great hotel; a fantastic bargain!from Mark_Liechelle
We booked via Portimar who organised the room and taxi transfer from Faro airport. A word of warning here: Portimar do not have a secure (encrypted) website so don't go giving them your credit card details by e-mail. Instead phone or fax the details as we did.
The hotel is all that previous reviewers have claimed and really lives up to its four star reputation. The buffet brakfast is huge with everything you could want, from lashings of fresh fruit to hot and cold meats, eggs, cereals and pastries. If one wanted to niggle, one could complain that the coffee was Nescafe rather than ground, but the rest of the breakfast more than made up for that.
Other minor niggles were the need to wear swimming caps in the indoor pool (cost €2 from the gym reception) and the lack of in-room tea and coffee making facillities. But, as I said, the positives with this hotel more than outweighed the minor inconveniences.
The week we stayed it was unseasonally wet which precluded sunbathing by the outdoor pool but we found more than enough to do. Among our recommendations for local activities would be:- Tavira mini-train trip (good for getting an introduction to the town), The "Camera Obscura" built into the old town water tower, taking a boat trip to the island beach and bird watching in the salt marshes.
Further afield, one can take the single track Algarve railway to Faro or, in the other direction, to Vila Real Santo Antonio for a couple of euros each way. Vila Real has some good linen and casual wear shops (a fleece jacket for €12!) but not much to see otherwise. However, from there you can take a ferry across the river to Ayamunte in Spain, which is a very attractive town.
Tavira has some excellent value restaurants that others have commented on. Our favourite was Bica, to the east of the Roman bridge. This was not much to look at but served us an amazing three course meal, including Tuna steak, desert, a bottle of wine and water, all for €26 for 2 persons! The other thing we liked about Tavira was the total absence of Macdonalds, Pizza Hut or KFC - long may it remain so!
In summary, the Hotel Vila Gale, Tavira offers Holiday Inn quality at Travelodge prices, while Tavira town provides enough interest and Portuguese atmosphere to provide an excellent holiday - whatever the weather.
Relaxing at the Vila Galefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Beautiful 4* hotel with good location. Used a lot by golfers as a base. 5 min. walk across bridge to where most restaurants are. The only other big hotel here is the Nova but it is up on a hill further away.
We found the Patio restaurant the best for atmosphere and food. Never paid more than €40 for both of us including wine in any restaurant and most give you free port at the end. Maybe this was because it was out of season - maybe not. The exception to this was in the hotel. On late check-in at 9pm, we were given voucher for free bottle of wine if we dined in the hotel restaurant. Being so late, we opted to eat here. We both had fillet steak (very nice) but it cost us over €50. Coffee in hotel costs €2 - across the road it costs €1.10. (No tea/coffee facilities in room.)
Just across the road are salt marshes where you can walk for miles catching glimpses of all kinds of birds including flamingos. Very relaxing.
Courtesy bus to beach departs mostly every hour. It actually brings you to sister hotel 5 mins. away and from there you get boat belonging to hotel to island 2 mins. Lovely sandy beach. Cost for boat €1 return.
We also went to Spain - train station 10 mins. walk from hotel (beside Lidl). Got train to Vile San Antonio (20 mins) €1.45 each way. 5 min. walk to ferry.
Ferry 10 mins. across river €1.20 each way. Goes back and forth constantly. Beware Spain is 1 hr ahead of Portugal so timetable for return can be confusing.
Rooms in hotel are spacious with mini bar (expensive as usual). Best to get room on left with poolview as rooms on right don't get any sun.
Safe in room but you have to rent the key.
Bring your own towels or you can hire them €1 each.
Girls bring moisturiser as this is not included in the bathroom stuff.
Last but not least when you enter your room, you will get nice surprise when you see the size of the bed!!! Looks like king bed. But when cover is removed, all you have is 2 twin beds each made up. All rooms are the same. No way you can play footsy or poke him when he snores. Beware!!!
Overall this hotel was exceptional value at €15 B/B pp pn. Wouldn't get a hostel here in Dublin for that and we like our comfort. Would definitely go back here to unwind.
Absolutely brilliant!from A TripAdvisor Member
Good Value Hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The rooms can be a bit noisy [I found I could hear quite a bit of noise from neighouring rooms] but otherwise fine and there was no exterior noise from traffic/ parties as has been described by other reviewers.
The only other downside is the location of the hotel which is mediocre (on the outskirts of the town and beside a petrol station/ vacant lot). I would say that hiring a car is essential if you want to stay here. Parking within the hotels' underground car park is extra, but at €25 per week this is good value.
That said, it is a great place from which to explore the Algarve or to stay if on a golf trip. I would recommend it, especially if you get a good deal on room rates, and mainly want to use the hotel as a base.
Just greatfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Great choice for breakfast. Advise eating dinner out - 10 minutes walk to wide selection of restaurants.
Underground car park well worth 4.50 euros per day. Easy to reach from Faro, lots to see in town and along the coast, ferry to island beach most enjoyable for a change.
We'd go back to explore further.
Brilliant weeks breakfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Tavira itself is still unspoiled, even though there are plenty of bars and restaurants around. If you want a good relaxing holiday this is definately the place to go.
Excellent Hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Gret hotelfrom Louisa_A
The pool area was very spacious and well maintained. We had a pool side room and this was ideal, we heard very little noise from the bar area.
Brilliant Hotel!!from flossie1946
Top Local Tips for Tavira
Places to Eat Check out the restaurants and cafes along the riverside and over the bridge. i.e. friendly chinese restuarant and pizza house
comfortable shoes make sure you pack the most comfortable shoes you have as virtualy every street,walkway, is similar to cobble stones and can be very hard on the old feet, they also come up sometimes so always be aware
Where to dine Try the restaurants over the Roman Bridge, very reasonable and good quality, avoid the restaurants near where the boat trips go from as they rip you off (see other reviews for more details), For snacks go over the road.
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- Address: Rua 4 de Outubro - - Tavira - 8800 - 362 - Portugal
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