Ratings based on 62 Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.5 Room cleanliness
4.5 Service & staff
4.0 Room comfort
4.5 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
for Everyoneby Chris from Croydon
Isolated but relaxingPosted Oct 18, 2013
Pros: Grounds are picturesque and well kept. In October there were plenty of beds around the pool. No traffic noise. Boat to the beach.
Cons: TV and talk in the next room irritating at night. Hard soles on the tiled floors reverberate thru the walls. Some guests abuse the no smoking policy.
Location: In Tavira, visit the castle walled garden or walk along the river. The railway station is 20mins walk from the town. The beach is nice and sandy.
The Albacora is a couple of miles out of Tavira, within the Rio Formosa Natural Park. Good for birdwatching, but otherwise a bit of a wilderness. The hotel is a refurbished tuna factory (sounds worse than it is – the décor etc is up to the same high standard as other Vila Galé hotels). With no transport of our own, part of the appeal was the free shuttle bus into Tavira. Sadly, we found that the shuttle only runs Wed to Sun. So for 4 of our days we resorted to short walks from the hotel. The walk into Tavira is 50 mins. The shuttle also returns early in the evening, so to eat in the town, a taxi back was necessary. At less than €10 per trip that wasn’t a problem. The breakfast selection was good but did not vary. The restaurant evening buffet was not bad, the a la carte menu excellent and only a little more expensive. The grounds are picturesque. We visited in October and there was no shortage of beds around the pool. The room was comfortable, however it was sometimes not made up until late in the day. Ants mentioned by other reviewers were hardly a problem. Negatives: Sound carries. The TV or even conversations in the next room could be irritating late at night. Hard heels/soles on the tiled floors reverberate through the walls. Our room was in a no smoking zone which was abused by neighbouring guests – smoke entered through our window and the air conditioning unit. Staff were always friendly and helpful.
for Couplesby Graham from Burton-Upon-Trent, England
Return to our favorite hotelPosted Oct 13, 2013
Pros: Quiet nature reserve location
Cons: Return of the courtesy ferry to Tavira island in the low season
Location: 10 min courtesy bus ride from Tavira and its shops. Hotel has a library of donated books, also bike hire, kayak hire and diving lessons available.
Been to this hotel for 15 years now and fortunately very little has changed. We traveled from Faro by airport coach (route 16) then by local train to Tavira before catching the courtesy bus from the Vila Gale Tavira Hotel. A Hotel in a nature reserve tends to be quiet,(we like) surrounded by birds, animals and insects! Staff were as polite and friendly as ever especially assisting with WiFi connections. Our only gripes, no courtesy bus into town for first two days (its a 40min walk), the previously free 2 min trip on the ferry to Tavira island, now costs 3 euros. The room TVs have been upgraded to give 76 channels, mostly Portuguese, but of a poorer content than previously. What made our holiday was the very high standard of a'la carte evening meals, with a free complementary bottle of wine on the first night, and a perfectly blue sky for the whole week, in the middle of October! Would we return? you bet.
for Couplesby Nic
Peaceful breakPosted Sep 15, 2013
Pros: It was a Portuguese holiday destination for the Portuguese. Nice food, pleasant environment.
Cons: Towels are a little threadbare.
Location: Near Tavira, a wonderful little town in the eastern Algarve.
What a relief it was to spend time in a nice, quiet, and relaxing resort in the Algarve. With guests largely Portuguese-speaking (both Brazilian and Portuguese) it was a great way to brush up on the language. Pool facilities are excellent, the breakfast buffet large and varied, and sun loungers very comfortable. The boat from the hotel to Ilha da Tavira was very convenient and cheap.
for Everyoneby adsfasdf
Good hotelPosted Sep 8, 2013
Pros: Relaxed atmosphere.
Cons: The hot water for making tea should be hotter. You wold not make coffee with tepid water and the same is true for tea.
We spent two nights at the hotel. The short boat trip to and from the beach out on the barrier dunes was a real pleasure. The pool has adjacent grassy areas good for children to play.
for Everyoneby laurence
Very nice hotel close to beach and cityPosted Sep 6, 2013
Pros: Location achitecture like an authentic village
Cons: Staff and internet acces in bedroom
I love this hotel for the combination of comfort Ecology approche and architecture ! Good spirit And atmosphere and effordable!
for Everyoneby Amanda from Hereford
Great hotel to chill out / for families / scubaPosted Jul 28, 2013
Pros: Calming, perfect place to chill. Pool, beach, scuba diving, great food. Wild life - flamingos and avocets, little lizards.
Cons: Had to get a taxi into the town and back.
Location: Perfect (apart from being 2.5km from the town). Right by the sea and sand.
Such a lovely hotel. A former tuna fishing co-operative village turned into a fantastic hotel. Old fort walking distance. Very comfortable, pool was lovely, food superb. Lots of families there, but it felt spacious, and plenty of room to be quiet if you wanted to. Right by the beach, so sea and sand if preferred. Little jetty and boat takes you on a short trip to the island - more sand and sea! Activities includes scuba diving (centre is in the hotel - very easy to book etc. boat leaves from the jetty), kayaking, cycle hire. Trips available from the hotel include vineyard visit. Marine life tour if from Faro, and leaves early - bit expensive (45 euros per person). Hotel is about 2.5km from the town of Tavira so you would need a taxi there and back (about 6 euros each way), but very easy to get a taxi there (hotel will order you one) and back (taxi ranks in centre). Historic town, if you visit make sure to go to the churches, castle, and the museum. We loved Tavira, would definitely go again. It is quiet, so not recommended if you want serious party / night life.
Recommendedby C Singleton
Posted Oct 20, 2012 on Hotels.com
Lovely hotel situated in a beautiful area of Portugal. My only negative comment about the hotel is that they could do with a few more staff in the bar area. You often had to wait for a long time for service.
for Everyoneby Colin from Portugal
Perfect for relaxationPosted Sep 19, 2012
Pros: Pool area and superb sea views
Location: A unique and attractive location in the Ria Formosa Natural Park
An excellent hotel in a unique position overlooking beautiful Tavira island. It is perfect for relaxation and enjoyment of the eastern Algarve's superb beaches and interesting towns and villages. The staff were friendly and always ready to help.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Great holiday to relaxPosted Jul 24, 2012
Lovely hotel food excellent with a good choice. Staff helpful at all times. Area around the hotel not attractive just salt marshes. If you want a quiet holiday it is excellent
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Relaxing but a bit pricey once inside the doorPosted Jul 10, 2012
Lovely surroundings, hotel is pretty. We like to holiday in quiet surroundings and not in a city so was perfect. We had a car so we were able to drive to Cabanas or Tavira and eat out. On The first day we had lunch, an over priced small club sandwich on stale bread arrived. With all the orange groves around I thought I would have some delicious fresh orange juice. A small 20ml glass arrived, yes, delicious but unfortunately it priced at about £6! We had intended to eat, drink and have spa treatments throughout our stay but realised that services v prices were rather disproportionate. I really liked the hotel and the Manager was incredibly helpful and personable. However, my only advice as a consumer, who is not open to being ripped off, (and professionally as an Accountant) would be to restructure the pricing to be more realistic. Im sure it will keep your clients eating, drinking and using the lovely spa in the hotel and not straying outside to take their much needed euro elsewhere. Kind regards Joanna