Got back from Rocamar last weekend having spent 4 nights there with my partner to celebrate his birthday. I had asked for a nice room and we certainly got that with a sea view balcony. The hotel is very clean with a modern/zen theme throughout. The room we had (think 518) was roomy as was the very white bathroom, with a bidet, shower over the bath and hair dryer. Both were spotless. I found the bed incredibly comfy but O/H didnt, although he weighs nearly twice as much as me. Two singles mattresses pushed together - with separate single bedding! (not great for romance but fantastic nights sleep, lol!) If I was to be really picky I would suggest a full length mirror in the bedroom for getting ready, and a flat screen TV rather than the small old portable which stuck out like a sore thumb in the otherwise modern room - but like I say "splitting hairs". Loved the room from the outset, and dont watch TV anyway. There is also air con/heating in the room and extra blankets if a bit cold. We were there beginning of Feb - I needed them, O/H didn't. I would have given this hotel five stars but for the evening catering which really let it down. I found breakfast to be fine - ample choice, buffet style cooked breakfast, eggs 3 ways, bacon/hot dogs alternate days, baked beans, mushrooms, selection of yummy breads and cold meats/cheese/toms/cucumber/olives/tuna - oils and garlic, yoghurt and fruit, cereals, jams/honey teas and coffee selections and fruit juice. The evening meals however were a completely different story- I'm not sure if it was because it was low season or they do this all year, but they had a set menu with an either/or very limited choice?? We were given a choice of mushroom soup/salad starter (my O/H didnt fancy either so they kindly offered a tomato soup alternative). It was served quickly - given we were almost first to arrive and only 3 tables were then occupied, both blisteringly hot with a tell-tale microwave ring. We then had a choice of turkey steak or sole with salad. My OH again didnt fancy either but plummed for the turkey and I requested sole; in Portugal, by the sea etc etc. thought I was in for a real treat. We also requested a bowl of chips as I heard them being offered to the table next to us, although we were not given the option. We then had a 40!! minute wait until the food arrived which I found unacceptable. By now tables had filled up and one couple had walked out because they were told they could not sit at the empty non-made up table but had to share a table with strangers which obviously they didnt want to do. After this lengthy wait the food finally arrived. Now I'm not a fussy eater, I will eat pretty much anything, but I have to say that the sole I was soooo looking forward to was served in a watery tomato type sauce with peas, a couple slices of cucumber and tiny bit of lettuce. It was bland, as was the tomasto water and hard and curled at the edges. I ate most of it but it is very rare that I leave food on my plate, which I did on this occasion. Thank God for the chips, which I wouldnt normally indulge in, but I was still hungry after my mini dinner. We waited and waited for our plates to be cleared and in the end went and helped ourselves to the sweet (buffet - no, we didnt raid the kitchen! :) which consisted of 3 types of cake, icecream and some other unmemorable offering? Needless to say we didnt use the hotel restaurant again and ate out for the rest of our stay, despite having paid for half board. I'm ashamed to say that both other nights we ate Indian not local or even med! (Taj on the square and Jaipur - both nice - Jaipur expensive) We both love Indian, and as it was my O/H's birthday treat I didnt feel I could argue/negotiate. Would have loved to try the sardines - definitely will do next time, but not at this hotel, lol!
The hotel is well located for the old town. We did get the little train to the new bit but for us, we definitely made the right choice. Definitely felt like Portugal in the Old Town - I personally find the "generic" strip very boring and samey, but I guess it depends what you are looking for. We did find it a struggle though to find many places open at night, and a lot of places hadnt opened up for the new season yet in the daytime either, but is was very early on. Daytime temps were warm enough to sunbathe on the beautiful beach if you found a sheltered spot out of the wind, or even on the terrace by the pool - I would guess at 17-20 degrees, but definitely needed a jacket/coat at night. Reading other reviews just now I realise we missed the marina! I'm guessing we should have kept walking past the lift maybe - which incidentally was not operating until the start of the season according the the note attached to it, although no indication of date was given. There are steps down to the beach, not steep but you do "feel the burn" on the way up - lovely soft sand and lots of lovely shells. I believe there are more beautiful beaches to be seen along this coast from research but we didnt really have the time to go explore on this short trip.
All in all had a lovely relaxing time, all to ourselves without the kids (6 between us!) and no kids at the hotel when we were there either (bonus). I would definitely return to this hotel, and the view of the beach and the sound of the waves in bed are a treat, but I would definitely book B&B next time. Can't coment on the Spa as didnt use it, but I have to say I was charged 2.10 Euros for a can of coke to take up to my room!! Naughty!
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- Also Known As:
- Rocamar Hotel Albufeira
- Rocamar Hotels & Resorts Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve