Just returned from a weeks stay at the Orca Praia & as in previous reviews the access back up from the pool bar & "promenade" is REALLY steep,we did it in stages & the steep climb from the front of the hotel to the main road.Having said that the hotel is in a lovely setting very peaceful & great sea views.Our room was excellent,clean comfy beds,large with armchairs to watch a plasma screen tv if you wished & a huge balcony with rattan chairs & good sized table to match.It was possible to hire sunbeds & an umbrella for the week but we like the sun so din`t bother.The bathroom had a sink each with good shower & towels were changed every day.There was no air conditioning but it was very nice to have both patio doors open at night & listen to the sound of the sea.We only had breakfast which was adequate so can`t comment on dinner.Hotel staff pleasant & reception very helpfull.Good bus service into Funchal from the stop close to the hotel on the main road.Only 2 restaurants in the vicinity & we mainly ate in the Piano Bar which was a left turn from the top of the drive but be warned HUGE portions!From the pool a right turn was a nice walk into Camara de Lobos \which was one of our favourite places to sit at one of the bars & watch the fishermen.To the left a path led along the beach to a couple of local bars/cafes where we ate a couple of times at reasonable prices & watched the Portugal football game with the locals,amazing atmosphere!But how people say you can walk into Funchal from there is a mystery,we tried & failed coming to a full stop up against a brick wall.The only downside (if you can call it that)is that until our last morning we thought we were the only English people at the hotel,when at breakfast we met two other couples who thought the same & they were due to leave the day after us!All in all had an excellent holiday,this was our 7th visit to Madeira so caught local buses to our favourite places but if you have not been before do "get out there" & see amazing scenery.
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- Hotel Orca Praia
- Orca Praia Funchal
- Orca Praia Hotel Madeira/Funchal
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