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Hotel Oriental
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Avenida Tomas Cabreira | Apartado 160, Praia da Rocha, Portimao 8500-802, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #3 of 20 Hotels in Praia da Rocha
Luterbach, Switzerland
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“nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Fantastic location, helpfull staff , clean , This was a fantastic find us as ,all we wanted was a base for the beach Ok the pool is not in a sunny part of the hotel , whilst we we staying here but the pool was clean with nice beds around...

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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TDHotels, Gerente at Hotel Oriental, responded to this review, April 7, 2014
Dear Guest
Thank you for choosing TDHotels, Hotel Oriental
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We are very pleased to know that your stay fulfilled your expectation!
We are thankful for the time you spent sharing your opinion with us and especially for your kind words regarding our service/ staff members.

Your comments are of a great value to us and will contribute to improve our overall services and guest’s enjoyment.
We look forward to welcome you again in the near future.
Best Regards,
Pedro Mamede
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

Loved this hotel. Booked as a second choice after a terrible experience from first choice. Rooms are very big. Very clean. Beach right in front of the hotel. Staff where very nice and helpful. My favourite was the cleaning lady.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TDHotels, Gerente at Hotel Oriental, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Dear Guest,

I’ve felt amazing reading your wonderful review, for which I thank you so much. Allow me to thank you sincerely on behalf of all the staff members.

Your enthusiasm for our Hotel and Staff is very much appreciated and so we hope to have the honor of welcoming you back to Hotel Oriental in a not too distant future.

Yours sincerely,
Pedro Mamede
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

The hotel is very well situated and our room looked over the beautiful beach. Nice large room and comfortable bed. Unfortunately, there was a smell in the bathroom which, despite being cleaned extremely well, could not be sorted. Breakfast was excellent but staff did not welcome guests enough and very rarely said good morning. Also, when I mentioned that there were no teabags, I was told they were just left for the first day! I thought that was penny-pinching and showed my amazement. However, it was acted on straight away and more tea bags were left in the room. Complaints quickly acted upon every time. Special mention needs to be made of the Restaurant Manager who was charming. Salvano? Also the mature reception gentleman, helpful and courteous. Likewise, the room cleaner, excellent, she was very thorough. Sadly, the weather was not good and many restaurants etc were closed but I would come back to this hotel in early summer and make more use of their excellent facilities.

Stayed February 2014
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TDHotels, Gerente at Hotel Oriental, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for the preference given to Hotel Oriental, and for leaving your words on TripAdvisor.

I´m quite convinced that all reviews will help us to improve our services into a higher quality, for the satisfaction of our guests is to us a matter of a great importance.

We do hope that we can look forward to welcoming you back to Hotel Oriental in the near future.

Yours sincerely,

Pedro Mamede
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Carvoeiro, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We stayed here for our wedding anniversary on the 'Romantic Evening' offer having noticed this when passing on an earlier occasion. Firstly we must say it was superb in most respects and with a little bit of thought could achieve (for us) 5* or 100% status.
Staff 100% - everyone with whom we came into contact with, reception, waiters,cleaners were extremely friendly, pleasant and did everything they could to make our stay memorable.
Room 95% - large,recently refurbished with magnificent views over the huge Praia da Rocha as far as the port entrance to the East and to Lagos to the West - large TV, fridge, settee, comfortable king-size bed and large bathroom with walk-in shower. Marked down because the provided dressing gowns labelled XL were so small (shrunk in the wash ?) that even my wife could not wear it and a slight drain smell in the bathroom. Nice touches were the silk roses on the bed, good quality 'sparkly' and provided chocolates and strawberries.
Food 90% - the 'Romantic Dinner' was superb with decorated window table and a near Michelin standard meal spoiled only by one thing - FROZEN CARROTS (slimey) AND BEANS - when fresh vegetables are cheap and readily available in Portugal. Breakfast was good by continental standards but not the typical British 'fry-up' !
Overall we would thoroughly recommend this hotel, will probably repeat our experience for our next anniversary and would hope that, if the manager reads this, the chef is sent to the local market for fresh vegetables and we can give 100% all round.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TDHotels, Gerente at Hotel Oriental, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for the preference given to Hotel Oriental, and for leaving your kind words on TripAdvisor.

It was indeed a pleasure to read that you were satisfied with our services and enjoyed your stay with us.

We have taken note of your comments which are already being analyzed. They are of a great value to us and will contribute to improve our overall services and guest’s enjoyment.

We do hope that we can look forward to welcoming you back to Hotel Oriental in the near future.

Yours sincerely,
Pedro Mamede
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Lovely little hotel at the quieter end of Praia da Rocha. Interesting styling with lots of Moorish features such as gorgeous lanterns, indoor water feature and Arabic style windows and doors. Really sets it apart from some of the local "shoe box" architecture. Very convenient and picturesque location above the fabulous beach. Sadly the weather did it's best to put a spoiler on that side of things. Like most of the Algarve, we weren't exactly surrounded by other guests, in fact quite often the only ones in the bar or restaurant. Not a lot to do at this time of the year but by April or May I would think there are some lovely pre and after dinner strolls to be had. Half board menu was a bit hit and miss, but adequate and a lot better than having to go hunting for a restaurant in the rain. The star are very friendly and chatty and the hotel is kept extremely clean. Our room faced the beach and looked to have been recently re-furbished. A possible for a return visit

Room Tip: Some room have kitchenette, if you have a preference let them know in advance
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TDHotels, Gerente at Hotel Oriental, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing TDHotels, Hotel Oriental.

We are thankful for the time you spent sharing your opinion with us and especially for your kind words regarding our service .

Your comments are of a great value to us and will contribute to improve our overall services and guest’s enjoyment.

We look forward to welcome you again in the near future.

Best Regards,

Pedro Mamede
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We were there only for two nights and havent booked in advance which made the stay a bit more expensive. But was ok. The breakfast was great. The beach so close and safe.
We got a big room with balcony and kitchen. Pool side was nice. A great place to stay and doing day trips around this area.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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TDHotels, Gerente at Hotel Oriental, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing TDHotels, Hotel Oriental.

We are very pleased to know that your stay fulfilled your expectations!

We are thankful for the time you spent sharing your opinion with us.

Your comments are of a great value to us and will contribute to improve our overall services and guest’s enjoyment.

We look forward to welcome you again in the near future.

Best Regards,

Pedro Mamede
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Regina, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

We stayed in this hotel 6 nights during end of August - beginning of September. Weather was fantastic and water very warm.

We recommend this hotel for your first experience in Praia or in Portugal, or if you want above average service and you don't mind to pay a bit more. The plus of this hotel is the location right on the beach, to be appreciated particularly from your balcony while sipping Porto on a nice evening. If you are going there because you think to have a private beach - that is not how Portugal works, there is no such a thing, so you might be overpaying. The hotel does not provide chairs or umbrellas. You can rent these items from other providers or maybe from the hotel itself. So if all you care is a quiet beach you don't need to say here.

The hotel is nice, although in some parts looks a bit tired and renovations are on going. Our room was ok but not renovated, although the nice view, for sure there are rooms fully renovated.

The main reason why we decided for this hotel was the direct access to the beach. The beach is indeed great, wide, never crowded; this side of Praya da Rocha is quieter than the rest because less people are reaching this side of the town. Most of the budget hotels are on the other side.

The thing that we have found out when we reached Praya da Rocha is that there is no such a thing as "private beach"; therefore you could easily save money and stay at another hotel and find the beach that you prefer.

So the main reason for which spending more and going to Oriental fades away. If budget is not an issue we would anyway recommend Oriental, as it is a nice place to stay.

Some of the evenings the hotel offers thematic dinners, which are truly recommendable, for the show and the food. We stayed for the Fado, it was really nice. There was BBQ night but we did not stay for it.

Swimming pool looked really nice, we did not go there because we prefer the sea but we have seen many people enjoying it. The beach is so amazing that we did not feel the need.

The room as said was a bit dated but clean and nice view. You have to pay additional for the safe, we did not and we choose to lock our luggage.

In the evening the hotel is very quiet and you have the choice to seek more lively areas towards the center of the town. The location of the hotel is very nice if you are looking for relax.

The personnel was nice and they helped into arranging our excursions.

Something not very common is that they charge a small amount for exchanging the beach towels, to avoid misusing the service. We took good care of them and this was not a big ticket item.

Breakfast was also good. There is plenty of choice around for lunch and dinner.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TDHotels, Gerente at Hotel Oriental, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you for choosing TDHotels, Lagoas Park.

We regret that somo of our services have not met your expectations, and we would like to thank you for the time you spent sharing your opinion with us. We have taken note of your comments which are already being analyzed.

Your comments are of a great value to us and will contribute to improve our overall services and guest’s enjoyment.

We hope to have the pleasure of receiving you again in the future.

Best Regards,

Pedro Mamede
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Address: Avenida Tomas Cabreira | Apartado 160, Praia da Rocha, Portimao 8500-802, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Praia da Rocha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#3 Luxury Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#6 Family Hotel in Praia da Rocha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Oriental 4*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Exotic and charming hotel located in the first line of Praia da Rocha beach, offering rooms with sea view and direct beach access. Nearby is a marina, restaurants, bar, shops and sightseeing interest places. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Oriental Hotel Praia Da Rocha
Hotel Oriental Praia Da Rocha, Portugal - Algarve

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