We arrived late afternoon and were checked in at 'reception' very efficiently. There were no smiles, no chat, no extra informaton...even when I asked about the room having a safety deposit box the answer was simply 'yes'. It wasn't until I trailed the bags to the room that I discovered you had to pay for the safety deposit and the air con. That in itself I didn't mind, but why not tell guests this at check in?!
Were great. We had a ground floor apt with a large living/dining area, large seperate fully equipped kitchen, twin bedroom with ample wardrobe space and a large bathroom. The balcony was huge also, with 2 sun loungers and umbrella and table/chairs. It was the largest and best equipped apartment I've ever stayed in however......
The maid service wasn't great and I don't think we had towels or sheets changed once in the week, which is a shame as it really detracted from the high quality of the apts. Agree with the other reviewer about the pillows...I've never experienced anything like it. Like a pillowcase stuffed with hard cotton wool balls.
We sat her on a few occasions, good fun but very busy and you have to fight your way past the inflatables in the pool to have a swim. Did have to get up very early to reserve a sunbed and even early if you wanted an umbrella. No one comes round the entire day to clean up though, so it can get quite grubby at the end of the day if people don't clear away their own rubbish.
Ate breakfast/lunch a couple of times and the food was lovely. Service wasn't though and I thought all the staff were miserable. Didn't bother us though as we didn't spend any time there in the evenings.
Great location 10 mins walk from the main centre and beach. We used the little dirt track every day and night with no problems. The shortcut is outside and to the left of the hotel.
Great resort with something for everyone. The beach was gorgeous, 5 euro per person for a lounger and umbrella for the day. The beach bars were good too and we had a few good lunches down there. Jet Skiing was brilliant fun too.
We went to Alvor and also to the marina at the Dockside which I would highly recommend. Both great nights out.
Did one trip with the rep on the Catamaran which I thought was fab and good value for money. All the staff were wonderful and would do anything to help. It was great to get out and see the beautiful coastline.
If you need a base in the resort, then I'd recommend this apartment. If however you're looking for a relaxing time by the pool with a good bar/entertainment, then this is not the hotel for you.
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- Plaza Real Praia Da Rocha, Portugal - Algarve