This was our 2nd time staying at the hotel in August - September time; we got the most perfect view with our room overlooking the pool and beach. The rooms were cleaned thoroughly everyday and fresh towels given every 2-3days unless put them in shower/bath then they were changed when required. From staying at the hotel last year we were prepared for breakfast and knew to stick to the bread, ham, cheese, fruit and hot drinks. Being from UK we weren't keen on the milk for the cereal and the bacon (very fatty) and sausages (frankfurters) but it's possible to find something to eat - the juice is coridal but it's nice and refreshing, there are 2 hot drinks machines, the fruit is tinned but with the heat fresh fruit would go off very easily. We found the staff very friendly and they remembered us from last year; at an evening we would sit by the bar overlooking the sea and enjoy some of their amazing and very reasonably priced cocktails. We ate lunch in the hotel everyday which was reasonably priced however everything comes with chips - sandwich and chips, burger and chips, hot dog and chips, etc. the soup is delicious however!! we didn't eat in the hotel in the evening but were given a 20% off voucher to use had we wanted to. The hotel is in such a fantastic location with the old town square less than 5 minutes walk, there are 2 small supermarkets within 5 minutes walk also and the lift to the beach about 1 minute walk from the hotel entrance however we only went to the beach once because the pool is so fantastic!! we found that no matter what time we went to the pool that we were always able to get a lounger, it is perfect overlooking the beach and while the loungers closest to the poolside rooms become shaded in the afternoon it is nice of the break from the sun, there are also loungers further away from the rooms for sun worshipers. The reception and foyer of the hotel is very modern with marble floors and large sofa's, the staff at reception were also very helpful when required but it's important to remember that all staff do not speak very good English and if you are patient with them they are very helpful - we are afterall in their country!! One day during our visit we had rain and got a taxi to the shopping mall - this was a 10euro taxi drive away and was worth a visit it has a bowling alley and cinema along with a lot of well known shops. During our break we didn't use the spa but the price list was very reasonable and we went down to look in the spa and gym and these facilities were very well kept. The only downside that we found was the lack of fridges in the bedroom's this year - we had this facilitiy last year but when enquired this year we were told that they no longer provied fridges. All in all a fantastic hotel and I'm already planning my return next year!!
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- Also Known As:
- Rocamar Hotel Albufeira
- Rocamar Exclusive Hotel & Spa Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve