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Hotel Oriental
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All reviewssea viewrefurbished roomwooden stepsbeautiful hotelgarden roomdirect access to the beachoverlooking the beachlarge tvfour star hotelhalf boardquiet endbed and breakfast basisbuffet breakfastrestaurant staffrelaxing holidaythe hotel is cleanthe ground floor
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Reviewed September 17, 2010

I stayed at this Hotel with my mum in September 2010. It is never a four star, I have stayed in much better three star hotels. The only positive is the location, on the beachfront with private access. That aside, I cannot think of anything good to say. The staff are abrupt and miserable (all except a couple of them). The food is very poor with limited variety and my evening meal was served just about luke warm, and I only received piping hot food after complaining strongly and on more than one occassion. There are very few sunbeds around the pool, and despite several notices stating that any towels placed on beds to reserve them will be removed, this is not followed up or implemented, therefore they are all taken by 6am. I also complained about that but nothing was done. The rooms are tired and shabby with cracked tiles, in desperate need of an overhaul, and the air conditioning units are really noisy. They state that all their rooms are sea views but that is only if you have a neck like an Emu and can bend it round corners! The only evening entertainment provided is a few local dancers clapping their hands for twenty minutes, although shops, bars and a casino are within 5 minutes walk away. The resort of Praia da Rocha is lovely, but give this hotel a wide berth. Not worth the money and a low to middling three star ratiing would be over generous.

  • Stayed: September 2010
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2  Thank AnneDD
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Reviewed August 8, 2010

This hotel is in a great location and the receptionist was not exaggerating when he said we had the best room in the place. It had a sea view and a large, shady balcony. The hotel also has its own big garden – very pleasant and cool with a swimming pool and private entrance to the beach.

That´s the good part. The bad parts were: (i) it only had three parking places despite being a four-star hotel with around 60 rooms, and we had to drive around to find a place every time we came back from a drive; (ii)during the four days we were there, the only lift was out of order most of the time, this in a hotel with five floors; (iii) the breakfast service was spoiled by the fact that the coffee was dispensed from a machine and was not fresh; and (iv) I was irritated at having to pay a deposit of 26 Euros in cash for a safe key even though the hotel had all the details of my credit card when I booked several months previously.

The Oriental is situated in the midst of the industrialized tourist development of the Praia da Rocha area which is virtually a separate part of Portimão. This means that quite a lot of the visitors are on package holidays, confirmed by the HP sauce and baked beans available at the hotel and the English pubs and copies of The Sun on sale in nearby shops.

If you don´t care for this kind of atmosphere, my advice is to find a quieter spot on the Algarve.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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2  Thank Paulista668
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Reviewed July 30, 2010

the room was lovely an spacious and very clean, pool was nice and right on the beach. only thing was there was no entertainment or music. but it was fine because there was plenty 2 min walk away from us. overall a brilliant hotel, will definatly be staying there again.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank allydabeaut
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Reviewed July 15, 2010

Although a poor 4 star (well worn in places), I would recommend the hotel itself, but I would strongly advise anybody with mobilty problems to steer well clear of both this hotel and Praia da Rocha as a holdiay destination. The hotel reception area has no direct access to lifts without steps. The beach, wonderful as it is, is not accessible from anywhere along the 'front' without having to descend and later, ascend, anything between 60 and 100 steps.
NB Parking is also severely restricted to three spaces (for an 85 room hotel!) after a recent street 'makeover', so a hire car, with or without own 'blue badge' is not a good solution.

Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
4  Thank wekkers
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Reviewed July 8, 2010

A comfortable hotel with friendly & helpful staff at reception. Very accommodating for mobility scooter. Great location right above a fantastic beach. 5-10 minutes walk from town centre but small shops just across the road and good restaurants on the beach below - the Senhora da Rocha is very friendly and has good food.

Rooms spacious, quiet & clean, but cockroaches seen on a few occasions. Breakfast good though not spectacular. Don't bother with evening meals - the food is fine but you'll do much better elsewhere, the staff weren't interested and there's no atmosphere.

  • Stayed: June 2010
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Thank LoneBrit
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