I stayed here on 15/09 - 22/09/10 for one week. One week of my life I'd like back! I went with my mum for a relaxing sun holiday. Journey from the airport was just over an hour, pleasant enough. On arrival, the Aparthotel looked 'ok' and seemed clean enough. We got room 608 - on the very top, LH corner and the room was very spacious, it had 2 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchenette, living area and 2 balconies. It 'was' spotless..until the 1st evening, when a cockroach appeared in the kitchen and me and my mum were petrified and straightaway wanted the next flight home! Called reception to complain & they sent up a cleaner with a broom - wtf?, who didn't speak English and didn't know why she was there. She sprayed the room(apparently).The cockroach 'disappeared' and we immediately blocked all the sinks, closed all the doors to be sure it was gone. Next evening...it was back! Rang reception again, spoke to a guy(skinny with glasses) and he refused to do anything about it and told us to wait til morning - I was having sternly explained that he should get his behind up to our apartment and remove the creature - which he did, he splatted it to death with my paper. To say we were happy would be the understatement of the year! I asked for a new room & again he said wait til morning. We didn't have any more creatures throughout the week - well none that we saw. There is an apartment block directly facing the Aparthotel and i presume this has permanent residents as dogs were barking a lot and I could see them from our balcony - not good when you're trying to sleep! On our second last day, I noticed that the bathroom light wasn't as bright as it had been..so I checked the other lights, and as I turned each one on, the previous one got duller. Then all the lights went out, TV went off, all electric went out! Only in OUR apartment though - Disaster! We were going out for dinner, and weren't able to get a shower, as there was no lights, plus we couldn't use hairdriers either. Rang reception and they told us 'we're getting the man to fix it now'. 10 mins later, rang again 'still waiting on the man'. further 10 mins, me and my mum stormed down to reception and sat there like complete idiots because our room was in complete darkness. Not once did the girl on reception apologise or try to accommodate us in any other way - apparently all the rooms were booked up - yeah right! Sat in reception for at least 30mins, then I asked could we use a room in the sister hotel, a few yards away and she said 'oh yeah, not a problem' - why didn't she suggest that in the 1st place!? Reception in the hotel were snotty too and cheekily told me 'only use the room to get showered and then out' grrrrrr! As we were leaving to go out, we heard an almighty spark...and I actually thought someone had been electrocuted! Electric came back on later that night while we were out, thankfully our last day came and we couldn't wait to see the back of the place. Nobody at reception said 'goodbye', so we didn't bother either! I will never be back to this Aparthotel, resort or country! I found Portugese people to be very rude, stared at you a lot and didn't have any manners - unlike us wonderful Irish! :o)
Only good thing about this holiday was(the flight home haha), Praia da Rocha was a 5min taxi ride away(5 euro there & 3.90 to come back..hmmm) and it had nice restaurants (La Dolce Vita, Steakhouse, Lena's) and bars (Cheers, Croke Park, Durty Nellys and On The Rocks) Still, I'll NEVER be back!
Another thing, dont be fooled by the picture..the pool is like a paddling pool!
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- Also Known As:
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- Vau Aparthotel Praia Da Rocha, Portugal - Algarve