This was our first (and most likely last) trip to Portugal and in all honesty I wasn't impressed in the slightest. Praia da Rocha was, in my opinion, Portugal's Benidorm.
Lots of high rise buildings, graffiti all over the place, abandoned/derelict buildings, and lots of shops shut down, etc.
Our apartment/hotel didn’t really help with our opinion either.
The positives were:
Good Location: A 5 min walk (if that) to the beach and main strip.
Spacious rooms (although in dire need of refurbishment).
A large pool area.
Club Arcos is situated on a main road and appears only to have single glazed windows hence getting and staying asleep is quite a task.
Apartments are very dated and basic and in need of refurbishment.
No hot water: The water was only lukewarm and you could not shower one after each other.
Very weak shower.
The beds and settee mattresses were both too small for the frame.
The beds creaked terribly to the extent that it constantly woke me and my partner.
Quite a few light fittings and electrical plugs either didn’t work or were very loose/cracked.
Poor kitchen: There were only 4 hobs, 2 pots and a handful of cutlery. No kettle, grill, toaster, microwave etc.
Also the hotel descriptions state there's an on site restaurant, supermarket, indoor swimming pool, gym, steam room, massage rooms, but we saw none of these on our stay.
I'd advise staying away from Praia da Rocha and going to somewhere like Portimao or Lagoa instead as they both seem cleaner, more scenic resorts. I can't comment on Albufeira as we didn't visit here, but we won't not recommend Praia da Rocha or the Club Arcos at all.
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