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Flor da Rocha
Ranked #11 of 20 Hotels in Praia da Rocha
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“A good clean hotel”
Reviewed 29 June 2011

We are just back from a 10 day stay in Sol Flor da Rocha in a 1 bedroom apartment. The apartment itself was very spacious. It had a good sized hallway for storing the cases in. The bathroom was large with a great shower. The bedroom had twin beds and a couple of sets of drawers and also had a small balcony. The living area was large enough for a pull-out sofa bed, dining table with 6 chairs, TV and the open-plan kitchen. The kitchen itself was well stocked and had plenty of cutlery, plates, utensils etc. There was a large fridge with a box freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle and 2 ring hob. The balcony from the living area was large enough for 2 chairs and a table.

I thought the location of the hotel was great as you were a 5 minute walk to the beach. The beaches here are amazing and very clean. It is around a 20 minute walk to get to the large supermarket. I would suggest this if you are going to be there for any more than a week. You're better to get down there and stock up and just get a taxi back rather than going to the smaller more expensive supermarkets near the hotel. I think we about 5 euros for a taxi back. To walk to the supermarket, come out of the entrance to Sol Flor Da Rocha and turn right then take a left. Walk up the road past the club praia mar hotel and you'll end up at a dual carriageway. Turn right there and walk along and go straight through the big roundabout you come to. Keep walking down and you'll eventually end up at a bit that has a McDonald's, Lidl and the main shopping centre which has the Continente supermarket as well as a sports shop, pharmacy, cinema and a washing/ironing service.

The maids were in our room every day to clean (including the Sunday we were there) and I think the hotel policy is to change towels twice a week and bed linen once a week. The rooms and the public areas in the hotel were always well cleaned. The pool area is a good size and I think the drinks were only about 1.50 for a coke or 2 euros for a pint.

The one thing to keep in mind is that this hotel doesn't have air con. It gets VERY hot in Praia da Rocha at night and even having the patio door wide open at night doesn't really help. The best bet you can have is to keep the sun shutters completely closed during the day then only open them when the sun is going down. Having a cold shower just before bed helped me out too. If you think it would be a problem, the Continente supermarket might sell fans. Next time, I'll probably just go somewhere with air con.

Our room was on the West side of the hotel on the 5th floor above the entrance. This meant we got the sun in the evening which was nice when you were getting ready but also meant the entire place got warmed up by the sun and left it roasting trying to go to bed. If you're going to be sleeping with the patio door open, keep in mind that there are a LOT of seagulls flying about all hours of the night which are quite loud. You will also have random drunk people walking to various hotels making noise and the sound of mopeds. I brought some disposable earplugs I bought off ebay which meant this didn't bother me - i still didn't get a great sleep any of the nights though due to the heat so keep in mind that no aircon means you'll have warm, loud nights - you have been warned.

Praia da Rocha itself has amazing beaches which are huge - you will have to go down quite a lot of steps to get to them from the strip as the strip sits atop a cliff next to the beach. 2 sun beds with a parasol and tables were 10 euros for the day which I thought was worth it as you get table service. We used the one just to the east of the looking point with the white beds/parasol and green mats. The guy Michael was always around and you could just shout him to go up and get you food/drink from one of the beach cafes.

For anyone who is unsure of prices around here, I'll rhyme off some that I remember from various places.

Beach hut:
9" pizza, 2 cokes, 2 large beers - 12 euros

Most restaurants:
Soup - 2-4 euros
Pasta dish - 6-8 euros
Steak - 12-17 euros
Soft drink - 2-3 euros
Large beer - 3-3.50 euros

Bars:
A lot of them run happy hours (check signs outside) where you'll get a large beer for a euro. I found the Super Bock to be nicer than Sagres. Outside of happy hour, you'll be paying 2-3 euros a pint but mostly 3 euros in the nicer bars. A vodka/coke is probably about 3 euros as well but with a huge measure.

Local small supermarket:
5L water - 80c
500ml can super bock - 1.10 euros
food is generally quite expensive

Continente supermarket:
24x330ml cans super bock - 6.49 euros
significantly cheaper for food

The Lidl carries the same stock as the UK at similar prices (i.e. cheap).

The restaurants we found good were (in order of preference):

Casa da Rocha (when walking to the beach from the hotel, turn right after the crazy orange stand - you'll know the stand I mean. Walk along a bit and Casa da Rocha is on the left by the stalls). They had great soup, bolognese and steak. The peppercorn sauce on the steak was amazing. The piri piri chicken is nice too. Keep in mind that for parties larger than 2, you will probably need to book a table in advance as this place is always busy. Probably some of the best views from a restaurant in praia as well as great food.

Cafe del Mar - Go left after the orange stand, walk along the main strip and this is on your right. The speciality here is seafood but we kept eating the flamed pepper steak. The guy brings this out to you and finishes off your steak next to your table and prepares the pepper sauce.

Titanic - Best to google this one to find where it is but I think you turn left at the orange stand, walk along the main strip then turn left at the Irish bar. Titanic looks a bit weird from the outside (it seems to sit on the bottom level of a block of apartments) but don't let that put you off. The food was good and service was first class.

The burger ranch place is decent if you're looking for a quick snack as was the "fresh & light" crepe/slushy place.

The places we ate that weren't so good are the Italian next to Casa da Rocha and also the place that sits behind the Italian (there is a PR guy for it who will usually try and grab you before you can get to Casa da Rocha or the italian). Vinhos Comidas was also a disappointment. The bolognese from there was like the Heinz stuff from the tin.

One thing I would bring plenty of is sun lotion and medication. Sun lotion was really expensive (around 12-18 euros for a small bottle of decent branded lotion). The only place I encountered that had anything cheaper was Lidl but that was all high factors (30 and 50) and they were 5 euros per bottle but they didn't have much stock so I wouldn't rely on that. I ended up buying a bottle of factor 15 malibu for 12 euros. Just before leaving for Portugal, it was in superdrug in a 3 for £10 promotion so just make sure you're well stocked up. Shampoo, deoderant etc. is cheap in the big supermarket so if you're worried about baggage allowance, I'd leave that stuff at home and just buy it on your first day.

We were there from mid-late June 2011 and you will not need jackets or jumpers. If you're taking trousers, make sure they're light. It is always warm here so it's a complete waste taking anything like that. All the male customers in restaurants are wearing shorts/flip-flops so casual is definitely ok here.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 June 2011

Just got back from this hotel on 23rd of June firstly book a taxi transfer rather than the shuttle bus unless you like looking at other peoples hotels while on the way to yours.

As mentioned the rooms have an electric kettle, toaster, microwave with grill plus two electric cooking rings, fridge with a small freezer compartmet, an electric blender and all the crockery you need for a good self catering stay.

We stayed in a two bed apartment and there was ample space for two adults and three kids. Also the pool was a good size with a decent size seperate children area with plenty of seats as the stag and hen parties did not come out of there rooms till mid afternoon.

The location of the hotel was also quite good about 5 to 10 min walk to the front beach but do remember you have to walk down a good few steps to get down on to the beach. It also takes about 20 mins to walk to the Continente supermarket get a taxi back 3.50 euros as it is uphill on the way back.

The negative points are that there is only a pool side bar that opens at 9.00 am and closes when they feel like it and is not open at night and no food is served in the hotel or round the pool area at all.

Also the hotel has no air-con and in summer this is a big problem as you have to leave the windows open all the time as the room at night is like a furnace.

The biggest problem is with the noise from the stag and hen parties and groups of young women and men that stay at the hotel. The corridors seem to amplify the noise and when they are coming back at 4,5,6,7 in the morning singing banging doors it can be a problem. Also because we had the windows open because of the heat you can hear the half a dozen coaches that park outside the hotel coming and going at all times of day and night plus all the drunks singing in the streets on there way home.

In addition to this you can hear screeching seagullls that are nesting on the roof of this hotel and the roof of the apartments across the road. Finally the bins are just round the corner from the hotel and you can hear and smell these being emptied every night being chased with hungry seagulls.

So the place is ok but the noise, lack of air-con and bar mark this place down which is a shame as this could be a great place.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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ellesmere port
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Reviewed 23 June 2011

Went here with my family june 2011 for 8 days there were 10 of us, me and my partner in a 1 bed apartment,my son, wife and 3 kids (10yrs4yrs,3yrs) 2 bed apartment and my daughter, partner and 2yr old in 2 bed apartment. The apartments are clean and large,they have toaster, kettle,microwave and 2 ringed hob all your cuttlery plates and dishes you'll need. It is a great base as the beach and strip are only 10 min walk (if that) the drinks and food here are a fair price.there is a small mini market just around the corner on your way to beach in another hotel, but there is a big supermarket called Continente, Lidl and Aldi all next to each other about 1km away.Found Lidl the cheapest but Continente most choice. Pool for little ones great adult pool ok, plenty of sunbeds, free parking spaces outside. The hotel staff and manager are friendly and obliging. This is not a palace but its a good 3star self catering hotel, What lets it down is bar wasn't open after about 6pm, although im told this will be changed to open later, this will be a good thing as the table football, table tennis pool table are in there so can't be used when bar shut and as there was no entertainment it would of been handy. They do not sell food here just beer an icecream. they have a computer you can pay to go on the internet with. All in all i liked it here and would reconmend.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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rotherham
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Reviewed 16 June 2011

stayed here 2nd to 14th june 2011, downside first, arrived at reception checked in got key to room, expected to be informed where to go from reception, chap on reception said is there anything else, I had to ask how to get to the room, he pointed to a lift and told us what number to press, got out of lift into pitch black corridor.
Got to room put kettle on for that long awaited drink, pulled plug out of socket and the socket came away from the wall!!. A couple of days after the toilet stopped working so I reported it to reception - nothing happened, we had to take the top of the cistern off to flush the toilet. I asked when it would be fixed if fact I went to reception about it 3 times on the day it broke to be told it would be the following morning before it was fixed, I gave them the benefit of the doubt. The next morning nothing happened yet another trip to reception I even told them what the problem was and what needed replacing, in fact I took the part to reception 2 days later and several trips to reception I was told it would be repaired in 10mins WOW it was repaired by placing two screws from the outside of the cistern into a plastic part inside the cistern - the toilet did work.
We were informed that the bar would NOT be open but the pool bar was open from 8am to 6pm - it was and you could get drinks if the lazy member of staff could be bothered to get off his phone.
Good points: The room was very clean, the pool was nice, had a kiddies pool

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 April 2011

Service in this Hotel was acceptable. The room was really big and comfortable, with two separate bedrooms and living room with kitchenette. Also the location was very good with easily access to the beach and entertainment centre :) I liked the swimming pool which was never crowded.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 January 2011

stayed here 3 times over the years when the children were young and when they were teenagers. beds were comfortable and the apt was very spacious, kitchen area good as well, near to everything, shops pubs beach, enjoyed this hotel every time great service and very friendly staff, and always had a good nights sleep, the pool area is great too and the baby pool is just the right size to keep an eye on your small ones, there is also a grass area over looking the pools which i found better to lie out on a towel as it was soft on your back and you were tilted enough to keep an eye on the kids, would recommend to all ages

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 11 August 2010

We had a wonderful holiday in Portugal in Praia da Rocha (our first time and definitely not our last....) in July just gone. The self-catering apartments were just what we wanted... clean, spacious and just a short distance from the beach. The staff were very friendly and very helpful. Our kids, ages 10 and nearly 8 loved the swimming pools and they were not overcrowded which was even better.
The resort of Praia da Rocha is all about the beach during the day and then all the bars and restaurants come alive with the hustle and bustle in the evening. We happened upon some go-karting just up from the beach and the kids loved that. Other than that we visited the two waterparks Zoomarine and Slide and Splash which we a huge hit also.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Flor da Rocha
Address: Rua das Conchas, Sitio dos Castelos, Praia da Rocha, Portimao 8500, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Praia da Rocha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Praia da Rocha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Flor da Rocha 3*
Number of rooms: 133
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located 600 metres from the Praia da Rocha beach, the Flor da Rocha offers spacious apartments with kitchens and balconies.The Flor Da Rocha Apartments are situated 3 km from Portimão’s city centre. There are many restaurants, minimarkets and shops within a 5-minute walk from the property.Located 600 metres from the Praia da Rocha beach, the Flor da Rocha offers spacious apartments with kitchens and balconies.The Flor Da Rocha Apartments are situated 3 km from Portimão’s city centre. There are many restaurants, minimarkets and shops within a 5-minute walk from the property.The apartments have private bathrooms, satellite TVs and safes. There is a 24-hour reception.Guests can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool or play a game of tennis on the tennis courts. Children will enjoy the children’s pool and the ice creams aLocated 600 metres from the Praia da Rocha beach, the Flor da Rocha offers spacious apartments with kitchens and balconies. ... more   less 
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