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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Exotic and charming hotel located in the first line of Praia da Rocha beach, offering rooms with sea view and direct beach access. Nearby is a marina, restaurants, bar, shops and sightseeing interest places.. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oriental Hotel Praia Da Rocha
- Hotel Oriental Praia Da Rocha, Portugal - Algarve