This was my 6th time in Praia Da Rocha and my 2nd stay at the fantastic hotel Da Rocha. In my eyes this hotel deserves a 5 start rating for mostly everything it does but the shaded area and the size of the pool for the size of the accommodation lets it down. (issue 1) Hopefully this is something that is being looked at?
The hotel itself is modern, clean and centrally located for everything that is available in Rocha. The 2nd issue I had was we had 2 rooms 713 and 714 and there was a really bad and pungent smell at certain times of the day. I think there may have been a blocked sewage or drain pipe. It wasn't a major issue but it did making sleeping one particular night quite uncomfortable.
Everything else though was fantastic, the rooms were cleaned daily and fresh towels provided. The mini-bar also re-stocked and the breakfast selections far better than my previous stay and there was something for everyone to eat.
Other places to mention in Rocha that are worth visiting and make the stay all the better in no particular order.
Daly's Irish Bar - best craic and company in town and the staff are fantastic.
Cafe Del Mar - the steaks in this place are simply amazing.
Ireland's Eye - Nice place for drinks and snacks.
Durtie Nellies - fantastic measures, well air conditioned and nice bit out the back for kids.
Above all though is the superb beach club that can be found down at the Marina its a 10 minute walk from Hotel Da Rocha or €4 in a taxi. The entry is €5 per adult kids go free. But for that you get a pool that looks out onto the sea, a fantastic bed/chair, superb choice of cocktails and food. And generally just the most chilled back place to hang about. Sadly on previous visits I had never found this place but so wish I had. When down there I would also reccomend eating and drinking at Dockside and Waterfront. Both places were excellent with brilliant service.
I am already looking forward to 2014 and heading back to Rocha. I am not sure that I will stay in Hotel Da Rocha next year but this is no slate on the hotel I'd just like to try something nearer the Marina.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Praia da Rocha beach, surrounded by sea, marina and golf courses, Rocha Hotel Apartamento meets all conditions for unforgettable and peaceful family holidays. 158 studios overlooking the sea with kitchenette and balcony, fitted a new architectural design, a new lifestyle, a new art of receiving. It also comprises the following facilities: Grand Caffe Bar, meeting room, swimming pool and underground parking. Rocha Hotel Apartamento, has its name within! ... more less
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