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“Another Excellent Stay - 2 issues!!!”
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Hotel da Rocha
Ranked #3 of 20 Hotels in Praia da Rocha
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Glasgow
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“Another Excellent Stay - 2 issues!!!”
Reviewed 25 September 2013

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.

Room Tip: Have breakfast every day in the hotel and explore the other places mentioned above for food.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Hotelda R, Gerente at Hotel da Rocha, responded to this review, 1 October 2013
Thank you for your very generous comments. I have taken on board your comments about the pool and the smell (probably it came from the outside when the tide changed).
We are glad that we did not disappoint and will endeavour to maintain and improve our service for the future. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you again soon.
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

Just returned from an 11 day stay at this hotel, and I can honestly say it was a pleasure to stay at this hotel. We walked in straight off the street with no accommodation due to certain circumstances, and from straight away the woman at reception could not have been more helpful in sorting us out with a room. The rooms are fantastic with king size beds , a fridge , a cooking hob and microwave. The breakfast every morning was superb with a great selection of hot and cold meats , breads and cakes. The staff in the hotel are excellent and very friendly especially the two bar men. The hotel has a great location at the quitter end of the strip and right opposite the entrance to a beautiful beach. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone and hopefully I will be returning next year.

Room Tip: If possible book a room with a sea view , as the views are beautiful.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hotelda R, Gerente at Hotel da Rocha, responded to this review, 16 September 2013
First of all, I would like to thank you for choosing the Rocha Hotel Apartment for your holiday and I do very much appreciate your comments on TripAdvisor. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and to know that our team members made you feel very welcome. I will make sure that I will pass on the message to our whole team. Once again thank you so much for sharing your experience with us and we hope to welcome you back soon to the Rocha Hotel Apartment.
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Dakar
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

I've spend my holidays with family overthere and I just can say that this hotel deserve the best rating in terms of location (seafront), product (great and huge rooms), service and Breakfast. Very good quality for what we've paid and extremely nice and efficient staff. Thumbs up for the whole team especially Rute from the Reservations who has done her best to provide us a memorable stay. We'll definitely come back!

Room Tip: Ask for Seaview rooms. The view is speachless...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Hotelda R, Gerente at Hotel da Rocha, responded to this review, 16 September 2013
Thank you for your preference in selecting our hotel for your holiday and writing about your recent experience with us. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay.
Regarding your comments about the team members I will be sure to share them with the entire team, especially Rute and thank them for their continued commitment to providing quality service and ensuring that our guests are well taken care of.
We can´t wait to welcome you back again soon.
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

I have just got back from a lovely long weekend in Praia da Rocha with my boyfriend. I saw the hotel on a deal website and got a great price. The balcony overlooked the Jupiter hotel which hosted a number of musical events in the evenings, which we loved to watch from our balcony (I am not sure if this happens every weekend or if it was a special time of year because all of the Portuguese seemed to be on holiday before the kids go back to school). The room was huge, we even had a kitchen and two TVs! Good news for me is that some of the channels played English programmes. I also loved the massive bed and drench shower. Though the breakfast wasn't very warm, there were some lovely pastry and fruit options which I opted for. The hotel was very attractive, especially from the outside at night time.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hotelda R, Gerente at Hotel da Rocha, responded to this review, 10 September 2013
Thank you so much for your kind review . It is good to know that our service and facilities are appreciated and we hope to maintain and improve for your next visit.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2013

We have just returned from a short stay at this hotel - sept 2013. This is a lovely modern hotel. Very clean in all areas with modern rooms. It is worth booking a sea view room as the hotel is right opposite the beach - across the main Street. Pay for high floor room for best views. There is a small fridge / mini bar in the room which was stocked - had to pay for the contents which was reasonably priced. Breakfast was great. Great selection & always hot. Tables cleared quickly & no wait. Hotel is in a good location although we preferred to walk to the beach bar Nosolo Agua at the portimao end - left out of hotel around 5-10 min walk. The main Beach is amazing with plenty of beach restaurants & sunbeds / umbrellas. Also the casino is across the street which is worth a visit. We used yellow fish transfers - to & from the airport which were excellent also. Check in is 2pm but the hotel will store baggage prior to this. Check out 12 noon. Free safe & aircon included in the room also. Small toiletries in room - shampoo/shower gel & soap. Hair dryer in bathroom also & plenty of wardrobe space with hangers. We would return to this hotel but be aware the pool area is very small if you like to sunbathe by a large pool. Other than this, an excellent hotel. Also free wifi in the hotel/rooms!

Room Tip: High floor sea view!
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hotelda R, Gerente at Hotel da Rocha, responded to this review, 10 September 2013
Thank you for your generous review and for choosing RHA. We are glad that we are living up to your expectations and will try to improve on them in the future. We look forward to see you again.
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Glen Rock, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2013

Stayed here for 3 days at the end of July. Room was clean, spacious and had a lovely balcony. The pool area is quiet and the breakfast had lots of choices. Beach is literally steps away. There is a small refrigerator and cooktop, although no pots. The staff was very helpful.

Room Tip: Pay extra for an ocean view
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Hotelda R, Gerente at Hotel da Rocha, responded to this review, 10 September 2013
Thank you for your wonderful comments. We are hapy you have enjoyed your stay and will endeavour to maintain and improve our service for the future. We hope to see you again soon.
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2013

Stayed at the hotel for one week. Hotel was spotless, breakfast was lovely and always plenty of choice. Well worth paying extra for the sea view. The rooms were large and modern. We had a perfect time thank you very much.
Karen 20/08/2013

Room Tip: Rooms with a sea view are perfect.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Hotelda R, Gerente at Hotel da Rocha, responded to this review, 3 September 2013
Many thanks for your kind remarks. We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay with us as we try to make everyone feel relaxed so that they return home refreshed from their stay. We hope that we will have the opportunity to accommodate you again in the future.
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Property: Hotel da Rocha
Address: Avenida Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimao 8500-802, Portugal (Formerly Rocha Apartment Hotel)
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Praia da Rocha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#2 Romantic Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Praia da Rocha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel da Rocha 3*
Number of rooms: 158
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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