I have just returned from a 12-night stay at the Plaza Real. I chose this particular accommodation based on the overall reviews on the Tripadvisor site and I am glad of my decision.
THE HOTEL: My husband and I arrived at the hotel around 10:30pm. I found the hotel’s traditional Portuguese structural design very pleasing. There was a restaurant and bar onsite, although we did not visit them during our stay. The medium-sized adult swimming pool and small children’s pool was in daily use, although most adults chose to sunbath than to swim! Please note that the sound from the pool area can be clearly heard in lower level pool-side apartments when windows are opened, this will be of particular importance during the summer period when more young people are likely to be at the hotel.
THE APARTMENT: The receptionist gave only one key to our one bedroom, self-catering apartment, situated on the first floor (lifts are available). The apartment was very clean, spacious and comfortable. The KITCHEN was equipped with all the essentials: plates, cutlery, pots, etc. Thanks to the advice from reviewers, I remembered to bring tea towels as these are not provided. As well as a table with two chairs, there was a full size fridge freezer, microwave oven, electric cooker/oven and a kettle. The large LIVING ROOM had a sofa-bed, one armchair and a medium size dining table with four chairs. The 20-inch satellite TV (ITV, Sky News, CNN etc) sat upon a large cupboard. The pool-view BALCONY with its small round plastic table and two chairs could be accessed via the living room and the bedroom. There was a standard AIR-CONDITIONING unit in both the living room and the bedroom which we utilised everyday due to the hot weather. Our BEDROOM was equipped with two single beds, two bedside tables with lamps and a dressing table. The built-in wardrobe with its selves and draws were so large we could not fill it! There was a safe on one of the selves in the wardrobe which could be used once a fee was paid at the reception desk. The BATHROOM came with a bath with shower facility, toilet and bidet, and a large wash basin with a storage unit. One thing that stood out was the h-u-g-e amount of storage space in the apartment!
THE SERVICE: Overall, we found the staff at the Plaza Real to be friendly and helpful. The morning after our arrival, we notified reception about our broken toilet seat and a small problem with our shower unit. The matter was efficiently dealt with on the same day. The maid/cleaning service was available each day except Sundays. Bath and hand towels and bath mats were changed every other day. Although the hotel stated that bed linen would be changed twice weekly (including the day of arrival), our beds were changed only ONCE during our stay and this was only due to our enquiry at the reception desk!!!
THE BEACH AREA: As you leave the hotel by the main entrance gate, turn to your left and walk down the road. You will soon come across dirt tracks, follow the middle path and keep walking straight down. This dirk track is only a few yards long and leads onto roads. The beach will be easy to find. If you are a brisk walker, this journey will take about 10 mins. As I generally walk slowly, it took me 20 mins to arrive at ‘the Strip’. (The alternative would be to ask PR’s receptionist to phone for a taxi which will cost around 5-7 euros). The Strip is where the restaurants (Indian, Chinese, etc), bars, shops are located. It is situated just above the beach area. There are several access points to the beach, all of which will require you to walk down a fair number of steps. Although the steps are sturdy with handrail, this may be an issue for those with mobility problems. The atmosphere on the beach is so calming you will want to stay there for hours!
THE SUPERMARKETS: As you leave the hotel by the main entrance gate, turn to your right and keep walking straight down the road – literally. On your travel, you will pass the OCEANO ATLANTICO hotel and two patrol stations. There are signs directing you to the supermarkets. Again, if you are a brisk walker, it will take you about 10 mins to arrive at the Continente Shopping Centre. In my opinion, the CONTINENTE Supermarket is equivalent to Asda/Tesco. You will probably find all that you need there at a reasonable price. Please note that you will need a 1 euro coin to access a large trolley. There is a taxi service available in the parking area. On your journey toward the supermarket, you will see a lilac/purple bridge. Across the bridge is a LIDL supermarket. However, on the left-hand side of the store, you will find an Aldi supermarket (almost hidden away)! As it is not advisable to drink water directly from the taps in Portugal, at Aldi, you can stock up on water, spending about 50% less than you would at Continente. NOTE: For those on a budget, I would strongly suggest that you first visit Aldi for your groceries – you will be very glad you did! When you have completed your shopping, an Aldi staff will phone for a taxi, if you request this service.
Overall, I would recommend the Plaza Real to friends and family as it is at the higher end of a three-star rating and is good value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Plaza Real is a complex of 63 apartments, self-catering and equipped. The apartments are divided into three types: Studio, T1 and T2 in Duplex, some apartments have a generous balcony. (See the description of the apartments) The Plaza Real has an excellent pool for adults, a pool for children, a playground and a mini tennis court. This accommodation is about 10 minutes walk from the beach. The center of Portimao, Marina de Portimao and Praia da Rocha are 3 minutes. Portimao Railway Station is 3 km from the Plaza Real. This accommodation is recommended by the good price / quality ratio in Portimao. Great place to spend your vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Plaza Real Hotel Praia Da Rocha
- Plaza Real Praia Da Rocha
- Plaza Real Atlantichotels Praia Da Rocha, Portugal - Algarve