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Plaza Real Atlantichotels
Ranked #7 of 20 Hotels in Praia da Rocha
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Reviewed 21 July 2010

The apartments are spacious, I travelled with my children 18,16 & 10 yrs, we had plenty of space. Apartments cleaned, beds made and change of towels most days. Not much evening entertainment but swimming pool closes at 8pm there is a pool table and a few arcade games. The electric went off when I told the receptionist she said 'that happens, just flick the trip switch back'. However the holiday rep Claire was very helpful and said it usually happens and advised the cooker be put on at a lower temp.(the only grumble)
Plenty of places to eat in the main resort which is about 15 min walk. we had a three course meal at a resturant for 7 euros! so didn't find eating out to expensive. The beach is wonderful, lots of steps though. Supplies Continente (We bought a parasol from here -1 euro it wasn't special but ideal for the days on the beach). - plenty of taxis in car park, save carrying shopping back up hill! Aquashow Excursion well worth going, half day boat trip was just right, if taking children.Overall had a lovely holiday.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 July 2010

First impressions were good; the hotel seemed to be nice from the outside and as we approached the swimming pool area it looked better than I thought.

The apartment was spacious and I cannot really fault anything about it, it was spotlessly clean as were the plates, pans, cooker etc, and had pretty much all we needed.

Reception was OK a bit frosty at times, but TBH we only had to report a dodgy blind twice which was fixed the same day.

Air con was provided in the living area and bedroom for 10 euros with a 10 euro deposit, it was damn hot so money well spent a further 10 euros with a 10 euro deposit for the lock on the safety deposit box also.

The swimming pool was a bit small but ok, people “booked” sun beds with their towels in the morning which is a bit ungracious in this day and age.

I visited the bar for the welcome meeting and paid 5.50 euros for a coke and an orange that was the first and last time I went there.

The hotel is child friendly and I felt a bit sorry for the adult as they were a bit of a captive audience for the hotel and the bar. The kids were on the hole all well behaved and did not cause any problems.

The location is about 15 mins walk from the beach/front/bar area, or about 4 – 5 Euros in a cab. Also about 15 mins walk from the Lidl and Continente supermarkets with taxis costing the same, although one driver added 2.40 euros on the bill as we used the boot!!!

The little supermarket around from the hotel is VERY PRICEY so beware, she gets food from the Continente super market and re prices in the shop, a 1 euro pack of ham she sells for 3 euros, as she does for everything else.

Watch the prices on the front, one bar offers a pint of beer for 1 euro, others 2 euros others 3.5 euros. We went to one supermarket on the front for a loaf and they tried to charge us 3.95 euros, the same loaf in lidl the following day was 60 cents!!

The resort is nice and we did not venture to the beaches but they did look nice also.

As for eating out, we had a couple of nice meals from where I can’t recall, a steak in the Hollywood steak house was pretty rubbish really.

WORST part of the holiday was a restaurant called something like Clemetine, celementre or something similar in the middle of the strip upstairs opposite the police station.
DO NOT GO HERE!!!
I ordered a steak schnitzel which was clearly chicken, although my wife thought it to be pork, I asked for a replacement or for the bill to be adjusted to reflect it was not steak, the manager was a right rude, ignorant person, and said I got what I ordered and he didn’t even look at it, to cut a long story short I said I was not happy with the meal or the service, and I would pay for the 2 drinks we had and leave.
He was not happy and called the police who told him to stop being a shall we say idiot and to give us a bill for the drinks and let us leave they were not happy with him, but were totally fine with us.
AVOID THIS PLACE LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!!!

We went to Lagos on a train from Portimao which was an OK half day out, go on the Noddy train by the station for 2.5 Euros for a 45 min trip, you’ll look silly but it’s a nice trip.

We also brought a trip to the Gypsy Market in some place, DO NOT bother the market sells clothes which make Primark clothes look good, and the shops all sell linen table cloths, women’s clothes and pottery, it is not a man trip, let your wife go but stay away it’s the most boring place I have been to.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 July 2010

Just back from a brilliant time at these apartments. Our kids (11 & an energetic 3 yr old) had a great time at the kids club, Emma & Sam were amazing and our kids loved them!!! The apartment itself was so spacious, upstairs with 2 bedrooms, a kitchen where you had everything you needed to cook, great!! Staff were more than helpfull, can't recommend this place enough!! We used the shortcut as it does cut the journey by half to the main shops and restaurants, though it was a bit awkward with a pram! Lidl and continente supermarket are only 15 min away, worth it to stock up on water and icepops etc!!! Will definately be back at these apartments!!!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 June 2010

Apartment was very spacious, kept clean by the staff, was very well equipped for self catering - the ONLY thing missing is little bits like washing up liquid etc to clean up.
The staff were very helpful all week, right from arrival, nothing was too much trouble, a couple of minor issues which required maintenance were dealt with staright away.
Enjoyed the location, the pool area is plenty big enough. The pool is cool but still great fun.
Food around the resort was superb all week - do try restaurants (JU - on the front and the portugese one opposite JU). Squash (a little bit further along the strip is excellent too)

The Thomsons reps were excellent all week (thanks Katy, Lucy). They were always available, always helpful, put on a few things in and around the hotel which were fun.
Kids club didn't affect us, but you can tell it was excellent from the reaction of all the children.

The bar was good value, again the staff excellent, the club sald is an excellent lunch.

Trips - we did the off road safari (land rover into the Monchique hills) and it was an excellent day - highly recommended.

DO - Eat the oranges - they are marvellous

The path down to the beach is a little uneven and dusty, but easily negotiated. It is only a few minutes longer to take the road way and that is well lit and no problem at all.

Beaches are lovely.

Alvor is well worh a visit, as is Lagos.
lagos is under 3 euros on the train from Portimao and is easy to do.
If you do go to Lagos take the 45 minutes motor boat cruise - they take you in and through the rock formations and caves - its wonderful - 10 euros each.

we had a week in Praia Da Rocha - it was a super break.

Would I go back - yes
Would I use Plaza Real - yes
Did I get value for money - yes

Enjoy - hope the review helps

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 May 2010

We stayed from May 2nd-9th. We booked this hotel as it was such a bargain at the travel agents. We travelled with our 17month old son and with friends who also have a 17 month old.
The apartments are massive (we had a 2 bed two storey one Room 117). It had two very good size bedrooms both with balconies, a huge bathroom, great large lounge diner with a big terrace and well fitted kitchen which also had a table in it. The apartment was very well equipped my only critisism was that as other reviewers have said the floor was filthy, our feet were black literally as soon as we took our shoes off.
The pool is ok, not massive but in our opinion there are plenty of sunbeds and parasols and the sunbeds have cushions too which is good. The bar is great, food is good but expensive!
Don't use the little supermarket near the hotel the lady is friendly but again this is pricey! Continente is great, a good 15 min walk but worth it when you get there and as someone else said get a taxi back it cost us 3.50 to get to the hotel.
The hotels location is not the best but there is shortcut if you leave the hotel turn left and walk to the end of that road and across the building site (not great for buggies!) its only rough for about 30 metres but it takes you to a street that if you keep walking up it takes you to the Esplanade. I wouldn't advise walking it in the dark though.

Zoomarine trip is ok, but be aware that the large water flumes on site and the rapids have closed down never to reopen apparently! Dolphin show and sealion show are very good.
On the whole this is agood value hotel in an ok location. Would we go back??? Yes definatly!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 May 2010

Originally booked to go to Halkidiki with Portland, but ended up going to the Plaza Real with Skytours - so glad we did too!!!! Were allocated a 2 bed apartment, as there were 2 adults and 2 children (although looking to book now it offers a 1 bed).

It was our first time on a self catering holiday abroad, and were amazed at the spacious apartment; on 2 levels with the bedrooms and main bathroom upstairs, lounge/dining area and massive, fully equipped kitchen downstairs. Beautiful marble staircase and large hallway. Was a little disappointed that I didnt get the full pool view I was hoping for, but after seeing the size of the 1 bed apartments and comparing it to what we had, I wasnt that bothered. Nice pool area and small sized childrens pool.

The best place to get your supplies is Continente, which is about a good 10-15 minute walk downhill from the apartments - if you are planning on stocking up with water and other heavy things, I would suggest getting a taxi back; there is a taxi area right outside Continente, and its about 4 euros door to door. Continente is a massive place, with lots of other outlets inside. There is a McDonalds opposite Continente too, you just need to cross the pink footbridge!!!!

If youre looking for somewhere really good to eat, try Big Reds Rib Shack in nearby Alvor, although again, you are probably best getting a taxi there and back. There used to be a Big Reds in Rocha, but thats now closed. Having said that, there are loads of good places to eat in Rocha, and when we went, most were doing 2 or 3 course meal deals excluding drinks for anything between 7-9 euros.

The kidzone girls were great (thanks Sam and Emma), as were the Thomson reps (Katy and Lucy), good range of activities for the children, even though it was the first proper week of the season.

All in all a good week was had by all, and we would probably go back again - JUST REMEMBER THE MOZZIE SPRAY!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 November 2009

Travelled with thompson. Dissapointed to find that despite the fact we had requested a pool view we were put in the block (d) which overlooks a derilict building site that was being used as a rubish dump. We conmplained to the rep but she said that since the pool view was only a request there was nothing she could do.
Dont believe it is only 1 km from the beach it isnt ,unless you want to wakllk through the afforementioned dump which is unlit and litterd with all sorts of unspeakable rubbish and worse. Even the rep recomended that we walked to the beach via the road which is a good mile and a half.

The appartments however where a good size and the maid service was efficiant and friendly, there was only one shop on the site and that was massively over priced the only othere suppermarket was a good half hours walk away in the middle of the town. the bars and shops are also situated either in the town or on the beach front which as i mentioned earlier are some little way away it costs about 4-5 euros to get to the beecch in a traxi.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Plaza Real Atlantichotels

Address: Rotunda do Vau | Sitio dos 3 Castelos, Praia da Rocha, Portimao 8500-310, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Praia da Rocha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#5 Romantic Hotel in Praia da Rocha
Price Range: £13 - £90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Plaza Real Atlantichotels 3*
Number of rooms: 63
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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