Clube Praia da Rocha
162 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"It may not have been a five star hotel but it was great. Hotel was clean, staff were friendly and the entertainment at night was great, a bit repetitive but great. The drink and food was really cheap everywhere in the resort and everyone was really nice. its located close to everything you need and there is lots to do. The Red Lion and Bartz are very friendly bars.
During the day, the beaches are gorgeous, plenty of water sports reasonably priced and the food in the restaurants along the beach is great.
we are just home and being back to work is a real downer. We will definately be back again very soon."
- Travel date: Mon 28th of June 2004
happy hols in cell block D
"The only decent thing about the hotel was the evening meal selection. Breakfast was scrambled egg or scrambled egg with veg. Tower block d resembled a council high rise my partner had the misfortune to dwell in during the 1970's, this has since been pulled down! Every sound was amplified and bounced off the concrete walls so that every reveller sounded as if they were in your bathroom at 5am.
We seemed to spend all our time going up and down in the only working lift (there were only 2) The room was grubby at best, the shower needed re-plumbing but the toilet flushed well!
The wonderful beach was a ten minute walk away but crampons are needed to get down to it."
- Travel date: Sun 20th of June 2004
Block 1 review
"Just came back on the 18th June and stayed in Block 1. The facilities were good. The apartments are clean but basic, but had everything we needed.
The towels were not changed as much as they said they were, but got changed after a reminder at reception. The pool area and the pizza/cafe restaurant does good food, which is reasonable.
If you want a sunbed make sure and be down at reception before 9:00 am to get a ticket, these cost 1 euro per bed.
Met some great people at the apartments and the staff were also pretty friendly too.
In all had a great holiday at the resort, even with Euro 2004 being on. If you are just about to go there, be prepared for loads of men in the resort.
If you go to the pubs on the strip go to the Tropicool Bar, Cheers, and On the Rocks. These are all good. These are open to 4 am. Look out for the Scottish flag on the wall of the Tropicool Bar, it was broadcast top millions of japanese and spanish during a slight interuption in their live broadcast by us in the background! :-)
For discos they have Babylon and Kathedral. They are both ok, but make sure you get free passes to get in as they will charge you 10 euros if you don't.
If you are a group of lads or girls you will enjoy the strip. If you are a family, probablt best to stick to the irish bars, like Farmers, which are good."
- Travel date: Fri 18th of June 2004
Had a lovely time!!!!
"Just got back from Club Praia da Rocha, after reading reviews was really dreading it. It was actually ok. Apartments bit basic, but clean and kept clean, only noisy due to football fans staying in area. Staff friendly and helpful. Beach fantastic, cheap holiday, enjoyed every minute. Stayed in block 3 - supposed to be worst - yes it was reflected in the price, but you only sleep in apartment! If you have booked - dont be worried it's really ok - as long as you are not a snob!"
- Travel date: Tue 15th of June 2004
3 Star more like 1 Star
"Just back from Praia de Rocha, had a good
week but wouldn't go back to Club Praia De Rocha. The Apt itself was very basic, fairly clean but the furnishings were only fit for the dump! The Complex is full of Irish Families and not very suitable for couples. All in all it was ok for a cheap deal but I'd prefer to pay a little extra next time for and nicer complex."
- Travel date: Mon 14th of June 2004
3 prisoners in cell block d
"Just got back from a 7 day 'holiday' in these apartments. Myself (the maw), my 2 year old son and 15 year old niece are the aggrieved. (Cell) block D right at the back of the buildings (out of sight out of mind) is equipped with 2 lifts, only one of which is ever operational. The other has a mind of its own and when you are on the 10th floor of a building with a 2 year old and all of the usual 'stuff' a child needs eg food, water, buggy etc a reliable lift is a must. For 3 days in a row the lift refused to open its doors for passengers..ah...bliss! The apartment itself was grimy, the balcony a death trap and inevitably a magnet for the 2 year old son. Cooking facilities consist of a two plate electric cooker (25 - 30 minutes for a cuppa - much quicker to open a duty free bottle and indulge) and a bin. Pools are great - especially if you smoke as you'll be able to retrieve some of the fags out of the pool (mainly the kids') dry them out in the sun and bob's your uncle, you'll have saved a Euro or two on the cigs....Moan, moan blah blah all culminating in getting stuck in the lift with hysterical son on the last day having to strongarm the lift door open....Never again. The beach is terrific, though!
- Travel date: Fri 11th of June 2004
Hated Club Praia de Rocha
"This hotel is the absolute pits of the earth. Dont go its like a prison block. I stayed for only 2 nights thank god on an accomodation on arrival deal. I have young twins and had to stay on a high floor in some grotty tower. From coming into the hotel to your room took about 10 minutes up and down in lifts that would not fit both buggies in at once. The food was disgusting with no choice. I was tottally ripped off. Dont go there ever."
- Travel date: Sat 29th of May 2004
"we stayed in block 1, could not fault it in any way,good nightlife ,try quins pub,car rental very cheap ,ford mondeo for three days 95 euro."
- Travel date: Tue 18th of May 2004
I have to go back next year!!!
"We stayed my wife and I in Block 2, 10 th. floor with a beautiful view over the Arade river estuary. I travelled with Steintravel and our Rep Marian is a helpful and lovely person.
The apartment was good and clean. The bed is changed once a week, the towels every 4 days (if you feel their not enough just ask the housekeeper). The shower is electric, so no problems to get hot water. The pool is large, nice and clean. The kitchen could have more gear. The TV: you have to rent the remote â¬40 per 2 weeks: this is in my opinion the most negative issue.
You can take your meals at the hotel: the price is fair enough. I recommend the video bar. Live shows every evening, for the all familly. There are excursions every day every where you want to go. You can visit the whole Algarve, Lisbon, Fatima and Spain. You have Safaries cruises... The tours are cheap enough. The Portuguese evening is fabulous. The boat trip is great too and the visit to Zoomarine: brilliant. Children just love it. The beach is very good. The resort is like heaven for Irish citizens: there are lots of Irish bars with live music by Irish performers. The lads can watch their soccer games while the girls can follows their favourites soaps.
If you donât like to spend too much money in food, there are lots of fast food shops too. Restaurants are dear, but most of them have tourist menus from â¬6.00 pp. In order to save money on food, go to the Modelo shopping centre, or local supermarkets. Prices are good. After all you have a kitchen in your apartment; use it.
Beware the sun. If you sunbath between 12 am and 4 pm, you looking for trouble big trouble. No protector will save you from those sunburns.
Well, next year Iâll be back."
- Travel date: Mon 17th of May 2004
I wouldn't advice anybody to go near the place........
"Just back from this place and I must say it is nothing like what has been written before. The hotel is horrible, 13 stories high and really horrible apartments. The only saving thing for this place is the beach - if the resort hadn't had such a beautiful beach other then that I would have cracked up. Got moved from block 1 to block 2 as the rep failed to tell us that we had to cross a bridge everytime we want to go anywhere. Try doing that with a child in a pram! I wouldn't go back to that apartment complex if I got it for nothing. My advice pay the bit extra and go stay someone nice beacause Praia Da Rocha is the most beautiful beach I have every seen and well worth a trip to see!"
- Travel date: Mon 17th of May 2004
how can you call this hotel all inclusive!!?
"First off,I have never in my 51 years ever written a review of a holiday hotel before so that must tell you something! This hotel is not what it is made out to be! The rooms are old and dank,the bathrooms are old and enamel coming off the bath. There is dust and cobwebs everywhere. The fridge should have been replaced years ago the sink and drainer were dirty the boiler leaked and kept us awake dripping along with all the noise outside the wardrobes were 2 pieces of sliding wood with 2 draws shoved in at the bottom the curtains had holes in them. We had to pay â¬10 deposit and then â¬1 a day for a kettle â¬10 a week if we wanted Internet and then you had to go to reception to use it â¬1 pp per day for sunbeds and another â¬1 if you wanted a brolly â¬20 deposit for TV remote and another â¬1 a day. 50 cent for the hotel to call a taxi for you...spirits were â¬2.50 per shot before 8pm and then free till 11pm you could have beer and wine through the day. The breakfast dinner and tea was self service. The only other thing you could have during the day was burgers or ham or cheese roll from 3.30 till 5pm. Ice cream for the kids was â¬2.50. The food was nothing to write home about but if your willing to try you won't starve! This is more like full board NOT all inclusive. . Needless to say we won't be going back!!"
- Travel date: Fri 29th of July 2016
"I'm sick of some people saying you get what you pay for,myself my niece and nephew stayed at this hotel for 12 nights all inclusive and paid over a thousand pound hotel only and we had to eat out everyday food was not nice or it was cold chips were nice,can't live on chips juice and lager was nice spirit's I did not like children had to pay for slush drinks no ice cream at food time's for kids,the rooms were poor but OK you have to put notice on your door if you want your room cleaned,witch we did not no until last day had to ask for clean towels and bedding,pool area was good for kid's but it is a salt water pool and most of the staff were lovely if our going go self catering and eat out there is a wee bar next door to hotel lovely wee couple maria and her husband do lovely breakfast and toasties very cheap and nice and pool table just a lovely wee couple will go back but not to this hotel sorry..."
- Travel date: Sat 23rd of July 2016