13 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Beautiful Place, Pleasent Hotel..! :)
"We are a couple in our Twenty's, just come back from a week's stay at 'Hotel Luar' Praia da Rocha. The hotel is situated right next to the beach and is right on the 'main strip' so its Ideal..!! Walk away from a range of great restaurants+nightlife! (We recommend 'Cafe Del Mar' food is amazing!!) The hotel itself is Spotlessly Clean and very spacious! The staff were very friendly + helpful. Rooms were cleaned with fresh towels replaced everyday. (No hairdryer or coffee making facilities). Breakfast is basic...Scrambled eggs, Bacon, Cereals, Toast, Hot+Cold drinks. Which was fine for us! Pool was nice; bigger then we thought! Pool + beds cleaned everyday. Hotel bar open from 10am-1am with great food serving throughout!....The only negative comment we can make about the hotel was that it was dated. It hasn't been modernised in many years! So ba from the retro flowery curtains, dark wooden doors+furniture it was Excellent! Would defiantly go back and are planning our next trip soon!"
- Travel date: Fri 30th of September 2011
Great hotel, great location!
"We just came back from our 6 days stay in Luar hotel.
It was brilliant- the best location you can choose! Clean room, great swimming pools, very close to the beach- not very busy as the other beaches around. Great for families! Our 5 year old son had the best time in the swimming pool and we all enjoy snacks an drinks in the bar. Great karaoke evening! Staff very friendly and helpful, you can't find a fault in this location! Close to restaurants and shops- one word- amazing!!"
- Travel date: Sun 7th of August 2011
2 adults 1 child (4 years old) hotel lua...
"2 adults 1 child (4 years old)
hotel luar was set in very nice gardens,with a very good pool area
staff were friendly and helpfull
rooms were clean and maid came every day
rooms a bit small if 3 are in 1 room,but for a week it was ok
2mins walk to the beach and main strip,not much for childern to do at night (my only complaint). other than this it was a lovely resort and i would recomend this hotel and resort to any one."
- Travel date: Tue 12th of August 2008
"This hotel is perfect for beach lovers as it sits above the cliffs of a gorgeous 3k stretch of golden sand and interesting rock formations. There are sun loungers available for hire, and one bar/restaurant per cove offering snacks and lunch. In the next bay to the left from the one in front of the hotel you can hire jet skis, and go out on banana boats, etc.
The hotel is fairly good, offering clean rooms of a good size. We were slightly squeezed as we had 3 people in a double room, but it was manageable. We had a road view, but it didn't matter at all and it wasn't noisy. Air-con worked fine - not too fierce.
Only downsides were; 1) the breakfast does not offer any fruit, yogurts and fruit juice (only orange or tropical flavored squash). 2) the hotel does NOT supply beach towels, but you can buy one at the local stalls outside the hotel for 8 or 10â¬ if you forget to bring one. 3) there is a 1â¬ per day charge for use of the in-room safe!
The resort of Praia da Rocha really starts just outside the hotel with quiet bars, restaurants, shops and a supermarket and then a further 350 meters down the road there are busier bars offering live music and karaoke. Definitely take a taxi to Alvor (about 7k away), which is a much prettier town offering a quieter but classier evening out."
- Travel date: Sun 9th of September 2007
Praia da Rocha is a lovely resort - but...
"Praia da Rocha is a lovely resort - but I don't think I would like to go in the height of the season when it's full.
Hotel Luar is a fairly impressive building - the reception could grace a 5* hotel. Our room was beautifully clean and kept that way - nice size and balcony too.
The breakfast was fine - continental buffet with cereals, yogurt, good selection of different breads cheeses, cold meat etc. Good coffee!
So early in the season the hotel was quiet, we were often the only customers in the bar in the evening. The pool looked nice and clean but it was still a bit cold to use it in March.
From the hotel it was a two minute walk to be the nearest restaurants and bars offering a good variety of menus, from hamburgers and full English breakfasts to a bit more traditional Portuguese food. There were good value set menus on offer at quite a few restaurants for a little as 6 Euros; all the ones we tried were great, tasty food.
The beach again is only 2 minutes from the Hotel Luar, but down very steep set stairs going down the cliffs.
Praia da Rocha was a good resort to visit in March although I think we were lucky that the weather was a good as it was."
- Travel date: Sun 19th of August 2007
Value for Money
"We stayed at the Luar last week for a week and had a great time (apart from the weather!). The staff are all very friendly including the reception staff, the bar staff and the cleaners. All speak excellent english and will answer any questions. The pool is big and clean, the rooms are basic but you get what you are paying for. The location is ideal - you can walk 5mins in your bear feet to the beach and its 5mins to the "strip"."
- Travel date: Wed 20th of June 2007
"Just got back from Algarve today and i had to review the hotel.
Pool was big and clean, perfect.
Staff were very friendly and helpful no matter what hour day or night.
Now onto the breakfast some people thought it was poor we liked it . The bread,cheese and juice were lovely, the coffee could be a bit hotter.
A lot of people seem to have problems with the breakfast but the hotel is not expensive to stay in, you get what you pay for.
Maid service everyday, (once aweek with self catering apts elsewhere)
Overall a nice ,quiet ,well run ,clean and cheap hotel.
We will be going back!"
- Travel date: Thu 24th of May 2007
Good Value, but watch for the cat burglar
"My first time at this hotel, although my husband had stayed there before.
The hotel was fairly quiet at the time we stayed -November/December 2006. The staff are excellent and very friendly. Rooms are clean with fresh towels etc. every day. You will need to bring your own shampoo and shower gel as the only thing provided is soap.
There is a fridge in the room with a mini bar. We didn't use anything from it, but it was useful for keeping bottles of water we bought from the local supermarket for 19 cents.
Rooms have a television, but unless you can speak Portuguese, the only thing you can watch is CNN which is very repetitive - although there were some programmes on the Portuguese stations in English with Portuguese subtitles.
Our room had a side view of the beautiful beach which is right at the back door of the hotel. There are loads of fantastic restaurants just behind the hotel and it really is worth trying them all. There is a Chinese restaurant with an "all you can eat" menu for 9.95 euros. The Verandah do excellent three course lunches for 5.50 euros and also Claire's is well worth a visit.
The pool was very clean, although we did not use it and neither did anyone else - probably because of the time of the year - although we had temperatures of 23 degrees.
We had a balcony and a safe in the room and believe me, these two things are connected! On the morning of our last day at about 6 a.m. a burglar came into our room via the balcony, even though we were three floors up! He took two mobile phones, a digital camera, money and debit and credit cards. Luckily enough we had passports and money and other valuables in the safe and still had another debit and credit card to use. Another room was burgled and they lost everything. My husband wakened up and saw the thief on the balcony and he watched as he jumped from balcony to balcony. A real cat burglar.
One of the members of staff admitted that it had happened the week before, but we were not warned. If we had been, we would have kept everything in the safe. So be warned, even if you are 3, 4, or 5 floors up, make sure you use the safe and hide the key well. Also make sue your balcony doors are locked."
- Travel date: Sun 10th of December 2006
"Excellent location - great sea views - good sized swimming pool - lots of parking - helpful staff - good sized rooms - fridge in room.
Downside - pool not heated (too cold in Oct to enjoy) - breafast was alittle basic."
- Travel date: Mon 16th of October 2006
Great location and grounds
"Booked our holiday through Globespan and thought it was good value. I tried to book this hotel 3 years ago through a travel agent and 2 weeks before our holiday they confessed to "double booking" and offered us another hotel across the main road (take it or a refund). Don't stay across the main road!!!!
Anyway this time we got in and had a much more enjoyable time.
I'll give you the positive first. The entrance foyer, bar and pool areas are bright and airy and clean. The pool is excellent and not busy even although the hotel was full. Most of the staff were friendly and helpful especially the barman and receptionist. I think it has the best location in the whole town and is a fairly small, quiet hotel compared with the much bigger hotel at the other much noisier end of the prom. where our friends were staying. Their hotel was 4 times as big with a pool half the size and with a lot of re-construction work going on from early morning. As the hotel is on the cliff top side of the main road you will not get traffic noise if you book a sea view room (it's worth the extra). The big advantage for us was the location - walk through the garden out the gate and you are at the cliff top above one of the smaller beaches. The gardens are very nice, well kept and spacious for the size of hotel. About 50 yards away is the start of the restaurant/shop area but it is much quieter at this end of the resort and you can dine out peacefully, watching the sun go down. We did chill out.
On the negative side, but overall far more positive than negative,you do however hear the Atlantic all night if you leave your balcony door open. We tried closing it and turning on the air conditioning but,between that and the noisy fridge, if you are a light sleeper then you have to switch off both!! The next rooms air conditioning unit was so noisy we had to ask them to turn it off - they were family members thank goodness. The beds were ok but hard and I hated the wee square pillow - taking my own next time. By the way the sea view rooms are side -on to the sea (look at pictures of the hotel) the large balconies looking directly on to the sea are communal terraces but nobody really goes on them or the roof terrace. The room was clean and adequate with maid service every day. Breakfast is continental. The hotel had mostly Germans with some French and Polish people and a few British. As no trays are provided you are up and down a few times. The cereal and breads etc were fine but I thought the cold meat and cheese was of the cheap variety and couldn't face it's greasiness. For a couple of euros(2) you can ask and they will cook you bacon and eggs and it was ok but no frills or extras - just the bacon and eggs. The one criticism of the lovely pool area was the sunbeds - they were nearly all cracked and had no cushions. Watch younger children at the deep end of the pool (half the pool) but there is a good baby pool and obey the flags on the beach - the waves can knock grown ups off their feet!
We would go back to this hotel as it's peaceful location suited us. Enjoyable excursions for teens included pirate ship, water park and jet skis."
- Travel date: Thu 5th of October 2006
"We just came back from our honeymoon in which we spent 9 nights at Hotel Luar.
Lets start with the positives. The hotel is conveniently located right at the top of the cliff which overlooks Praiha da Rocha below. Each floor of the hotel has a communal balcony with a spectacular view of pool, boardwalk and beach. The pool and garden area are very clean and beautifully decorated with a fig trees, olianders and purple and orange flowers that I have never seen before.
Now for the negative.
- The breakfast is absolutely appalling. Random scraps of bread, ham and cheese and nescafe are really far from what I'd call a breakfast. If you ever miss breakfast or just can't stand to eat there the hotel bar is NOT an alternative. The hotel bar is a complete wrip-off. 33cl bottles of water for 1 euro....errr yeah. If you take a small 2 minute walk you'll find tons of cafes where you could get a proper coffee, and anything from a heavy english breakfast to a light croisant.
- Bring your own soap and shampoo... they don't supply.
- The tv is tinny (15") and is 90 degrees from our bed, so watching tv in bed is not an option.
In summary, its close proximatey to the beach and its beautiful pool area out weigh the negative points."
- Travel date: Sun 10th of September 2006
"Just got back from Praia da Rocha. Best beaches I ever saw. The hotel is on the cliff directly above the fantastic beach. About 30 steps down to beach. Hotel location is great, right on the promenade but at the quiet end. A 30 second walk out the back of the hotel will take you to the beginning of the long strip of restaurants and bars.
The reception area is spacious and the reception staff are friendly and helpful. The bar area is large and the staff are very friendly.
The breakfast in the morning is chaos. You pick a breakfast time from 4 time slots the previous evening ranging from 7:45 to 10:00. However, when you arrive at your allocated time there is a queue and then a rush, for the coffee machine. Did I mention you have to queue for cups, saucers, plates, cereal and bread. We avoided the set times after the first day and managed to find a table and help ourselves without too much aggro. The coffee, bread and cereal is fine, but that's it. There is a plate with sliced cold meat and sliced cheese but it didn't interest me.
We had a twin room with a large balcony overlooking the gardens and a side sea view. The room and ensuite are average for a 3 star and are clean, a lick of paint wouldn't go amiss. There is maid service every day. The pool area is clean with plenty of sunbeds. They could do with a couple of new parasols. The sunbeds are plastic without the cushions. The pool is large and clean without being overly chlorinated.
If you want a clean and basic hotel in a great location and aren't too fussed about your breakfast then this hotel is for you."
- Travel date: Wed 14th of June 2006