15 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We stayed at this hotel for a week at the end of april and were very pleased with the level of service (especially the restaurant staff), cleanliness and appearence of the hotel. After speakng to our rep it seems we were given a large/better room than expected, we put this down to the hotel being pretty much empty (still early in the season) and wanting to attract us back, maybe? We had quite a large balcony which only really lacked some loungers to make it perfect, easily enough space for a couple. Room had twin beds (which were confortable), kitchenette and a very nice bathroom. Couple of comfortable chairs next to a tv made up a small living room area. Hotel is attractive with lots of tiling on floors and partly on walls. Hall and corridor lighting illuminates automatically when you enter which was a nice touch. Entrance hall is attractive and the hotel has a nice fountain with some greenery in the centre. Only ate in the restaurant for breakfast but there was plenty of choice. Variety of breads/sliced meat/cheese/jams/yoghurt pots/fresh juices/sliced fruit/teas/coffee/cereals. Also, there were heated containers for scrambled egg/sausages/bacon/tomato/mushrooms if you fancied something warm. There are items available at extra cost (no idea why) but we certainly didn't need them. Staff were quite impressive in their brilliant white outfits! For sun lovers the gardens are pretty much perfect, plenty of space and not the usual rubbish white plastic furniture to laze on. Access to the beach is down 58 (yes we counted them) steps that are a bit steep and uneven but made from cemented in blocks/rocks, so are sturdy. There is a handrail to hold. General area info. Turn left out of the hotel and along Praia Da Rocha and you'll find bars/some shops and decent enough restaurants. We loved Adri's which was well presented and staff very pleasent. Turn right and head down to the marina (actually described as Portimao marina) where you'll find more expensive places. Food fabulous here, but enjoyed the food everywhere to be honest! If you like the spicy piri-piri the chicken is usually on the bone, if you prefer breast, please tell them when you order! To sum up, loved the hotel, beautiful beach, nice enough immediate area, worth a visit to Alvor and Portimao (walk to Alvor in about an hour, use taxi for Portimao - only a few euros) "
- Travel date: 1st May 2011
No sign of the real Portugal
"4 star? Thompson is deluded if this is a hotel of quality. The Oriental hotel is tired and is suffering from serious disrepair and in need of a complete makeover. If you have kids or are with someone elderly watch out for the stairs that link the hotel to the beach. The stairs zigzag their way down a rock face that is over grown and dangerous. The food was incredibly poor. Breakfast consisted of tined fruit, stale bread and cakes plus coffee from a machine that tasted of dirty water. Finally and worst of all was the location. The hotel is situated amongst residential tower blocks plus a terrace cafÃ© open till eleven. Authentic Portugal was nowhere to be seen, This was a holiday from hell."
- Travel date: 11th July 2009
very nice hotel,..nice food, very quiet,...
"very nice hotel,..nice food, very quiet, polite service not geared to children ideal for over 45's and older couples swimming pool is in th shade early morning but heats up late afternoon interior of hotel is done in a Morrocan style evening entertainment sparse I prefer an English breakfast but they tend to serve food catering to German-French-local tastes evening meal is not bad,..although the best place to eat is at Hotel Jupiter some 100 yards away or at the resturant called Dockside,..fabulous steaks"
- Travel date: 23rd May 2008
Excellent Location, close to main centre...
"Excellent Location, close to main centre with its numerous bars and restaurants. Hotel public areas well maintained and look good, however the rooms are in need of serious refurbishment. Very few facilities available in hotel. The poolside refreshment area was closed and the main bar did not open until 16:00 hrs. Staff surly to the point of rudeness, went out of their way to do nothing for you, which was contrary to the locals outwith the hotel who were welcoming and friendly. Would certainly recommend this area but not this hotel. Not worth the 4T Luxurious rating from Thomson. "
- Travel date: 13th October 2007
A perfect hotel well worth the 4 star gr...
"A perfect hotel well worth the 4 star grading. It is just on the outskirts of main town area with plenty of cafÃ©, bars and restaurants. Sits directly on the beach, each room spacious with fridge and kitchen area air con and safe. Spacious bathrooms with twin sinks. Wonderful sea views, watching the boats from the nearby marina sail in. Hotel ambience and decor lovely, fountains and plants everywhere, airy light dining room with outside patio terrace to enjoy breakfast, good choice with friendly staff. We were not disappointed and we will most certainly book the Oriental again, as local bus stop outside hotel, taxi rank down road, very near the new chic portimao marina. Boardwalks built all along beautiful clean beach with bars and cafes. Superb sea views as hotel directly onto beach about 20 steps leading down from pool area. One of the Algarveâs little gems. We booked with Thomas Cook Holidays and flights were perfect."
- Travel date: 25th September 2007
Really enjoyed this hotel
"I am just back from The Oriental Hotel and a really relaxing week. The hotel is in a perfect location at the quiet end of praia da rocha and about 50 steps to bring you onto the beach. The room was large, towels and sheets cleaned everyday. A fine bathroom, powerful shower and a double sink. There was a kitchenette with a fridge and 2 ring hob. We stayed in room 207 which overlooked the excellent beach. The resort itself was as expected, full of Irish pubs, this will suit some people, we looked for something more local We ate in some excellent restaurants, Titanic, Squash and a new Chinese up at the top of the resort. However the nicest meal we had was in Portimao, about a 5 minutes drive away. The name of the restaurant was called Simsa and is open Wednesday to Saturday. We had one of the nicest meals ever there. A trip to the vilage of Alvor is a must, frsh sardines cooked in front of you on a bbq. If you must go to an Irish pub the Man of Aran is actually owned by an Irish person. There is a nice bar across the road from the hotel about 50 M to the right and we found a Portuguese bar sandwiched between 2 Irish bars. Beware when booking boat trips we were promised caves and fishing on a trip from Alvor but we only left the bay for about 5 minutes, a bit of a rip-off. I cannot remember the name of the boat but an English person was running the operation and he was beside the dolphin trip person I would really recommend this resort"
- Travel date: 12th June 2007
Best hotel in the resort
"Hotel Oriental is by the far best looking hotel in the resort. It has a morrocan style, inside and out. With a nice water fountain feature in the middle of the hotel and mosiac tiles lining the floors and walls The rooms are very spacious, with a kitchenette area, including a fridge, hot plates and untensils. Again, the bathroom was spacious with a double sink and marble everywhere. The rooms have all modern amenties, cable TV, air con and a seating area. The only thing missing was internet access. The staff were friendly and polite, drinks and food was very reasonably priced, eg a cocktail 4.50 euro and large beer 3.00 euro. Continental breakfast was included in the price, which was very nice and with plenty of choice. The resort itself was a built up some areas, fortunately the hotel is the last one on the coast line, so the view from our balcony was the sea and the new marina in the distance. The beach is spectacular, the best in the Algarve, pure sand which runs for miles on the rocky and interesting coastline. There is a wooden decked walk way which runs the length of the beach with 15 restaurants situated on the beach. Prices are varied, you can have roast chicken and chips for 5.00 euro to lobster at 85 euro a kilo. The choice is varied and the prices are the same in each beach restaurant. If you want a special meal, then I suggest the dockside resturant in the new marina. A 3 course meal with wine will cost around 70 euros, but the food and service is excellent. If you decide to go there, make sure you sit upstairs, the views and comfortable surroundings make all the difference. If you want a bit of adventure try the dolphin safari. Cruising at 25 knotts on a large dingy in the Atlantic is an experience not to be miss and with the added bonus of seeing pods of dolphins 30ft from the boat. In conclusion, a very nice 4star hotel in a good position, just 2 mins walk from the beach."
- Travel date: 28th May 2007
Hotel Oriental 19.3.07 to 31.3.07
"We stayed from the 19th of March to the 31st the room was fine plenty of space and it had 2 comfy armchairs a nice sea facing balcony. It was well cleaned when we arrived but after that all the maid really did was just make the beds and have a quick wipe around in the bathroom The staff were friendly and as helpful as they could be. But the down sides are that the restaurant I think is run seperayely from the hotel. ( I was told by a fellow guest that they have to feed you for about 8 Euros a day) the breakfast menu alternates from scrambled eggs and bacon bread etc one day to mini sausages and scrambled eggs the next We discovered why the restaurant was quiet of an evening the menu consisted of a salad leaf and some shredded beetroot and a dollop of salad cream then some soup which was almost the same every night then a very basic main course all frozen and then a piece of shop bought Gateau all this was quite sustaining but after a while very boring so I would recommend bed and breakfast. The area is very nice but mostly suitable for those who want to sunbathe and eat and drink in the local bars etc as there is almost nothing else to do. We hired a car for our stay but this part of Portugal does not have a lot of tourist attractions."
- Travel date: 5th April 2007
Great big rooms!
"Arrived at the hotel and first impression was that it was very quirky. It's eastern style stands out from the mass whtie apartment towers and is very pretty! Reception staff were very friendly at check in and spoke good english. I was very impressed wih the room. It had a double bed, large balcony, tv, chair and footstool and a mini kitchen which had two rings and a fridge whcih was handy for midnight snacks! The bathroom was very large with a bidet, toilet, two wash basins and a bath with overhead power shower. The breakfast in the mornign was mainly cold. Ham, cheese and lots of bread and one morning there was even chocolate cake! The did have scrambled eggs and either cocktail sausages or bacon as the htoe food. Lots of yoghurts and fresh juices too. Very nice and set you up well for the day. It was constantly refreshed with fresh food and it never seemed to run out. I loved this hotel and its great location set off the strip so it was quiet but only 5 minutes away! the maids were very friendly when they came to clean the room and i was having my siesta and they cleaned around me!! I was very happy not to have to get out of bed!! Didnt seem to be many english there which suited me, seemed likea mostly German crowd. This was ideal for us on our honeymoon. Quiet, romantic and quirky!"
- Travel date: 28th March 2007
a charming hotel and a relaxing experience
"We -my husband, our little daughter and I- stayed at the hotel last December. It was a really relaxing experience. Our bedroom had a lot of space and, though the kitchen was not soooo new, the cleaning staff kept it always very tidy and even washed our dishes every day! I must confess it was totally unexpected. The hotel has a billiard table in a nice living room, a small playground for children, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The ones at the restaurant were very attentive, and they provided high chair for our child, small plates and forks, and any thing we needed. Breakfast was not extraordinary, but enough. The beach is lovely and you can walk arround and relax looking at the sunset. It was a great experience. And only one fault. Those who travel out of season should keep in mind that the toilets do not have any heating. As our toilet was made of marble, the non-existing heating made the daily shower experience a bit fresh, but the toilett is oriented to the inner side of the hotel, so the coldness can be perfectly bearable. We will probably be back if we travel to that area again"
- Travel date: 22nd March 2007
"Just spent a week at the Oriental. Have to say we were impressed with this hotel. It does everything well and has no significant faults. The room was large, airy and clean. The small kitchenette was ideal for making snacks, coffee and chilling wine and beer. The location is perfect; right on the cliff top (with private steps to the beach) just far enough from the Irish/English bars and nightclubs but not so far that you canât join in if thatâs your thing (wasnât anybodyâs thing in Feb lol). I guess if youâre thinking about staying at the Oriental then youâre also thinking about the Casino since itâs next door and a similar price in the summer. Iâd choose the Oriental because it feels less dated, has great staff and a cheaper bar . Since the shows at the Casino are available to non residents it makes much more sense to stay at the Oriental. Canât comment on the evening meals in the hotel because we did not eat there as there are some great restaurants nearby - try La Dolce Vita (Italian) across the road and Sabor Gaucho (Brazilian) next to Villa Rosa. If I had to pick fault then I would say that the bathroom tiles were not to our taste, the kitchen units were not âas newâ and the breakfast could have more hot food choice but on the whole this is a great hotel in a superb location. In Feb we paid Â£25/room/night B&B. Amazing value."
- Travel date: 28th February 2007
Good Restaurants Required
"My wife and I are going to the Oriental Hotel in September and are after some restaurant recommendations. Our problem is that the wife cannot eat fish. Can anyone recommend anywhere that has good food as well as fish?"
- Travel date: 16th February 2007
Top traveller tips for Hotel Oriental
"Avoid this hotel and location"
"Make use of the garden and explore a little back from the main seafront area"
Hotel Oriental is also called
- Oriental Hotel
- oriental hotel praia da rocha