Oceano Atlantico Apartamentos
11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Great stay in Praia da Rocha
"Last year, I went with a group of friends celebrating a hen's party in the Algarve, because one of them would be
married. I booked with Exo -Transfers.com, the day before and soon after i got the confirmation of the reservation on my phone. Everything
went well and we spent a great time, in Oceano Atlantico, very nice room and people.
- Travel date: Sat 10th of May 2014
Excellent Apartments on outskirts of Praia Da Rocha
"Just back from a great two weeks in Oceano. Could not fault anything. Staff very friendly especially Nuno at the poolbar. Always smiling and friendly even though they work very long hours. Apartments very spacious. Only complaint pool is very small. 199 apartments and only 66 sunbeds with 4 sunshades. Plenty room at playground for more beds and shades. Other than that it was excellent."
- Travel date: Sun 2nd of August 2009
LOVELY APARTMENTS BUT NO ATMOSPHERE
"could not fault these apartments - they were absolutely beautiful - my partner must have a tv and this one was excellent - beds bedding etc excellent - kitchen excellent - but balcony did not get a lot of sun - i would not go back to these apartments but this is purely personal as i found that the staff were very "nice" but did not interact with guests - reminded me more of a business hotel we would use at home. Cannot recall actually speaking to any of the staff from beginning to end of the week we were there. Pool area was "nice" . Actually everything was "nice" but no atmosphere at all."
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of July 2009
Well presented Hotel but near busy road and pool is tiny
"The hotel itself is well presented and clean etc although be wary of noisy neighbours as the walls are paper thin. We were unfortunate enough to have a group of teenage boys on their first holiday in the room next to ours for our first two night. Hotel reception were not much help when we rang at 5am to try and resolve the situation.
The pool is tiny and there are not enough loungers - most of the pictures fail to show the busy road which runs alongside the pool meaning it is always noisy. Because the building is so high the pool does not get the sun until about midday meaning by that time all the loungers have towels on them - many of these lie empty for hours and it is something the hotel should stop people doing. If you are booking book a room on the other side of the hotel where you will be overlooking an empty field and not a busy road.
The hotel is approx 15-20mins walk from most of the restraunts, bars etc and about 10-15mins to the closest beach."
- Travel date: Wed 17th of June 2009
Great hotel near Portimao
"My partner and I stayed 2 nights and were very happy with the Hotel. A one bedroom apartment which has everything you need. Close to Portimao centro area."
- Travel date: Sun 3rd of May 2009
Book this hotel, u won't b disappointed!!
"This hotel was fantastic and cant fault it at all. The maid came in every day and the floor was swept (essential if you visit the beach every day!!) The beds were comfortable, the bed linen good quality, the reception staff helpful. The TV had numerous channels including MTV & VH1 - much to my daughters delight. (I have stayed in hotels that advertise Satellite and there is only 1 channel)
Our room had dishwasher, washing machine, oven, (i(not that we used them) fridge/freezer, etc
There is ample car parking spaces outside.
The pool was thoroughly cleaned daily (we watched them) including scrubbing all the inner sides.
There is about a 20 minute walk to the main resort of Priaia da Rocha and the beach - a slight uphill walk back - not good if you have walking difficulties. Also the pavements are not in a good condition so no good for walking in heels or if you are unstable on your feet. It has the usual numerous bars, restaurants, tourist shops and supermarkets.
The beach is clean and good for sunbathing, however its the Atlantic (I think) so the water is always very cold. There are numerous African Peddlars selling there wares, but if you dont acknowledge them or just say no and don't enter into conversation, they dont cause any problems. If you show even the slightest interest or say hello you wont get rid of them until you buy something.- or they will sit and say with you for hours no matter how much you ask to be left alone!!
The hotel is on a main road but this didnt cause a problem as the rooms have shutters to put down at night as well as the double glazing which eliminated any noise.
On leaving the hotel, to the right - again about a 20 minute walk, is a retail park with Aldi, Lidls, a shoe shop, mc Donalds, and large supermarket complex with snack bars and shops upstairs, pharmacy, etc.
When leaving the hotel, if you turn left there is a small shop for essentials like milk etc. However, this is very sparse and badly stocked. The prices are not marked and the owner seemed to make up the price as she went along. We were charged 17 Euros for 2 pints milk, 40 tea bags and 5 Litres of water. We later saw her in Lidls buying stuff to stock her shop with.
- Travel date: Tue 23rd of September 2008
"Booked these apartments last minute and was delighted with what we got. The apartments are very clean. Full kitchen with large LCD TV. Staff were friendly. The pool was ok size and was very quiet. (was very cold!!! but we did not mind) There is also a wee play ground for kids.
Its a bit of a walk into town (15-20mins) but we did not find this any trouble at all (downhill down) Would recommend these apartments to anybody. Only downside was the noise. Its is right on a busy roundabout but when the shutters are down its not too bad. It would not put me off staying here again. Beers by pool and in bar were 3.50 for a large one (most expensive pints I had over the whole week, in resort expect to pay about 2e for a pint and 1e during the day) bar closed at about 12 or so."
- Travel date: Mon 22nd of September 2008
Great apartments - let down by a noisy building site and cleaners that didn't.
"We stayed at the Oceano Atlantico several times about 7 years ago, it was cheap, it was cheerful, it was no frills accommodation and we liked it.
Then it closed, and has since been bought out, refurbished, and reopened under new management. The rooms are well laid out, still very large, plenty of nice kit - although the huge flat screen TV was mainly used to watch Sky News or BBC World - there wasn't much else in English.
We had a back-facing room - and believe me, there are worse things than the noise from the road at the front. The hotel is currently replacing it's rear car park. The concrete mixers started at 8.30 each morning; so that was the time we got up. The rooms all have double glazing and electric blinds, but the noise crept through; and it was so hot we didn't want the doors shut. There is air-con, but neither my wife or I really like leaving air-con on all night.
We asked for a front facing room when we booked, but were told that the hotel was fully booked when we got there and we had to have a rear facing one. If the hotel was really fully booked, it had a strange way of showing it - we bumped into almost nobody on our floor the whole week - and everyone we did meet was on the same side as us.
But what we didn't like, apart from the ongoing parties that got back at around 3.30 in the morning, was the attitude of the cleaning staff. Very polite. Very friendly. I'm referring to their attitude to work. I'm guessing that they are very poorly paid. At any rate, they came in to our apartment each day, emptied the bins and swept the floor. But in a beach hotel, the floors need regular mopping, and they didn't bother; so they got pretty mucky after a couple of days. They also took our dirty towels away - but didn't replace them.
Add to this the fact that one afternoon, the car park builders ruptured a raw sewage pipe - and didn't fix it until the following morning, and you can probably guess that I'll be looking around for another place to stay next time! I fully understand why they take payment in advance, at check-in!
The supermarket complex is one kilometer away. It is downhill all the way (and so uphill, when carrying the shopping back). It's very good. Praia da Rocha is okay if you like English / Irish pubs selling english / irish food. It has a fantastic beach, which is why we go there. Car hire is cheap (about 120 euros a week); and well worth taking up, just to be able to get away a bit. I was stunned by Portimao - it's seven years since we last went, and it was "as dead as a very dead thing that has been dead for quite a long time". Last time we went, at a similar time of year, it was hopping. This time, we thought we'd arrived during a national day of mourning. The "Clube Praia da Rocha" used to be packed with tourists - we noticed that 50% of it was actually shut down this time.
Portugal is gorgeous. The Portuguese are friendly people, and we always enjoy going there. But if I want to stay in a noisy apartment that only gets cleaned every third day, next to a building site, with occasional raw sewage, there are cheaper alternatives available!"
- Travel date: Sat 20th of September 2008
"My husband and I stayed at the Ocean Atlantico in Praia da Rocha for a week and returned early May 2008.
It was a lovely new, clean, stylish apartment, well equipped and even had a washing machine and fridge/freezer. Big double balcony with double patio doors leading from the bedroom and lounge. Cleaned well. Polite and helpful staff. Big flat screen tv with loads of good channels. Nice restaurant/bar although we didnât eat there, just watched the football one evening .
The hotel faces a dual carriageway which although not too busy directly outside does get busier in either direction to the beach and the shopping centre. (The traffic is not that willing to stop when you want to cross the road at the crossings so be aware!) Luckily we did not have a room facing the road, however the view we had from the back wasnât that exciting. This consisted of some waste ground (some greenery) and views of many other hotels in the distance. There was no patio furniture on the balcony. The beds were the most uncomfortable we have ever slept in, very hard and lumpy. I had to put 3 layers of blankets that I found in the wardrobe on top of the mattress. We could hear people constantly dragging the dining room chairs about and suspect they were using them on the balcony as of course there is no patio furniture. The swimming pool was smallish compared to the size of the hotel and unfortunately is on the dual carriage way side (although there is a fence of course!)
As for the area:
Walk left out of the hotel and it takes 10 minutes to get to the beach. Absolutely beautiful beaches and stunning scenery. Steep steps down to the beach. Cheap sun loungers - 4 euros each for the day. Go right at the beach and down a lane to another beach which avoids the steps but remember you will be walking up hill slightly on the way back. There are shops and eating places along the front overlooking the beach. I found the shops really boring. Every shop was selling the same bracelets and keyrings etc.. I was also HORRIFIED when we were approached on 3 different occasions by seedy Portuguese men asking us if we wanted to buy some hash! We did have a great night out at the Irelands Eye pub with a singing Irishman/Comedian.
Walk right out of the hotel to the shopping centre. It takes about 15 minutes. Thereâs a big continental supermarket and other shops. The walk back along the dual carriage is not very pleasant or scenic and ever so slightly harder than the way there as there is a slight gradient to the path. Maybe best to get a taxi.
The taxis are cheap wherever you want to go.
We walked to Portimao one day. Again not a pleasant walk down the dual carriage way but I think there is a short cut somewhere. Much better shops and we found a lovely English place to eat called the Copper Kettle.
We took a trip to Alver on a bus which we caught at Portimao. Beautiful stunning sandy beach with a restaurant and toilet facilities.
We also took a trip to Lagos where we stayed 2 years ago. Much better town and shops. Beautiful beaches again."
- Travel date: Sun 17th of August 2008
"I visited the hotel on a relaxing holiday with three girl friends. We booked at 2 bedroom apartment in the hotel, and the price was more than reasonable for what we got on arrival. The reception to the hotel is instantly attractive and very stylish when you walk inside, and the staff on the desk (and infact all staff from the hotel and restaurant that we came across) all spoke fluent English and were very pleasant and welcoming. There are lifts up to the bedrooms which is a neccessity in such a big hotel. Our apartment was on the corner of the hotel, which was lucky as it meant that we had a balcony going right round the apartment (all around the living area and up to the bedrooms). We were on one of the higher floors which meant that we had no balconies above us, and this meant that it was a perfect spot to sunbathe privately. The apartment had a huge living/kitchen/dining area which was very clean and looked very new, and could easily get away with being a five star hotel suite by appearance, and had sliding doors around the edge onto the balcony, which gave it a lovely open airy feel on the hottest days. The television had numerous channels on (and quite a few English ones for a change!). The kitchen area had a large fridge freezer, cooker, microwave and a washing machine. We had two bathrooms (one with a bath/shower, and the other a shower), which were both spotless and very tastefully decorated. The two bedrooms each had two single beds in them, and ample wardrobe space, with sliding doors onto the balcony. There was a safe in one of the bedrooms which we had to leave a small deposit for at the start of the visit. All of the glass doors have electric shutters which shut out all daylight which was great for sleeping in in the mornings, and also help make the apartment feel more secure, and great for stopping the mid day sun shining in and making the apartment too hot. There is airconditioning in the living room and bedrooms, which was very good. The restaurant in the hotel was pleasant and again decorated immaculately though the food was not amazing, and seemed to be warmed up in the microwave. I would not recommend the breakfast, it was not worth the money that we paid for it, and I would say it was the most disappointing part of the hotel as it was very basic and cold. We had an evening meal there and it was average but very reasonably priced. The hotel pool is basic but very pleasant and feels quite private. There are sunloungers free of charge and a small poolside bar selling drinks.
All around the hotel has the style and feel of a five star hotel. However, it is clearly a four star hotel for lack of small details, for example there is no full length mirror in the apartment (only over sink bathroom mirrors) and it does not offer room service which would be a nice touch, and the bar and restaurant let the hotel down. Despite the quality of the restaurant, I could not fault the staff in the hotel, particularly those in the restaurant, as they were pleasant, friendly and made an effort to make us feel comfortable at all times.
For first time visitors to the area, do not let the first impression put you off!! The hotel feels a bit iscolated when you first arrive, and at the start of the holiday we thought that the only area for us to visit was the local shopping area about a five minute walk from the hotel (with a large shopping center), which had very few tourists and seemed to be used by only residents. The shopping center had a large supermarket and a few quick eating places (such as Pizza Hut, a burger bar and icecream parlours). It was useful on the first night to have a quick meal and browse (all shops are open very late) when we were too tired to explore.
However, we then discovered the tourist area on a trip to the beach which was adorable. The beaches (beautifully clear water and golden sands with lots of loungers and umbrellas) had lots of cafÃ©s and beach bars on it, and we had a few pleasant lunches on it throughout our stay. The marina has a very classy feel too it, and we had some gorgeous meals at sunset on the beach, from the marina outdoor lounge/restaurants (and all seem to be very reasonably priced!). The marina also offers trips such as dolphin watching, if you want to entertain children etc. or just want to take a small trip. If you take steps up from the beach or marina, you will come across the tourist shops and bars, which are not really your tacky resort bars but still offer good entertainment, and really comes alive at night. A taxi ride from the hotel to the marina costs about 5euros, and the reception desk are more than happy to book you one. There are plenty of taxi's by the marina to take you home at night.
Altogether a fantastic holiday, suitable for all types of people, of all ages."
- Travel date: Fri 18th of July 2008
A really good hotel
"A really good hotel that is is a good if slightly noisy location. The hotel itself is very sleek and modern with superbly appointed apartments. The hotel is situated by a busy dual carriageway but to be honest you quickly get used to the noise. Down the road to the right of the hotel in about a 10 minute walk, is a big huge hypermarket complex. Down the road to the left of the hotel about 10 min walk away is the fantastic praia da roche beach - word of warning getting up from the beach wouldnt be ideal for those with mobility problems.
The apartments are fantastically appointed with a fully equiped kitchen which include a big fridge and freezer, washing machine all all the utensils you could possibly need. The apartment is spacious, with enough seating and a flat screen t.v with a few english language channels. The bedroom are comfortable along with the settee which have pull out beds underneath. The maid serve is second to none, with clean towels and bedding every day. The staff are good and friendly and there is also a 24hr reception and they are very helpful. The hotel also has a medium sized pool with an outside jacuzziand a small childrens playground.
The resort of praia da roche is about 20 mins walk away, however getting a taxi is cheap at 4 euros and saves the walk home!!. Praia da roche caters for all tastes with the food available as well as the many irish bars. If you want slightly more local food, the restaurants around the praia da roche marina are good if slightly more expensive. Portimao itself is also good for more local food.
All in all a good place to stay and i would certaintly visit this resort again"
- Travel date: Sun 20th of April 2008