Apartamentos Turisitcos Presidente
13 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Just returned today 14th May
"Just returned today after 3rd holiday to Presidente. Though the apartments or not too modern they are so clean and are cleaned every day and linen replaced. Staff are very helpful making necessary phone calls and confirming bus transfers etc. for us. Such a pity the bar and restaurant are not open much which only leads you to take your trade elsewhere at night. The beach is only a few mins. walk on pathway and there are plenty of places to eat and drink nearby. Alvor is a cheap taxi ride away for excellent food and entertainment. Buses and very cheap and run from outside the apartments or just a few mins. down the road for more choice of destinations. Presidente is an excellent choice for the best views - quite surroundings - proximity to beach yet only a short walk to the bright lights of Praia da Rocha. Louise Cork Ireland "
- Travel date: Mon 14th of May 2012
Harsh but true. Apartments are not bad but severe lack of entertainment
"I stayed in these apartments for one week with a friend. I think I should mention that there is a two hr bus transfer to these apartments.The apartment itself was large and very clean on arrival. We had a large balcony which was facing the main road which was quite noisy at night(Which was difficult on warm nights when you really needed to have the balcony doors open). Even though I did think the apartments themselves were lovely (apart from when the ants decided to swarm our kitchen in the last three days lol and towels were not changed every second day as stated on arrival) I felt there was a lack of entertainment. To get to the main strip its about a 10-15 min walk. The nightlife varied night to night. Out of the seven nights only two where busy(Tuesday & Saturday). There is a good few Irish bars however they all offer similar entertainment that is pretty much repeated every night. Once you have visited them once/possibly twice it becomes v mundane. The beach was only a short distance away and was very picturesque. The restaurants were hit and miss. The food can vary in quality, There wasn't a lot of choice. Personally found it a little bland. I would def recommend eating out in the titanic - I think food was a tad more expensive than other places however was v good quality. Also Claire's had a great three course offer! I think this location would suit for families who really just want to stay by the pool/beach for the whole week. The hotel/apartments didn't provide anything in entertainment and locally there was a lack too-not even water sports available. We tried to book a few excursions to kill time. We went on the a trip to Lagos/St Vincents Lighthouse. The tour lasted about 5-6hrs but saying that you spent about 4 of them on the bus. The tour guide was quite abrupt also. We also went to the zoo-marine which I think was th most entertaining part of the trip. Its about an hrs drive. Apart from food everything else is included in the price. I really don't want too sound completely negative about this trip however I feel people need the full picture before committing to these apartments, I'm sad to say I won't be staying here again.
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of August 2010
We booked our flights independently and...
"We booked our flights independently and the apartment through Alpharooms. We have been to Praia Da Rocha 3 times, November 2005, May 2006, and New Year 2006/7, and wanted to stay a little out of resort, so chose the Presidente for its excellent location, half way between Praia Da Rocha and Praia Da Vau.
The Apartment Complex itself is fantastic, the apartments are bright and airy, and we had the benefit of a sea and countryside view. The apartment has everything you need for a self-catering holiday. The veranda was huge and there was 3 sets of patio doors leading out onto it - it was lovely.
Cleaners come daily, and towels are changed if left on floor! Bed linen is changed every 2 days.
It's a great location, although a bit of a walk, 20 mins, into the lively Praia Da Rocha, but a taxi is less than 4 Euros. The pool area however, was a bit of a disappointment - simply not big enough to cater for the amount of guests in high season.
The apartments are very popular with Germans and Portuguese guests, however, it did feel like we were in Dublin, as the main bulk of guests were Irish, which is great if you enjoy listening to foul language every other word! We don't! In August the pool area is open at 9am, but make sure you are there at 9am to get a sunbed - the Irish guests put their towels on beds at 9am and then disappear till at least 4pm!!
The beaches in August are crammed like sardines, and the price of sunbeds vary depending on which end of the beach you are. The bar is expensive, and snacks are highly priced for what you get. We didn't even try the restaurant because the snacks we had were awful! If you can manage the walk to the far end of the beach (by the marina) you will get 2 sunbeds and an umbrella for 5 Euros (well worth the walk) There are plenty of bar/restaurants on the beach serving great food which is good value for money.
There are plenty of good eating places in Praia Da Rocha, offering great food at good prices. A taxi into Alvor is about 6 Euros, and definitely worth a visit. We found a lovely place called Marafados serving traditional Portuguese food which we visited twice because it was so lovely.
Alfor is a more traditional Portuguese village, with a harbour and low rise apartment blocks, little streets lit up at night - what you expect from Portugal! Kids menus are rubbish - wherever you go - chicken nuggets, fish fingers, sausages, and everything comes with chips! If you're lucky some restaurants offer your children Spaghetti Bolognese!
Praia Da Rocha has some great bars - try Taffy's on the main strip - quiz nights are great fun, and if you get a chance to meet Sam, the Blonde Surfer Barman, you will have a great time! MJ's is a great little bar too, Marina is lovely and makes you feel very welcome, and the kids can play on the pool table while you enjoy a leisurely drink. Try JD's, overlooking the beach, opposite the Red Lion on the main strip. From 1pm-9pm Jasper is behind the bar - you won't meet a nicer bloke! From 9pm the volume goes up, the Portuguese young ones move in and you can't hear yourself think, but well worth a visits just to meet Jasper.
All in all, we had a great time, cos we knew we would - but definitely would not do high season again, and would not return to the Presidente again!"
- Travel date: Tue 21st of August 2007
"this hotel is old and needs a good clean on the outside.. outside windows dirty.... rooms clean and a nice size.. no entertainment at night so if you are staying in hotel at night you will be bored.. location excellent.. 10mins to the strip and beach but a lot of steps down to beach.... some staff grumpy.. they didnt care less.. pool very small. and no kids club so if you have kid they will be bored silly... i would give this place 5 out of 10..."
- Travel date: Mon 30th of July 2007
Great Location and Spacious Apartments
"I agree with the last review. The apartment we got was 601 and was a very spacious 1 bed with a terrace and balcony! The view was amazing and it was great being a 10 min walk away from the built up Praia da Rocha.
The cleaners came everyday and the reception staff were always friendy. We booked with stein travel and there was a rep there very often which was helpful for booking day trips.
I wouldnt recommend the breakfast though unless a roll of ham and cheese is what you are after, however it is good value at â¬4.48 each.
The only negative we found was that we were located beside a lift which was quite noisy, plus there were seagulls just one floor above us on the roof who were screeching constantly, however nothing can be done about these unfotunately.
If you are looking for a romantic/quiet night out in Praia da Rocha then go into Hotel Atlantis where they have live music - its an older crowd but you get to hear Portuguese music and dance to it if you're feeling brave.
The beaches are amazing - well worth going to for a relaxing break."
- Travel date: Sun 24th of June 2007
Great Location, Great place.
"When we checked into our Apartment we were very pleasantly surprised at it's size and cleanliness. This apartment was bigger than a lot of places on the market to buy here at home! It was very comfortable and had everything you need. I loved the tiling, which was nice and cool to walk on in the heat. This was certainly the nicest apartment i've ever stayed in. The balcony too was huge and had great views around the resort.
The best thing about this place though, was it's location. On a cliff top it stands alone, over-looking one of the Algarve's best beaches and is thankfully about a 5-10 minute walk outside the high-rise mayhem of Praia de Rocha! It's a short, cheap taxi ride to Alvor which is a far nicer resort but is handy for all local amenities.
I know some reviewers have said the pool area is too small but it really isn't that small and anywhere you go mid-summer is going to be full of kids anyway.
I would definately recommed this place to couples and families and anyone wanting a great relaxing holiday in the sun!"
- Travel date: Sun 17th of June 2007
Past it's sell by date
"Just got back from the Presidente Hotel. We have visited Praia da Rocha three times this year (having previously stayed at the Casino and Mar a Vista).
I'll keep it short...
The location is right on top of the cliff so it's a short walk to several great beaches.
It's also only a short walk to the hustle and bustle of Praia da Rocha but far enough to avoid the noise.
The rooms (apartments) are clean and spacious.
Free underground garage parking.
The whole hotel looks tired.
The kitchen looked like a well used 1980's MFI job.
No cooker (only a microwave)
Only one socket in the kitchen (toaster or microwave but not both at the same time!)
Road noise with the windows/patio doors open (probably better from the rooms nearer the front).
Pool is too small for the number of rooms.
10 euros/week to use the room safe.
Could be a great hotel if they spent some money updating it but as it stands it's a bit disappointing. Could still be a viable option if you don't have a car and don't like walking but I think that Jardim do Vau and Mar a Vista are far superior for similar money (taxis are cheap if you really don't do walking)."
- Travel date: Tue 3rd of October 2006
Presidente Apt. Portugal
"These apartments were 3 star but they were so much nicer than I had expected. We had a seaview which was not difficult to get as the apartments have almost a 360 degree view of the sea. It was only 5 mins from the beach and the apartments were spotless- towels changed every two days and bed linen changed twice weekly. It was fully equipped with microwave, toaster, kettle, cooking utensils- perfect if you were staying in to cook. It had an excellent snack bar and restaurant although we did not eat there at evening time- but the menu looked quite appetizing. The pool was on the small side but was sufficient, there was no charge on the sun loungers with mats either. It was a 10-15 minute into the centre which we didn't mind as it whetted our appetites- also good for walking off the hangover to come on the way home! If you're on the lazy side like me though a taxi is only â¬3.90. All in all the staff were really friendly and helpful. Definitely one of the best apartments I have stayed in in a long time."
- Travel date: Wed 30th of August 2006
"Just back from a two week visit. First time in the Algarve. The apartment was very spacious and spotless as it was cleaned every day, and the staff are very friendly and helpful. It's situated between Priai da Vau a small resort, and Priai da Rocha which is much bigger and more brash. The building has 107, 1 and 2 bedroom apts. and is located on its own with great views out to the sea which is just across the road. All the rooms are a very good size. The kitchen is well stocked with pans, crockery etc. and the bathroom towels are changed every second day and the bed linen is changed twice a week.
There is only one small supermarket on site which is expensive and has very limited stock. But this is not a problem because there are bigger ones about 10-15 min. walk away along a very nice tiled walkway overlooking the sea in Priai Da Rocha, and even bigger ones in nearby Portimoa.
On the minus side the pool is far too small for such a big complex especially in the summer, and there is very little entertainment in the hotel. This didn't bother us as we rarely spent much time there. We wanted a quiet holiday with sea, sand and sun and we certainly got that. It's very easy to get around without a car because there's a very good bus service and taxis are plentiful and cheap. Nearby Ferraguda and Alvor are completely different and lovely places to visit and have great fresh fish meals. The very nearby town of Portimoa is also worth a visit, and from there you can take boat and fishing trips.
I would not like to go to the area in high summer when, to quote one of the staff, 'it's horrific' because of the huge numbers of people. Priai da Rocha is a small area very densely packed with high rise apartments and a long strip of nondescript souvenir shops, not our usual kind of place but at this time of year it was fine. The beaches are magnificent and the wall to wall sunshine with wonderful sunsets viewed from our balcony made it a lovely holiday."
- Travel date: Thu 22nd of September 2005
Tired and jaded
"My friend and I stayed in the Presidente Apts and were very disappointed. I'm sure it was once a fine establishment but now old and jaded. It needs a complete reburb. Staff were very nice and helpful. Pool area is not wonderful either. We stayed in Jardim do Vau 1/2 mile up the road last year and it was far superior for just about the same money. If you like a little bit of luxury and are not looking for very basic 2 star - don't go!"
- Travel date: Mon 19th of September 2005
Fantastic Holiday had by all
"I have recently returned from a weeks holiday with my husband and 3 young children. The Presidente was a great place for a young family. The apartments were spotless and very spacious with good facilities if eating in was required. The staff were all very friendly and helpful and the bar area was spotless. Whilst there was little formal entertainment in the apartments the busy restaurants and bars were a short walk away. This was extremely child friendly as a beautiful paved walkway into Praia Da Rocha meant there were no dangers from traffic. The pool was very clean and whilst the loungers were a bit tired the pool was never over busy and the fantastic beaches are literally across the road.
On the journey into Praia da Rocha we never set eyes on the sea until we reached Presidente. We were overwhelmed by the views from the apartment balconies. As the Presidente stands alone right on the coast the views are absolutely magnificent.
I would absolutely recommend a stay here for anyone considering the Praia Da Rocha/Praia do Vau area."
- Travel date: Thu 8th of September 2005
Very Friendly, but not no entertainment
"Just got back from Praia da Rocha after 2 weeks, Stayed in Presidente Apartments had a ball the only bad thing about the apartments is theres no entertainment at night except for an old man playing the keyboard, other than that staff are really friendly and apartments are cleaned everyday. Nightlife in Praia da rocha is brill we went to Irelands eye first every night, were Willie from cork plays everynight, staff are all lovely... Then head to Cheers, a few good looking bar men there, then head to Babylone till 7 or 8 the next morning, the only time we saw the sun was going home from the nightclub the next morning.
I would defo recommend it but if i was to go back i would stay in praia da rocha itself."
- Travel date: Mon 15th of August 2005