We have just returned from two weeks at the Hotel Oriental and were not disappointed at all. We had stayed here in 2002 and decided to return as we had enjoyed it so much the first time. The hotel is in an excellent location at the quieter end of Praia Da Rocha but still close enough to all the bars and restaurants and is right on the beach. Our room was very clean, the cleaner comes in every day. We had a room on the first floor towards the front of the hotel which had a fairly good side sea view. Although the balcony was not massive, it was adequate. As other people have mentioned, we had also asked for a high level floor (both through Thomas Cook and by e-mailing the hotel direct) and did not get it. When I asked at reception they also told me that the hotel was full and I have to say I don't think that it was. We decided to accept the room we had been given as although on the first floor it did have a nice view of the gardens and beach and was far enough away from the adjacent cafe bar. We did experience some noise from rooms above us, mainly early in the morning but this did not cause us too much of a problem. The breakfast is served until 10.30 and is plentiful, you can help yourself to as much as you want and we found there to be plenty of choice even if you got there quite late. The staff on the whole were helpful. The kitchen facilities were fairly limited although there was a kettle. This did not bother us as we had no intention of cooking anyway.
Praia Da Rocha itself is lovely, it was fairly busy considering we were there in May. The highest recommendation we can say is to eat at Titanic and Atlantis the staff are excellent and food out of this world! There are plenty of other nice ones too - didn't get a chance to sample them all in two weeks!
All in all we had a fantastic holiday, the weather was great and you didn't have to fight for a sunbed by the pool. I would definitely return to Praia Da Rocha and the Oriental.
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21 June 2011
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