What to say about my stay at the Rocamar Hotel and my advise to others that might be thinking about this place for their next vacation in WONDERFUL Albufeira?
Simply put: DO NOT DO IT, NOT AT THE ROCAMAR.
All of Portugal is, no doubt, full of the warmest, most welcoming people we have encountered in Europe. They take pride in what their country has to offer in history, culture, architecture, and needles to say, their cuisine. Hospitality wise, Lisbon, Porto, and other cities are full of true gems in hotel of all sizes and locations.
Rocamar Hotel, however, is not one of them. This hotel is one of those places that looks deceptively great in website pictures. Possibly because they have conveniently chosen to display online a handful of slight renovated rooms and not show the majority of truly dilapidated rooms with fixtures and decore that must have looked sad even when it was first used in the eighties. To be fair and name the positives, one cannot argue with its location within Albufeira (it sits in close proximity to every main attraction in town) and it has an eagle’s eye, truly breathtaking view of the coastline and the beach that sits under the property. Sadly, that’s where the charm ends and the disappointment begins. Listing this hotel as a 4-star hotel property in online platforms like Travelocity, amounts to false advertisement. The features, facilities, and services that would grant this classification are objectively not there. All of these shortcomings, however,