The elegant Rocamar Hotel offers contemporary style and eagle-eye views of the Albufeiran coastline.
The views from this clifftop hotel take in the Atlantic Ocean and Albufeira’s tumble of white buildings. Some steps just outside the hotel lead down the craggy cliff-face to the beach, or there’s a lift just a minute’s walk away.
The interiors have a striking monochrome palette, with cherry red sofas and neon orange corridors providing a splash of colour. Bedrooms are just as stylish, and you can upgrade to a superior room for extras like a Nespresso™ machine.
My Mum and I had a lovely week at this hotel. the room was very big and quiet. It certainly was worth paying extra for sea view, as it was just fantastic. Service was friendly and good. Breakfast buffet was adequate. We loved the location, great view, right by the beach (thanks to the lift) and 3 minute walk from the old town. But removed enough not to be bothered by night life revelers. Loved the radio in the room, but only suggestion would be an extra shelf in the bathroom. the room was huge, but not enough space to put anything down.More
Barbara B, London, United Kingdom
First ever visit to Portugal...
...and this hotel certainly made it a trip to remember. It was perfect in every way. As another reviewer had said, I read previous reviews of this hotel and felt slightly put-off in the beginning due to negative comments. Now having bitten the bullet and stayed there, I simply cannot understand what they were all moaning about.
Ok, so the pool was a bit small, but does that really matter when you've got a beautiful big beach in front of it? My boyfriend and I spent every day on the beach because of the easy accessibility from the hotel, and the sea was beautiful to swim in.
We were in room 430 which was a premium room, and it was amazing! Very spacious with a beautiful sea view and the best shower, which was amazing after spending a day feeling all sandy from the beach. We also had a small fridge in the room which was free (a bit of a first for me after previous hotels requested payment for things like that!) That was great for storing water and aftersun in.
We always had a couple of drinks from the lovely bar downstairs and sat out on the benches to admire the view. The staff were great and very friendly, one of them even made me a special cocktail using his own recipe when I couldn't make my mind up from the menu (and it was delicious!) The sandwiches and toasties from the restaurant were very tasty for when you fancied a light bite, and it truly did serve the best Sangria in town! :)
Location-wise, you cannot fault this place. Turn left out of the restaurant and you are in the Old Town, which is as quiet or lively as you want it to be. Turn right and in about 10 mins you've walked to the Marina, which is also beautiful and great for booking boat trips and water activities. We booked a catamaran trip to see dolphins which was fab (but take a jumper!)
I could waffle on about this hotel for ages and it would all be positive points. We're definitely coming back next year. After trawling for hours looking for a decent hotel that ticked all the boxes for our first trip to Portugal, I was so happy to have discovered Rocamar.More
1984jane, Harlow, United Kingdom
Rocamar great in every way!
I don't understand people's negative comments about this hotel or area! They must be very very difficult to please!!!
The Rocamar is fantastic, my friend and I were in room 518, sea view. the room had fridge, TV, twin beds (looks like a double when you arrive, but just push them apart, plenty of wardrobe space, and the biggest bathroom (including a bidet/foot bathð) we've ever had in a holiday hotel! There's a safe in the wardrobe which you can rent 15euros for the week, well worth having.
The pool is small, but really, who would want to stay by the pool when there is a 2km approx. beautiful beach below!!!
A few minutes walk takes you straight to the old town where there are shops, bars and restaurants- the Atrium and the Bailote are not to be missed. There are plenty of bars with music, singers and karaoke.
You can walk to the Marina, where there boat trips that take you along the coastline then out further to look for Dolphins (we weren't lucky) but still enjoyed the trip. The walk to the marina probably takes about 30 minutes at a slow pace.
You can also walk to the 'new town', we did this in evening when it was cooler and took about 30-40 minutes, again an a slow pace (uphill for some of the way) so not for everyone. We only had a quick walk along the Main Street after eating so didn't see much of it. I think this may be more suited to younger generation! Dodgems, disco etc.
The old town I think suits all ages, young and old. We were there for a week, 21-28 September and didn't see any drunkeness, a couple of hen and stag groups but no rowdiness. Felt safe at all times even when walking on quiet road to new town.
I would recommend flat shoes/sandals as cobbled streets. Hardly saw 'heels'. this is a relaxed casual dress place, no need for dressing up. The girls who dressed up, wearing heels were out of place here!
All in all this is a great place for everyone, young, families and old. Entertainment for all, including children (puppet entertainer in the square in the evening). And you must see Johnny the mime/comedy guy - just watch if he's behind you!!!
I read comments on Trip advisor about the Rocamar and Albufeira and am so glad I didn't pay attention to the negative comments. Neither my friend nor I could find anything negative to say about either. Brilliant hotel and brilliant town.
My comments obviously relate to visiting in September not in July or August.More
Ivy2March2012, Coventry, United Kingdom
Rocamar Exclusive Hotel & Spa
excellent location close to the old town with excellent sea views. Stylish and clean hotel with friendly and helpful staff. Relaxing massage at the Spa was very good. Breakfast can be busy and the restaurant a little tight at this time.
heathercE3207PR, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Good choice in Albufeira
Perhaps it's just me, but there is not much reason to go to Albufeira unless you're into the same senior citizen cruise ship scene; however, if you do, this hotel is a nice choice. It's perfectly located, with large, comfortable rooms. We had ocean view rooms, which include a nice balcony overlooking the beach. There are plenty of facilities available at the hotel and a decent enough breakfast. If I ever found myself in Albufeira again, I would not hesitate to stay here again, even though the beds are quite awful.More