Travel operator: Directly with the hotel
Travel operator: Thompson
Housekeeping was excellent, sheets and towels changed daily. Pool towels were provided without a deposit, which was a nice touch! All staff were pleasant and helpful. We enjoyed all the meals which were well-cooked using top quality produce. We would have liked dishes to be better labelled as they just had 'fish' or 'grilled meat' and we like to know exactly what we're eating, but staff were always at hand to give information.
What this hotel lacks is a bar area. There really wasn't anywhere to spend time after dinner, and it really was too cold in the evenings to wander far. We also found that walls were thin and we could hear conversations and TV quite clearly, but these are minir points. On the whole we really enjoyed our stay and would be happy to go back.
Travel operator: Globespan
Access to Rocha itself is up a few flights of stairs. 97 steps in total, which take less than a couple of minutes to climb although they may be a bit much for people with walking difficulties, but once you reach the top you are on the main strip with lots of shops, bars and restaurants.
Apartments were spacious and kept spotlessly clean. Air conditioning was a bonus as it was so hot there! Food at breakfast time was great, but can't comment on the restaurant at other mealtimes as we didn't eat there at those times during our stay. We did, however, eat at the "Dockside" restaurant which is in the hotel complex. Went there as it had been recommended, it was ok but nothing special.
Hotel staff were helpful, but the reception ran out of cash for travellers cheques a couple of times during the week which was a wee bit inconvenient, but they could be cashed easily in Rocha itself.
There was no entertainment provided in the hotel itself which left some of the older travellers disappointed, but the hotel complex had a handful of bars with discos, karaoke, live music etc, but they were really expensive so we preferred to go into town at night. Mini bar was very tempting, but as with all hotels it was overpriced. If you do go here there is a great wee shop at the foot of the fortress steps, next to the beach where you can stock up on reasonably priced refreshments!
Pool was great. Not deep enough for diving and once out of the shallow end it never got any deeper than my shoulders which I thought was great for kids as it is harder for them to go out of depth. Plus the pool heats up quicker in the morning when it is not so deep! A small paddling area for children is provided, along with plenty of sun loungers and parasols.
My partner and I had a fabulous time here. Our favourite times were spent sitting on our terrace at night, sipping some ice cold superbock whilst watching all the fishing boats sail by off for a nights work.
Travel operator: Seguro
The breakfast is very good loads of choice, we had a few evening meals there and they were good.
The staff are very attentive and friendly.
The restaurants along the front and great. The dockside (upstairs) the Italian all fine food.
We hired a car and ventured further a field. Great base for touring or a totally chilling out.
Going back again in 3 weeks...can't wait
Travel operator: seguro
If you have children with pushchairs or a wheel chair I suggest asking for rooms on the ground floor as there are no lifts to the 1st floor (Hotel is only two stories high). It was a bit of a pain carry the pushchair up and down the steps all the time but didn
Travel operator: Flight Options/Lastminute.com
The hotel fits perfectly in the environment and the natural scenarios, which are absolutely gorgeous
We had a great relaxing time
Travel operator: Seguro
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