Orca Praia Hotel
Funchal, Madeira

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Rating 3

Orca Praia Hotel is set into the side of a cliff with a swimming pool and bar down by the beach whilst the leisure facilities, social and dining areas enjoy the ocean views from the higher levels.

3.7 / 5 from 3 reviews


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Facilities

  • Child Care
  • Satellite/TV
  • Kids Pools
  • Payable Laundry Service
  • Spa Facilities
  • Games room
  • Fitness/Gym Facilities
  • Safety Deposit Box Rental

Orca Praia Hotel takes full advantage of it's cliff side position and beach front location. Just a few steps above the beach there is a spacious sun terrace and garden with bar service, sun beds and umbrellas as well as an outdoor swimming pool with a section for children.

Further leisure facilities and activities at the hotel include a games area with table tennis, darts and billiards; a rock climbing wall and a Spa. In addition the hotel can organise boat trips for whale and dolphin watching or for game fishing.

The Spa offers facial treatments, aromatherapy and reflexology together with a menu massages from Indian head massages to sports massages. The Spa features a jacuzzi and a fitness gym both with views to the ocean and a Turkish bath.

Social and dining venues include a pool-side bar serving drinks and snacks, a cocktail bar overlooking the ocean and a restaurant serving local and international cuisine. The hotel provides daily live music and weekly evening shows.

Amenities and services available to guests include 24 hour reception with multi-lingual staff, WiFi, car parking spaces and a courtesy bus into Funchal city centre. There is also a gift shop, newspapers, bus tickets, baby sitting (with prior arrangement), car hire and laundry services (all with local charges).

Local charges may apply to some hotel facilities and others may be seasonal.

Rooms

There are 125 hotel rooms comprising 86 double rooms, 35 junior suites and 3 family suites. The rooms sleep up to 2 adults whilst the family suites sleep 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children.

The rooms have a large balcony with sea views and an en-suite bathroom. They feature cable TV, direct dial telephone, a safe deposit box (local charge), a mini bar and a hair dryer. Cots are available on request.

Local charges may apply to some hotel facilities and others may be seasonal.

Map of Orca Praia Hotel

Orca Praia Hotel is located next to a sand and shingle beach and is set into the side of the cliff overlooking the ocean and the city of Funchal. It is approx 2km from the fishing village of Camara de Lobos and 3.5km from the Lido Promenade in the tourist area of Funchal. There is a shopping area approx 15 minutes walk away or you can take the hotel courtesy bus into Funchal city centre which is approx 6km away. The hotel is approx 24km from Madeira Airport.

Address: Estrada Monumental 335, Funchal, Madeira, 9000-236, Portugal Telephone: 00351 291 707 070

Please note: the hotel locations shown are to be used for guide purposes only.

Orca Praia Hotel Reviews

Customer Rating 3.7 / 5 from 3 Customer Reviews

Holiday Date:23rd Feb 2015
Accommodation:Orca Praia Hotel
Room:Double Or Twin - Sea View
Board:Half Board
(4 suns)

The hotel is set in to the cliff over the sea. The location is perfect because it is away from the noise of the town yet within easy reach of Funchal by public transport which runs close to hotel. Even if the hotel had been closer to the town, you would still need to jump on a bus. It was lovely to sit on the balcony looking at the stars at night with only the sea waves pounding. To get on to the main road to the bus stop it is a steep incline. Ok for fit but arduous for unfit. Likewise the pool area and beach are down a steep slope. But unless it was summer heat it is doable slowly for the unfit. The hotel run a courtesy bus but it does not take you far enough into the centre but it is on the promenade and so usable selectively. I think they could take guests further in, that is a bit mean of them.

Food was not high standard but there was plenty to pick and choose and I had no complaints. The tea bags were ok but I take my own anyway. The coffee for breakfast was proper but not good coffee. They could do better. I was not happy about the refusal to give me a jug of tap water at the dinner table. They insisted on purchasing bottle water. I do not think that is acceptable as the water in Madeira is drinkable. I had plenty in my room from the tap. There is no heated pool and so during my winter holiday in practice it is out of use.

The shower was a walk in at floor level and so great for being easy. No bath in my room but I prefer a shower anyway. There was no kettle or mini bar unless you paid about 3 and half euro a day. I was not willing to pay that much. Will take my own mini kettle next time and baby long life milk pots from the pound shop. Staff overall very good. If anything I thought there was a bit too much bowing and scraping with the waiters. We had to change rooms because they booked me and my friend in to a double bed. Lluckily they had another one available next day which was twin. I don't know how they make the decisions about that. It was clean, good room maid. There were mostly Germans when we went but we had a bit of fun with them.

Holiday Date:24th Dec 2014
Accommodation:Orca Praia Hotel
Room:Junior Sea Front Suite
Board:Half Board
(3 suns)

Good three star hotel.

Good points:
All rooms have a wonderful view over the ocean. The hotel is quiet. There are lovely walks from the hotel for fit people. Lovely bar downstairs. Hotel has got lift. Hotel bus to Funchal.

Something to be improved:
General modernisation. Dated decor. Tasteless food. Very steep heel to get to the bar and no lift. Old bedding. Drainy smell in the corridor.

Holiday Date:8th Mar 2014
Accommodation:Orca Praia Hotel
Room:Sea Front Superior Double Or Twin
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(4 suns)

Hotel is above the 3 stars it is rated. Could do with coffee/tea facility in room and also without the extra charge for a safe. Otherwise rooms and facilities are good and clean. All rooms have sea view. Pool area nicely kept. All staff are very friendly and helpful. Restaurant food is fairly standard and catering is self-service only. Hotel has its own bus to transfer into Funchal but the local bus also stops outside the hotel and runs every half hour.

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