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Hotel Orca Praia Hotel 3 star
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Calle Estrada Monumental, 335 Funchal, Portugal -
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A hotel with an impressive view of the ocean, the Orca Praia is a place to be favoured for its nice environment and very attractive prices. One of the rare hotels in Madeira with a beach. Peppered with black sand, it is less attractive than the fine sand beaches. With an architecture shaped like a staircase, the hotel seems to go down straight towards the sea.

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    Location 6.03 /10

    By the sea, 3 mi west from Funchal and 16 mi from the airport. Allow 15 minutes to get to the city centre and 30 minutes to the airport.

    Accommodation 6.95 /10

    The 128 rooms all overlook the sea. They differ only by the size of their balcony: of average size from the 10th to the 12th floor and very spacious from the 1st to the 9th floor (note that, due to the hotel configuration, the floors are numbered from the top to the bottom). A garden lounge with plastic furniture allows you to enjoy the panorama. Please note: Single rooms do not have balconies. The furniture is plain and simple (varnished wood, pastel curtains). There is a lounge area where you can watch satellite TV. The rooms have a direct international telephone line, but no air-conditioning. In the bathrooms, which are sparkling and clean, you will find a bathtub and a hair-dryer.

    Overview 6.95 /10

    A 10-floor building built against a cliff and descending like a staircase down towards the sea, the Orca Praia is a concrete grey building enhanced with red metal balconies. It is better not to focus on what it looks like from the outside, as it is from the inside that the pyramid-shaped structure of the hotel makes sense. The lobby, discreetly decorated with marble, opens out on to the sea, as well as the end of the corridors on every floor. The presence of the ocean adds a lot to the style of the establishment which otherwise possesses very simple facilities. The 2,691 sq ft swimming pool is surrounded by a concrete solarium, which is unfortunately lacking in green vegetation. The most important thing is though, that it is separated from the hotel by a 656 ft long path combining stairs and steep slopes. Not to be recommended to those who do not like walking very much! The equipment provided around the swimming pool is simple but complete: deckchairs, mattresses, parasols and towels for a deposit.

    Food and drink 6.20 /10

    Fitted with huge patio doors which offer a view of the ocean, the restaurant, with its small tables and velvet chairs, provides a warm and welcoming setting. Breakfast and dinner are served in the form of a buffet. Lunch is a la carte. The cuisine, simple but delicious, plays with traditional and international dishes (Madeira style tuna, chicken with spices, omelettes, salads, pasta). For those who wish to have a sandwich, the snack-bar near the swimming pool is open during the day. With its painted wooden counter, it looks like a really cool beach refreshment bar. Concerning prices, expect around £7 per dish.

    Beach 6.20 /10

    Below the swimming pool, the beach extends over 820 ft. Of volcanic origin, like all the (rare) Madeira beaches, it is covered in some places by black sand and grey pebbles. As this natural environment does not incite to relax by the shore, the beach has been left as it is, with no facilities or special equipment. Preferably wear plastic sandals for swimming. This way, you will avoid irritating your feet on the pebbles. Note, also, that swimming is only recommended when the sea is calm. In fact, the Madeira coasts are subject to quite strong currents which can quickly move the swimmers away from the shore, even when the sea is only a little choppy. Finally, there is a nice promenade which begins at the east end of the beach. 2.5 mi long, it allows you to go up to the Funchal Lido. Not to be missed for its superb view of the ocean.

    To know

    The Orca Praia is the furthest hotel west of Funchal; it is located along the rocks on the road of Camara de Lobos. This position gives it a panoramic view of the ocean. The Orca Praia is also one of the rare establishments in Madeira to have a beach. Note though that considering its volcanic origins, it is entirely covered in black sand.The Orca Praia has few leisure facilities and is well-adapted to a relaxing stay. However, its surroundings offer many hiking possibilities along the levadas (ancient irrigation channels) or by the sea. For those wishing to go to the centre of Funchal, a free shuttle is available 8 times a day, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, water-polo, fitness

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium

    advantage

    • The rooms with a panoramic balcony.
    • One of the rare hotels in Funchal with a beach.

    disadvantages

    • Access to the swimming pool (656 ft of stairs and slopes)
    • The unattractive architecture.

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