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Hotel Ocean Palace Hotel 5 star
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Via Costeira km 11 Natal RN Natal, Brazil -
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Located at the start of Vía Costeira, the Ocean Palace overlooks the beach. It stands out for the quantity and diversity of its facilities, among which is an impressive water park, with 4 swimming pools for adults, another 4 for children, 3 hydromassage pools, and a series of bridges and waterfalls. If you feel like a bit of exercise, there is a gym with lots of machines as well as a special Pilates room. With all of these facilities, the Ocean Palace is the perfect establishment for a family holiday. The games room and the 50 seat cinema will particularly please younger guests. As for the accommodation, the guest rooms are comfortable but some of the common areas are a bit dated and could use a change in the interior decorating.

This hotel review is a translation from the French version published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.

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    Location 6.47 /10

    The Ocean Palace is at the very beginning of Vía Costeira, one of the main hotel districts in Natal, right by the sea. The hotel is approximately 13 mi from Natal Airport and a little over 3 mi from the city centre.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The Ocean Palace is one of the establishments in Natal with the highest guest capacity, with no less than 315 rooms. There are 60 standard rooms at the rear of the building that look out onto the car park. We obviously recommend those that look out to the sea, with their little garden (on the first floor). The white- and ochre-coloured walls, decorated with framed pictures; the floor, clad in dark marble; the large beds; the adjustable lighting; and the white leather armchairs all make for very comfortable rooms. Obviously, the size and the amenities change from the standard rooms to the super luxury ones. In the latter category, the rooms include a balcony with a sea view, a bathtub with massaging jets, a curtain, and a bay window that sometimes affords a view of the sea. Next to the wardrobe there is a luggage rack and a large mirror. We particularly appreciated the dimmed lighting around the beds; which creates a warm atmosphere. Unfortunately, some details haven't been carefully thought out, such as the woodwork that is showing some signs of wear. In the marble-clad bathroom you'll find a range of hospitality products (with a larger selection in the super luxury rooms). The big and well lit bathroom has a shower, a hair-dryer, and a make-up mirror. Room service is available 24/7 and the menu is the same as the restaurant's.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The hotel was inaugurated in 1996 and renovated in 2009. The Ocean Palace is one of the main hotels on the Vía Costeira. Once inside this white building shaped like a pyramid, you'll discover a large reception area with brown leather armchairs, coffee tables, potted flowers with visible roots, marble flooring, and art déco details, such as the chandelier. From here you can hear the sea in the distance. On the left is reception and a little further on are 2 boutiques: one sells precious stones and jewellery, the other newspapers and sweets. There are various framed photos of celebrities in the corridors that lead to the different areas. The reception staff will also be happy to book an excursion for you.

    On the ground floor there is an entire entertainment area. Next to the computers with online games you'll find a large room with 2 pool tables, a ping-pong table, and a foosball table. However, the most attractive feature of this hotel for both children and adults is found outside: a huge water park. With 4 swimming pools for adults, another 4 for children, 3 pools with massaging jets, a series of waterfalls, and a couple of bridges, you couldn't find a better setting. All the swimming pools are interconnected and there is a floating bar. There is a children's club (for children over 4) that opens daily in a rather old and colourful room, with slides, a stage for shows, and numerous games. Underneath the swimming pools, there is a spa with a jacuzzi (the setting is a bit cold), a sauna, Turkish baths, a Scottish shower, an indoor hydromassage pool, and a massage parlour. The latter offers Ayurvedic massages, reflexology, reiki, and shiatsu. The gym has no less than 20 machines, 4 TVs, and an entire room dedicated to Pilates, and an instructor is available to help with your Pilates sessions. There are 2 outdoor tennis courts that afford views of the sea.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    The Ocean Palace's culinary offering stands out for its diversity. Among the 5 restaurants, you can choose the French cuisine served outdoors at the piano bar (live music every evening), the sushi bar that opens in the evenings next to the spa, the pizzeria that also serves Tapioca (a local specialty), the coffee shop where you can have your Sunday brunch, and finally the poolside Ocean Grill, that serves fish, seafood, and grilled meat. At the sushi bar, the walls bear Japanese inscriptions, the tables are made of wood, and the crockery adds to the Zen setting. If you choose the half-board formula, you can eat in a different restaurant every day, with a starter, main course, and time to relax after your meal. A full breakfast with all of the usual items, such as coffee, bread, and pastries, as well as some local products, is served daily in the coffee shop.

    Beach 7.20 /10

    The hotel offers direct access to the beach of Vía Costeira, via the ramp next to the swimming pool. If you would like a deckchair and a parasol, ask for them at reception. Depending on the tides and the time of the year, the beach may only be accessible for 6 hours a day. A large stretch of fine sand with warm sea water, the beach is nevertheless a bit narrow and highly exposed to wind. There are various types of algae in the sea, but of course this depends on the time of day and season. You should find out about the prevailing currents before taking a dip.

    To know

    At the Ocean Palace, you can choose to stay in one of the 35 bungalows rather than the standard rooms.

    Equipment

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

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, football, volleyball, beach volley, mountain bike, water-polo, fitness

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • A children's club
    • The water park
    • The various restaurants

    disadvantages

    • Some of the rooms are a bit dated

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