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Pousada de Faro Palace Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua Sao Jose, Estoi, Faro 8005-465, Portugal (Formerly Pousada de Faro - Estoi Palace Hotel)   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #1 of 26 Hotels in Faro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Just the place in which to relax”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

A marvellously relaxed Pousada, with the combination of restored fantasy Palacio and up to date minimalist bedrooms. Staff were friendly, relaxed, but efficient, and the cuisine was a delightfully sophisticated take on local dishes. Not somewhere to expect to be rushing about, but ideal to recharge your batteries.

Room Tip: The superior rooms ( level 2) are spacious and with a lovely view
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
64 hotel reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Well The retired Traveller and Mrs E arrived here and stayed from the 25th September 2012 to the 1st of October 2012. We booked into the Suite Rio Secco, ( Room 23 ).
The Hotel Reception and Staff were very friendly and helpful and as we intended to eat out on the first night ensured that we had a table reserved at a local Restuarant that we alreaady knew to be excellent.
Throughout the stay we found all the staff to be exceptional and those that serviced our Suite were reallly attentive and did a great service and job.
The Hotel rooms are in the discreetly placed new build area that ensures the original Palace building has no detracting elements.
The suite was very comfortable and had a welcome bottle of champagne and fruit waiting for us on entering. They are really good and have two balconies placed for getting the most of the sunshine with one seating area off teh lounge and a terrace for sunbeds off the bedroom area.
The palce itself is a truly wonderful place, ornate and stunning decoration throughout with fantastic gardens. Many people visit during the day just so they can have coffee and tea, and it is a must see in the area when visiting.
There are large parts of the garden area being restored further away from the hotel which you will find on exploring. You can clearly see the intent to make what will be a vast garden area a truly great place to walk and enjoy in future years. But the current gardens are just fantasitc and a great place to sit and relax.
We ate in the restaurant when Mrs E and some guests we had invited over came to celbrate her 28th Birthday party.
We can reccomend eating in there and the staff were truly magnificient and made the evening very enjoyable. The food is prepared with great care and many local people choose to eat here, but it is expensive by comparision to local prices. Also being popular, it is well advised to book in advance.
The only issue really that you may consider is that, unusually for such a fine establishment, the Wifi provision is not complimentary, so you will need to be prepared to pay for this service. Not what I am used to when staying in such places.
The pool area and it's bar and facilites are very good and well placed again for the sun during the day. Very relaxing and enjoyable. We most certainly enjoyed our experience here.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great from what we could see. Remember that some of the suites are at the end of s...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stayed here for a week in late sept and it was lovely! It's not cheap but deffo worth the treat!

The rooms are lovely and spacious, the breakfast buffet is great with lovely freshly cooked food and fresh fruit. Book your table for dinner in advance as tables get booked quickly - the food is delicious. The pool is great to lounge by and my boyfriend enjoyed swimming in it.

The inside of the palace is stunning - there are two 'salon' rooms which you can enjoy drinks in. If tables for dinner aren't available, there's a light bar menu option. In the town there's The Cavern/V Terra restaurant near the Roman ruins which has a delightful roof terrace, the owners are v friendly and the food is good. The menu is eclectic.

Staying here requires a car, other towns are easy to get to.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cardiff, Wales
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

This was our first visit to Portugal and our first Pousada although have experience of the Spanish Paradors. The historic palace is ornate and the gardens that have been restored so far are lovely, the old building houses the communal areas and the rooms are in a contemporary addition. Rooms have great size, Pool area was quiet - near perfect. The outdoor seating in the restaurant was perfect in September and the food pretty good. Estoi was nice to wander around and the local Roman ruins were an easy stroll down the main road. Staff were very professional and helpful. Only negative is it would be good to have coffee making in the rooms and it is a bit of a pain having to get internet passwords for 30 min free access.

Room Tip: We had a standard room on the ground floor, seemed fine, couldn't see any major advantage to oth...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gibraltar
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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

A week in early September, booked almost by accident because Monte do Casal has closed. 99% good points: helpful staff, pleasant surroundings, good food, no noise, very comfortable room (we had an enormous suite), everything working as it should. The comments below are intended as constructive criticism and not to denigrate in any way - we had a terrific time and will certainly return.

The one disadvantage of our suite (124) was that it was at the far end of two long corridors. Thus, if one forgot the sun tan lotion when going to the pool, it was quite a trek to go and retrieve it. But it was good exercise.

As is commented on in another review, the furniture in the public rooms and restaurant is appalling - a job lot of plastic chairs and tables in palatial surroundings. Perfectly comfortable but not in keeping with the place. The bar is a little cubby hole of peculiarly unwelcoming aspect.

Wifi costs - although one can get a voucher for a half-hour's free use each day. At this level of hotel (with prices to match), Wifi should be free.

The food is very good indeed and reasonably priced. The house red is excellent; avoid the house white. Breakfast provides a decent selection of the usual help yourself buffet (although no espresso coffee).

The swimming pool area is lovely. We were there at an uncrowded time which I suspect made it all the better. The 'spa' etc did not attract my wife, who usually makes a beeline for these things. The bar at the swimming pool can be a little erratic in providing service.

A car is desirable, if not actually necessary. Estoi does not offer a great deal in the way of entertainment.

The staff are, without exception, helpful, smiling and willing. We had a great time - I strongly recommend the hotel. But any review must point out slight drawbacks, so that future visitors do not go there and have high hopes not fully realised.

Room Tip: The higher the number on each level, the longer the walk.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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120 reviews 120 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Our second visit, only for a day last year, and this time for a week. Not only is this a haven of style and tranquility, it is handy for visiting any number of sights/beaches. Helpful and knowledgeable staff, sympathetic restoration of the Palace and Gardens (though please do something about the Rymans 1970s furniture in the public salons!), teeming with fig, olive and lemon, this is a 5 star Hotel without the hassle. The smell of thyme, rosemary and lavender that greeted us each morning when we opened our window, just blew us away. A pristine pool, immaculately kept, plus a small pool for our visiting grandson. Babysitting and a cot provided without demur. Excellent breakfasts, and romantic dinners on the terrace. Lovely modern bedroom with vast bed and funky balcony. Sigh. When can we go back?

Room Tip: We've only stayed in room on -1, which has direct access to the pool and the thyme/rosemary/lav...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
153 reviews 153 reviews
33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 50 cities Reviews in 50 cities
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

For the past three years, I've taken my family to the Algarve. Two of those visits we stayed here. This year I made the mistake of not returning and ventured out to the Martinhal Beach Resort. Venture no further than Estoi. The setting is stunning and what you see online is less than what you get. Magical and peaceful place. The modern extension is very well done and the rooms are minimalist but very nice. Breakfast / dinner is divine on the outdoor terrace. Perfect climate. Easy access to all the best beaches and attractions in the region. Also about 15 mins from the airport so super efficient if you've dragged yourself and family from a distance.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Pousada de Faro Palace Hotel

Address: Rua Sao Jose, Estoi, Faro 8005-465, Portugal (Formerly Pousada de Faro - Estoi Palace Hotel)
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Faro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Faro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Pousada de Faro Palace Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The luxurious Pousada de Estoi, the Estoi Palace, born out of the recovery of an old eighteenth century palace, is located in the village of Estoi only 10 km from Faro. This palace once belonged to Jose Francisco da Silva, Viscount of Estoi, and was opened in 1909. In 1987, it was purchased by the Town Hall of Faro, and in 1977, it was considered a property of Public Interest. A project by architect Goncalo Byrne, this hotel in Faro has a Health Club where you can enjoy a Turkish bath, sauna, tropical showers and heated indoor pool with a whirlpool. In a region with great gastronomic traditions you can find the Visconde restaurant, one of the Algarvian establishments which include fish and fresh seafood. The whole menu is inspired by Portuguese cuisine and exhibits a genuine form of art for good eating. Don't miss out on the deserts from Algarve made with figs and almonds grown locally. Experiencing the Pousada de Estoi is a pleasant journey with a combination of the classical, Baroque and contemporary elements that will definitely be a memorable experience. ... more   less 
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