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“A beautiful experience for tea or a beer” 4 of 5 stars
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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)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 26 Hotels in Faro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
London
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“A beautiful experience for tea or a beer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

I live in Portugal and often bring friends to see this beautiful Palacio for tea or a beer on the terrace after a visit to the Roman Villa at Milreu. The hotel is happy for the public to come and see the salas, which are well worth a visit. The beautiful gardens are being restored and a walk around the Palacio to the lane at the bottom reveal a lovely view through large wrought iron gates up a drive which needs weeding...but I loved it...all very Miss Haversham! I really think the hotel should specialise in afternoon teas English stylie...it is all rather quiet on the terrace in the afternoon but it would be wonderful to have a proper high tea. I hope to stay here one day for a special occasion and enjoy the view at greater length.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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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Lier, Belgium
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

This is a really wonderful hotel: it is an old pink castle which was completely renovated and extended with a very modern and avant-garde guest room wing. The old hotel serves as reception area, bar and hotel, while the guest rooms are in the new part.

We stayed there for 3 nights at the end of February, and believe it or not we paid in total for the 2 of us €220, extended breakfast included. When at least 1 of the occupants of the room is > 55 years, you get an extra discount!

The room was enormous, with a triple size bed and large fully equipped bathroom. And a private terrace.

Outside there is a magnificent garden and large swimming pool. There is a wellness/fitness center inside.

The hotel is located in a very small town some 10 km both of Faro. The only drawback that there is no other restaurant in the town, so a car is needed to go to a restaurant.
The restaurant of the hotel serves standard food at average cost, so if you can, avoid it.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Burgas, Bulgaria
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87 reviews 87 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We didn't stay here though I really wish we did. We just paid a visit to the Palace which is free. The young man behind reception was very helpful and friendly and was very knowledgeable about the history of the palace. The gardens were nice with fruit trees and flowers, could be better maintained though. The gardens of the palace are much larger than what you actually get to visit but it is nice that they are open to everyone to visit.
The pool of the hotel looked lovely from the gardens and I must say I was very jealous of all the people in there

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

This place is not really in Faro; it’s about fifteen minutes away. But it’s right off the main highway and far away enough to be quiet. I’m not sure why you would stay in Faro unless it’s for the beach. We stayed here as a halfway point and to experience the Algarve And because they have an old garden. It’s really wonderful except for the dreadful décor of the dining room.
I’m sure you’ve already read that it is a starkly contrasting design, but the two spheres are kept separate (except for the dreadful dining room.) Apparently the original palace is from the Belle Époque when so many wild fantastic places were built in Spain and Portugal. It deserved to be preserved and if it has to be as a hotel then so be it. And if it has to be as a modern facility then why not? The old part is a syrupy confection, and the new part is an uncompromising slab. I loved it! They kind of define and enrich each other. No one could afford to extend the building and make it the same as the over-the-top main building. So what they did was gave the modern tourist a gigantic room with plenty of amenities. And you still have the richly ornate common areas. It’s really all very Zen. (except for the dreadful dining room.)
It seemed mostly populated with German tourists experiencing the spa/relax lifestyle with day trips thrown in. It certainly is a beautiful place to chill; an edgeless pool and the facility are surrounded by mountains and orange trees. In the front of the pousada is the remains of a fantastic garden. Closest to the house is a parterre with two belvederes/teahouses. The murals and tiles inside are exquisite. On the other side of a wall is an unrestored pond with a Versaille style statue which you can’t quite see. The gate is locked as of this writing. Further on, one can see the top of a large iron chinoiserie belvedere. There’s a colonnade in a cross pattern off the breakfast terrace that has been planted in a modern style in the four squares created. Mmm, not so sure how that came out, but all great places to hang out.
Our room on the middle floor had 2 big beds and acres of closet space and, of course no wall hangings. The bathroom was all marble. And I’ve never seen this before: the 16 or so slabs making up the floor were matched so that the pattern continued across the entire floor. All very clean. We also had a good sized balcony.
Parking was underground for our room and we were escorted initially to our room by an employee. The staff members were all charming and spoke English well. They were very professional but not stuffy.
Breakfast buffet was pretty good and again seemed to cater to the German tourist (cured meats.) Breakfast is usually set up on the terrace. The scrambled eggs were perfect even though they were served in a chaffing dish. Orange juice did not seem fresh. Lots of fruit. We had dinner in their restaurant which was very good. I had vegetable risotto; not very al Dente but the veg was well cooked. There were two other vegan dishes. They had excellent brown rolls with walnuts. My partner loved his John Dory. It was all great except for the dreadful décor in the dining room. It’s in the old house and you enter through the old kitchen but the tables and chairs are right out of a 1960’s school cafeteria. Simple modern Formica dreck. The ‘feature’ wall is a wood grained wall cut up into small doors resembling a gym locker room. I wasn’t sure if I should worry about being snapped by a towel or whether I was sitting at the cool table. Each table for two was paired with another having a small lower table between them. And yet there was a single wide aisle down the middle of the room. They could have at least spread them about so that you didn’t have to listen to the strangers’ problems. OK, I guess that is a European-style ding room.
I have high hopes for this place.

Room Tip: second floor has a balcony and ez parking. top floor has ez access to pool and spa
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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North West England
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86 reviews 86 reviews
58 hotel reviews
Reviews in 67 cities Reviews in 67 cities
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Had 4 lovely relaxing nights in this sympathtically modernised and adapted palace. The mix of new and old has been carried out well, with the hotel having long bright corridors and rooms. Our room was towards the far end of the hotel and very quiet, with views towards Faro, over orange trees. Very large room and bed (which was a bit hard, but a quick call to reception and they sorted this for us), very clean and well maintained. The balcony was quite small, but adequate. We didn't use the pool, as the weather was poor. Breakfast was a little chaotic, a good selection of breads, yogurts, cereals, fruits and meats, but they weren't topped up quickly, so on one morning there was one lonely crossiant abandoned for quite a while. Teapots were also not quickly replaced (most seem to be chipped). Despite the odd quirk at breakfast it was a lovely place to stay and I would certainly recommend it as an escape from the high rise hotels in towns! Estoi itself had a certain charm, tired in places, with locals of all ages chatting in the square or coffee bars. Old ladies sat in doorways preparing food or nipping into doorways which turn out to be small shops. It was in Estoi that we found the newly opened restaurant Galeria Dos Sentidos, 1 minute walk from the hotel - great ambience, helpful hosts, great food (the steak and chicken were lovely) and amazing value.

Room Tip: If you want a quiet room, ask for a room at the far end of the hotel.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wirral
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

This is another Pousada, which is being brought back to its former life. However, the bedrooms, which contour the hillside, are modern with large large comfortable beds and ours, No 114, provided splendid views over Faro. The long corridors are stark and minimulistic in comparison with the public rooms, which have retained the features of its days as a palace. The gardens should be considered as a work in progress, as there was little colour compared with an abundance of spring flowers across the Algarve. Unfortunately, it was too cold to swim outdoors and the indoor pool is tiny, about 5 meters long! The food and service was good, but not just to the very high standard that we have enjoyed at other Pousadas. We were delighted with the packed breakfast they provided for our early departure to Faro Airport. Like many hotels, the price of items in or on the room fridge were over-priced.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Hydra, Attiki, Greece
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Having to return home via Faro Airport after a month in Southern Portugal we decided to splash out on a couple of nights at the nearby Estoi Pousada. From the moment we arrived we were cosseted by helpful staff that trollied our luggage to a large, pristinely clean and elegant room with a balcony overlooking the peaceful, well kept garden. Later donning our provided white toweling bathrobes we went for a steam, swim and sauna in the bright and spotlessly clean swimming pool area. Breakfast was equally pleasant with a wide choice of food from sausage, scrambled eggs and bacon to fruit cereals, yoghurt and muesli. Fresh orange juice, tea and coffee were on tap along with Champagne for those who could handle an early morning ‘Bucks Fizz’.
The restaurant was too busy with functions on the nights we stayed in the Pousada, so we toured the town of Estoi looking for a traditional meal. We were very lucky to find 'Restaurante O Bicanquinho' next door to Santander on the 'Rua de Faro' high street.
Our host - a bright, cheerful and extremely enthusiastic German lady named Ramona Gohl - prepared inexpensive, memorable meals for us of Pork with Clams, Golden Bream, and a freshly cooked speciality Seafood Rice for two ( 24 hours notice) that was well worth waiting for.
Not only will we be returning to Estoi, but we really can't wait!

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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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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