A great hotel is made not only by the building & rooms but also the staff. This place is fantastic! From the moment we walked through the door we were made to feel very welcome.
The hotel is a mixture of an old &beautiful Portuguese palace & gardens with modern rooms & pool area. There was something of a trek to get to room especially with bulky motorcycle luggage, but this task was made easier with the use of a trolley, offered to us upon our arrival at reception. Our room was very large, and cool, thanks to the wonderful air-conditioning & curtains. The bed was massive and very comfortable, & the en-suite bathroom was, again, large, and like the room very clean and tidy with great facilities. There was plenty of storage in the room. On the bed was a chocolate and bottled water & glasses on the side table. The TV was easy to operate and get English sound on many of the channels. The room contained a secure safe and fridge/mini-bar.
Parking was underground in a secure room card controlled opening and led easily to the 1st floor. Reception, dining, pool and verandas were on the 3rd floor. Our room was on level 0 and like the 1st & 2nd floors down a long wide corridor. Free wi-fi was available in the room & around the hotel, & each floor had a public PC for easier web access.
The old palace contained the dining rooms, bar, lounges & chapel and was decorated beautifully, some rooms not unlike one can see in Brighton’s Royal Pavilion. There was also access to the veranda where meals could be eaten out in the open.
The pool, spa facilities were accessed from the 2nd floor and looked out over some of the old gardens, and in the distance Faro and the surrounding area. Drinks & snacks could be obtained at the poolside bar & enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere. Towels were provided for bathers an dthere were plenty of sun-loungers and umbrellas.
The staff were polite, friendly, helpful & well presented. The breakfasts were buffet style and plentiful, ranging from cooked items such as: scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, mushrooms, baked beans & chips, to cold items such as: fruits, yoghurts, juices, breads, rolls, pastries & cakes, cereals, cheeses and meats. The dinner menu suited all wallets, was well presented, delicious and varied. Wines were pricey as were the drinks generally, but the slugs of spirits were huge.
The location of the hotel was on the north side of the quiet village of Estoi, & though close to the motorway, the sounds did not cause trouble. A short walk into Estoi gave access to the few bars & shops, & further down the main road the roman ruins of Milreu, which are definitely worth a visit.
All in all, we thorough enjoyed our 3 nights at the Pousada de Faro Palace Hotel. We would recommend it and next time we come down to the Faro Motorcycle Rally will definitely stay again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Pousada De Faro Palace Hotel Portugal - Algarve