As soon as we sat down at the outdoor bar for our complimentary "welcome drinks" and checked out the 180 degree view of the sunlit pool, the raised white double sun beds, the ocean, and the black craggy rocks I knew that the Farol was going to be the highlight of our week-long stay in Portugal. We wasted no time changing into swimsuits and heading straight to the pool, where the friendly staff served us fruit kebabs, sandwiches and drinks. And we took full advantage of the outdoor bar once again after sundown for scotches on the deck.
Other perks are stunning room views, especially if you can get a room facing the rocks, massage tubs in the rooms, free Internet access and a lavish breakfast with six kinds of freshly squeezed juices--orange, pear, mango, tomato, grapefruit and peach. Staff were helpful--offering luggage storage and early check-in. The main town of Cascais is also just a short walk away. But I would strongly recommend not wasting time with sightseeing and taking full advantage of the Farol itself.
If I had to note a criticism of the hotel, it would only be that a few of the details are not quite up to par compared to an American luxury hotel. You won't find high thread count sheets here, and you will find some scuff marks on the bedroom walls and faded throw pillows. But don't let that dissuade you. We stayed in amazing places in both nearby Estoril and Lisbon, but if we had to do it over (and if money were not a factor), we would have spent all of our time at the Farol. It reminded me of what a vacation is supposed to be.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Planted on the edge of the rocks that rise out of the ocean, Farol Hotel is set in a mansion dating back to 1890, formerly owned by the Count of Cabral. In 2002 an extension was built, creating a superb innovative interface between the 19th century original building and the daring new contemporary structure extending over the rocks and offering superb views of the Atlantic and most picturesque sunsets.Unique in concept, the designer rooms originated from an invitation to select top Portuguese fashion designers to “dress a room”. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Farol Design Cascais
- Hotel Farol Design