We stayed here for seven nights in early September as part of a late summer holiday. The hotel is bang in the centre of Faro, opposite the marina and with fantastic views from the rooftop restaurant across the Ria Formosa.
It was a perfectly good place to stay but it felt very much like a business hotel - impersonal, functional furnishings, no real character. But we'd read previous reviews and looked at pictures so we weren't expecting anything else and it suited us fine. The place was spotlessly clean, the bed was comfortable, and the room was big enough that we could spread out our stuff.
Breakfast is taken in the rooftop restaurant - either indoors or out. It's a buffet and there was a good selection every day of the usual hot and cold breakfast fare with, usually, a daily special of a local variety of cake.
We eat in the same restaurant in the evening three times. The first two times the food was delicious - beautiful fresh fish - and the service was good. The third time was on our final Saturday night and it was disastrous. We were served by four different waiters, none of whom seemed aware of what the others were doing, we waited an hour for food, I had to go and remind them of some of our order, and the food, when it came, was not a patch of the meals we had had earlier in the week - a small portion of overcooked fish and semi-cold vegetables. The restaurant was full that night (the other nights it had been almost empty) and clearly the kitchen and waiting staff couldn't cope. We heard three other tables complain and one couple walked out. And when I complained after our meal the waiter just shrugged and said that the they were missing some staff - no apology forthcoming and not even a drink on the house to make amends.
Conclusion: a perfectly decent place to stay if you aren't expecting too much. Clean and functional but nothing beyond the call of duty. And be careful of the restaurant - if you can get there on an empty night, try it - otherwise, go elsewhere - there are lots of fantastic restaurants in Faro.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the marina and Ria Formosa Natural Park, this modern hotel is located in downtown Faro. It offers a restaurant, a bar and a terrace with panoramic views.Hotel Faro offers spacious rooms filled with natural light and fitted with chic, modern furnishings. Some rooms feature a balcony while many have a seating area.Guests can admire the picturesque view from the rooftop terrace while sampling Portuguese specialities at Hotel Faro's restaurant, Ria Formosa.Faro Hotel is located in the city centre close to the main attractions of the city. It is just a short drive from Faro International airport (7 Km away), the Faro train station and the bus terminal are 5 minutes walk away.The islands Deserta, Farol and Culatra with its fabulous sandy beaches can be reached in 25 minutes with the regular ferries from the nearby ferry pier, Faro island is just a drive of 10Km away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Faro Portugal - Algarve