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“Friendly little place” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pensao Central

Pensao Central
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Pensao Central
Ranked #15 of 27 Hotels in Faro
Geelong, Australia
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19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Friendly little place”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2014 via mobile

We spent two nights here in low season. The room at the front overlooked a nice square and there was no problem with noise because Faro is a ghost town in winter.

As per other reviews the place is spotless especially the sparkling bathroom. The host is charming and offered to communicate in Spanish, French or Portuguese but we managed to get along with English ok.

The rooms are large, tiled floor. The over bath shower does not have a holder at head height, we used the bath instead. The beds are pretty comfy although the sheets are made of fleecy material, as are the pillowcases which made me glad I'd packed my pillowcase and sleeping bag liner. The coverlet smelt a bit dusty.

There is no heating or cooling in the room. It was ok for us as this winter is mild, but could be uncomfortable in colder weather and in summer.

The owner of this place is lovely and makes every effort to make sure the guests are comfortable. This is a great budget option in Faro if you can get used to polar-fleece bedding!

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

It's a lovely, basic little guesthouse, 5mins walk from the bus station/train station and 3mins to the old town walls. Just behind Hotel Faro and Eva so very central. Lovely owner, little English but spoke French instead. Basic rooms but very clean and pleasant. Only slight downside the shop below my room decided to restock at 7am in the morning so a bit of an early wake-up but still good value for the money.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank gee505
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central scotland
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65 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

Most reviews have said it all already. Its location is superb, not only convenient for both bus and rail station,near the waterfront, but also surrounded by restaurants and cafes plus a supermarket next door. Our room was large and airy with a nice big clean bathroom - hard to beat at the price.No breakfast, but plenty places nearby. Really pleasant, helpful hosts, though communication was done in a mixture of French and Spanish - they don't speak much, if any English. Would definitely stay again if we return to Faro.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Berlin
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

its not a spectacular place, dont expect much. its simple, clean, a very very friendly owner - an older gentleman. a place to stay and feel welcome, one where you can walk barefeet through room and bath without wondering what sticks to your toe. also, its a small place, and those who put five stars secretly might wish that it encourages others to go. i feel like that. preserve the good, home run places. there are enough chains in faro already.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank Daniel_and_Maria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2012

the central is near the heart of the city of faro, a lovely pension, very clean and very friendly hosts. we stayed in a big room for 50€ without breakfast, with a lovely terrace. despite its central location, it's not too noisy, even if you hear the sounds of the cars or the voices of clients of the restaurants close by. we just closed the window and shut out the noise in that case.

i'd definitely stay there again next time i'll be in faro!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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8 Thank ctecvie
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Napier, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2010

We were here in October, Loved the central location of this pension, close to the beautiful old town, waterfront, and bus depot. We found it easy to catch a bus to Taviro & Seville from here). The french man hosting was fabulous, very friendly and helped as best he could even though he did not speak much english. The room was great with a lovely little balcony over looking the street below. Being October (off peak) we found the rate very reasonable & we still had 30 degree weather every day! The only negative thing (that couldn't be helped by the hotel) was that there is a supermarket below that starts stocking shelves early in the morning, we were woken by the sound of trollies being dragged along the cobblestones, but we didn't mind the early wake up call as we were keen to make the most of every day there! I would recommend this place for couples or travellers on a budget that would like something more comfortable & private than a hostel. They did have rooms for 3-4 people as well.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Pensao Central
Address: Lg Terreiro Bispo 10 / 12, Faro 8000-156, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Faro
Amenities:
Room Service
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Ranked #15 of 27 Hotels in Faro
Number of rooms: 309
Also Known As:
Pensao Central Hotel Faro
Pensao Central Faro, Portugal - Algarve

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