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“Fell in love” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Farol Hotel
Ranked #7 of 38 Hotels in Cascais
Certificate of Excellence
Reno NV
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44 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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“Fell in love”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2011

My friends and I absolutely fell in love with the Farol Design Hotel. We found it to be chic and fabulous, without being pretentious or stuffy. Very relaxing and reminiscent of the Viceroy hotels, I thought. Stunning pool area, beautiful interior design, and lovely service. Although there were a few kids there, it was 2 or maybe 3... certainly not enough to detract from the relaxation we experienced.

Speaking of falling in love, we adored our waiter Tiago, concierge Rui and especially the bartender Joao, who serves the most fabulous rose sangria with a beautiful smile.

Thanks for a lovely vacation. My only regret was not staying longer.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2011

As some other reviewers have commented not 5 star - although the restaurant probably is as we ate there twice and were not disappointed
Rooms are a bit dated but very comfortable with "patio" areas which look down through the rocks to the sea with lovely views
Outside areas were pleasant and peaceful (although few children when we were there) with friendly bar service
A good place to relax and a short walk into the very pleasant town of Cascais

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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43 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2011

The hotel looks great. Fantastic pool area and views. The food in the restaurant is very good. The negatives are its full of kids so its not relaxing and its very pricey. So its not the real Portugal. The rooms are also a bit dated. The furniture was scratched and grubby. Also whilst we were eating in the restaurant a big bus group of reviewers came in with a camera crew. It was very intrusive. The waiter staff explained that "we need the business!" Hmm at the expense of paying guests. These people could have been taken to a separate area. In the morning we avoided beautiful pool area as it was swamped with screaming kids...

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Steve222_11
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Wexford, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2011

Have just returned from a week in the Farol Design Hotel, Cascais both my wife and I had a great holiday. The Hotel is right on the sea front and both the rooms and the pool /bar area have fab views. Breakfast was great, taken outdoors overlooking the sea each morning. Would recommend this Hotel to any couple looking for a relaxing sun holiday, in a nice resort.. The location is great not only by the sea but only a short walk into the center of Cascais with all its great restaurants and bars.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank AAFitep
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2011

My best friend and I took a last minuite break to the Farol and we not dissapointed. A hotel with great attention to detail, superb service and set in a stunning location. Great things were: perfect sun beds at a chilled pool area, stunning views out to sea, really tasty food (delicious sushi), friendly helpful and professional staff, set in the beautiful location of Cascais. Only 2 faults; music by the pool on first day was terrible (Katy Perry/Pink/U2) but seemed to sort itself out on the saturday (phew). And the hairdryers in the rooms were wall mounted hoses...... need i say more??? The room was large with a private terrace overlooking a private lagoon - an I Pod docking station would be a wise addition to each room (it is a 'design hotel'!). I would recommend this hotel for couples or small groups of friends. (no disrespect but I would imagine children would spoil the ambience here...) I think this will have been my first trip of many to Farol Design Hotel. 5 star all the way! One tip - a new resturant called Paradigma, just walking distance in to the town is fantastic - great cocktails and sumptous food in a super stylish setting.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MissyFi
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London, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2011

We stayed in Farol Design Hotel for one night. On arrival the receptionist asked for our credit card twice, and we felt like we had entered a design hotel factory.

We found our way to our room - it was ok, small and furniture was scratched. The room door reminded me of university halls. The bathroom was small and very dated (plastic bath). The view however was magnificent and balcony lovely, if somewhat lacking privacy. The pool area was nice, amazing view of the sea but was surrounded by couples with babies, and the following morning was full of children.

The restaurant was nice, good food, but atmosphere spoiled by a conference group (30+ people) arriving in day gear, walking straight through the restaurant and then videoing their dinner with a big camera with a light on - when asked about this intrusion, the waiter said " they are from tour companies, we have to provide dinner". At the expense of paying guests??

The following day we left without going in the pool - the kids were just too much - unfortunately this hotel has a long way to go to be a true top-notch design hotel - maybe it was once, now anybody goes there. We are sure the area (Sintra, Estoril etc) has better to offer.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2011

just came back from a long weekend at farol design and it was beyond perfect! the food is so so so delicious, the service impeccable..the pool area superb...the rooms fantastic.... i literally dont have anything bad to say about this hotel. cascais is very quiet so dont go there unless you want to relax and unwind...however lisbon is only 30 mins drive away you can always go there is you fancy a busy night or 2...but i can not say it loud enough...this hotel is superb..and the team that work there are truly wonderful...a fantastic experience

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Farol Hotel

Property: Farol Hotel
Address: Avenida Rei Humberto II de Italia 7, Cascais 2750-800, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Cascais
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Cascais
#6 Romantic Hotel in Cascais
#7 Luxury Hotel in Cascais
#8 Business Hotel in Cascais
#11 Family Hotel in Cascais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Farol Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 33
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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Farol Design Cascais
Hotel Farol Design

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