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“Different ...Baroque meets trendy!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pousada Palacio de Estoi

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Pousada Palacio de Estoi
Ranked #1 of 27 Hotels in Faro
Certificate of Excellence
Hitchin, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Different ...Baroque meets trendy!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2011

This is not your usual multi national hotel
It is different with the old and new working together although not to everyones taste

The views were great across the valley to Faro and the spacious rooms very modern in stark contrast to the beautifully refurbished palace building.

We enjoyed the restaurant and the staff were good

No complaints !

Room Tip: If having wine with your meal try the pousada ageda ....very reasonable and good quality
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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northern europe
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2011

If you are into retro Soviet 60's concrete bunker architecture mixed wth high Victorian this is the place for you.
If you need to stay in a Pousada near Faro Airport use the Pousada at Tavira it is gorgeous.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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201 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2011

We had planned a night somewhere far from the madding crowd before we took possession of an Algarve villa with extended family. Arriving on a very hot day, we were charmed from the moment of our arrival. Such a pretty pink and yelllow palace with gorgeous, cool gardens with plinking fountains, and breezy, pale columned terrace commanding a stunning view of Faro and the sea over lemon and olive groves. And then the modern, cunningly designed accommodation, hacked into the side of the mountain. Vast comfortable bed, huge well appointed bathroom, little private patio fringed with wild thyme.....just gorgeous! We had a delicious (set and very reasonable) lunch, a relaxing swim and snooze by the adult's pool (there is also a children's one and a heated indoor jacuzzi-type one) an even more delightful dinner, and finally a splendid breakfast before very very reluctantly making our way towards the hurly burly of the Algarve. Delightful touches everywhere, including a jug of iced home made lemonade with sprigs of fresh mint, on the reception desk as you check out, which my husband declared the most refreshing thing he 'd ever drunk. We would love to return for a weekend and would highly recommend it as a Spring/Late Summer treat.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lisbon, Portugal
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28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2011

The Pousada is a beautiful building carefully refurbished - a mixture of old & new. It wil be more spectacular when the gardens open for the public.
Our room was large and comfortable, the pool is worth spending the day! Restaurant is also very good.
At the end of the day we felt that the unit was understaffed for the weekend albeit the hotel was full. Service in the pool area had to be called in by phone although there is a pool bar - no explanation was given. What happened was that glasses and dishes were left on the tables the whole day - noone bothered to pick them up although service was delivering more things to the pool area. Also most of the sun umbrellas were broken which I can only understand (although not accept) because of the time of the year. I suppose they replace the umbrellas in the new season (at least I hope they will).
Overall, the stay was very pleasant. Service was rather scarce but nice, always with a smile. Worth a revisit!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled 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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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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225 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2011

Only six miles from Faro airport and within easy reach of the main coastal motorway this hotel was a great base for a short break. Incredible combination of ancient and modern in the contrast between the public rooms and modern bedrooms.
Agree with others that this isn't a cheap alternative but in my view it was worth the extra expense.
You will need a car to have alternative eating venues assuming you go bed & breakfast.

Room Tip: All rooms have small balcony and coast view. Not worth paying extra for higher floor.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Pousada Palacio de Estoi

Property: Pousada Palacio de Estoi
Address: Rua Sao Jose, Faro 8005-465, Portugal (Formerly Pousada de Faro - Estoi Palace Hotel)
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Faro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Faro
#1 Luxury Hotel in Faro
#1 Family Hotel in Faro
Price range (per night): ₹ 5,966 - ₹ 13,407
Hotel Class:4 star — Pousada Palacio de Estoi 4*
Number of rooms: 63
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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