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Review of Pousada Palacio de Estoi

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Pousada Palacio de Estoi
Ranked #1 of 27 Hotels in Faro
Certificate of Excellence
Hampshire, UK
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377 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
“A truly excellent hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2012

The design of the hotel is very impressive, combining the original palace with very modern accomodation at lower levels.
Rooms are very spacious, comfortable & quiet.
Breakfast is very good.
There is a large covered car park with easy access, as well as outside spaces.
The only negative is that although bedrooms & public areas have a lot of lights they are not adequate if you want to read in comfort.

  • Stayed April 2012, 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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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Cascais, Portugal
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203 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

Unusual combination of modern architecture with a small XIX century gentry’s palace. The ruins of the palácio de Estoi were recovered and although it presents an architectural kitsch / rococo style all is harmonious.
The services (restaurants, reception rooms and bar) are located in the palace. The rooms are located into the new area. My room had a good dimension, huge window and a front garden. The bed was super king size, excellent toilet provided with every amenities.
High quality reception service. Breakfast was good. The restaurant located in the old kitchen of the palace, with modern furnishings, has an excellent service and very good cuisine fusion style.
Although a bit far from the celebrated beaches of the Algarve is a true five-star

Room Tip: Must have dinner at pousada
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Leigh, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

This hotel is in the small village of Estoi, just 10 mins from Faro & 20 mins from the airport. This Hotel has everything for a memorable stay (Including a Chapel !!) Indoor & outdoor pool SPA Gym, every room has an outside area with table & chairs and views to the coast 6 miles away. The rooms are ultra modern with 74 channels on the TV (about 10 in english) very large, great heating/AC, large bathroom, spotless clean.
The Restaurant is top notch (Can't say that for the other Pousadas I have stayed in though)

Oh and the Palace itself, it really is like being a house guest in a stately home.

I only spent my last night of a week stay in the Algarve ( all nights in the Posadas in Sangres & Tavira) this was the best by far in all respects and I WILL return for longer.

Booking on a Tuesday or using a Passport its about 100 to 105 euros a night with brakfast for 2.

Room Tip: Get one at the end of floor 2 sat 215 onwards
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  • Stayed February 2012, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lisboa
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

the setting and scenery is fantastic, makes you wish you could make a big party there; great swimming pool, unfortunetely closed despite good weather, fantastic view; rooms are relatively big and confortably furnished, good view (2nd floor); sauna and steam bath not working properly; great service, very nice and helpful staff, as normally in the Pousadas; breakfast is not outstandig but is standard good; for sure good place to come in the summer;

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Antwerp, Belgium
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27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2012

We spent 10 nights at this Pousada near Faro and the experience was simply great. From arrival to departure we received excellent service whether at reception, in the rooms, the restaurant, etc.
Room itself (superior) had all the amenities, a splendid view and daily "make-overs" that were just impressive.
the price/quality ratio was optimal. actually, Pousadas have all sorts of offers and promotions that make it difficult to resist pushing the "book now" button.

Room Tip: Rooms on the 2 level have the best views and are close to the pool.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Herman H
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Florida, USA
Level Contributor
93 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2012

This pousada turned out to be the best of the 8 or 9 that we have stayed at in recent years. The original old palace is simply beautiful both inside and out, and warrants many photos. The add-on wing that contains the rooms allows for modern, roomy and comfortable rooms, with great views looking toward Faro and the Ocean beyond. It is located in a very quiet area, close to the main highway, but allows access to the far busier city of Faro in an easy 15-20 minutes. The dining at the pousada was good, as were the much greater selection of restaurants in Faro. All in all, a great experience for those traveling through the Algarve.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hartford, Connecticut
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38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2011

We spent six wonderful days at this pousada. Contrary to what others may say, the architect did a splendid job of mixing the old with the new. Our room was modern, comfortable, bright and clean. The public spaces preserved the historic feel of the palace while they felt fresh and not stuffy. The gardens were well tended and beautiful.

Breakfasts were very tasty and the selection was fresh with plenty of things to choose from. We ate dinner here each night and it was always very tasty. The pool area was really nice and always clean with wonderful panoramic views, and a very tasty Sangria! The staff was always pleasant and the restaurant servers went out of their way to be nice to our kids. Overall, however, the hotel did feel a bit understaffed, ie. bar not staffed, hurried waiters, long waits at the pool bar, long waits for drinks during meals. All this was okay though; we were on vacation.

We would stay at this hotel again, and with great enthusiasm. Another wonderful pousada!

Room Tip: All rooms are nice and all have lovely views. All have either patios or balconies.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Pousada Palacio de Estoi
Address: Rua de 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:
Ranked #1 of 27 Hotels in Faro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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