Palacio de Estoi, Faro

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  • Since we stayed in estoi, once. Was free to visit. 3 rooms can tour but these are also not super great. The ceilings still give the splendour of the past again, but the decor was too modern. The garden very beautiful to see with all the beautiful tiles. Fine to do, especially since it was free.
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  • A brief visit but it is worthwhile if you are close. You are accessed free of charge through the hotel, and the best time by the late, the light that there are is precious and enters through the stained-glass windows giving a magical light. Also ideal if you can look over the halls of the hotel caught passing out.
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  • A little tricky to find but lots of pretty gardens to see. I would have liked to find more out about it, historical significance etc  more »
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  • The hotel is a historic place, built over a antique palace. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and also the bathroom. Unfortunately the room service is open until 10PM. In my case I have arrived almost 1AM and from an international flight connecting from Lisbon... Unfortunately I went to bed hungry this time. The landscape is beautiful and the hotel is on the top of a mountain with a pretty view of the city. Thing that I frequently do to check the quality of the service: eat something from the minibar to check if on the next day it will be replaced was a disaster, since I ate sever food and drinks and didn't have anything replaced. I had to call the reception to rquest this service. In end, I will rate this hotel as a 4 star, since there is nothing better around, but do expect a comfortable place but so not expected a high end service or neither a star service. Before finish, the food is good but nothing more than good. I had a chance to the eat in the restaurant twice and nothing delighted me. I will stay here again if I was about to return to Faro! Keep in mind that since the hotel is quite far from the city, it usually takes 15min for the taxi to arrive to the hotel and another 15min to reach the city center.
  • We stayed 1 night in the hotel and it was a nice experience. Old combined with modern, very nice room as well. We also decided to have dinner at the restaurant which unfortunately costs the hotel 1 star from our rating. We ate one bred and they charged for two persons. A price of 8 EUR for a piece of bred is not something you can experience in Switzerland even. It was also a bit surprising to see that they sent guests away if you didn't make a reservation though there were places available. They don't need it - as long as you eat bred :-).
  • Very fancy hotel. Beautiful building and also a very nice garden outside. You can visit the hotel and the garden even if you don't stay there. The food is also great, expensive for Portugal but very good. Worth a visit.
  • We stayed here in late August for a long weekend. It was an enjoyable stay but it wasn't totally what I was expecting. On the positive, it is a beautiful building, and rooms are comfortable with large beds, powerful showers and a terrace. We spent some time by the outdoor pool, which had a bar and plenty of seating. When gusty, the umbrellas would go flying, so worth keeping one eye open! The pool was very cold and you really had to ease yourself in slowly. The heated indoor pool was only heated if you requested it and this took around 20 mins. We had a daily routine of requesting things from one area of the hotel, only to be sent somewhere else, and then back again. We often felt we were causing a hassle! The restaurant was very expensive, as if it were a fine dining place, but it was certainly nowhere near this standard. Dinner seemed to be buffet on several nights, so if you're vegetarian it's worth finding an alternative in Estoi, or asking if you can order from the regular menu. Generally, the hotel staff were unpredictable -- either very professional and quick to assist, or very reluctant to help, dismissive and unenthusiastic. Finally, if the hotel wants to be viewed as upscale, it needs a refresh. The modern decor looks shabby in places, and the lower gardens are totally uncared for. Why buy new garden seats but leave the dirty bubble wrap hanging off!? To end on a positive note, the upper garden, which looks perfectly tended, is a lovely back drop for a late afternoon drink on the terrace.
  • Absolutely stunning building and gardens. Pool area looked great. Public rooms were beautifully decorated. Didn't eat or sleep there

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