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Guest House Sao Filipe
Ranked #16 of 26 Faro B&B and Inns
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2 reviews
“More than beats the eye”
Reviewed 2 September 2013

We spent only one night at Guest House Sao Filipe, but we were positively surprised. Everything was very clean and neat. The room was basic but very cosy, with a TV, air conditioning and a very nice, large bathroom. The street was quiet so we had a very good rest. The lady at the reception was very friendly and helpful, and so was the rest of the staff for that matter. They were kind enough to return by post a dress that I had forgotten there, and all without me having to cover any expenses, even though I offered to do so. Hats off to them!

All in all we had a very pleasant stay at Sao Filipe, and I am quite sure that if we were to visit Faro again, we would lodge with them again :)

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bow, NH
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

Our stay at Hospedaria Sao Filipe was nice and enjoyable. The staff was very smiley and helpful, and relaxed regarding when the bill was to be paid. We were placed in what appeared to be an external room on the roof/upper veranda of the hotel, but the room was clean and comfortable. The bathroom was the only part of the room that was somewhat disappointing: the shower did not drain well at all (there appeared to be sand or dirt in the bottom) and there was some mold on the wall around the fan. However, the shower consistently had strong water flow, the wifi worked throughout the room, and there were plenty of extra linens. The hotel is also located quite close to the station (about 2 minutes walk) and the center (about 5 minutes). There are several nice cafe's nearby for breakfast (we did not opt for the breakfast option at the hotel).

Room Tip: I imagine the rooms in the hotel itself (as opposed to on the roof) are a bit quieter and more '...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 April 2013

Used the bus from Faro airport, from where it was literally a 5 minute walk, slightly up hill to the Sao Felipe. From previews with Google map and steetviews, had been expecting to see a main road; at 9pm, the "hole in the wall" look of Sao Filipe, on what appeared to be a dodgy sidestreet was slightly disconcerting. But the lit up electric signage was definitely welcoming as it appeared to be the only sign on the street. And in truth, there was nothing to worry about as in Faro, all the streets are well lit with daylight quality sodium-mercury vapour lamps.

Once we got there was a well lit steep but broad stairs to the first floor, which takes a right towards the top where there is a door with an intercom. On pressing the intercom, there was an immediate response, and once we made it known that we had a reservation, we were immediately let through into the brightly and colourful hallway.

The reception was efficient though we felt it odd that they wanted cash only, but which could be paid on the 2nd night (we were booked in for 2 nights).

We were given the key to Room 5 which is right next to reception. It was a clean room fitted out as a twin and the actual room was fairly spacious, with the usual high Portuguese ceilings. There was even a wardrobe with hangers. The only gripe we had was that it was very well lit.... and in the day time too as it has only one tiny quarter window off to one side.

The bathroom looked cramped, long and narrow, but clean. In use it was adequate. In fact the shower cubicle was a normal sized one. The toilet bowl was bit trickier as in use, your knees were virtually jammed against the opposite wall. But as I said, adequate. And well equipped with even wipes provided for removing makeup and cloth for shining shoes... the important things in a city.

The free-wifi (password from reception) was good and allowed us to do all our planning and cache maps before going out.

No breakfast here, but plenty of cafes around. This is of course a city hotel so expect sounds of the city and people laughing at 3am as they make their way home.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Bruxelles
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

Every time I have travelled to Portugal I always had great experience, and Faro was not an exception. Hospedaria Sao Felipe is very well located, at walking distance from the station and from the centre. There are not a lot of shops and restaurants around, but the area is safe and you can reach them in less than 10mins walking. The rooms are nice, quite small but clean and with all the facilities inside. The breakfast was very basic but you pay what you get! The best part was certainly the staff, as the owner was extremely kind and friendly.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Roberts Creek, Canada
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

We literally were staying in a shed on top of their patio. It was not worth the 30 euros we paid that is for sure. Faro itself is not a city to visit in the first place. It is a neglected city, but not a beautiful neglected city. It is literally falling apart and the area where this guest house is located is in an especially rotting area of the city.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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This is a very clean, colorful and nice place to stay in Faro
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Will come again for sure!!
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

We stayed 1 night in the room that slept 3 on the top of the building on outdoor patio. No smoke detectors. Beds were hard. Room was clean & quiet. I don't think the pictures represented our room at all. Shower was adequate. Watch out for the hot water, scalding hot! Staff was very nice & helpful. Good location, lots of narrow stairs to climb (but that's all over Europe). Staff let us store our luggage the next day while we toured the city until around 4pm.

Room Tip: Wear flat shoes long narrow twisted stairs to the desk. & our room had more stairs up & down...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Guest House Sao Filipe
Address: Rua Infante Dom Henrique 55 10, Faro 8000-363, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Faro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Faro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Guest House Sao Filipe 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our establishment consists of eleven bedrooms where we offer you tranquility, with a warm and friendly atmosphere,providing our guests to the ultimate personalized service. This is without a doubt our most important attribute.Each of our rooms have ensuite bathroom, wifi, air dryer, cable TV, air conditioned and heating. We have alarm connected to the reception in all bathrooms and even the security system and detection of fire in the building. Breakfast can be taken just below the Guest House in a coffee shop on corner. ... more   less 
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