Just 15 minutes away from Faro we spent a relaxing week at Pousada de Faro, Palacio Estoi.
We are fond of the concept of combining old, refurbished buildings with modern facilities, and Estoi didn't disappoint us in that. The old palace is just beautiful, the ancient cooking range and hobs, though not in use, smelted my heart. The rooms are modern, very spacious and offer a lot of privacy with a stunning view from down to the sea level at Faro. Personnel is friendly and welcoming. The restaurant is just fine, with maybe too little variety for vegetarians, but hey, they have soy milk and tofu!!
Wifi not powerful enough, resulted in a lot a frustration. Entering the otherwise excellent underground garage requires stepping out of the car, one wonders why?
If the outside pool would have been heated a little we could have taken a swim outside; the indoor pool is very small.
- 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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