We have visited the Pousada many times but had not stayed there until we decided upon a 4 day stay over the Valentine weekend. We had to wait to be checked in (admittedly we were 30 minutes early but I have never been kept waiting before). We were told that the rooms were being made ´special´. I expected a rose or something special for Valentine´s Day, but this was not so. We had to ask for towels and bath robes for the spa area and for the sauna and Turkish Bath to be switched on (and on the second day, for the Turkish Bath to be repaired). The massages I had were excellent.
The rooms are superb and they are quiet. We also enjoyed the private veranda. The Palace rooms are lovely as is the Chapel and the grounds. The breakfasts were good. I love this place and with more proactive management and better perception of guests´needs then it could truly be paradise.
- 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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