We stayed In Santa Maria on a short 3 night break. The overall hotel was of average standard. The rooms were of a good size and were spotlessly clean but our view from floor one was terrible! We had a few problems with our room, some which were resolved and some that weren't. On arrival our room was an interconnecting one which was wide open! The safe nor the hairdryer worked. WiFi in the room worked perfect for us but we soon got bored of the only English speaking channel on the TV which was Sky News. We found the room quiet noisy especially listening to people walking up the wooden staircase. The bed was terrible, it was like lying on concrete and the waterproof sheet crinckled eveytime you moved. Breakfast was poor, the water for tea was luke warm, the food was not re-stocked quick enough so if you went at the wrong time some choices were gone! and the cooked breakfast choice left a lot to be desired. We hired a car and although the hotel has no parking they offer for 10 euros/24hours an underground car park about 2 minutes away which we would recommend. Faro itself was lovely and as we were there during The Euro's the big screen by the marina was fantastic. I recommend a stop at Cinderlla's over the road from the hotel where they sell "Tetley" tea and a wide choice of pastries for less than 2 euros. A great day out for 10 euros each is on a boat trip to llha desserta. You can catch the boat at 10 am and stay as long as you like, boats return about every hour to hour & half. You can rent two sun longers & a parasol for 20 euros. It was very quiet when we went. It is part of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve so has a lovely walk too and great for bird watchers. It has a restaurant & cafe offering resonably priced food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 20 meters from Rua Santo Antonio and 200 meters from the Faro Marina and the Jardim Manuel Bivar, the STAY HOTEL Faro has a terrace, a bar and free Wi-Fi throughout the premises. The rooms of STAY HOTEL Faro have simple furniture, tile floors, and other typical regional elements to make you feel welcome. Some rooms have a bathtub in the bathroom. The STAY HOTEL Faro offers you a buffet breakfast with a wide range of sweet and savoury dishes. The STAY HOTEL has facilities including a tourism desk and a ticket service at your disposal to help make your stay special and unique. Our dedicated staff will provide you with any information you need. The historic city centre and cathedral are a pleasant 5-minute walk from the STAY HOTEL. ... more less
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