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“On the Water - Restaurant”
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Farol Hotel
Ranked #7 of 38 Hotels in Cascais
Certificate of Excellence
Perth, United Kingdom
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1,161 reviews
135 hotel reviews
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“On the Water - Restaurant”
Reviewed 22 October 2013

Great Location on the Terrace looking over the rocks and the ocean. It is very photogenic and the great views make the 1st time guests reach for their cameras. The Food and Beverage Manager is excellent, well skilled in all hospitality services.....to be warmly welcomed by name is a skill that many restaurants never quite manage. The food is excellent, the staff, especially "Jamie" delightful. No qualms about recommending for food, staff and location. Not cheap, but certainly better value than the rip offs along the beach. Will definitely go back. Great place to spend a warm balmy evening.

Room Tip: Go early and have a nice aperitif before dinner on the terrace
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Droitwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2013

Location - 5 minutes walk from the lovely town centre with a sea front garden. South facing so it gets sun all day. Wonderful views of the Atlantic. Train station 10 minutes walk with easy access to Lisbon at good prices. There is a beach right by the town centre. Also a few good bars for a drink prior to a large choice of eateries.

Service - Perfect; The staff could not have been more friendly with breakfast (Free) being served with great attention.

Room - We got upgraded to the Farol Suite. I suspect the best room in the hotel. It came with a seaside balcony with tables and chairs plus a built in Jacuczzi bath.

Atmosphere: Could not be better..... lovely decorations and lighting.

As Arnold S said...... I'll be back!

Room Tip: Book well in advance and maybe you can get the upgrade we got. Local super market (near train statio...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2013

Stayed here in July for 5 days. The hotel is beautifully designed and furnished set on the edge of a low cliff with beautiful white sleek outdoor furniture dotted around the pool facing the Atlantic. Had cocktails at the bar and the food at Japanese restaurant. The best thing about the hotel is it is near enough to go into town or to the habour for decent restaurants, but far enough from the crowd. Once you get into the hotel it feels very removed from everything albeit it is the main route to a brilliant walk/cycle along the coast. The hotel provides a motorised bicycle and its great for long distance cycling. Recommend cycling all the way to Guincho Beach amazing scenic ride! And the beach is worth the effort (or lack of if you use the motorised bicycle). We got a room facing the Atlantic worth paying that extra for the view. Thumbs up for to room, service, food and drinks. Would definitely come back here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Karlsruhe, Deutschland
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

The Farol is in general a beautiful and stylish hotel with an amzing view and a nice surrounding (garden, terrace, pool, bar, resraurant). The breakfast selection was good and it was also no problem to get it half an hour earlier than the normal 07:30 AM (as we had a large event in the nearby Posada and needed to leave earlier). My second room was quite spacesous, comfy and clean. The staff at the hotel is outstanding. Everybody very friendly and helpful wherever they could.

But there are a few points that bothered me. As I said my second room, you can guess that there was something wrong with the first. Room no. 217 is actually more of a closet. The room is, I would guess, around 2 m x 3,5 m. A queensize bed, a wardrobe, a little table (not a desk!!!) and a minibar with the TV-set on top are stuffed into this tiny room. Between the Minibar and bed was not even nough room for me to lay open my suitcase. The bathroom fitted this size. Approx. 2x1 m including the shower. Washbowl with a diamter of maybe 30 cm, a toilet directly next ot it, so that the toilett paper was actually on the other side of the washbowl. No space for my toiletries and no hairdryer (as there was simply no space for it as well as I guess). The shower was really high-tech with a rain shower and various horizontal jets, but only separated by a shower curtain. And I think there is nothing more unhygienic than such a thing. But the worst of all was the smell. The room itself smelled musty and the bathroom stank out of the drain. Oh yeah - small as the room was it had a terrace probably 2,5 times the size of the room...
However, the next morning when I asked for another room, they were more than willing to provide one. Seems to me a bit like they were booked out with real rooms the first night and gave me this one. But since I was travelling with a bunch of colleagues I could compare...
Second thing is the price. think this place is overprized for what you get. Sofia G. said before she would rate it 3*. I do not agree with that but 4* would be my rating.
Overall seems the Farol has seen better times. Some carpertry in the corridors is terribly worn faded and in general the whole place looks a bit faded.
To make a long story short - with a bit of good will I could have rated it with four points here, but...

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Cascais
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

Close to Cascais center this is a perfect lacation to enjoy the region and start many activities from. Mountain biking Sea kayak quad and buggy tours.
Just 8 kms from Guincho beach wich you can easily reach by the beatiful bike lane. many interesting spots on the way (rock formations caves fortresses museums and the mighty atlantic.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cascais, Portugal
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

I chose the restaurant in the hotel to celebrate my birthday because I am a huge sushi fan and there are no better sushi all over the world, than there. My expectations where not only met but far exceeded, as I tried the delicious scallops and absolutely unbelievable foie gras. I tried a lot in my life, have been all around the world, but The Mix Restaurant is for me now in top 5 restaurants on this planet. Service is excellent, you feel really welcomed and the view doesnt let you breathe calmly... really breath catching... Good job, Farol team, continue like that!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

I especially liked the restaurant and the bar, and the fantastic view over the atlantic. There are few rooms that make us feel a design hotel, important to choose the right room. The staff is five star.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Farol Hotel
Address: Avenida Rei Humberto II de Italia 7, Cascais 2750-800, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Cascais
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Cascais
#6 Romantic Hotel in Cascais
#7 Luxury Hotel in Cascais
#8 Business Hotel in Cascais
#11 Family Hotel in Cascais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Farol Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on the absolute waterfront of Cascais’s dramatic Atlantic coastline, Farol Hotel reflects the unique charm of the township. Delightful old-world houses and cobbled streets frame a graceful bay on Portugal’s spectacular Estoril Coast to tell the story of a bygone era. The capital, Lisbon and the international airport are an easy 35-minute drive along excellent roads. A local train also runs between the city and Cascais. Lisbon is served by full service and budget airlines from all the major European hubs, which include Frankfurt, Paris, London and Zurich plus Stockholm, and Moscow. Arrive fuss-free and in style at Lisbon International Airport with a pre-arranged Farol Hotel limousine to meet you and transfer the short scenic trip to Cascais. As a proud member of prestigious Design Hotels, Farol Hotel is a wonderfully eclectic composition of adventurous architecture that embraces a remodeled 19th century private mansion that was once owned by the Count of Cabral, together with unique contemporary additions. The result is an inspire union of the old and the new. The Farol Hotel has a non-smoking policy in all its areas. ... more   less 
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