Gorgeous sea cliff views and outstanding hotel decor were enough to distract you from the topless ladies at the pool. The hotel is located on the beautiful ocean promenade with a bike path on one side and cliff trails in the other. We stayed for 3 nights in the two adjacent and connecting rooms on the first floor which had patios with a private diving platforms (we didn't dare) and a lovely seating area overlooking the cliffs. We had our 3 girls with us aged 7,6 and 4 and I was comfortable with them as the safe area was well defined. I don't think I would be as comfortable with a 2y old there. Our hallway had a door out to the pool area. The staff was helpful and spoke good English. The hotel had a laundry promo which we appreciated. The two negatives I must point out. We booked the hotel as a resort, meaning it wasn't just the room, but all the public areas that came with it. This included the restaurant terrace. On our second night (Monday!) the hotel rented out the entire restaurant terrace to a birthday party of about 40 guests. To be honest, we were promised the festivities would end at 11:30 and the music did stop then. Drunken guests migrated to the lobby and soon enough left the premises. And we did have a fantastic dinner at monte mar on the coast, so no harm was done to our vacation and we did have a fair warning about the party, so we could make alternative plans. But we were ticked the party took place at all. After all the area was promised to us - the guests. Trip advisor has many comments about this and the hotel keeps renting this area out. The second negative is the smoking policy. We like New York policy of no smoking in public places and understand that some European countries have different rules. However, smoking inside is mind boggling. Not only this made the bar and restaurant not accessible for us, I can not comprehend how with such emphasis on employee rights in Europe the hotel subjects its staff to working in such conditions. All other hotels we stayed at didn't allow any smoking inside.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Planted on the edge of the rocks that rise out of the ocean, Farol Hotel is set in a mansion dating back to 1890, formerly owned by the Count of Cabral. In 2002 an extension was built, creating a superb innovative interface between the 19th century original building and the daring new contemporary structure extending over the rocks and offering superb views of the Atlantic and most picturesque sunsets.Unique in concept, the designer rooms originated from an invitation to select top Portuguese fashion designers to “dress a room”. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Farol Design Cascais
- Hotel Farol Design