We had a rather "Fawlty Towers" expeience on arrival at this hotel , could not gain entry to room , television not working, Coffee maker not working and the inside door handle coming off. However the attentive and apolgetic staff got these sorted out and thereafter there were no other hitches.
The setting of the old part of the hotel sits within the restored terraced gardens while the new and extemely modern part is set into the landscape with modern large roof terraced gardens . Very interesting and complementing each other . Bedroom had fresh crisp linen and glass walls looking over the landscape. Food in restaurant was good but pricey. Buffet breakfast is extensive and gluten free bread and rolls provided.Staff very attentive.
Spa and pool facillities were good with a beauty therapist in attendance .
Estoi is a small quite authentic spread out village with small local shops and squares where locals meet .Thankfully it is not over developed.
Second Sunday of month there is an amazing large open air market selling such things as live poultrey, fabrics, food, farming and household goods
- 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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