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Pousada Palacio De Estoi - Monument Hotel & SLH

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The hotel had a big room with balcony. Eating in the restaurant is rather expensive. We paid 65 euros for 2 people (no alcohol). There is a tiny indoor swimming pool, too cold to swim outdoors in March. Beautiful gardens inside. Too boring in the hotel if you like an active holiday style. This hotel is good for lazy holiday only. If you want to eat a delicious dinner, there is a perfect restaurant named Galeria de Sentidos, which is open from 19.00 every day and you can have a super dinner for half the price you will have in the hotel and way more tasty! Highly recommend to visit Galeria de Sentidos for dinner!

St. Patrick's Day was a Friday so we decided to get away for a long weekend with some sunshine. At that time of the year there are limited direct departures to the sun from Ireland so we chose Faro. I follow pousadasdeportugal on Instagram so knew there were some beautiful properties to choose from - Palacio de Estoi was only 12 km from faro and looked fab so we went with it. Landed in faro picked up the car and were at our hotel in under an hour! Checked in by the friendly Luis given all the necessary details and shown to our room in quick time, this just kept getting better. The palacio was amazing modern rooms with great bathrooms, great outdoor pool terrace area, spa indoor pool & small gym and the original part of the hotel sympathetically restored for all to admire and use with beautiful gardens. From Luis at reception to everyone else in the restaurant bar area we had excellent friendly service. Have to say something negative ok - it would be nice to have the facility to make a cup of coffee / tea in our room and maybe have iron/ iron board stuck away in the wardrobe just in case but I can enjoy a holiday without them!

The highlights of the Palacio are the gardens and the well appointed rooms that are enhanced with high quality woodwork. The service is wonderful and the breakfast plentiful and filled with delights. There is not that much to do in Estoi, so this is a place for those looking for a tranquil spot to recharge. The views from the hotel are calming and different at every time of day.

Pousada Palacio de Estoi is a small luxury hotel located in the quiet village of Estoi. You really need a car to make the most of your stay here as public transport is limited. The hotel has plenty of parking - a choice of underground parking with access operated by room key, or outdoor parking bays. (We hired a car from Centauro in Faro, which were reasonably priced and very organised - recommend them as a car hire firm. Book online before you go and they will arrange to meet you at Faro Airport). The Pousada is signposted in Estoi, just don’t be surprised when the signs direct you down a really narrow cobbled street, the hotel really is down there! The hotel is a converted palace. A hint of its former splendour is displayed in three of the rooms, now used as seating for the bar and reading rooms, which have elaborate Rococo decorations, mirrors and painted ceilings. The bedrooms are in a purpose built modern wing, which due to thoughtful landscaping blends into the surroundings quite well. We initially had a room on the ground floor, but found it a little dark, so asked if we could be moved to a higher floor. We were subsequently upgraded to a superior room on the top floor, which had more natural light and was slightly larger than our previous room. The bedrooms and bathrooms are large, the bed is huge, and all rooms have a balcony, although your view will be dependent on what vegetation is growing outside your room. Rooms have a safe and refrigerator but no kettle or ironing board. Decent wifi is available. The grounds are very impressive. Tourists visiting Estoi can view the gardens free of charge, and they are certainly worth a look with orange trees, gazebos, statues and beautiful flowers. There are a lot of steps though, so you need to be mobile to get the full benefit. Hotel guests also have the use of an outdoor and smaller indoor pool, sauna, spa and a small fitness room. Breakfast is a buffet offering a choice of a cooked breakfast or continental. The cooked breakfasts weren’t so nice, so we opted for croissants or bread with ham, cheese and fruit most days. If the weather is fine, you can have breakfast on the outdoor terrace overlooking the gardens. The terrace is also a nice place for evening drinks watching the sun sink over the hill. Prices for drinks and snacks from the bar are reasonable for a hotel of this quality, but dinner is more expensive. Staff are universally friendly and helpful.

A lovely small hotel which has a large rooms with a balconies. The hotel is beautiful to look at and just wonder around the gardens. The staff are attentive and friendly while giving the impression that nothing is too much trouble. Estoi itself is a pretty small village with a couple of place to eat. We only had breakfast in the hotel. We will be back.

Booked this online after joining the Pestana group hotel site which gives a discount to members and an additional discount for people of a certain age. We were not disappointed, the location of the hotel within beautiful grounds gives panoramic views to the coast. It is located in the charming small town of Estoi with several bars and restaurants nearby offering tremendous value. The service in the hotel is excellent, the staff are approachable and friendly. The room we booked was a suite on the ground floor. Spacious with excellent bathroom facilities, an enormous bed with quality linens and towels. Breakfast is served in the restaurant which as mentioned by other members is first class. We will visit again but next time we shall hire a car at the airport as the local bus service is patchy and the taxi fare to Faro is approximately forty Euros return. Overall highly recommended.

What a beautiful old building, amazing views, fabulous gardens and the old original features inside are fantastic. So it is with a great sadness that I say what a disappointing meal and what a disappointing ambiance the hotel has created. So bad I'm actually surprised it is classified as a Small Luxury Hotel of the World. The decor is totally unsympathetic to the era and the food was tough, unimaginative and expensive. Lovely service and building, the rest is a disappointment.

This is a pleasant hotel and had a nice stay. What we look for most is peace and quiet and this is what we got. The female reception staff were excellent and always helpful. Thank you! Also, how fantastic Vittoria in the dining room was each morning. There were a few important points which I told reception about and which I hope management will act upon. The toaster at breakfast is utterly useless, it took TEN minutes and the bread was still pale. Hot food really isn't THAT hot. Also, please make sure that breakfast items are replenished regularly enough. Three mornings out of seven at 9:00 am they were not. Also, our stay became quite difficult for the last three days as the guests in the room below us both smoked heavily out on their balcony, so much so that we dare not open our patio door or our room would be full of cigarette fumes. Let alone sit out on our balcony and enjoy the fresh air and views the hotel advertises as a feature, especially so when paying extra for a suite to have this comfort. Surely this shouldn't be? I have given a very good rating because of the quiet, the reception staff and the location and trust that the points I have raised will receive attention.

Beautiful building with helpful, friendly staff. Absolutely amazing breakfast, so much choice including CAKE! Had a little confusion when we first arrived as we'd booked a double but they had us down as a twin - maybe confirm in advance which room you've been assigned. We were a bit miffed as when we arrived we asked where was best to grab some food and explore the area. We were told nowhere was open that evening because it was the off season (we went in January) and we would only be able to find food that late at the hotel restaurant. This turned out to be a complete lie, there were several places open and a lovely restaurant on the same street as the hotel! The food at the restaurant was very expensive, we had the tastes of Portugal starter which was tiny portions of "Nouvelle cuisine" style food - the goat's cheese parcel was incredibly strong (and not to my taste).

Room was clean and comfortable. All the staff went out of their way to be helpful. The access to the old rooms and the gardens of the palace was fantastic. Reading in an old palace drawing room can not be beat.

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Located in Estoi, Pousada Palacio De Estoi - Monument Hotel & SLH is adjacent to Estoi Palace and a short stroll from Ruins of Milreu. This 4-star hotel has 63 rooms and welcomes guests with free breakfast, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. It's in central Faro and also within a 15-minute drive of Carmo Church.


Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast. Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service.


Pousada Palacio De Estoi - Monument Hotel & SLH's 63 soundproofed rooms provide minibars, safes, and phones. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and LCD TVs with cable channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, and bidets. Desks are also standard.

Property features

Pousada Palacio De Estoi - Monument Hotel & SLH features a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and an outdoor pool. There's free parking if you drive. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with sightseeing, directions, and local dining recommendations. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a children's pool, a fitness center, and a sauna.

Room options

Superior Room

Twin 3 | Sleeps 4

Standard Golden Age (over 55 years)

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room (Summer Offer)

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Superior Room (Summer Offer)

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

82% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 638 reviews