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Travel Blogs from Cascais
... bought some bottles of wine to sample - ranging from €1.40 to the top of the range at €5.90!
Admired the aqueduct in Evora - houses and shops have been built into the arches. Strolled around the mediaeval street of this university town, very ...
We have made it to Portugal and are staying the week with Nicole's cousin. We journeyed through Lisbon on our way to Cascais which is just outside of Lisbon. Cascais is a small town with a lot of character. It takes about 20 minutes to walk from end to end with some neat parks and little outside dining. We are a 5 minute walk to the water and the coast is beautiful with jagged rocks ...
... behind a line where a previous bag had to be searched multiple times. Instead of blowing through security in 3 minutes after RUNNING through the terribly laid out airport, we were stuck there for 25. After we managed to grab our things, we ran some more only to find an empty gate. Hooray for missing your flight!
The next flight was 6 hours later, so we spent our down time rotating sleep in one hour intervals. This turned out to be nearly torturous, ...
... and there are these people noticing me ;-) hahaha - I bet I make funny faces when I am focusing to take photo, or freeze for a couple of second for the self-timer to release the shutter!
Anyway, Lisbon at night is beautiful and I must surely go back to see more of it in the cool of the night and here as I am writing this I can hear a song by Slow Train Soul in my head ['Inner City Woman'] - somehow it fits the picture of Lisbon at night ...
... our base. Cascais has a town beach but as it was a bit close to where all the boats came in from a days fishing we decided to give it a miss! The most impressive building in Cascais is the Citadel that was built for visiting royalty back in the 19th century. After walking around it, we headed into the old town to explore the little lanes and have a look in a few shops. Postcards and bread rolls were all we decided to buy, so with that ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Farol Design Hotel Cascais
After 3 days in Lisbon we wanted to get out of the noise and booked a room for one night at the farol design hotel.As it was low seaon, the hotel was not fully booked and we got an upgrade to a designer room at the cost of 170 euro a night. The room was al white
Super location and very romantic place! We went for Valentines day. Staff was very helpfull, friendly and accomodating! They showed us all available rooms (they all have different designs and settings) and let to choose ours! Waves were crashing into the rocks all night long right under our rooom window! No complaints about the food. Lisbon is a short and pleasand ride away! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Overrated! Snobby staff!
No one should have to put up with arrogant staff, especially if you are paying 300+ euro per night for a room. Yes, the views are impressive and so is the design of the rooms, but not out of this world or worth having to put up with snobby and unprofessional staff!
We selected this hotel as it appeared to offer luxury accommodation at a good location in beautiful Cascais.
Hard to recomend .....
... the Farol without a note about the club next door. We had a sea view room to the right side of the hotel for our stay in mid March 05, the noise from the club was a bit of an issue for the first two nights but then luckily the club was closed for the remainder of our stay.
That aside our room was lovely, oceanside lcoation lovely, breakfast was great, staff where great but when open every night in high season the club could be a real problem.
For the hotel itself, Above Average but because of the club next door Neutral at best.
Cascais itself is a great place though, ideal base to explore Lisbon, Sintra etc
"Our Farol nightmare on 27 march 2005"
During the day, imagine a beautifull place, the Altlantic ocean, a 5 stars hotel with a superb design, a very nice restaurant and a very frinedly staff...This is paradise. During the night, the place turns into hell. If you are unfortunate enough to have a room on the left part of the hotel you won't sleep before 6 in the morning ! The manager of the Farol hotel is also the owner of an ugly discotheque making so much noise that your stay at Farol is just a "robbery". We paid 225 euros for a room with sea view and were enable to sleep...When you say that to the reception, they just say : "you're not the first one to complain", glad to know that !!!
I found this hotel to be the perfect place to stay in Cascais if you are traveling with friends or as a couple (it's not really a family establishment), in your 20s or 30s, and are interested in good food, modern decor, central location and a reasonable price. It is not the place to stay if you are looking for resort or business style amenities, or a traditional style. The rooms are a reasonable size, and have balconies facing the ocean. It is the most spectacular thing to fall asleep with the windows open, hearing the waves crash into the rocks. (We don't recall there being a lot of noise from the club next door.) We loved that each room was decorated by a different well known Portuguese designer. We loved the modern, minimalist and chic decor. We loved the breakfast and worshipped the restaurant at the hotel for dinner. The location was also perfect. On the water, and set apart from the center of town, but still a very short and pleasant walk to the center of town. And we couldn't get over how reasonably priced it was. I think we paid about 140 Euro/night, which is the least i've paid for a hotel in the designhotels chain.
A Wonderful Hotel
A lovely hotel with pleasant, courteous and well-informed staff and a chilled atmosphere.
Breakfast was fantastic (you can eat outside, virtually on top of the Atlantic) and the views spectacular. Very close to the centre of Cascias and the Marina, but you have to drive to Guincho.
I would definitely return.
Refreshingly stylish yet relaxed 5 star - brilliant!
What a brilliant hotel, my parents were looking for a really special boutique style 5 star hotel to celebrate a special anniversary somewhere along Lisbon coast and found it here. Unbelievable views out to the Atlantic, a sophisticated yet relaxed feel, wonderful service (great breakfast) and a short walk into Cascais.
I have experienced that in portugal 5 star ratings are equivalent to maximum 3 stars in Italy or France and our experience at this "design hotel" confirmed this to me . Very young unexperienced staff :one girl ,very kind and shy,registered me and hardly carried my luggage to the room;the room was quite impersonal but confortable with nice sea view .The bad problem is that there is a disco playing loud music till 4 o' clock am right into the hotel !!! So WE COULDN'T SLEEP . The breakfast very very average also . So we were looking for service and charme and none of them was found at the expensive overpriced farol. They have serious problems with service - the reception was not able to book a rental car for me - and my rating is improved only by the embarrassed kindness of the staff .