Farol Design Hotel
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... br> In Oeires I'm met with an odd sight: a brand new elevated sky train rising above a brand new boulevard that takes you from the lower neighborhoods to the upper neighborhoods.
Elsewhere this might look like a cool, ambitious project to help solve the transportation problems. But here in Oeires? it just looks like a huge waste of money. There's very little traffic along the road, and no need to build a pricey elevated train above it--if any train at all.
... found ourselves back in town. Had a light lunch, and then headed for the Irish pub when the rain set in. Spent a pleasant hour or so there, with Allan and Sue having a game of darts, which proved difficult given that there were only 3 blunt darts… they seemed to enjoy themselves despite this.
The rain cleared overnight, and Sunday's weather was lovely. The ladies wanted to do some shopping, so off we headed to ...
... jewelry, souvenirs and exquisite
clothes. Eventually I came to the a larger beach and a little harbor, and above
that was the walls of an old castle. I walked completely around the outside of
the castle before I found the gate. Along the way I came across a VW rally with
Beatles and combi’s. There were some real pearlers.
Inside the castle wall is a hotel, although the
original wall remains, all ...
... stop, the Coach Museum. I don't even like custard so I wasn't expecting to enjoy it that much, but it was actually delicious. The custard wasn't sickly sweet and the pastry was soft but crunchy. The icing sugar on top was perfect. Again I wish I could have brought some home! The coach museum was well worth a visit, containing many ceremonial coaches of the royalty, though I still enjoyed King Ludwig's overly showy coaches more (at Schloss ...
... storks. There are hundreds of nesting pairs, some with young. The nests appear in the most unlikely places. A tall electric pylon has at least 4 or 5 nests within it. Senhora wonders how they avoid electrocution. Senhor y me wonder how the nest survives in the high winds they sometimes have here.
Evora is a walled city. Famous for its roman temple, cathedral and chapel whose walls are clad with bones. Yup, you've guessed they don't let me near it. As usual, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Farol Design Hotel Cascais
Nice, but with some problems.
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
and the theme was "amore". It had a beautifull view on the atlantic and the sound of the waves was very relaxing.The staff was very young, but friendly. The restaurant at the hotel looked nice and had again a fantistic view and terras overlooking the sea.The quality of the cooking however was not up to standard.
We ate a sunday evening and it seemed to us that the chef had a day off. Also don't ask the staff for wine suggestions, because nobody seems to know anything about wine.
I would recommend the hotel for the atmosphere and the fact that it is build almost in the sea. Go eat further done the coast at Quincho, were you have some really good restaurants and the coastline is more wild.
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!
Reservation not honoured - Stay Elsewhere
We selected this hotel as it appeared to offer luxury accommodation at a good location in beautiful Cascais.
However, on our arrival, with a confirmed reservation, we found that the hotel did not have a room available. A fashion show was being organised that evening and we suspect that our room had been taken to accommodate that event.
The staff at first refused to acknowledge we even had a booking. Then we were offered sub-standard accommodation next door. After considerable aggravation (taking two hours) the staff eventually realised we would not be fobbed-off and we were offered a room in the Albatroz Hotel. This is an excellent hotel, in a far better location, with impeccable service. We would recommend you say there not at the Farol Design Hotel where the indifferent, condescending staff seem to think they are doing you a favour by letting you stay.
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 !!!
Loved it! Perfect for the 20- & 30-something fashionable traveler!
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.
I wouldn't recommend the club unless going in August when it is filled with the fashionable Portuguese and other-European crowd. I think the rest of the year it is a teeny bopper-esque crowd.
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.
Very unpleasant experience
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 .