We knew this when it was a ruined palace. It has now been renovated with a new build bedroom and reception block. The old gardens are now superb , matched only by the rooms and food.
Perhaps on downside would be parking and access by car. We know Estoi well and were prepared for the narrow roads with blind corners; a newcomer may find it daunting.
"Very pleasant, relaxing view of marina and square."
Would not class hotel as a four star exactly, but definitely three. Old Town is small but interesting and is easily walk-able. Beach, unfortunately is a 20 minute bus ride away as town shore is a massive tidal nature reserve (good boat trips though, and a cheap ferry ride to an island) Other towns are within easy reach, however, some are named on train schedule but are two to three miles away from station, with very infrequent buses, so do check first. Buses are much better. Over all, had a very pleasant stay and can recommend both hotel and area.
We wanted a place close to the airport for our first night since we flew 10 hours over night and no sleep. Perfect place to catch up a bit bit before jumping into a rental car in a foreign country. It helped get our brains in gear.
The hotel is decent - clean and the staff are friendly, in a nice location near lots of shops and a quick walk to the marina. Sound proofing is terrible so if you end up with noisy neighbours or early risers, it will be pretty disruptive.
Traveller from England
Hotel Santa Maria is a cosy property which has been recently refurbished, located in the city centre of Faro, in Portugal, at …More
excellent small boutique hotel with courteous and professional staff who went out of their way to make us welcome and comfortable. Great location in the heart of picturesque Estoi. Easy access from airport and main roads but without any noise. Historical places in the town worth seeing.
This bustling characterful little town, gateway to the region, is overlooked by most Algarve visitors. Its elegant cobbled, peaceful Old Town is a delight for strolling. The Cathedral is its highlight; climb to the top for wonderful views across Faro’s lagoon. The newer, late 19th-century part of town is a likeable jumble of shopping streets, local bars and restaurants, a regional museum and the Carmo Church with a ghoulish bone chapel.