Given Faro is a small town, we knew it wouldn’t matter where we stayed for walking distance purposes. I had seen Hotel Eva featured in a Daily Telegraph article encouraging people to stay in Faro rather than venture out and when I looked the hotel up, it looked perfect.
Hotel Eva is a 4 star hotel located right by the Marina. We decided to upgrade to a marina view room after reading reviews that it was worth it and I would have to agree. We were on the 4th floor with views of the whole marina and sea with Ria Formosa in the distance.
The room was modern, the bed was comfortable and the bathroom had a powerful shower with complimentary toiletries of shampoo, conditioner, bath gel and bath lotion all provided. There are safes in the room as well as a fridge which is stocked with drinks if you want to purchase them. Not only were the views fantastic but we also had a balcony with a table and a chairs to enjoy the morning sun or evening sunset.
Facilities in Hotel Eva
The hotel itself is pretty fancy (but not pretentious) – the reception area has a piano in the middle and there is a bar area with sofas and TVs. On the ground floor you also have free access to the Health Club and Spa which offer gym usage (decent size) sauna room and daily classes including yoga. Given we were only there for 2 days we decided against it but if you stay longer, that is a real bonus! We did however treat ourselves to a massage at the spa which had a happy hour on a Thursday where you could receive a Ritual massage for only 35 euros for 50 minutes. It was a mix of sensual and therapeutic and really good value!
The rooftop breakfast!
On to the best bit – the 5th floor dining room and pool area. This is the standout feature of Hotel Eva and must be one of the best views in town over breakfast. With options of sitting inside or outside (always outside!!) there is plenty of space for hotel guests and amazing views of the marina. The breakfast was plentiful with a wide range of choice – different cereal with accompaniments such as dried apricots, papaya, figs, selection of yoghurts, fresh fruit, pastries (including mini pastel de natas!), prosciutto, ham, cheese and cooked breakfast including omelets made to order, bacon, chorizo, beans, mushrooms, eggs, tomatoes – you could really have a feast.
We also had lunch on our first day at Hotel Eva in the same dining area as breakfast. They offer a buffet lunch for only €12.50 (drinks separate) where there was, similarly to breakfast, a good range of choice. Starter wise, there were ramekins of tuna salad, octopus, prawns, as well as meats and cheeses, tortilla chips and guacamole, cous cous, salad and rolls. The mains included a meat and a fish dish, a pasta dish, potatoes and vegetables. Desserts were mini and ranged from mini pasteis de natas to chocolate mousse. Good value for such a large selection.
The pool area was much bigger than I expected – it was a bit cold to go into the pool in November but during the summer it must be gorgeous. There were so many sun loungers available, little coves with cute wicker seating and between May and October the bar is open and there are pool parties! Whilst I did not get in the pool, I was extremely content reading a book on a sun lounger!
Whilst the price must have been reflective of low season, only €75 a night was really good value for such a lovely hotel with the amazing roof terrace and breakfast included.
East London Girl: Hotel Eva Faro