Fortaleza Do Guincho

Estrada Do Guincho, Cascais, Estremadura, P-2750-642, Portugal
(5 star hotel)
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Best (5.0 out of 5.0) 2 reviews
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Seaside Portugal: Luxury near Lisbon

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 13, 2013

The words 'palace' and 'castle' usually predicate my google searches on
trips to Western Europe, but now I will add 'fort' to that repertoire. The Fortaleza
do Guincho in Cascais (approx. $200 per night for room with balcony, breakfast included) was
the perfect combination of modern comfort and antique elegance.

Renting a car from the Lisbon airport was easy and reasonably priced
(about $50 per day for automatic transmission from AutoEurope). I am a horrendous driver with no sense of direction and little grasp of the Portuguese language and still
got us to the fort in less than 40 minutes with no threat of an
international automobile incident. The Fortaleza do Guincho is located
just off the road that runs along the coast north of Cascais proper,
about 7 minutes along the water from the quaint downtown. The fort
sits like a yellow pastel birthday cake on a craggy rock jutting out
over the beach and into the crashing surf. Though the location is immediately enchanting with beaches stretching to either side, the fort itself is underwhelming, a gravel parking lot and characterless facade "welcoming" visitors. The Spartan exterior belies
something much more exciting within: a 3-star Michelin chef
serving a celestial tasting menu ($280 for two tasting menus and wine):
well-appointed rooms that squeeze excellent amenities (strong shower, good
cooling/heating system/comfortable mattress/grand armoire) into a cozy and charming space:
complimentary bottle of port for sipping on the balcony or walking on the beach at sunset.

Despite the slight January chill we slept with the balcony door open
to hear the waves die upon the shore. The proximity of the hotel to
both Cascais and the heart-stealing town of Sintra make it an ideal
weekend getaway with great restaurants (Casa do Largo, Hemingway, Tertulia del
Monte), acclaimed golf courses, and lovely beaches. But most unique is
the feeling of walking down a stone staircase dimly illuminated by
candles into the Medieval Room feeling like you've snuck into an
Indiana Jones movie ("Thees ees a castle, and we haf many
tapestries").

If we didn't find anything wrong, however, we wouldn't be proper yuppy
snobs. For us the location was perfect because we liked being on the beach isolated from town with only the waves to lull us to sleep. If you don't have a car or want to walk around town each morning, you might prefer something right in town. Also we felt that the fort's oceanfront land was underutilized. The outdoor lounge space, a slim stretch of Astroturf-carpeted wasteland devoid of landscaping or flora, is oddly positioned beneath the beautifully
expansive sea-revealing windows of the restaurant (perhaps the location of the fort practically IN the ocean necessitates such aesthetic deficiency). It would have been nice to take pre-dinner cocktails or after dinner coffee within feet of the crashing water. We skipped the "putting green" and took glasses of champagne to our room balcony, where we watched the sun expire beyond the Atlantic each evening before dinner, in a hotel set farther west than any other in mainland Europe, dangling over the edge of the Old World.

Unique Quality: -1-Michelin star restaurant with former 3-star Michelin chef in the kitchen
-Great ocean views from the restaurant, hotel lounge, room balconies
-Helpful concierge staff went above and beyond in calling taxis (necessary because hotel is somewhat isolated) and making/adjusting reservations during our stay in Cascais but also during our later stay in Lisbon
-positioned next to the Cabo da Roca and its lighthouse, farthest western tip of continental Europe

Directions: From the Airport, follow the sigh IC19 until you reach the sign A5 to Cascais. From Cascais take the coastal road north for 6 km until you reach the yellow fortress on the left with the sign "Hotel do Guincho".

portuguese best fooding hotel

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 1, 2005

i do recomend this hotel to everybody that wants to eat well, but is not worried with the money that is going to spend, because they have exquisite couisine. when i satyed there for only one night, i was treated as a king, and believe me, if you eat there please ask for the summer mene, or winter menu, that they will give you the most expectacular food that you have ever eaten, and you will have to ask them what are you eating because it tastes so well and you dont no if is fish or meet or anything else. the rooms are fantasticly decorated as a castle, believe it look like a castle.

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Address: Estrada Do Guincho, Cascais, Estremadura, P-2750-642, Portugal

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Amenities at Fortaleza Do Guincho

  • Restaurant
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Business Services
  • Pets Allowed
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Free High Speed Internet
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  • Suites
  • Bar / Lounge

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