Sintra has many beautiful hotels.
Lawrence's Hotel (5 stars)
The oldest one, and the second oldest in the world is Lawrence's. The name come from the first owner a british lady with last name Lawrence. Opened in 1764 it is a small (16 rooms), luxourious, charming, carefully restored hotel and close to the city centre. The downside are that some rooms are quite small and there are thin walls. In here passed many famous people including Lord Byron (that wrote here most of the book Childe Harold's Pilgrimage) that called Sintra an Eden, William Beckford, Bill Clinton, Margaret Tatcher or the portuguese writter Eça de Queirós. The hotel has also a good restaurant with nice views. The hotel was closed since the 60's and was reopened in 1999. The hotel has also a conference room. (see more in http://www.lawrenceshotel.com/).
Penha Longa Hotel & Golf Resort (5 Stars)
It was a former retreat of the portuguese Royal Family and is inside an old park (with 220 hectares) today with two golf courses (designed by the famous Robert Trent Jones II). It has also a XIV century monastery, a 1.500 sqm spa, a piano bar, swimming pools, fitness centre, limousine service, squash, jogging trails, conference rooms, 5 restaurants and stores. Although its 194 rooms it is quite calm the downside is that it is not at a walkable distance of Sintra you have to take a car or taxi, it can be a bit expensive and a bit cold and windy. (See more in www.penhalonga.com).
Tivoli Palácio de Seteais (5 Stars)
Recently restaured this hotel is indeed inside an XVIII century palace with great gardens and views. The palace was built by Daniel Gildemeester, at the time consul of Holland in Portugal. Later the regent prince D. João has done some works in the palace that has beautiful frescos. It has just 30 rooms, tennis court, swimming pool, restaurant and bar. The interiors of the palace are totally furbished with antiques and the hotel was recently under improvement works. It is not exactly in Sintra but it is possible to walk to there if you like walking. See more in http://www.tivolihotels.com.
Casa Miradouro (4 Stars)
A beautiful and small 6 bedroom manor house from XIX century close to the Sintra city centre (although you have to go through a steep narrow road to get there) and with great overlooks, nice gardens and beautiful cealings. The family management gaves to the place a certain charm. Downside are the thin walls. See more in http://www.casa-miradouro.com.
Pestana Sintra Golf and Spa Resort (4 stars)
Modern Hotel (opened in 2006), confortable, a bit away from Sintra with 137 rooms close to a golf course.It has all the modern conforts such as SPA, tennis and swimming pool. Limited choices in food is the biggest downside. See more in http://www.pestana.com.
Tivoli Sintra (4 stars)
The biggest asset of this hotel is its location, exactly in Sintra City Centre and it has 77 rooms. The hotel is a bit degradated and lacks some conforts of newer hotels and also insonorization. Its outside is a bit 70's ugly but has nice panoramic views. See more in www.tivolihotels.com
Quinta da Vigia
It is not in Sintra but in Colares a nearby town by the sea with a tram that connects them. However it is still a bit far away. With just 11 rooms it is a nice house to stay with its nice swimming pool and views over the sea. Has T1 and T2 apartments. Maintenance and cleanliness might be improved. See more in www.quintadavigia.com.
Quinta de Sao Tiagho
An historcal XVI century building with beautiful gardens and a swimming pool. The house is a fusion of the old and the new and has only 9 rooms. It is in Sintra mountain but a bit away from the city centre. It has a family environment but it is an old house with everything that has of good and bad. Food is good, there is a charming chapel and nice library but there is no internet. See more in www.booking.com.
5 Bed and Breakfast
A small beautiful apartment in an old house close to the city centre with good price/quality, excellent views and a very friendly english owner. There is a small indoor swimming pool. See more in http://www.stayatcinco.com/.
Pensão Nova Sintra
With only 9 rooms pensão Nova Sintra is a cheap place to stay. In a XIX century house it is just 200 meters from the train station and has great views over town. Staff is friendly and nice. It has a good location to discover Sintra and has a big sunny terrace. See more in http://www.novasintra.com.
Casa do Valle
600 meters away from Sintra historical Centre there is the lovely Casa do Valle. Just 4 rooms, big bright gardens, swimming pool and free internet that doesn't always exist in other hotels. Rooms have nice views but again a bit hilly to get to. See more in http://www.casadovalle.com/.
With only 5 rooms is a bit away from Sintra Centre and not that easy to find(in Estrada do Magoito) . Has double rooms and apartments, nice views over the Sintra Mountain, gardens and a swimming pool. Owners are quite friendly. See more in http://www.quintaverdesintra.com/
The Lawrence's Hotel is a small and charming property renown for being the most ancient hotel in the Iberian Peninsula, and recognized for its privileged location in the heart of the historic Sintra Village, which is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Famous for inspiring poets and several artists, the hotel is surrounded by mythical forests, ancient castles and palaces, and it is just 30 minutes away from Lisbon city.
Among its several services, the Lawrence's Hotel features a reception desk open 24 hours, a Wi-Fi Internet connection available in the lobby, reading and TV lounges, a fully equipped meeting room with a capacity of up to 45 people, a garden, a bar and a restaurant.
I was able to book a good deal on some British web site. My room was beautiful and decorated with simple antiques. The bathroom was not the most convenient, but it was fine. The breakfast room was magnificent, and there were several little lounges here and there.
The staff was helpful, but not fantastic. It is a touristic town, not a cultural exchange opportunity of course... Anyway, since it was pouring rain, I ended up spending the evening watching Alfred Hitchcock's "Marnie" dubbed in German, before dashing between raindrops to grab dinner nearby.
The night was extremely quiet (except for the wind). As a matter of fact, I did not see any other customers!
founded in 1764, it is the oldest hotel on the Iberian Peninsula. One of the most beautifull - and friendly - hotels one can come across, right in Sintra?s historic heart...small luxurious and intimate accommodation with lots of original character. claims to be oldest hotel in Portugal. and lord Byron is said to have stayed here, along with many others, like presidents and so. i've had the luck to find a very interesting price for one night stand that could not be turned down. i grabbed it.lawrence's
Unique Quality: homely intimate and beautifully restored, with many original features and antiques. small neat reception. cosy bar. delightful sitting room and library with armchairs. bright attractive restaurant extends to small terrace with fine views.
Directions: half a mile from tourist information centre, in old quarter on leafy street beside wooded ravine. shops, restaurants and bus stop and historic centre 2 minutes away.
Lawrence's Hotel, the oldest hotel on the Iberian Peninsula and the first of its kind in Europe has been operating since 1764. The Hotel became most known, after the ten days visit of Lord George Byron in 1809. Close to the centre of Sintra, Lawrence's offered excellent atmosphere in a very cosy and warm accommodation.
Lawrence's is said to be the oldest hotel in Europe. It is located just off the center of the historic town center. The rooms are clean and well lit and the staff is most helpful.
Unique Quality: The rooms are a bit small but ya can not beet the location.
The tables outside the hotel are a good location to sit and have a coffee and people watch.
Directions: Near the center of Historic Sintra
Estrada da Lagoa Azul Linho, Sintra
Rua Barbosa do Bocage 10, Sintra
Rua Consiglieri Pedroso 38-40, Sintra
Avenida Alfredo Coelho S/N, Praia Grande, Colares, Estremadura, 2705-329, Portugal
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Address: Rua Consiglieri Pedroso 38-40, Sintra 2710-550, Portugal