Two adults stayed for three nights, but it wasn't long enough. Sintra has so much to see. Day trip by train to Lisbon was quite easy. We would highly recommend this property for close family of four or less.
Much more than a bed and breakfast. The rental apartment on the lower level of this family home is wonderful. Full kitchen, full bathroom, bedroom for two and additonal space in living room. Doors open onto plant and flower laden terrace. Private pool was a bonus. Breakfast foods supplied. Make sure you leave time while exploring Sintra to just to sit and relax at your home away from home.
In beautiful Lisboa (Lisbon), Portugal we met Carlos (jorgec25), Gloria (lusatraveller) and Antonio (a2lopes) the day before we met up with Gabriel (solotraveler).
Yes, we made them all wait till we were together before they got the story ^O^
We arrived, several days after meeting Nat (ncfg) in Ponte de Lima, in Sintra and could not find a reasonably priced lodging in Sintra itself, so we drove outside the city and spotted the IBIS SINTRA hotel. Drove in and got a room for 3 nights. Being familiar with the chain, know that it is a good and reliable place. After getting our room we turned the air conditioner down to 5°C so it would cool off as it was at 26 when we entered. We then went out for dinner. When we returned the room was at 25, way, WAY too hot for sleeping. We called the front desk and they came up to the room and tried to get the temperatures down without success. Needless to say we did not sleep almost the entire night. Next morning they told us we should leave our things in our suitcases and they would give us a new room. When we returned early afternoon (we were tired from not having slept the night before) we got our new room, but they had NOT switched on the air conditioner, so it was at 26° again...we turned it down and went out for drinks. When we returned several hours later it was STILL at 26. The hotel called in the hotel engineer and then later the company who had installed the air conditioners, still they were not able to reduce the temperature. At that point I was tired, too hot (no pun intended) and getting mad and Zohara was as tired as I was...We decided that she should go see the manager of the hotel, better that way because as I said I was very tired, hot and upset, Zohara would be nicer than me. She went down to the lobby and after a few minutes I got a phone call in the room...Zohara called explaining that they would change our room AGAIN after they checked to make sure the temperature has gone down and were offering us, one night free of charge and free dinner and drinks till the room was cooler... Then Zohara said, "You should come down to meet the hotel manager". So I went down and as the elevator door opened I found in front of me Rosario (Paulo&Rosario) who I had met at the Cascais VT meet in 2009!!!!! Turns out that Zohara had spoken to the manager and telling her that because of all the help and trouble the hotel had been going to, to try and help us solve the heating/cooling problem that her husband (me) would write about the positive aspects of the hotel on the Virtual Tourist site. At that point the manager told her, "But I am a VTer also, who is your husband?". When Zohara said "Martin", she immediately said "OH, Martin, and your daughter is Tal who lost her luggage at Cascais in 2009!!!". That was when Zohara called me in the room... Later Rosario called her husband Paulo, who I had also met, asking him to come to the hotel, of course without telling him that I was there. Paulo also called Teresa (tere1), another VTer who was a close friend of theirs who helped Antonio organize the Cascais VT meet, giving us a chance to speak with her also. We also had our laptop computer so we called up Tal and then Hansi (waalewiener) and Lori (loripori) on Skype so they could see whom we had met. So we had a nice evening together at the expense of the hotel.
I do have a photo of Rosario and I behind the reception desk at IBIS hotel in Sintra...(I like the story).
quinta de sao fransisco is a farm that has been rebuilt and now specialises in wedding parties and other celebrations, but they have a some rooms too that they rent out for tourists.
the place has a very homey atmosphere to it and the rooms are nice and the service even better.
the place has a very porugese feeling to it and the service is very good.
Today, while we were coming from a snack at the Moinha da Azoia (which i mention in my general tips) I noticed something new down the hill.
An old convent was restored into a hotel. I don't know it, but it seems beautifull. It's somewhere of the main road from Malveira to Sintra, a bit down the hill, and facing the sea. I found something over the internet about it, i'll put it here!
I got a bit confused when making reservations for a place to stay in Sintra and ended up about 25-30 minutes outside the town. But it was worth it because this place was great. It had a good view of the ocean, a nice beach, and a really good restaurant. Also, the staff was helpful staff the prices were quite reasonable (though they do not take credit cards).
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