Hotel Baia is one of the best justifications for the notion that you shouldn’t judge a hotel by its star rating. For a start this three star hotel dominates its cove in the Cascais bay in the way you might expect a five star hotel to do. Its commanding presence on its exterior is matched by the comfort and consideration that has be taken inside the hotel.
I have just returned on New Years Eve from a week at the hotel which was one of the best holidays I have ever enjoyed. I had a comfortable room on the second floor with a balcony overlooking the bay. Almost every thing I needed was in place, and a couple of odd things that needed attention were speedily put right.
Catering in the place was to a high standard. The large breakfast buffet, unfeasibly large for one who tends to stick to cereal and coffee and toast, but it was all there if you wanted it. A snack service throughout the day with a good selection of items, and an award winning restaurant which gave me all the fresh fish I could want, presumably caught that day by Cascais own fishing boats, and cooked to perfection in the hotel’s kitchen. There were lots of meat, seafood and other options I did not attempt, though I did try and enjoyed tomato soup with a poached egg, an option I had not come across before.
There many other fine aspects to this hotel from a swimming pool and sunbathing area on the fifth floor, the Xmas weather though excellent did not quite reach sunbathing levels. I also liked the many nooks and crannies around the hotel where one could hide yourself away reading a book or using the iPad or computer, though the internet is only available on the ground floor. I noticed on their website that rooms cost around €50 a night, though as I had a balcony, mine was slightly more. I booked through Expedia who provided an excellent service, but the hotel did say that if I contacted them direct they might be able to make a better offer, which I will do next time
The staff were always helpful and friendly, coming up with practical solutions to all the problems I presented them with during my stay. The thing I much appreciate about being in a three star hotel as opposed to a five star, is that this three star hotel gave me all the facilities I needed, but left me to organise myself.
Of course the best hotel in the world would not compensate for being in a poor resort. Well Cascais is an excellent resort, with a wonderful coastline and beaches, where you can walk all the way past Estoril, There are plenty of other lovely walks, fine restaurants and cafes, and a fine shopping centre. My intention before I came had been to spend a least a couple of days in Lisbon, but the weather was far too good and the town far too pleasant. I just stayed in Cascais, soaked up the sun and pitied the people stuck in London facing the Xmas cold and rain
A good judge of a hotel is whether you would come back to it again. Well the Hotel Baia has already passed that one, because I first came in Xmas 2006, and I would probably have come back before but ill health prevented it. Now I have been again, and all the good things I noticed the first time have been repeated. I am certainly planning to come again next Xmas
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