We spent one week at the Hotel Baia in Cascais on a golfing break. The rooms were good, bigger than I read on previous reviews, and they served a purpose. Beds are very firm, and pillows don’t have too much substance, but good if you have trouble with your back. We had a sea view room, and the views from balcony were beautiful, overlooking the picturesque harbour. The balconies are quite small, but room enough for two people to sit out, which is suffice for a twin/double room. The location of the hotel is its major attraction, overlooking the small beach and harbour of Cascais and also just off the centre of town. All the bars and restaurants are literally on your doorstep, with a vast choice to choose from.
Cascais is a good base for anyone wanting to travel the local area. We spent one day in Lisbon, one in the hills of Sintra and Lisbon Coast, and we also visited the Estadio da Luz to watch Benfica’s final game of the season versus Moreirense FC, which was an experience I would recommend to anyone. Cascais itself has plenty to see and do, with lovely walks around the Atlantic Coast, we never ventured to Estoril, but I hear this is also worth a visit. This fundamentally was a golfing trip, and we played three courses; Areoira Golf Club (nr. Setubal), Belas Clube de Campo (just north west of Lisbon) and Penga Longha (Atlantic)(nr. Sintra). All good courses, especially Penga Longha, which was exceptional.
Cannot really fault the hotel as it is one of the best three star hotels I have been to. However, the cooked breakfast is a little limited, a sausage option would have gone down well with our group, and also it is a little chaotic when the hotel is busy - People not understanding the concept of queuing, was a frustrating at times. Final mention has to go to Sidnei the barman – this man is a font of knowledge of the Cascais, Lisbon and Portugal. From his explanation of the Portuguese Revolution, to the ins and outs of SL Benfica, to his tips of areas to visit in Lisbon, and which transport links to use to get in and around the city – a genuinely nice guy. Sidnei is a credit to Hotel Baia, and someone they should most definitely hold on to. Ask him for the Venti Y Chuva – great drink to end the night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Less than 30 km from Lisbon on the Estoril Coast, Hotel Baia has a privileged sea-front location, facing the Cascais Bay and offering a fabulous view of the ocean. The recently renovated Hotel Baia has 113 fully equipped rooms. Most of the rooms have a private balcony overlooking the sea. The Hotel Baia also has Conference Rooms with wireless Internet access, Banquet rooms for up to 300 people, private underground car park and our reputed Baia Grill Restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Baia Hotel Cascais
- Hotel Baia Cascais