We spent a couple of nights here. If you are used to modern hotels this may not be for you, but we were glad to have stayed in a building with real history. If this place was invested in and turned into a boutique hotel people like me would not be able to afford to stay here. The painted dining room and historic chapel were unforgettable, and these - plus the nice staff and central location are what makes it worth a visit. However, the building is seriously old. It feels old and smells old (NOT in a nice lavender and beeswax polish kind of way), and frankly everything in it is a bit decrepit apart from lovely genuinely helpful perky staff. The bedrooms, public areas and the garden are definitely in need of a sensitive overhaul. The beds are very basic as are the bathrooms. Our bedroom was clean but was very dark, and the reception area and stairway really needed more than a once-over. Glimpses behind the scenes revealed a pretty chaotic back-of-house (its a good idea to keep those doors closed!). Its position in Cascais is really handy, with free parking outside on the cobbles.Cascais is a very pretty, well-kept, unspoilt lively and original seaside town full of gorgeous old buildings and with lovely views towards Lisbon. Several beaches, lots to look at, free bicycles, trains and bus tours direct to Lisbon. There's a lovely cycle track heading west along the coast. If you want a more modern hotel there are several on the seafront here, or in Estoril a few minutes along the coast.
- Also Known As:
- Solar Dom Carlos Hotel
- Solar Dom Carlos Cascais
- Solar Dom Carlos Hotel Cascais
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Solar Dom Carlos is a former Royal Cottage.It is situated in a peaceful area, 5 minutes from the sea shore the best golf courts, and 10 minutes from the Estoril autodrome and Lisbon/Cascais motorway- it offers a very confortable accomodation! All bedrooms are equipped with private bathrom, tv set, telephone and fridge- Not only "Solar Dom Carlos" has a nice garden, but also a magnificent 400 years old chapel, where king Dom Carlos used to pray during his visit here. ... more less