We are a couple in mid 40s. We stayed at Hotel Smart for 10 nights in mid Oct 2012.We picked the Smart because it offered good value, got good reviews and looked well in photos.
GENERAL: This is a small hotel, maybe more like a guesthouse. The whole place is spotless. It seems to be a family business. All staff we met were helpfull and friendly. The bar area is very small and to be honest does not seem to get used alot. The pool is lovely although cool in Oct. There are no sunbeds at pool. The entrance is locked from 2am to 7am.
LOCATION: The hotel is located about a 10min uphill walk away from Estoril Train Station and beach. A 5min walk will get you to a local minimarket.It is in a quiet residential area.
Estoril is a funny old place, it was very quiet in Oct. Everything seems to be spread out around the area.There is no real heart to the resort, bars and restaurants are scattered from the lovely promenade to well up behind the casino and over to Monte Estoril. A 30min walk along the promenade will bring you to Cascais, which has a much more "resort" feel to it with a couple of busy resturant areas.
That said we ate most nights in Estoril and had some lovely meals. Our favorites being Restaurant Bar BG, Di Casa,Manderim Chinese and the restaurant at the Pica Pau.
ROOMS: The rooms are the highlight of the Smart Hotel. High ceilings with beautiful coving and light fittings, wooden floors, spacious bathroom and a double door that opens onto a small balcony. The room is cleaned daily, towels (3 types) changed daily, whether you leave them on the floor or not and there are extra blankets in wardrobe with extra pillows on request. Only drawback is that we found the bed quite hard. (but I would still say we slept well). There is no air con.
FOOD: Breakfast is fresh fruit, yoghurt (not great), hard boiled eggs, ham, cheese, fresh baked rolls,jam, honey, with juices and coffees.
BAR: The small bar has bottled beer (1.30) and a small selection of shorts and cans of soft drinks. Sandwichs are available.
All told we would recommend the Smart Hotel. It is an excellent base from which to explore the local area and beyond to Lisbon.
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