We stayed there for five nights in early June 2009.
Firstly we took a 10 Euro taxi ride along a dangerous road and down a dirt track to this so called ‘Hotel’.
On arrival we were met by a girl who was friendly and said that they preferred to consider their guests as friends. When we walked into the house we went into a room with a dog and various cats wandering around. It was then that the girl said, “Oh. I hope you don’t have any issues with animals” Funny enough, my partner has an allergy to cats and this was the first time we were made aware that there would be cats sitting outside your bedroom door!
This place is NOT a hotel or guest house! Be aware!
For the following reasons I would never stay there again and do not recommend it to avoid disappointment.
It is simply someone’s house, not a hotel or guest house.
The place has no modern standards. The electrics are old fashioned and in my opinion, this place has not been tested for safety standards .
There is no reception, bell or phone. If you need something, good luck. I wanted a bottle of wine and an ironing board so I asked the owners son who was watching TV(He was the only person around). He said, “I’m watching the tennis, I’ll get it for you when it’s over” So the guest waited while the host finished watching the tennis. The ironing board never arrived.
The place is out in the country side which is nice but taxis are your only option and some won’t go down the dirt track to the house as it puts their vehicles at risk.
We asked if there was anywhere nearby for dinner that we could walk to. The girl recommended a restaurant. She sent us down a track where we ended up in bushes as high as our chests, through a field and into a little housing area where we got attacked by five dogs. We were not in the mood for food after that and had to wait on a bus to take us to Sintra from the main road.
If you order a taxi from the house, the meter starts from where the driver is coming from.
They seem to know nothing about the area. We said to them on our way out one day that we were going to catch the old tram to the beach. They said, “That’s nice” but failed to tell us that the tram only operated from July. When you deal with tourists, you should know these things. Shouldn’t you?
The piano playing is not for your pleasure. It starts at 9am every day and goes on for hours. If you want to sleep in for a while, forget it. You will be wide awake to the sound of Chopin or something every morning, like it or not. Maybe in the evening with a meal and a glass of wine but good luck if you want those things.
The furniture was shabby and the bed was really uncomfortable. The room had no facilities for guests.
To round off, that place could have ruined my first ever trip to Portugal. We made the most of it and I highly recommend Sintra. It is really beautiful. The Quinta Seo Thiago seems to be a family’s big old house that they can’t afford to run anymore. We paid 100 Euros per night to stay there and it is not worth more than 50 a night. The only thing they have done to turn their house into a hotel is to place some leaflets about the area on a table. After staying there I do not feel like their friend.
We went into Lawrences Hotel for a drink and the service we got was simply amazing. Lawrences is in Sintra and at 105 Euro a night it would be much better to spend the extra 5 Euro. It looks lovely. What a shame we didn’t stay there.
Jon in London
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