Reading other reviews of the Quinta da Capela, it is clear that not everyone is as enthusiastic about it as I am. What I have found here off and on for twenty years is a retreat which provides tranquility and total relaxation. If you want a five star hotel and attendant amenities, then go to one. What you will find here, apart from an unsurpassably beautiful location, is a beautifully restored eighteenth century house, quirkily furnished with great taste and panache with a mixture of antiques and modern art. Each bedroom has a separate style and is comfortable. Bathrooms veer towards the antique, though I have never suffered the problems with showers noted by other guests. The service is discreet and attentive, and although no meals are served (a car is essential), snacks can be obtained, and there is an honesty bar where you pour your own drinks. Sintra offers a large range of restaurants, and sea food is obtainable along the coast. The pool is a problem. It is not what most people expect or are looking for, being unheated, small, and rather basic. But the garden is beautifully looked after and offers lots of places to sit and read, or just to loll in the summer heat. And, if you want to explore the surrounding countyside, the Quinta is very centrally placed and convenient.
If you have a sense of history - the quintas along the Sintra hills were the stamping ground of the English aristocracy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries - and if you hanker after the conditions of total relaxation, you cannot do better than spend some time here. I am hoping to return soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quinta da Capela a 17th-century manor in the Sintra mountains. 5 min. from the historical centre. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Quinta Da Capela Sintra
- Quinta Da Capela Hotel Sintra