The Hotel Real ('Residencial') is a small hotel right in the heart of the small beach resort of Caparica, near Lisbon. (Cost of taxi from airport: €25 in 2014). There is 24 hour reception at this hotel (useful if you arrive late at night, as we did). The reception is reached via a small flight of stairs, without lift. There is a lift to other floors. We found the daytime reception staff to be really friendly and helpful and spoke excellent English. There are no reception rooms or bars at this small hotel but the bedrooms are very spacious, clean and well-decorated. There was a maid service every day and towels and sheets were changed daily. Breakfast is self-service and was plentiful and varied (No hot food, apart from toast). The breakfast room is small and at busy periods there were not always insufficient tables for everyone, so that it was necessary to arrive early or be prepared to come back after a few minutes. Lunch or evening meals are not served. (N.B. We found a marvellous budget-friendly local restaurant called "Cantinho Transmontano" in the street behind the hotel). There are many other inexpensive restaurant options nearby. The hotel is just 5 minutes walk to the town beach or you can walk further (or take the little "toy train") to other, quieter beaches - there is plenty of choice, including a naturist beach at Bella Vista ("Paragem (Stop) 19" on the toy train). There are also bars/snack bars on the beach, which were especially popular at sunset. Note that Costa de Caparica is not a very lively resort for the very young. We did not see any late-night clubs. That suited us because there was very little late-night noise, even though the hotel is in the town centre. You might want to ask for a room at the back of the hotel if you want it to be absolutely quiet, but we were rarely bothered by any noise. Overall, I would recommend this hotel (and the resort) to budget-conscious travellers looking for a quiet, relaxing holiday. We would definitely visit Costa de Caparica again and would happily stay at the 'Real Residencial' the next time.
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