If you align your expectations with the photos displayed on the website you will be certain to be disappointed. While everything is physically there according to the pictures you cannot see the cracks, chipped paint and rust stains which abound. The pool (more an over-sized tub) and the pool area are very small and many of the pool chairs have long ago passed their use-by date. The pool overlooks a public beach which is regularly overrun with hordes of screaming school children during the day and rowdy drunken teenagers at night. You'll only need to bring one book since you'll be reading and re-reading the same line over and over again.
The "garden" is nothing more than a patch of grass intersected by the entrance drive of an adjacent private villa.
Despite the fact that we booked our 8 day stay months in advance and a personal call I made to reception to ensure that we got a nice "superior room with sea view" we we given a room on the ground floor directly on the pool area. While we did indeed have a sea view the people lying at the pool had an even better view directly into our room. We lived with the curtains drawn, in darkness, for the first two days until we were moved to a higher floor. After a bit of "negotiation" I was given a token discount. No apology was offered and no one enquired as to our general satisfaction.
This place has about as much elegance as a Marks & Spensers. We were very disappointed indeed. There are far nicer establishments in Cascais and neighboring Estoril for about the same money. If you still decide to go at least be certain to specifiy "NO GROUND FLOOR ROOM" on your reservation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming Hotel housed in converted Mansion with modern addition, Situated on a rocky bluff overlooking the beach & Cascais bay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albatroz Hotel Cascais