Our stay at the Charm of Cascais was delightful from beginning to end. All the staff were lovely and very attentive particularly Susana, who couldn't be more helpful if she tried. We, agree it is
quite a walk into town, but we needed the exercise after being treated to such wonderful breakfasts. An added bonus was also having the swimming pool to take a refreshing dip after walking back from the town in the afternoon, a very relaxing area. The only disappointment was that our room faced the road which we found a bit noisy with traffic at night and the local dogs barking. The owners dogs were no problem and it was lovely to see them as they were very well behaved. The walk down to Boca do Inferno and along the Marina into the town is a lovely walk, although a bit longer. The restaurants in Casa de Guia whilst a little bit more expensive are very good and have a wonderful setting by the sea.
We found we did not need a car due to the excellent public transport. You can use bicycles for free, one pick up point is Casa de Guia but you must provide two forms of ID , a contact phone number and the details of where you are staying. You also need to get there early as the bikes are popular and there are a limited number. The bus service is very easy to use and has regular services to all main routes. Would be well worth picking a route planner up at the beginning of your holiday to plan ahead. The train service is also excellent and regular services run direct from Cascais to Lisbon. You will be given green ticket when you buy a train fare. You need to keep this if you intend to use the rail service more than once as you are charged for this, we think about 50 cents per ticket. When you purchase your next train fare hand this over to the cashier and they will reuse the ticket.
We really enjoyed our first visit to Portugal and found Susana's local knowledge very helpful.
Thank you Susana, Ruy and staff for making our holiday a week to remember
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Charm of Cascais is a unique property located on a peaceful and residential area at a walking distance from the town center and the sea , the Marina and the Guincho Road fish restaurants. It is an impressive beautiful and well balanced house surrounded by a nice Mediterranean garden with some fruit trees and a bio cooking herb agriculture production used for the home cooking at our restaurant .A 10x5 swimming pool will make your days fresher . Free use of hotel special towels at the pool. Enjoy our Sun lying on our sun lounge beds .Only 8 en-suite Rooms with all the comfort, large private bathrooms , bathrobes , safe deposit boxes, deluxe amenities, LCD TV , direct phone (at a cheap price to keep you in touch) , WIFI free internet, air conditioning/heating, Hair Dryer etc .The lounge will be the meeting point , Pool table , bar sofas e maples , LED TV Tea room - every day at 5pm your tradicional Tea and Scones Vinoteca - Oporto Wine tasting AreaGarden Restaurant – Light meals at lunch time by the pool and garden Breakfast room Restaurant with fine wines ... more less
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