We stayed here for four nights in June 2011 and had a very enjoyable time. The hotel is located a few kms from Cascais town, and a couple of hundred metres from the sea. There is a busy road at the front of the hotel, which seems to be part of the local cycling and jogging route, given the amount of locals indulging in these pastimes here. Once inside the hotel, the road is not visible nor audible due to the lie of the land and the layout of the hotel. The coastline at the front of the hotel consists entirely of steep and rugged cliffs so it is not possible to access the sea directly here. Still, it makes for a pleasant evening walk.
If you want to go to the beach, then it is necessary to go into Cascais itself. It is rather a long walk, especially with children, so a better option is a taxi (about EUR4 into Cascais from the hotel). There is a local bus passing the front of the hotel into Cascais but nobody seemed sure of the timetable.
The hotel itself was impeccable. The room was clean, spacious and airy. Our room was located in the block away from the main hotel, reception, restaurant, etc. and was very quiet. The view from our balcony was not great- the back yard- but other rooms have a garden view or sea view, for which you need to pay extra. We had dinner here every evening except one and enjoyed our meal each time. I am vegetarian and in this case the choice is somewhat limited but adequate for a short stay. The prices are excellent compared to restaurants of a similar standard in town. The restaurant has lovely views overlooking the Atlantic. What can be better than enjoying a great meal and a bottle of the local red whilst admiring a sunset over the Atlantic! There is even cheesey live music here occasionally.
We really enjoyed relaxing by the pool here. There is a pleasant, leafy garden adjoining the pool area so you can just lounge about here if you don't want to be right next to the pool. There is also a lovely shady area near the garden and pool where they serve drinks and snacks.
The staff in the hotel were enormously friendly and conscientious. No complaints here.
The hotel operates a limousine pick-up service at the airport for which they charged EUR60, one-way. Given that this is about a 60 min drive, that there can be long queues for taxis at the airport, that public transport out to here would be very difficult indeed, I think that this is a good option to take. In fact we had a luxury limousine to ourselves and a wonderful old man driving us, who was more than willing to give us a running commentary on all the sights as we passed by Lisbon on the road out to Cascais.
I can find no criticism of this hotel except that I don't really believe that it deserves five stars. For that you do normally need a bit more than what they offer here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Commanding breathtaking views to the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by pinetrees, Senhora da Guia is a 5 star charming boutique hotel offering a relaxed and a very comfortable ambiance amidst nature on the Lisbon Coast. For more than thirty years Senhora da Guia is synonymous with great accommodation, attentive service and delicious food.Senhora da Guia is conveniently located in between the many delights of Cascais and the beauty of the Guincho beaches. Our guests appreciate the perfect setting for relaxation right on the doorstep of the Atlantic Ocean, with a neighboring golf course and the picturesque town of Sintra a short drive awayEach of the three buildings making up Senhora da Guia is charming in its own right. The main building in subdued, sun-kissed orange hosts our reception, lobby, restaurant, spa and several of our rooms and suites. The adjoining building in a warm shade of yellow is surrounded by pine trees, with all the rooms overlooking a lush green lawn with palm trees. The third, terra cotta colored part of the hotel is built around a courtyard with a delightful little fountain. The ambience is incredibly warm and welcoming! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Senhora Da Guia Hotel Cascais
- Senhora Da Guia Cascais