I'm not a big fan of contemporary hotel but the mix of old world and modern makes Pousada de Cascais a complete success!
From outside the Citadel you can barely guess that there is a hotel inside.
Location is fantastic. Once you pass through the Citadel gate, you're entering an old world with the latest technology and design.
I love the lobby with the swallows' wall. Every little corner is a charming discovery of contemporary furniture (red lips couch or woman bust featuring a swallow bird...).
The Cisterna is great, as well as the long hall on the basement (access to the Marina).
Take a walk along the fort's patrol path... The view is just amazing...
Bathroom is great (however I did not like having the toilet adjacent to the bathtub - I have to remove the toilet paper in order to avoid it to get wet - sometimes, hotel designer are not very rational...).
They should have put the elevators in the lobby or nearby. Furthermore the direction is not so obvious to find the elevator.
As some previous guest said, the pool is very close to the breakfast area and everyone can watch you.
But the major problem is the very noisy bar. We were in a wonderful deluxe Marina room (248 and 250) but could not enjoy our terrace. The "Heat Club" Karaoke was just opposite and there was house music until 3am! Even with the windows closed, I could still hear the music. I think this is a real problem and I can imagine what it will be during the summer…
I will However come back in Pousada de Cascais but will avoid the summer because of this nuisance. People enjoying the calm should be aware of this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pestana Cidadela Cascais – Pousada & Art District is a 5-star hotel located in Cascais. It is part of the Pestana Collection Hotels and one of the first hotels in Europe to have an Art District on site. This historic hotel is surrounded by studios, galleries, and museums with views of the sea and the Cascais marina. It is located 3 minutes on foot from the beach and 5 minutes on foot from the town centre. It is very close to various beaches, including the surfers' paradise, Guincho beach, parks, museums, shopping centres and the Casino do Estoril. Take a dip at the indoor swimming pool with views of the marina or the outdoor swimming pool surrounded by the Fortaleza gardens. Discover Déjà Lu, our charity bookstore, our Spa and the state of the art gym. For your enjoyment, we offer two restaurants and a bar. From the rooms with incredible views of the marina to the rooms located in more historic areas of the fort, spark your curiosity and choose one of the many Author's rooms ... more less
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