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“Villa 1 Cascais 3” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa

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Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa
Ranked #4 of 38 Hotels in Cascais
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Brighton
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174 reviews
70 hotel reviews
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“Villa 1 Cascais 3”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2012

Let me start by saying that the Villa Italia is a very good hotel. However, we found it a bit too 'corporate' with many seminars and meetings being held in one of the wings. Delegates on mobiles seemed to be everywhere and the overall atmosphere seemed to be one of a conference centre with rooms, rather than a holiday hotel. The decor is classic 'cruise ship chic' and, although it is smart, clean and slick, it lacks a bit of warmth and personality. The bar and restaurant areas were invariably empty and the hotel didn't seem that busy in spite of the assurance that they were full.
Having said that, our stay was perfectly pleasant and we were upgraded on arrival. One tip; book the hotel car for airport transfer as the driver of our cab from the airport was terrifying. He had no sat. nav. and, when he got lost in Cascais, resorted to stopping the car middle of a busy road to ask directions. Scary.
Our room overlooked the rear of the hotel, with a double balcony, which was clean, spacious and nicely furnished. Housekeeping was good, but they came at about 3.30 onwards on a few occasions which is a bit late – especially when you want a siesta.
The pool was lovely and sun loungers plentiful. It may get a bit 'cosy' if the hotel is very busy, but happily we always found plenty of space. Breakfast is good and varied, but choice wasn't that marvelous for a 5-star hotel. We had lunch on the terrace a couple of times which was ok, but no more.
The hotel is about 10 minutes walk into town and the Bocco do Inferno (don't bother – it's only any good during a storm). The modern Marina is about five minutes walk away and has plenty of decent restaurants, but is a bit soulless. Cascais town is lovely and Estoril is a good 25 minute walk away along a picturesque seafront. Cascais is a typical Portugese town with block paving and plenty of restaurants, bars and cafés, as well as a number of galleries, gift shops and several small sandy beaches. Very lively and not tacky. We caught the train to Lisbon, which was quick and simple. Dead easy – just make sure you stay on until the end. No changes necessary and both stations are terminuses.
In conclusion, I would recommend the hotel as it is very luxurious, but would probably stay elsewhere if we returned as Cascais is really very nice. It's purely a personal opinion as the majority of this hotel's reviews are fantastic, but we were just a little underwhelmed by it.

Room Tip: Book the hotel's car in advance and save yourself risking a pyschopathic taxi driver
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

Nice decorations in the lobby and the corridor. The room was spacious and bathroom was luxury. There was a good variety of food and drinks at breakfast. The swimming pool was average though. There's no free bottle water, kettle, tea/coffee bags or iron/ironing board in the room.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2012

Let me start this review by saying that my hubby and I booked our NEXT trip for August IN the airport on our way home from our six day stay at this fabulous hotel. We booked a Superior Double Room with Sea View and it was gorgeous. Super clean, spacious, and the terrace with the lounge chairs and the electronic awning made watching sunsets very romantic. Loved the robes and slippers too. Very comfy. Although breakfast was included in our plan, we slept in a few days and just ordered some coffee and pastry when we woke up. The room service was extremely accommodating and quick. The breakfast in the restaurant was very good as well. Lots of choices.

The staff were fabulous. We were welcomed upon arrival by Paulo (sp?) who took us up to our room and showed us all around. We spent pretty much the rest of our holiday by the pool. The chairs were comfortable and the umbrellas were huge. No need to shift the chairs to keep in the shade. Poolside service was amazing. I am going to try to spell the names correctly so here goes...Gonzalos made sure we had towels, drinks, food...whatever we needed. And Sandra! She is the poolside bartender. She makes the best caipirinhas we have ever had! She also introduced us to strawberry caiparushkas (muddled strawberries and vodka) as well as Portugese Sangria which is made with Champagne. The salt water pool is very large and is also the playground for a bunch of ducks. They are very friendly and don't mind swimming with people. Good fun!

We ate dinner at both of the hotel restaurants and the meals were divine. We did get out of the hotel to check out Cascais and some of the sites, but relaxing was our main objective for this trip. That is why we booked our next trip for a mere two months later. We asked for the same room and can't wait to sit by the pool, chill out, drink Sandra's concoctions, and appreciate Gonzalos hospitality. I am counting the days.

Lastly, we arranged for a car to take us to/from the airport to the resort. I highly recommend it. Why start out a holiday with train schedule or taxi stress?

See you soon Grande Real Villa Italia!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Wexford, Ireland
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13 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2012

Great Hotel over looking the coast just outside Cascais, about a 10 min walk to the center of the resort. The Hotels 5 stars are well deserved, the breakfast was very good, the rooms were luxurious. On my third night I had a problem in my room with loud music from a wedding in the Hotel. When I complained to the reception we were upgraded to a suite for the rest of our stay. The hotel could not have dealt with his incident any better. On checking out from the hotel I had a problem with the transfer I had booked with VIATOR to the airport which did not arrive. The Hotel reception again dealt with my problem contacting VIATOR and then the Hotel arranged a taxi for us to the airport. The Location of the Hotel is great, the facilities at the Hotel swimming pool, rooms, breakfast, free WiFi were perfect but best of all were the staff. Thanks or a great Holiday in Cascais.

Room Tip: Sea View Rooms are best if possible.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2012

Situation: Booked twin standard room in June= £120 (cheap given overall experience), 2 nights

Positives:
+ROOMS: Very large (~ 45m2), clean and modern design. Comfy beds.
+SERVICE: Staff very polite, smart and helpful.
+LOCATION: 10 minute walk to Cascais centre (quiet town, beautiful in parts, rish coast, poor suburbs).
+EXTRAS: Breakfast included-great selection of foods. Beautiful interior of hotel. Spa seemed reasonably nice for what it is. Electronic blinds an interesting add on.

Negatives:
-Room Service menu on the expensive side if you have childen. Perhaps some food in the mini bar selection.Getting to Lisbon central is a little akward on the trains. Had a small misunderstanding about taxis-they charged us 4 euros when they wrongly ordered a taxi for us.

Overall: An incredible experience that was amazing value for money (June) and will certainly be returning again if visiting the area again. I recommend to everyone already wanting to visit Cascais.

Room Tip: Looking at the fire escape map, one side of the corridor has larger rooms than the other side so ple...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2012

We spent 10 days here in May and enjoyed our stay very much. Great reception service, bags taken to the room on arrival. Did not get a double room as requested but the twin beds were huge and very comfortable. The room was enormous and the bathroom was the best. The most luxurious I have seen, all marble, twin sinks and two showers. Robes and slippers were provided but toiletries were not replaced frequently. The room was quiet being sound proof and only a slight noise could be heard from a bar across the road but with air conditioning on, you couldn't hear anything. The room service was good but the food very expensive for what you got. It was something more than double the price you would pay in Cascais. The wine was reasonable enough and priced adequately. The main gripe we had was with the carpet as it was stained in a few places and being very light coloured carpet, it showed up more. It should be replaced with something that looks clean. Breakfast was extensive and a good choice of everything although things ran out and were not replaced. I had to ask for things a few mornings such as English breakfast tea and bread. A good supply of fresh fruit and a cooked breakfast. It was lovely to sit out by the pool and enjoy breakfast with the friendly ducks! The staff were always smiling and very helpful. Nothing was too much trouble for them. The poolside bar was lovely and although the drinks were expensive, they came with some very tasty snacks. I would recommend this hotel and would stay again.

Room Tip: maybe a pool view room would be best
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2012

We recently spent 5 days here on our trip to Lisbon / Portugal. I had originally booked a hotel in Lisbon but about a month before traveling I decided to change to Cascais and I am so glad I did. I was thinking that the weather might be pretty warm mid-May and staying in Cascais would give us some pleasant sun time. It turned out to be near 90 the first two days of our visit so we recovered from our jet-lag at this beautiful hotel.

If this hotel were in Miami Beach it would be twice the price - it is absolutely gorgeous! Marble, marble everywhere, mosiacs and lovely tiles, luxurious, LARGE bathrooms. The pool area is so inviting with again, lovely tiles and flowers. Great water view terrace for an evening drink. The breakfast buffet covers almost every option you could want including bloody marys! The staff is very gracious and helpful (and speak flawless english). It is the nicest place I have stayed in a long, long time and I so badly want to return but Portugal is a far place for me!

Besides really liking the hotel I want to add that I loved staying in Cascais. I do think some of the other guests were staying there as more of a resort vacation but it works well for Lisbon sightseeing as well. It is an easy and cheap train ride (30 minutes) into Lisbon. We enjoyed Lisbon but it is a gritty city, again, so much nicer to stay in Cascais. Sintra is also easily doable by local bus. There are plenty of restaurant choices without being overwhelming - our favorites were Casa do Largo - 5 Sentidos and B & B. We had such a delightful time, it makes me sad to think I may never get back but so many great places to go in Europe!

Room Tip: We went cheap and did not get a sea view but it would be a nice splurge. We just went down to the te...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa
Address: Rua Frei Nicolau de Oliveira, 100, Cascais 2750-319, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Cascais
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Cascais
#3 Business Hotel in Cascais
#3 Family Hotel in Cascais
#4 Luxury Hotel in Cascais
#4 Spa Hotel in Cascais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 124
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Grande Real Villa Italia is a result of the adaptation of the old houses where King Umberto II of Italy lived while exiled in Portugal from the 1950's to the 1980's.Located in the cosmopolitan city of Cascais, Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa represents excellence in design, sophistication and comfort.With the Atlantic Ocean as the predominant scenery, you can look towards the north and see the beautiful hills and castles of Sintra, while Lisbon is only a few minutes away. ... more   less 
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