This hotel is based outside of Cascais which isn't a major problem as it is only about 7euros each way in a taxi, if you are unable to get onto the shuttle bus the hotel provide.
We had booked a double studio room but on arrival found this was overlooking the main driveway and entrance to the hotel. As I am a light sleeper I was concerned about the noise this may cause and also it wasn't the best view in the world. We asked reception if there were any other rooms available and the receptionist advised there was only a twin or an upgrade to a one bedroom apartment. She very kindly offered to show us both these rooms and taking the additional cost into account we decided to take the one bedroom apartment.
The hotel is very nice, kept clean and tidy and the staff are pleasant and helpful. However, as a couple there are some drawbacks.
The Pool: There is only one pool, which is therefore, obviously, dominated by families with kids running around having a lot of fun. Unfortunately, as a couple without kids this wasn't great for us, so it would have been nice to have a smaller adult only pool.
The Restaurant: Again there is only one and it has limited capacity. This wasn't an issue for us as we didn't use it often, but on my way to join my husband at breakfast one morning, I heard one family (at the front of a queue of about 5 others) being told there was a wait of twenty minutes for a table. Not ideal with 2 hungry children under the age of 5 to deal with!
The Bar: Yet again just the one and it is located in the lobby area of the hotel in front of reception. So we really didn't feel comfortable drinking here especially with everyone's children chasing each other around the sofas set up in the middle.
All in all it is a nice hotel and I would recommend it to families but definitely not to couples wanting a relaxing, get away from it all break - unless you go when most children are back at school.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sheraton Cascais Resort boasts an enviable location on Portugal's sweeping Atlantic coast, just 30 minutes from Lisbon and 2 kilometres from Guincho Beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vivamarinha Hotel Cascais