The hotel is in a most convenient position, being just a few minutes' stroll from the promenade and the station. We were lucky enough to get one of the few rooms with a balcony, and the view was superb. Everything was clean and comfortable, and the staff were friendly and attentive. Breakfast was excellent, but the hot foods got a bit same-y after a few days. We had dinner in the hotel a couple of times: the salad course was beautiful, with masses to choose from, but ,again, the hot foods were a let-down: dry and tasteless. So we ate out at a restaurant just round the corner on the way to the casino, which was excellent.
It was easy to get to Lisbon on the train, and we also went to Cascais, which was lovely. A word of warning, however: we had lunch at a restaurant, and were served most attractive nibbles while we were waiting to order. But these appeared on the bill at the end with a massive charge! So don't assume that the nibbles are always free.....
Another slight disappointment was that Estoril has no centre that we could find. It is an up-market development of hotels, apartment blocks and villas, attractive, but not particularly Portuguese. And as for the much-advertised Shopping Mall, well, one might just as well be in Watford!! (But there was a small supermarket just up the hill from the hotel with an amazing range of supplies.)
All in all we enjoyed the holiday, and the hotel was certainly one of the most comfortable we have ever stayed in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This hotel is located in Estoril over the beautiful sandy Tamariz beach and only 200 meters away from the Casino and Estoril Congress Center. In the proximity you'll find numerous shopping facilities and entertainment venues. Connect to the public transport network may be found within 100 m of the hotel. Cascais is situated 5 km away and the airport nearest airport is 25 km from the hotel. The hotel has a total of 126 rooms spread over 8 floors, among them 50 room with ocean view. The hotel services include wheelchair access ways, lifts, 24 hour reception service, hotel safe and free internet wi-fi in the public areas. Among the public areas you can find two restaurants, a bar and a game room. This hotel has multipurpose rooms fit for any types of events and meetings with access to multimedia devices and wireless internet connection. For additional fees, guests may take advantage of laundry services as well as garage parking. The tastefully furnished rooms are well equipped with air conditioning, electronic safety door look, direct telephone, safe, LCD TV with Cable and Pay TV, Wi-Fi Connection (for and additional cost), Minibar and 24 hour room service, private bathroom with telephone and hair dryer. In the outdoor complex, guests will find a swimming pool and a sun terrace with sun loungers and parasols laid out ready for use. It is also possible to make use of the Health Club composed of a gym, Jacuzzi and steam room (for an additional fee) and a Spa where you can count with massages and beauty treatments also for an additional cost. The nearest golf course can be found approximately 3 km away. The restaurant offers buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner although lunch and dinner may be selected a la carte or from a set menu. Furthermore, it is possible to book a half-board stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Vila Gale