We stayed at Hotel Palacio for one week at the end of August. We wanted a relaxing, luxurious holiday, where we didn't have to venture far for food/entertainment/swimming/etc...and that's exactly what we got. It really was a dream holiday, and we spent most of our time by the pool, or on our balcony.
I asked for a room with sea views and a balcony and was told there was none available. However, when we arrived we were given a gorgeous room with a large balcony and views over the pool to Cascais...absolutely superb! The room was tastefully decorated, spacious and very comfortable with everything we needed. On arrival there wasn't a kettle, but they brought one up to us and left it there for the week. The bathroom was huge (and also had lovely views) with quality fittings and toiletries, but my one criticism would be that the shower was tiny.
All members of staff we dealt with were polite, friendly and helpful, and spoke good English.
We used the spa (directly across the carpark) almost everyday - the facilities are fantastic. I loved the circular pool when they turned the current on... The Hammam is different to a traditional one, but nice. The spa treatments were good, very relaxing...but perhaps not as good as from specialist beauticians.
Every Thursday the hotel hosts guests at a complimentary cocktail party...they were very generous with food and drink, and music from a pianist and violinist...most enjoyable.
The only negative experience we had was ordering room service - the chef's special pizza! It was absolutely disgusting. Perhaps the chef was having a bad day, but I wouldn't recommend room service after that experience. We did eat at the Four Seasons restaurant...it was quite nice...but not exceptional. I wouldn't say it was expensive compared to prices in Ireland, but you can definitely get just as good food in Cascais (approx 5 Euro in taxi) for less.
The outside pool is brilliant. The loungers seemed to get taken quite early in the day, but many people lay out on the grass area on the other side of the pool. It was very hot out there, so good to have plenty of umbrellas available. The drinks from the poolside bar were reasonably priced, so it was nice to have a cool beer in the afternoon.
There's a handy shop about 2 minutes walk from the hotel where you can buy wine, water, cheese, ham, olives, etc..which we used a lot. They also have lovely fruit, although the breakfast at the hotel was so plentiful you'd hardly need anything else to eat all day. The breakfast provided great variety, including lots of fresh fruit. I thought the standard of the cooked offerings (sausages, scrambled eggs, bacon, etc) was average, but there was plenty of alternatives to these.
The hotel is a 2 minute walk from Estoril beach...we walked around that area, but preferred to sit by the pool as the beach was very crowded. The train station is also very close. Tickets to Lisbon were cheap, and the ride took about 25 minutes. Our taxi to the airport cost 40 Euros and took approx 35 minutes.
There's not much in Estoril at all (apart from the Casino), if you're looking for more action Cascais is probably better (the 2 nights we went there it was VERY busy). However, for a peaceful, relaxing stay I definitely recommend Hotel Palacio. I absolutely loved our week there, and would definitely return. The hotel is sophisticated but surprisingly unpretentious, I didnt want to leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the glamorous Palácio Estoril,with its splendid classical surroundings offer the height of elegance and comfort, distinguished by our worldwide renowned hospitality. Situated in the heart of Estoril, just a 20 minute drive from Lisbon, the Palacio is a luxury five star hotel enjoying beautifully landscaped gardens and magnificent sea views. The Hotel Palacio offers its guest’s special privileges to play the Estoril Golf Course, owned by the hotel, and located only one kilometer away. Following services and facilities are available within the hotel: a 4000sm wellness centre with Banyan Tree Spa and thermal waters.Renovated utdoor swimming pool with a poolside snack bar.All facilities for reception parties, banquets, meetings and conferences in a most distinguished atmosphere. On its doorstep, a wealth of leisure and cultural activities include the famous casino, modern congress centre as well as white sandy beaches and exclusive golf courses. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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