Forget Bucaco, Pestana Palace, or Quinta das Lagrimas. The Tivoli Palacio de Seteais is undoubtedly the most beautiful hotel in Portugal. After a much needed (and top quality) restoration, the hotel splendidly maintains all the charm of the 19th century complete with all the must-have amenities of today: excellent bathrooms, plasma TV, nespresso machine, and heavenly featherbeds. The views over Sintra are breathtaking, the gardens magnificent, the pool are is lovely, and the palace, with all it's impeccably restored frescos, stucco, period furniture, wood floor and tapestries, manages to be luxurious yet light, sumptuous but homey.
Small downsides: The restaurant could and should be much better, as the menu is clearly below the standard of the hotel. And quite expensive it was too. Pool service is pretty much missing, it would be great to have a small bar besides the pool, and one or two poolboys to replace towels more often or offer suncream, a newspaper or something to drink. On my second day housekeeping forgot to leave the form to order newspaper and breakfast. But all in all it was a most fabulous weekend in a wonderful hotel.More
- Free Wifi
- Breakfast included