My husband and I stayed here four nights in October for a walking holiday we booked through portugal walks and responsible travel. We had no idea where we would be staying and trusted in the company we booked through to ensure we got a good location and a good room.
Setting: Gorgeous. Sintra is a destination all its own, not just a stop on a trip to Lisbon. This particular hotel is not in the touristy center of Sintra, which I prefer (you can walk there very easily or take a very cheap cab if you are unable to walk). The hotel is surrounded by hills and other lovely homes. The grounds are gorgeous and lush, with a swimming pool for hotter days. It is quiet and peaceful.
Hosts: The family who runs this place is charming and so welcoming. In the evening they have a small bar in the breakfast room downstairs where you can drink and socialize, no need to go out and find someplace to drink after supper. They will also give recommendations on restaurants and breakfast is delicious.
The Hotel: This isn't exactly five star, baby, but it is exactly the sort of place I love. The rooms are spacious, the showers have good water pressure and hot water. The beds are big and comfy. The building itself is clean and well looked after and oozing with character. It isn't pretensious or stuffy, and it isn't falling apart or dirty. It is charming and comfortable and very olde world Portuguese. Lovely.
The area: At the foot of the Sao Pedro area of Sintra, you may think you are losing out be not being in the "centre" but trust me, you aren't. We tried some of the restaurants around the center and they were rubbish. Go out the front gate of the Pensao and go left, up the narrow road and the long staircase, to explore the Sao Pedro area. You'll find all the places the locals eat... Be sure to ask your hosts their favorite.
The language: Regarding the Portuguese and the Pensao, the hosts speak German, English, Spanish (I think) and Portuguese, naturally. But in the area, almost no one speaks anything but Portuguese. So bring along your phrase book! Don't worry... everyone there is SO friendly and happy to help!
Enjoy... we certainly did!
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- Also Known As:
- Pensao Residencial Sintra Hotel Sintra Municipality
- Pensao Residencial Sintra Sao Pedro