After passing the picture perfect old-town of Sintra along the winding roads down to the lower slopes at night, we certainly felt transported back in time. The house is absolutely beautiful, filled with art and antique furniture, and set in a nice, mature garden atmosphere. Even the parts of the house that were remodeled, modernized and expanded in 1970s have an authentic feel to them, featuring amazing craftsmanship (such as a hand carved winding stone staircase) and attention to detail. BUT: Upon arrival, our 70 EUR Double room was inexplicably unavailable, despite the fact that nobody else was staying at the house. The owner put on a hard-sell for us to upgrade to a suite at twice the price. We resisted, but the rooms offered to us at the same price as our reservation did not have a double bed (just twins), so we settled on an 80 EUR/night room. Though it had a great view, it also turned out to have a strong sewer smell. Too late to make a move, we had to sleep with our balcony door open to avoid the stench. The staff were all very nice, but the owner's hardsell for an upgrade, and the plumbing problems were completely unacceptable. A shame, because the property itself is really amazing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Quinta de Sao Thiago is a private house and gardens in a very quiet environment on Sintra hills. The family who owns it, and specially Mrs. Braddell, are happy to welcome guests who are invited to enjoy the place as if they were in there own house. On the grounds, a large and sunny swimming pool invite to swim and relax. Nearby there are sand beaches, golf courses and ancient palaces. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Quinta De Sao Thiago Hotel Sintra