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Quinta de Sao Thiago
Ranked #21 of 38 Sintra B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Denver, Colorado
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39 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Not for Everyone”
Reviewed September 30, 2005

Well, I looked at the photos and thought this would be a fantastic manor house. It isn't. We had scheduled to be there 2 nights but left after viewing the premises.

In truth, a friend travelling with us was sick and we really needed to get to civilization and have her see a doctor. This Quinta is a long way out of town, up and down winding roads (with unclear signage about how to find the place) - the last being mostly dirt. (I'd be afraid to try to find it after dark). If you really want to see the Sintra sights, and think you'll be back and forth to your accomodations - this would not be convenient.

Yes, the pool is gorgeous (that's the picture I saw with the house in the back), the views are beautiful and the house is ancient and unique. Perhaps if it was mid summer and we were looking for a place to crash and swim rather than sight see Sintra, this might have been a good place.

We found the courtyard where we entered to be in disrepair with a baby's play pen and a few things scattered about. It wasn't a good first impression. With the sound of a piano playing in the distance, we were taken on a tour of the rooms by the grandson who spoke English and told us the price of everything so we could choose. The rooms are furnished in antiques but we found the feel to be like an old boardinghouse rather than a restored manor. And the house was very dark and musty which really started to effect our friend (who, it turned out had a bad sinus/ear infection and fever).

"Grandmother" (the piano player) joined our tour of the house and she was the one we had to tell that we couldn't stay. She did try to presure us to stay and then suggested we compensate her (graciously), and we gave her 50Euros to break our reservation (we could have gotten away with not doing that since this is a cash only place and she had plenty of vacancies, but we felt bad....it really seemed like they needed every penny to keep the place going).

I strongly suggest that you know what you're looking for before staying here. I know some people will love it. If you can be outside in the air and by the pool and you want to be away from civilization and you want the experience of being in a 500 year old house - go for it.

Lastly, we loved Sintra - it's in a gorgeous setting and there is a lot to do there - wished we had more than the 2 1/2 days we planned - maybe 4-5. We ended up at the Hotel Tivoli (which had been my second choice) and I highly recommend it and will add my reviw to their information.

  • Stayed September 2005
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Reviewed May 17, 2005

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.

  • Stayed May 2005
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Additional Information about Quinta de Sao Thiago

Property: Quinta de Sao Thiago
Address: Estrada Monserrate (N375) | Rua Do Regueirinho, Sintra 2710-405, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Sintra Municipality > Sintra
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Sintra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Quinta de Sao Thiago 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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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