What a relief to reach the Chalet Saudade, located on the main street of Sintra, Portugal, a short distance from Lisbon and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, after a long drive from Porto.The proprietors were gracious hosts, and our comfortable and well-stocked sleeping room--the only one we found in Portugal that allowed guests to make coffee and tea in their room--overlooked the garden at the rear of the property. A lovely sitting room is available off the lobby. We easily walked to the Sintra-Cascais Nature park and beyond to the center of town, which featured a view of hilltop castles, as well as the Pena National Palace. The chalet was within a block of restaurants with prompt service and delicious food that were patronized by local diners. Parking is limited, but after we dropped off our luggage, the owner helped us find a parking space within easy walking distance and within a block of the local police station.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In 2001 we drove by a quaint, beautiful, old rose colored chalet in Sintra with a <
> sign hanging on a white door. Having searched for months for a home in Sintra, the locale of Luis' dream place to live, we thought - why not look at this charming "fixer upper"? It was nearly sundown when we entered the beautiful rooms with painted high ceilings and as the light flowed through the winter veranda overlooking the lush green gardens it was love at first sight. A dozen years later and having lived through rainy humid winters with old cracked windows and creaky floors, our home is completely restored and refurbished. It has taken four long years but the outcome is better than expected as we have stayed true to the style and essence of this peculiar type of architecture. The chalet style was imported at the end of the XIX century from the Alps and was used to build vacation homes throughout Portugal. Now our home and guesthouse is enjoying its second life and we hope to continue our mission that we have developed at our cafe - Cafe Saudade. This cafe is a few meters from the chalet and it is here where breakfast is served all day to our guests. Our mission is to provide, with the utmost quality, an authentic Portuguese experience to all of our visitors to Sintra. We hope this is what you experience when you stay with us. Cheers, and long life to the old-new Chalet Saudade!... more less
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