Pousada in great location, a stylish and creative adaptation of an old fort. Service friendly and efficient. Breakfast was superb but I would concur that coffee is awful, stewed and luke warm. Tea is freshly made with your own pot, and if you find it weak, ask for another teabag. The hotel has a bar area, but it is vast, unappealing and mostly unused. The bar is unmanned. Suggest they convert part of restaurant to bar in evening (when restaurant is closed anyway) and one could have an evening drink in a convivial atmosphere and take in the sea views. The atmosphere of the hotel is not one of a holiday hotel, more a corporate feel. They had my booking as a standard room, but my booking confirmation confirmed a superior room, which I had understood had seaview and balcony. They had no superior rooms available, so offered an upgrade to a sea-view junior suite - sounded good! This was a large room with seating area, but the only (smallish) window was about 8 feet up in the wall, so no view at all. I found this unacceptable. I was then offered a superior room with balcony and seaview, but at a supplement of €95 a night. After some negotiation this was reduced to €70 a night. I checked online and only one room type was shown to be available for that night - described just as a superior room and showing picture of room with sea view and balcony. However, there were definitely standard and junior suites available too. The online booking process is not transparent, and if a room type is important to you, I suggest contacting the hotel by email so you are sure of what you have booked and have written confirmation. In the Marina opposite the hotel is a Kareoke Bar. It wasn't open when we were there, but may be in high season. So worth checking with hotel on that too. We enjoyed our stay, and would return.
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- This luxury hotel, Pestana Cidadela Cascais, is set within the walls of the historical fortress, the emblematic 16th century Citadel of Cascais, in the centre of Cascais. It is a place where ancient meets modern, and many of the rooms are dramatically set into the former barracks which makes each space a different experience, while others, more modern, enjoy spectacular views to the sea or over the huge internal patio spaces. ... more less
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