Hotel Baia is one of the best justifications for the notion that you shouldn’t judge a hotel by its star rating. For a start this three star hotel dominates its cove in the Cascais bay in the way you might expect a five star hotel to do. Its commanding presence on its exterior is matched by the comfort and consideration that has be taken inside the hotel.
I have just returned on New Years Eve from a week at the hotel which was one of the best holidays I have ever enjoyed. I had a comfortable room on the second floor with a balcony overlooking the bay. Almost every thing I needed was in place, and a couple of odd things that needed attention were speedily put right.
Catering in the place was to a high standard. The large breakfast buffet, unfeasibly large for one who tends to stick to cereal and coffee and toast, but it was all there if you wanted it. A snack service throughout the day with a good selection of items, and an award winning restaurant which gave me all the fresh fish I could want, presumably caught that day by Cascais own fishing boats, and cooked to perfection in the hotel’s kitchen. There were lots of meat, seafood and other options I did not attempt, though I did try and enjoyed tomato soup with a poached egg, an option I had not come across before.
There many other fine aspects to this hotel from a swimming pool and sunbathing area on the fifth floor, the Xmas weather though excellent did not quite reach sunbathing levels. I also liked the many nooks and crannies around the hotel where one could hide yourself away reading a book or using the iPad or computer, though the internet is only available on the ground floor. I noticed on their website that rooms cost around €50 a night, though as I had a balcony, mine was slightly more. I booked through Expedia who provided an excellent service, but the hotel did say that if I contacted them direct they might be able to make a better offer, which I will do next time
The staff were always helpful and friendly, coming up with practical solutions to all the problems I presented them with during my stay. The thing I much appreciate about being in a three star hotel as opposed to a five star, is that this three star hotel gave me all the facilities I needed, but left me to organise myself.
Of course the best hotel in the world would not compensate for being in a poor resort. Well Cascais is an excellent resort, with a wonderful coastline and beaches, where you can walk all the way past Estoril, There are plenty of other lovely walks, fine restaurants and cafes, and a fine shopping centre. My intention before I came had been to spend a least a couple of days in Lisbon, but the weather was far too good and the town far too pleasant. I just stayed in Cascais, soaked up the sun and pitied the people stuck in London facing the Xmas cold and rain
A good judge of a hotel is whether you would come back to it again. Well the Hotel Baia has already passed that one, because I first came in Xmas 2006, and I would probably have come back before but ill health prevented it. Now I have been again, and all the good things I noticed the first time have been repeated. I am certainly planning to come again next Xmas
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Less than 30 km from Lisbon on the Estoril Coast, Hotel Baia has a privileged sea-front location, facing the Cascais Bay and offering a fabulous view of the ocean. The recently renovated Hotel Baia has 113 fully equipped rooms. Most of the rooms have a private balcony overlooking the sea. The Hotel Baia also has Conference Rooms with wireless Internet access, Banquet rooms for up to 300 people, private underground car park and our reputed Baia Grill Restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Baia Hotel Cascais
- Hotel Baia Cascais