From the moment that we were first welcomed to the house by Sarah to our last afternoon chat with Mario, Suzanna, Sarah and Lillliana, our experience at the Alquimia was exceptional. The house is modern, efficient and comfortable as well as beautiful. We loved the size and design of the pepper room and enjoyed having the balcony.
The breakfasts were delicious and generous, with a different local Portugese sweet every day. The jams were outstanding. Such a lovely treat after our morning runs! The espresso maker, the wifi and the daily housekeeping service were very much appreciated. The house and our room were always impeccably clean.
The location was perfect - a short walk to Cascais and its paths, a nice bike ride to Guincho Beach. Lisbon and Sintra are both easily accessible by train or bus.
I have to say that what really made our 6 nights at the Alquimia such a great introduction to Portgual for us was the people - Sarah, Lilliana, Mario and Suzanna. With their list of recommended restaurants we ate typical Portugese every night and enjoyed every bite. Their maps and hints about local attractions in Cascais, Lisbon and Sintra were extremely helpful and all that we needed to get us where we were going - even bus schedules!
The Alquimia offers the perfect balance of hospitality and privacy. We highly recommend the Alquimia experience to anyone visiting Cascais or the area and we wouldn't hesitate to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just 10 min walking from the town center, ocean and train station, a charming Guest House is opened in the coastal town of Cascais, Portugal. A traditional Portuguese villa from the 60's has been reconstructed and transformed into a cozy and contemporary home, with 5 suites and a pleasant outdoor leisure space. The desire to travel, to know new places, people and cultures, has always been one of our passions. This has led us to create a cozy and comfortable place that will make you feel at home while you discover and experience the best our region has to offer. From the furniture, which combines traditional and contemporary elements, to the small handcrafted decoration details, with items that have been repurposed, the idea of transformation is present. This philosophy gave rise to "Alchemy". ... more less
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