I travelled with my husband who was there on business. The taxi from Lisbon airport dropped him off at the office first and then took me onto the hotel. I had emailed the hotel in advance to ask for an early check in and they had emailed me back straight away saying that it wouldn't be a problem. On arrival at the hotel I was greeted by the bellhop who took my bags from the taxi driver and the staff on reception were ready with my booking and I checked in without any hitches and was shown to a beautiful mini suite with a gorgeous view of the sea (we had booked and paid for a sea view room).
The room itself was lovely - the door opened into a small dressing/sitting area with wardrobes and there was a door off this to a wonderfully luxurious marble bathroom - full size bath, separate shower (with plenty of hot water and great water pressure) double vanities, toilet and bidet. Plenty of towels and nice soaps/shower gels, etc. Another door from the dressing area went into the large bedroom which consisted of a good sized double bed, two bedside tables, desk with free ethernet connection to the internet, coffee table, sofa, a couple of other side tables and two or three other chairs. The fittings were all of good standard and in good repair and everything was sparkling clean.
Off the bedroom was the terrace with a couple of plastic chairs and a table and a stunning view. The only negative thing about the terrace was that the astroturf flooring was showing signs of wear.
Although it was February, the weather while we were there was mild and it was lovely sleeping with the terrace doors open all night and the sound of the waves.
The location of the hotel is across the road from the beach - there is a large, well lit pedestrian tunnel a very short walk from the hotel (turn right out of the hotel) and if you turn right once across the road it is a short walk into the centre of Cascais. Turn left and you have a lovely long walk along the promenade, with little bars and restaurants along the way and the stunning ocean next to you. I wouldn't choose this hotel for a beach holiday as the beaches themselves are not that big in this area of Portugal, but I would definitely return to the hotel again for it is easy to get into Lisbon if you want to - the train station is just down the road and the journey is no more than 30 minutes I believe and it is also a lovely area of the coast to explore - whether on foot (like me) or by car.
Breakfast was included in our rate and although I had to eat it alone (I ashamedly wasn't up early enough to eat with my husband before he left for the office!) I was made to feel very welcome and given excellent service, even though it is a buffet breakfast. Choices at breakfast were good and included all the usual items plus some lovely local Cava. The only thing missing from my point of view was the option to have freshly cooked eggs, but this was a small point. When I returned for breakfast after my first day the waiter remembered what tea I drank which was a small but very welcome touch. Oh, and breakfast comes with a great view of the ocean too.
On our last evening we ate in the hotel restaurant, taking advantage of their fixed price menu - which greatly exceeded our expectations. It included wine and bottled water as well as three courses and a pre-dinner drink, different olive oils to try with bread and a small 'taster' plate from the chef, and the service, once again, was superb.
In fact the staff, without exception, were not only very well accomplished in their jobs but they were also very helpful and friendly and I was never made to feel anything but a welcome and valued guest.
I really enjoyed my short break at the Cascais Miragem and would certainly recommend it if the price were right (we got a reasonable deal via Booking.com).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the exclusive Estoril coast, the five star Hotel Cascais Miragem is set in a spectacular situation facing the Atlantic Ocean with views over the Marina of Cascais. The 192 elegantly decorated rooms and suites are spacious with all the modern comfort. Relax at the Cristovao Colombo Bar for a pre-dinner drink of Porto or Champagne before dining in the award winning Gourmet restaurant overlooking The Marina. Traditional Portuguese recipes with international influences create trans-ethnic cuisine prepared using only the finest ingredients. Located on the third floor the "infinity edge" of the swimming pool merges with the deep blue of the Atlantic Ocean. All guests have complementary access to the Health Club, Holmes Place, offering over 3000 square meter of cardiovascular and body building equipment studios with different classes and activities: heated pool with views over the ocean, Jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish bath and a service of personal trainers. The Holmes Place Spa at the Hotel opens the door to an intimate world dedicated to the restoration of strength, beauty and balance of the body, mind and soul. The Day Spa features 7 treatment rooms including an Oceanic Suite and a relaxing area with views over the Ocean. You can choose from the last generation of treatments, aesthetic & wellness products and Aromatherapy care. A place of Inspiration! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cascais Miragem Hotel
- Miragem Hotel Cascais