This was my 3rd or 4th stay over 4 years. The Inglaterra is a small, good quality, full service hotel with character and charm, well located in easy walking distance to the train station, lots of shops and restaurants, small grocery, the Casino and the Banyan Spa. It is well run with very kind staff people. You see business people, families and couples staying here. For little kids, there are rooms with direct access to a fenced lawn and playground equipment. The hotel added a wing of new rooms in 2013 which are Scandinavian modern, quite different than the traditional Portuguese character of the original building. The new rooms are brighter and larger, all have balconies, large showers, very comfortable beds, reading lights, comfortable mattresses, mini fridges, a comfortable chaise lounge, and they are close to the new infinity pool. The internet connection is weaker in the new rooms because farther from the source. The original rooms vary in size but for a European hotel are not small, a few have balconies, their bathrooms have bidets and nice deep tubs with showers, a mini fridge, a small arm chair that is not comfy for reading, better internet, and although not as brightly lit they have warmer, more traditional decorating. If the older rooms had a comfy chair I would prefer them, even though they are definitely showing wear. All rooms have flat screens and free internet. The rates include a breakfast that has variety and tastes OK: scrambled eggs, sausages and a third hot dish that varies, as well as the usual European selection of cold ham, cheeses, fruits, yoghurt, baked goods, and juices. There's a quiet bar that is always attended although not much drinking goes on, just nice for a glass of wine or cup of tea in the afternoon. The restaurant is not busy unless there is a tour group with a buffet. Otherwise they are prepared to serve a couple of plats de jour or sandwiches, which is handy if you don't want to go out or want room service, and the food is not bad. For the best rates, compare the hotel's own website which might have special packages. Other than the Palacio at four times the price, it is the best all around hotel in Estoril. I very much enjoy staying at the Inglaterra and will return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The charming and charismatic Hotel Inglaterra is located in the centre of famous Estoril walking distance to the rail station, casino and beach. The building of great architectonic beauty is a palace dating back to the start the 20th century with a personalized decoration in perfect balance of classic and contemporaneous comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inglaterra Hotel Estoril
- Best Western Estoril
- Estoril Best Western