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“We left after one night - disgraceful”
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Lawrence's Hotel
Ranked #9 of 15 Hotels in Sintra
Reviewed 22 October 2011

We booked for three nights but left after one. The room was tiny, furnished with junk that would not have fetched $50 at a flea market and the bed was as hard as a board. Mould grew between the bathroom tiles The so called terrace had no view and was furnished with junk. The whole place is filthy and smells of cats throughout and worse. The vaunted restaurant is simply dreadful. Mostly it is closed with unlaid tables,The few that are used are crowded into one windowless corner. Although we had booked to eat we took one look and ate else where. The ceiling of the restaurant is filthy. The waiter station was piled with rubbish. The breakfast is thrown on tables with little to no attempt at presentation. The waitresses "uniform" was old and stained. The hot food such as it was bacon egg, tomatoes was all piled into one hot dish and looked totally unappetising.
Before you enter this place check the state of the menu boards outside. Their condition should tell you what the rest of this place is like. A classic tourist rip off joint. Avoid.

Room Tip: Go elsewhere - but if you must stay here avoid the 5th floor - it is the attic with tiny rooms with...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 2011

This hotel is lovely. Great position, good food and terrific staff. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Tesve
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

We stayed at Lawrences for 3 nights for a magnificent wedding in Sintra and we loved it! If you are looking for a corporate modern hotel this is not the place for you but we loved the old-fashioned charm of Lawrences - Byron stayed here and we had dinner in the lovely dining room under his portrait! Our room was at the top of the hotel and called 'Bellavista' and indeed we had a magnificent view over the rooftops and views for miles. The room was long and narrow with the bed area through a little arch. It was very simple with wooden floors and slightly worn Antique furniture but lots of cupboards and a bathroom with natural light and lots of hot water. Also, very important for me, a nice size bath to relax in. We liked the hooks on the back of the door and the LARGE white bath towels and heated towel rail. There was a large flat screen television and you had free broadband etc downstairs in the charming sitting room as there was not a good signal in the top rooms. Breakfast was included in our rate and was incredibly good. Lots of really good fresh fruits, yoghurt, ham and cheeses and a variety of breads and croissants. Under a metal cover were well cooked scrambled eggs and delicious bacon so we were happy and it all tasted so fresh. We also had Sunday night supper in the candlle lit dining room which was delicious and with lots of choice. The staff were incredibly friendly and welcoming so we would be very happy to return to Lawrences - a winter weekend would be fun with log fires and wonderful walks around Sintra. A glass of white port before dinner!

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the back of the hotel and not over the road which was noisy!
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2011

My weekend strated with the best of the sensations, Happiness!!!!!It's wonderful to feel you have choosen the right place to stay. This is the Lawerences Hotel. The people working there are pretty pleasent and the place is amazing also the location. It's the perfecto place to envision the satmosphere of this amazing town Sintra. The hotel keep the feeling of the old style but in very good conditions, very clean and specially romantic. You feel like a princess!!!!the sight from the restaurant is amazing, one side you can see the forest with beatifull trees and you can enjoy a delicious breakfast. Also for dinner teh food is quite good. The location of this hotel is perfect you can walk to the Quinta de Regaleira in 4 minutes. I can only say Thanks for the experience and thanks for make me feel so confortable and special.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

Rustic elegance! Lovely balcony, adequate bathroom and sleeping. Breakfast was wonderful! Slightly removed but close walk to all attractions, bus etc.

Room Tip: Quiet, beautiful forest view from patio
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2011

The city of Sintra is absolutely enchanting, with its mind-boggling Quinta da Regaleira, exciting Moorish Castle, and exquisite Palacio da Pena, but what made our stay even more special was the wonderful Lawrence's Hotel. We arrived without reservations, and the professional yet empathetic man at the reception provided us with a suite (De Lua). Our suite was oh-so-perfect with Victorian charm, but the bathroom with full amentities (ie. jacuzzi) did not clash with the quaint style. We had a lovely balcony, too. Everything exceeded our expectations.

The breakfast was fantastic. I adored the setting, I loved the food, and once again, the staff was kind but not stuffy. It was, at 150 euro, reasonably priced, but a steal in comparison to the state-run pousadas which were for us, a true disappointment.
I think we were the only young couple (20s) at this hotel; we noticed many older British people. In any case, it was by far my favourite hotel of the trip, and I heartily recommend this place! You will love it, I promise!

Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

My wife & I spent 1 night only with B&B rate , the 1st of our trip in Portugal . The room was nice and with a small balcony on the garden. Reception is small but people very nice. Parking is difficult but if u don't care of the rules u can find one very fast.
Breakfast was very good ( continetal ) , while the room was small , with all but the woden floor was quite noisy . The light in the bathroom wasn't enough . Unlikely the weather was horrible ( cloudy 16-20 C degrees ) and we couldn't visit all the monuments; be aware this kind of weather is normal there as they informed us.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank maiawolf
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Address: Rua Consiglieri Pedroso 38 40, Sintra 2710-550, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Sintra Municipality > Sintra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Sintra
#5 Luxury Hotel in Sintra
Price Range: £111 - £188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Lawrence's Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lawrence's Hotel is the oldest hotel unit of the Iberian Peninsula and one of the first hotel units in Europe since 1764. The hotel became most known, after the ten days visit of Lord Byron in 1809 as well as other famous Portuguese writers, artists and politicians. This 5* boutique hotel is located on the heart of Sintra and offers an excellent atmosphere. It has 16 bedrooms, of which five are Suites, all different decorated in a romantic style. ... more   less 
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