In Sintra, which is stunning but whose shops and restaurants can seem to range from slightly touristy to outright hustlers, Lawrence's was an incredible find and fit perfectly with the beautiful place and its 'true' (rather than projected tourist) atmosphere.
The staff were knowledgeable and helpful, and made us feel that they were delighted to have us. They were warm and friendly, but also discreet. Our room was attractive and comfortable. The price (€90) seemed a little high for just the room, but felt like good value when considering the hotel as a whole (the outstanding breakfasts, staff, location...and just the 'feel' of the hotel).
The location is ideal. It's just outside the somewhat touristy centre, but convenient to everything (the furthest distance we had to walk was 15 minutes to the train station, and the route is very scenic). We rarely had to walk for more than 5 minutes to reach a bus, restaurant or shop.
The only thing we could criticise is the selection of books in the hotel's little 'library'...perhaps if we liked Byron (who stayed there) or World War II, we would have felt differently.
If you do stay, make sure to take lots of time over the breakfast, as it is huge, offers real variety and is delicious.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lawrences Hotel Sintra