We recently returned from a two-night stay at Seteais in Sintra and it could not have been a more perfect experience. The hotel is impeccable. To start off with, they checked us in early at 8 am after our overnight flight from New York. Granted, we stayed in January so it was low season. We were given room 19, which is one of only four with a terrace with phenomenal views that stretch to the coast. (The rooms on the other side have wonderful views of Pena Palace, which is especially beautiful lit up at night.) Our room was furnished with gorgeous 18th century antiques, but instead of being fussy, it was still very cozy. Like everything else, the bed and the bed linens were high quality. The towels were thick and even smelled nice and there were bathrobes and slippers. The bathroom was large and modern with a double sink, but decorated in keeping with the rest of the hotel. Of course everything was spotlessly clean.
Outside our room there were numerous common areas to relax in, all perfectly appointed with unusual flower arrangements, wall frescoes, marble-topped tables, antique grandfather clocks, baroque-era pianos, etc. Everything was elegant, but not overly elaborate. The grounds were also amazing - hedge mazes, lemon groves, lots of open green space plus tennis courts and a pool.
On top of all of this, service was fantastic. Everyone from the concierge to housekeeping was kind and helpful. Our only regret is that we missed the buffet breakfast both mornings. But they were so kind as to send us a continental breakfast that we enjoyed on the terrace one morning (weather was so mild!) and the next morning they packed up breakfast boxes for us to take to the airport (and we were not charged extra for either). Very attentive service.
The location is slightly outside the historic center of Sintra, but still a convenient 10 minute walk away (granted it is uphill one way!) and just far enough away that it feels like you are really on vacation. We marveled at how quiet and relaxing everything was, but still very accessible to all the amazing sights of Sintra.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- More than just a five-star Sintra hotel, a luxurious and romantic palace which takes us back to the days of the elegance and architecture of the XVIII century. On the mountainside of Sintra, a town classified as world heritage by UNESCO, and with spectacular views of the Moorish Castle and Pena Palace, enjoy the magnificent surroundings of lush gardens and spectacular scenery. The beautifully decorated rooms with furnishings of extraordinary wealth and the ballrooms with their rich tapestries and incredible frescos make this hotel something quite unique and every event or stay becomes an unforgettable experience. Spend idle hours wandering the mazes or enjoy them from a distance in the comfort of our Seteais Restaurant while you sample the traditional Portuguese cuisine of our master Chef. Rediscover this incredible Sintra castle hotel, now remodelled to surprise. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tivoli Palacio De Seteais Hotel
- Palacio De Seteais