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mike from NJ
Westwood, New Jersey

Outstanding experience at historic hotel

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 Mar 2016via mobile
My wife and I had the great good fortune to stay at the Tivoli Palacios outside Sintra. From check in to departure every staff encounter, the elegance of the room overlooking the magnificent grounds, and the superb food and service at the restaurant made for a most memorable experience.
Our only regret is our stay was too brief. If your travel in Portugal includes time in Sintra don't miss staying at the 5 star luxury palace hotel.
Date of stay: March 2016
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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PedroFrazao_GM, General Manager at Valverde Sintra Palácio De Seteais, responded to this review
Responded 7 Mar 2016
Dear Mike,
Thank you for sharing your opinion about your experience at Tivoli Palácio de Seteais.
We are happy to know that your stay with us has fulfilled your expectations.
We are very pleased that you enjoyed our Hotel, a former XVIII Century Palace, totally refurbished in 2008, located on the hills of Sintra, UNESCO World Heritage town.
All your comments about the Hotel Tivoli Palácio de Seteais were already shared with the staff, and some may be considered in the near future, to improve our quality standards.
I hope we have the chance to receive you again during your next stay in Sintra.
Best Regards,
Pedro Frazão
General Manager Tivoli Palácio de Seteais

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Reviewed 4 March 2016

A lovely oasis of calm amid hectic Sintra. Beautiful grounds, wonderful staff, spectacular interior preservation of this charming palace. Feels like you're living in another far more civilized era, away from the noise of everyday life.

Date of stay: March 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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PedroFrazao_GM, General Manager at Valverde Sintra Palacio De Seteais, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2016

Dear Judith Ann,
Thank you for sharing your opinion about your experience at Tivoli Palácio de Seteais.
We are happy to know that your stay with us has fulfilled your expectations.
We are very pleased that you enjoyed our Hotel, a former XVIII Century Palace, totally refurbished in 2008, located on the hills of Sintra, UNESCO World Heritage town.
All your comments about the Hotel Tivoli Palácio de Seteais were already shared with the staff, and some may be considered in the near future, to improve our quality standards.
I hope we have the chance to receive you again during your next stay in Sintra.
Best Regards,
Pedro Frazão
General Manager Tivoli Palácio de Seteais

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Reviewed 3 March 2016

It’s difficult to know where to start with this review, there is so much to say that is exceptionally positive about this place. Sintra offers many amenities for Tourists and this hotel is very conveniently located close to the bus route taking you up to the must-see Pena Palace and Moorish castle. And the Quinta da Regaleira estate is just across the road. We had returned to Portugal for a short break after a wonderful but all too brief visit a few months earlier. Sintra was top of our list to spend more time. We had found an amazing off-season deal to enable us to stay at this truly 5-star hotel close to Sintra center for three nights. It is about 10 minutes’ walk from Sintra tourist office along a scenic narrow road, or 5-minutes by car. There is plenty of parking at the hotel. Walking from Sintra would not be recommended for those unsteady on feet due to slope and cobbles. From the moment we arrived we realized we were in for a wonderful experience. Miguel at reception greeted us with a friendly smile and not a hint of snootiness that we feared might be characteristic of such an up-market hotel. He carried our bags and showed us the amenities with obvious pride. Our hotel room with its 17th century decor and furniture and luxurious curtains was extremely comfortable and spotlessly clean. A decanter of port was ready for us to enjoy as a welcome gift. We booked dinner in the hotel restaurant that evening and enjoyed excellent food ala-carte at a very reasonable price. The waiters were very efficient with just the right balance of friendliness and service. The young sommelier Pedro was impressive, spoke excellent English and helped us select a nice Portuguese wine for our meal. We had arrived in darkness and next morning we were astonished to find a world-beating view from our room of the Sintra valley and sea. The room was quiet and the bed was extremely comfortable. As for breakfast, we can say with utmost confidence that you will not find a better spread anywhere in the world. There was a fabulous selection of breads, fruits, cheeses, meats and cooked food of the highest quality. The fruit was perfectly ripe. It was incredible that such a high quality breakfast was included in the room rate. The wallpaper and woodwork throughout the hotel is beautifully hand painted with amazing chandeliers and period furniture. We felt very privileged to be able to stay in this genuine palace from a bygone era. All of the staff at this hotel made us very welcome, so characteristic of the lovely Portuguese people, and we will come back again in a heartbeat.

Date of stay: February 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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PedroFrazao_GM, General Manager at Valverde Sintra Palacio De Seteais, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2016

Dear Don C,
Thank you for sharing your opinion about your experience at Tivoli Palácio de Seteais.
We are happy to know that your stay with us has fulfilled your expectations.
We are very pleased that you enjoyed our Hotel, a former XVIII Century Palace, totally refurbished in 2008, located on the hills of Sintra, UNESCO World Heritage town.
We were happy to hear that you liked the Seteais Restaurant menu, service and breakfast, which can be enjoyed in a romantic and stylish atmosphere.
I will pass on to our team, your satisfaction with the service, with the assurance that it will help to maintain the motivation and commitment of all who are part of the Hotel Staff.
I hope we have the chance to receive you again during your next stay in Sintra.
Best Regards,
Pedro Frazão
General Manager Tivoli Palácio de Seteais

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Reviewed 1 March 2016

Sintra is a kind of C19th Disneyland, a bonkers place where mad King Ludwig of Bavaria meets Marie Antoinette in a crazy gothic romantic fantasy of palaces, castles, gardens and follies - there's even a tower that goes down into the ground rather than up into the air! This hotel is one of those follies - a beautiful palace built for a real queen to escape the searing Portuguese summer. This is a genuine five star frescoed princess and the pea experience. It's exquisite. Relaxed in the way that only a European country house can be and staffed with friendly professionals who are truly passionate about the place. Stay here for just one night in your life and fall in love.

Room tip: Suite number 2 - check out the hand painted 'wallpaper' it's gorgeous
Date of stay: February 2016
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Thank Sadie V
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PedroFrazao_GM, General Manager at Valverde Sintra Palacio De Seteais, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2016

Dear Sadie V,
Thank you very much for taking time to share your opinion about Tivoli Palácio de Seteais, located on the hills of Sintra, UNESCO World Heritage town, with lovely views to the Pena Palace and Moorish Castle. It is a pleasure for us to provide a warm welcoming with excellence service standards and to provide you the opportunity to enjoy the amazing nature of this region, or a pleasant walk to the village, one of the most picturesque in Portugal.
We appreciate your comments regarding our rooms, decorated with magnificent paintings, tapestries and frescos of rare beauty.
We look forward to welcoming you back on your next stay in Sintra.
Kind regards,
Pedro Frazão
General Manager of the Tivoli Palácio de Seteais

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Reviewed 26 February 2016

A monument and also an hotel.
Great simpathy from everyone
In the middle of Sintra village, with private parking.
Continental breakfast ok. Good restaurant - a bit overpriced.
Awesome landscape to the valley and the montains.

Date of stay: February 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank NatureSeekerPRT
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PedroFrazao_GM, General Manager at Valverde Sintra Palacio De Seteais, responded to this reviewResponded 29 February 2016

Dear Guest,
Thank you for sharing with us your experience of staying at the Tivoli Palácio de Seteais.
We were glad to know that you liked our rooms, decorated with magnificent paintings, tapestries and frescos of rare beauty. We are also very pleased that you enjoyed our Hotel and surrounding gardens, a former XVIII Century Palace, totally refurbished in 2008, located on the hills of Sintra, UNESCO World Heritage town.
We were happy to hear that you liked the Seteais Restaurant menu, service and breakfast, which can be enjoyed in a romantic and stylish atmosphere.
I will pass on to our team, your satisfaction with the service, with the assurance that it will help to maintain the motivation and commitment of all who are part of the Hotel Staff.
We look forward to welcoming you back on your next stay in Sintra.
Kind regards,
Pedro Frazão
General Manager of the Tivoli Palácio de Seteais

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Reviewed 25 February 2016

The level of this hotel is not our standard for vacations, but it is nice to splurge once in a while, and this hotel is really the place to do that: beautiful gardens, fantastic rooms (at least our room was…enjoyed every ) , very pleasant and helpful stuff, and extremely good breakfast. It certainly meets the expectations of its stars and price.

Room tip: I suppose all rooms there have good views, either towards the sea or the castle.
Date of stay: February 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank y0av0
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PedroFrazao_GM, General Manager at Valverde Sintra Palacio De Seteais, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2016

Dear Yoav,
Thank you for sharing your opinion about your experience at Tivoli Palácio de Seteais.
We are happy to know that your stay with us has fulfilled your expectations.
We are very pleased that you enjoyed our Hotel, a former XVIII Century Palace, totally refurbished in 2008, located on the hills of Sintra, UNESCO World Heritage town.
All your comments about the Hotel Tivoli Palácio de Seteais were already shared with the staff, and some may be considered in the near future, to improve our quality standards.
I hope we have the chance to receive you again during your next stay in Sintra.
Best Regards,
Pedro Frazão
General Manager Tivoli Palácio de Seteais

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