We stayed three nights at Pensao Nova Sintra, and we can't say enough about Rui Bernardo and his excellent staff, especially young Luis. We arrived early in the morning, jet-lagged from Canada, and Rui had our fresh, bright and lovely room available for us on the first floor overlooking the patio and with a superb view of the Moorish Castle. Our room was very well appointed, and breakfast, served in the cheery dining room, was more than adequate: fresh rolls, cheese, cold cuts, yoghurt, jams, butter, juice, coffee or tea. We also highly recommend having a mid-day meal at their patio restaurant -- the quality and quantity of the food is excellent. My husband enjoyed fresh pargo, which was rarely available on the rest of our trip.
Rui was also extremely helpful, offering dinner suggestions, recommending sites to see, etc. We were given a home number to call at any time if we had any questions or needs, and indeed, upon our leaving, Luis insisted that wherever we were in Portugal, we were welcome to call for advice! We knew this was genuine -- they could not have been more accommodating throughout our stay. Rui even sent us off with complimentary chocolate-covered almonds and a replica of Pena Palace!
The location is excellent -- a short walk from the train station arriving from Lisbon, and the establishment, Rui's birth place, is bright, clean, well appointed, and maintained with love. But it's the friendly and helpful attention that is the real plus: Rui even contacted our next host in Lisbon for us to ensure arrival time, and promptly made sure we knew exactly how to reach our destination, using Virtual Earth.
We look forward to a return visit, and recommend their small hotel absolutely!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Nova Sintra has a large sun terrace overlooking the Sintra Mountain Range and a romantic patio shaded by large trees. It features simply decorated rooms and free Wi-Fi.With mountain views, recently renovated rooms at Hotel Nova Sintra come equipped with a satellite TV. They are all uniquely furnished with decorative headboards and antique furniture.Guests can enjoy a breakfast on the patio or the sun terrace. Indoors, there is a small living room that functions as a restaurant and lobby area, serving traditional Portuguese dishes.The villa is situated 1 km from the historical centre and 5 km from the Pena Palace. With the hotel’s car rental service, guests can easily visit Lisbon, a 30-minute drive away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pensao Nova Hotel Sintra