Okay, good first. The staff were all a delight, friendly and helpful. The breakfast was excellent, so many choices (Shhh! Don't tell anyone, but we used to take a roll and a doughnut out under our hats for lunch later). The pools and the golf course looked splendid, although we used neither. The whole hotel looks good and is wonderfully lacking in graffiti - unlike everything else in the area!
The bad? First, its location - nothing nearby worth walking to, only shop is the local minimarket half a mile away. We used the buses which were frequent. Costa da Caparica is a small resort with a few touristy shops and restaurants and a first class beach, especially for surfers. Bus fare 2.40 euros per person each way.
Lisbon is almost an hour bus + ferry journey away. Combined fare about 9.40 euros per person each way.
Back to the hotel - the room was disappointing. Like almost half the hotel rooms it faced north, meaning the balcony did not get the sun at any time of day! (although that actually cost us nothing because the sun hardly bothered to peep through the clouds while we were there). Also it had no view, all we could see was the white wall of an adjacent wing.
We dined in the hotel for our first night. It cost 22.50 euros each and was a buffet inclusive of wine. That was just one glass for me, but my partner managed to get a second poured because she drank faster than me. There was a small salad bar for starter and some tepid soup. A couple of luke warm main dishes, pork stuffed with prunes and another dish with something unpleasant which I enquired about and was told was octopus. There were also two or three sloppy desserts like creme brulee and creme caramel, but previous customers had left them in a bit of a mixed up mess. All in all, not worth the money and we didn't dine there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aldeia dos Capuchos Golf & Spa Hotel is located in the historic town of Vila dos Capuchos, on the Costa Caparica, 20 kilometres to the south of Lisbon and provides magnificent ocean views. Only 20 minutes from Lisbon Airport, 10 minutes from centre of Lisbon and 3km from the beaches at Costa da Caparica. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Aldeia Dos Capuchos Golf Hotel Lisbon
- Melia Hotel Lisbon