The Riviera was the right hotel for us, as it was what we hoped for in terms of comfort and facilities. Good sized rooms, though WiFi only available in the bar. Breakfast was good, though the hot food wasn't hot and choice of cereals limited to three options! The swimming pool area was not crowded, with plenty of sunbeds, though not enough umbrellas. Quiet and relaxing atmosphere, as this is a mainly residential area.
It was nice to have a small shopping centre adjacent to the hotel, and the supermarket was ideal, as due to the heatwave, we were often buying cartons of juice there.
We chose to stay in Carcavelos as it is an easy train ride to Lisbon and because it is less touristy than Cascais. The long, wide beach was amazing and an easy walk from the hotel, where there are many bars and restaurants overlooking the ocean. The beach is where it's all at, popular with young surfers and ample room to play football, volleyball, etc. We walked along the promenade most evenings and liked the restaurant about half way up, which served traditional Portuguese codfish, but our favourite was the Italian just past the beach, Cappriccio, which had a varied menu and was very popular.
I think we made the right choice for a chilled out week's holiday, with a day trip to historical Lisbon and charming Cascais.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in 2000, the Hotel Riviera is situated in a privileged area very close to Carcavelos Beach - considered to be the best of the various beaches in the area - and centrally located in relation both to Lisbon city and other places of great historic interest such as Cascais and Sintra. Guests can make use of the great facilities offered, including tennis courts, spa, Turkish bath, sauna and two swimming pools. The shopping center Riviera is adjoined the Hotel, with 63 stores. The International airport of Lisbon is at 28Km. ... more less
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