Plan the best experience in Cascais, one of Portugal’s most beautiful historic towns, by staying in luxury accommodation that fits your personality and lifestyle. An hour from Lisbon by train, Cascais is a must-see destination for beautiful sights and unique history, and is perfect stop for shopping, beach breaks, and dining on traditional seafood dishes (some with contemporary twists). From five-star luxury to cool boutique energy and seaside retreats, these are some of the best hotels in Cascais, one of Portugal’s top resort towns.
Fortaleza Do Guincho
Fortaleza Do Guincho | Courtesy of Fortaleza Do Guincho/Hotels.com
This romantic hotel boasts marvelous views of the Atlantic Ocean from one of the best beaches near Lisbon. Originally built in the 17th century as a military fort, it became a hotel in the mid-20th century and a five-star hotel in 1998. It’s not just historic either: this is a great spot for foodies – especially those with a penchant for fine dining. The Fortaleza do Guincho’s restaurant is one of the local Michelin-star dining options in town, after earning one star in 2001. It was also a recipient of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. The hotel offers eight courtyard rooms and 16 Superior Rooms decorated with antique furniture.
The regal five-star Grande Real Villa Itália Hotel and Spa was originally a palace built in the mid-20th century for the exiled Umberto II, the last king of Italy. Facing the ocean, it is directly across the street from the popular Boca do Inferno, where the waves rumble inside a seaside cave formed within cliffs. The hotel offers 124 rooms including 19 suites and three private penthouses with views of the ocean. One of the hotel’s more unique characteristics is its thalassotherapy circuits within the spa, which seek to utilize the potential health benefits of natural seawater.
The traditional and colorful Casa da Pergola is a wonderful place for garden-lovers who equally appreciate the comforts of a bed and breakfast. Antique furniture and accented décor, like azulejo-tiled walls, offer a mix of classically Portuguese and Mediterranean styles. The house was built in the 19th century and offers 10 cozy rooms. Extras include breakfast by the fireplace during the winter, which moves outside to the vibrant garden during the warmer months, and the Casa da Pergola offers its guests free servings of Port wine daily.
Contemporary luxury is the essence of the Hotel Cascais Miragem, a five-star hotel located on the border between Cascais and Estoril. It is near the Praia das Moitas and close to the Monte Estoril train station. This large hotel includes 192 rooms, four styles of suites from junior to presidential, a terrace bar service, extravagant on-site fine dining from two hotel restaurants, an outdoor infinity pool, and a spa-style water lounge. There is also a kids’ playroom filled with games and toys that is available from 8am to 8pm.
The Albatroz Hotel is another historic manor residence that once belonged to a Portuguese duque and duchess and was eventually converted into a five-star boutique hotel. Perched on top of rocks, it is steps from one of Cascais’ beautiful beaches. The hotel boasts three beautifully-decorated room styles, specially-designed tours to some of Portugal’s must-see landmarks for interested guests, and leisure activities like unique cooking classes with the hotel chef, wine tastings, and sailboat rides.
Portugal boasts some excellent golfing opportunities and the five-star Oitavos is one of Cascais’ luxury hotels set inside its own golf course. Located within the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, the glass hotel’s floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors provide ample views of the rugged landscape and nearby coast. In addition to the superior and premium rooms are three styles of lofts, two suites, and a 120 square meter private villa called The Forte.
Set by the Cascais Marina, the Pestana Cidadela de Cascais, or Pousada de Cascais, is another beautiful seaside luxury hotel in charming Cascais. It is also situated in the middle of its own “art district”, surrounded by galleries and studios and near a few of the town’s museums, and the rooms are decorated with lovely artwork. The building is also historic and was built in the 17th century as a fortification. From the sunny terrace, guests can enjoy views of the iconic Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.