The Best Hotels to Book in Sintra for Every Traveller

These hotels in Sintra will make a great base for exploring attractions like the Pena Palace
These hotels in Sintra will make a great base for exploring attractions like the Pena Palace | © Radu Bercan / Alamy Stock Photo
Nina Santos

Sintra, one of the most beautiful towns in Portugal, is a Unesco destination close enough to Lisbon for an exhilarating short break. Explore the lush mountains and wander the romantic streets, stopping to sample delicious pastries and peruse traditional souvenir shops before visiting Pena Palace. Enhance your experience by booking one of the best hotels in Sintra – ranging from spa resorts to historic palaces – now via Culture Trip.

1. Penha Longa Resort

Resort, Hotel

Penha Longa Resort
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In the cool, misty mountains of Sintra, this resort stands out as one of the best in the country. There are excellent facilities for children, from a kids’ club in summer to an activity centre and treasure hunts. For adults, there is a spa, meditation labyrinth, indoor and outdoor pools, and two golf courses. The jewel in the crown, though, is the 10 impressive restaurants, two of which are Michelin-starred.

2. Sintra Palace Marmòris

Boutique Hotel, Luxury

Sintra Palace Marmòris
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This beautiful private home, dating back to the 1890s, sits in Sintra National Park surrounded by gardens and woods. The nine bedrooms have been lavishly decorated by the family owners, whose marble quarry in the Alentejo region provided the material for many of the floors and the marbled bathtubs inside each bedroom. The restaurant serves a refined, Portuguese-inspired menu.

3. Casa Holstein Quinta Sao Sebastiao

Boutique Hotel

Casa Holstein Quinta de São Sebastião
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This magnificent palace has been beautifully converted into a boutique hotel, offering spacious, high-ceiling rooms with period furniture and a two-bedroom villa. The surrounding park and gardens, complete with swimming pool, are particularly attractive. This makes a good base for exploring Sintra attractions such as the National Palace, Pena Palace, and Castle of the Moors.

4. Sintra Bliss Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Sintra Bliss Hotel
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This modern hotel has been assembled inside century-old walls with skill, offering an excellent base from which to explore this culturally rich town. Try a traditional horse and carriage ride to get around, and sample the wine from Colares and traditional queijada from Sintra – a sweet cheesecake that has been associated with the town since the 18th century.

5. Chalet Saudade

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

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Located across the road from Sintra’s train station is Chalet Saudade, a 19th-century house that’s now one of the best hotels in town. It’s decorated with boutique and vintage furniture, which may make you feel like you’ve been transported back in time. Natural light shines through the large windows, which also allow views of the garden. Perks include a breakfast option, an on-site restaurant, a rooftop terrace and a picnic area.

6. Lawrence's Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

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The self-proclaimed oldest hotel in Portugal and Spain, Lawrence’s is an ideal choice for history lovers. Literature buffs will also appreciate the fact that it has hosted famous authors, including poet Lord Byron and Portuguese writer José Maria Eça de Queirós. Now five-star accommodation, it has 16 antique-enhanced guest rooms, a terrace, a restaurant and a bar. It’s also family-friendly, providing childcare services.

7. The Biester Charm House Sintra

Guesthouse

The Beister Charm House
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Charming, classic, modern and tranquil are all words to describe the Biester Charm House, a country retreat dating back to the late 19th century with seven guest rooms, a garden, reading room and picnic area. A peaceful escape in an already idyllic setting, the house is a romantic spot for anyone wanting to fall off the grid or just get a quiet night’s rest. Better yet, it’s close to many of Sintra’s must-see landmarks. As an extra perk, the breakfast buffet is included in the price.

8. Sintra Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

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The Sintra Boutique Hotel is located near several major landmarks, and only a short walk from the National Palace. You have four room types to choose from, including themed rooms that each highlight a different era or event in Portuguese history. The hotel’s proximity to the Sintra train station means demand for rooms is high, so book in advance.

9. Tivoli Palácio de Seteais

Spa Hotel, Hotel

A stylish pool at Tivoli Palácio de Seteais with gently sloping steps and a wooden deck with loungers
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In a town filled with palaces, it seems fitting to spend a night in a palace estate. The five-star Tivoli Palácio de Seteais was the home of Portugal’s Dutch Consul in the 18th century. Passing through the hands of Portuguese nobility before becoming a swoon-worthy hotel in 1955, it has attracted a number of famous guests over the years, including Agatha Christie and Mick Jagger. In addition to 30 elegant guest rooms, the hotel houses a spa, gourmet restaurant and regal bar area.

If you want to visit other cities during your trip to Portugal, Lisbon and Porto are ones not to miss. Take a tour in Lisbon – making sure to try the country’s celebrated cuisine – or stay in some of Porto’s best apartments and hotels that will make you feel like a true local which you can book now via Culture Trip.

Mary Lussiana contributed additional reporting to this article.

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