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Sintra, considered 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. Enhance your experience by booking one of the best hotels in Sintra, ranging from spa resorts to art deco houses.
Aptly translating to Viewpoint House, Casa Miradouro has spectacular views of the Pena Palace, the Castle of the Moors and the ocean. Offering budget-friendly value, Casa Miradouro is set inside a house that dates back to the late 19th century. In addition to eight spacious guest rooms, this accommodation has a bar, library, garden and games room. Breakfast is also available upon request, adding to the B&B feel.
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, such as British poet Lord Byron and the Portuguese writer José Maria Eça de Queirós. Now a 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.
Charming, classic, modern and tranquil are all words to perfectly describe the Beister Charm House, a country retreat dating back to the late 19th century, with seven guest rooms, a garden, a reading room and a picnic area. A peaceful escape in an already idyllic setting, the house is a romantic escape for anyone wanting to fall off the grid or just get a peaceful night’s rest. Even better, it’s close to many of Sintra’s must-see landmarks. An extra perk is the breakfast buffet included in the price.
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.
Mary Lussiana contributed additional reporting to this article.