Considered one of Portugal’s most beautiful towns, Sintra is a UNESCO destination that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. Close enough to Lisbon for a short break, a weekend visit is ideal. Explore the lush mountains and wander the winding network of romantic streets, stopping to sample delicious pastries and peruse traditional souvenir shops. Booking with one of the seven best hotels in Sintra will add to the experience.
Travellers who don’t mind dormitory-style hotels are sure to love Almáa Sintra Hostel. Just 10 sleeping rooms occupy this rustic eco hostel, located down the road from the mysterious Quinta da Regaleira. The house dates back to the 12th century, making it one of the oldest buildings in town. Surrounded by a charming garden and offering a library and an outdoor pool, Almáa Sintra Hostel provides a cozy and social stay in Sintra.
Aptly translating to Viewpoint House, Casa Miradouro boasts 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 features a bar, library, garden and games room. Breakfast is also available upon request, adding to the B&B feel.
Located across the road from Sintra train station is Chalet Saudade, a 19th-century Art Deco house that is now one of the town’s best hotels. Decorated with boutique and vintage furniture, guests may feel like they’ve been transported to another time. Natural light shines through the large windows that also allow views of the garden. Perks include an option for breakfast, an on-site restaurant, the rooftop terrace and a picnic area.
The self-proclaimed oldest hotel in Portugal and Spain, Lawrence’s Hotel is an ideal choice for history lovers. Literature buffs will also appreciate the fact that Hotel Lawrence hosted famous authors, such as British poet Lord Byron and the Portuguese writer Eça de Queirós. Now a five-star accommodation, it boasts 16 antique-enhanced guest rooms, a terrace, restaurant and bar. Lawrence’s Hotel is also family friendly and provides childcare services.
Charming, classic, modern and tranquil all perfectly describe The Beister Charm House; a country house dating back to the late 19th century with seven guest rooms, a garden, reading room and picnic area. A peaceful retreat in an already idyllic setting, it’s 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.
The Sintra Boutique Hotel is located near several major landmarks and is just a short walk from the National Palace. Guests have four room types to choose from, including themed rooms that each highlight a different era or event from Portugal’s history. Due to its four-star rating and close proximity to Sintra train station, demand for rooms is high, so advance booking is recommended.
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, Johnny Depp and Mick Jagger. In addition to 30 elegant guest rooms, the hotel houses a spa center, gourmet restaurant and regal bar area.