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
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31 August 2021

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.

Penha Longa Resort

Resort, Hotel
4.7/5 (314 Reviews)
Penha Longa Resort
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Price Drop
Now from $195 per night
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.
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Sintra Palace Marmòris

Boutique Hotel, Luxury
4.8/5 (135 Reviews)
Sintra Palace Marmòris
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Price Drop
Now from $184 per night
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.
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Casa Holstein Quinta Sao Sebastiao

Boutique Hotel
4.6/5 (77 Reviews)
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.
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Sintra Bliss Hotel

Boutique Hotel
4.6/5 (260 Reviews)
Sintra Bliss Hotel
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Price Drop
Now from $125 per night
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.
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Casa Miradouro

Guesthouse
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Aptly translating to Viewpoint House, Casa Miradouro has spectacular views of 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 on request, adding to the B&B feel.

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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.

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  • Lawrence's Hotel

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel
    4.5/5 (192 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $116 per night

    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.

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    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.

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    Sintra Boutique Hotel

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel
    4.8/5 (687 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $130 per night
    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.
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    Tivoli Palácio de Seteais

    Spa Hotel, Hotel
    4.8/5 (272 Reviews)
    Tivoli Palácio de Seteais
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    Price Drop
    Now from $259 per night

    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.

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    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.

    These recommendations were updated on August 31, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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