The Best Hotels in Sintra for Every Traveller

Several of Sintra's hotels make great bases for exploring attractions like the Pena Palace
Several of Sintra's hotels make great bases for exploring attractions like the Pena Palace | © Radu Bercan / Alamy Stock Photo
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10 February 2021

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.

Penha Longa Resort

Resort, Hotel
4.7/5 (308 Reviews)
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, a 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
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 owning family, who have a marble quarry in the Alentejo region, so many floors are marble and rooms come with a marbled bathtub inset in the bedroom. The restaurant serves a refined Portuguese-inspired menu.
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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-ceilinged rooms with period furniture and a two-bedroomed villa. The surrounding park and gardens, inset with a 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
Sintra Bliss Hotel
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This modern hotel has been inserted into 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 the traditional queijada from Sintra, a sweet cheesecake that has been associated with the town since the 18th century.
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Casa Miradouro

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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.

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Chalet Saudade

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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Located across the road from the Sintra train station is Chalet Saudade, a 19th-century art deco 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 to another 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 (189 Reviews)
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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, 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.

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    The Beister Charm House Sintra

    The Beister Charm House
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    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.

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    Sintra Boutique Hotel

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel
    4.8/5 (685 Reviews)
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    The Sintra Boutique Hotel is located near several major landmarks, just 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 from Portuguese history. The hotel’s close 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 (268 Reviews)
    Tivoli Palácio de Seteais
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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.

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    Mary Lussiana contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on February 10, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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