Right on the water. Cascais' seaside beaches are a Frisbee throw away. The main shops and restaurants of the town are all within a short walking distance. Also, the train station to get into Lisbon city centre (30 minutes) is less than two minutes walk away.
Rooms vary from aristo-opulent to beach-house casual. Ignore the street-facing rooms, as missing out on the spectacular sea views defeats the point of the hotel. If you’ve got the cash, the suites are spectacular – Brazilian-wood library-style living rooms and stone pillar balconies, with, of course, the mandatory floor-to-ceiling azure Atlantic view.
Chessboard marble flooring and hallways filled with black and white pictures of yesteryear Cascais. The leather armchairs in the library-style living area are just the spot for an early-evening tot and a flick through National Geographic.
Eating and drinking
The Albatroz restaurant serves a grand breakfast buffet. It’s also worth a meal at lunch or dinner for classic Portuguese fare. The newly renovated cliff-top bar is the swankiest waterfront spot for sunset sangrias.
A lovely child-friendly swimming pool overlooks the ocean.
I found the very amiable staff didn’t miss a beat with every want and whim tended to with a flashing smile.
Who stays there
Moneyed European couples and well-off families.
Good deals in the winter months.
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Family friendly
- Immediate beach access
- Great sense of luxury
- Street-facing rooms are over-priced