I firmly believe that Sintra deserves more than a day trip. Once the majority of the tourists have disappeared back to their Lisbon hotels, the historical town takes on a more relaxed atmosphere. Strolling around the cobbled streets is more pleasurable without the hoards so when deciding where to stay in Sintra, ideally you’ll be looking for somewhere central.
I’ve hand-picked some of the best accommodation in Sintra in terms of quality, style and value for money and, of course, comfort.
Best boutique hotels in Sintra
Sintra Boutique Hotel couldn’t be better located, right in the heart of the old town but off the main road. With modern design and decor and an inventive approach to the restaurant offerings, the level of comfort and customer service are worthy of the 4-star rating.Check availability for Sintra Boutique Hotel
Best guesthouses in Sintra
Casa das Campainhas is a beautiful boutique guest house in a palatial early 20th century town house a short (10-15 mins) walk from the centre of Sintra. It has a pool and garden to relax in after a hard day’s sightseeing and wonderfully welcoming staff. It’s probably a good idea to take a taxi if arriving by train with your luggage.Book a room at Casa das Campainhas
The Romantic Suites and Garden Guesthouse gives you the opportunity to step back in time and let your imagination run riot. Many of the palatial villa’s original 19th century fixtures and fittings, especially the gorgeous tiled bathrooms and the marble kitchen, are in place and you can lose yourself in the garden for a while. Breakfast is served by the family butler. It is a little further out of the centre than other Sintra guesthouses but still walkable if you’re feeling fit and not far by taxi.Pick the most romantic suite for your Sintra stay
Vila Mira Longa is not far from the heart of Sintra and offers free private parking, a real bonus in Sintra, as well as amazing views. The 19th century building has been lovingly restored by a Brazilian art restorer and interior decorator and offers gorgeous rooms (although a couple of them may be a little chintzy for some tastes) with extra-long beds, some with private balconies, and attractive gardens. The studio apartment has a kitchenette if you feel like preparing some meals.
Chalet Saudade is a beautifully restored townhouse with glamorous and historical touches near the train station with meals served in the equally charming Café Saudade.
Best luxury hotels in Sintra
As the name suggests, Tivoli’s Palacio de Seteias was once a grand palace and enjoys privileged views from above the town. The historical features of the interior are beautifully restored and the place exudes quality and character.
Even if you don’t stay here, you could take afternoon tea in the glamorous dining room. With all the comforts you’d expect from a 5-star hotel and more, this is a worthy splurge. If you have a car, it’s ideal. Otherwise, you’ll need to take taxis to get to the historical centre of Sintra.Book your luxury stay in Sintra
Best budget accommodation in Sintra
Águamel Sintra Boutique Guest House is right in the centre of Sintra, in a fully renovated 19th century townhouse. The owner, Manuel, will go out of his way to help make your stay as comfortable as possible. Superior rooms have a private balcony.Bag a room at Águamel Boutique Guesthouse
Sintra Bliss is bright, colourful and thoroughly modern boutique guesthouse near the train station. Breakfast is varied and there’s a pleasant garden area.
Casa do Valle is a cosy, comfortable guesthouse which, although not staffed 24-hours, offers excellent customer care and the opportunity to have tapas and wine served in your room if you’re too tired to venture out to a restaurant.
Casa da Pendoa is actually a collection of rooms and self-catering apartments spread across several buildings in the historical centre. As such, each space is unique so check the descriptions to find the best fit for you. Staff are friendly and helpful and the welcome pack of groceries is a bonus. Parking is possible nearby in low season but don’t even think about trying to drive here in summer months.Choose the best apartment for you
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