I firmly believe that Sintra deserves more than a day trip. Not only does it have more sights than you can feasibly visit in just one day, 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 choosing your Sintra accommodation, ideally you’ll be looking for somewhere central.
I’ve hand-picked some of the best Sintra hotels, guesthouses and apartments in terms of quality, style and value for money and, of course, comfort.
Best boutique hotels in Sintra, Portugal
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.
Perhaps my favourite Sintra hotel, the beautiful Casa Holstein, aka Quinta de São Sebastião is a delightful oasis close to the town centre and the train station and has on site parking. The video below shows you how lovely it is. Check prices and availability here.
Best guesthouses 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. Secure your room at Águamel.
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. Check prices and availability.
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. Check availability at Chalet Saudade.
Best luxury hotels in Sintra
The Sintra Marmoris Palace is a gorgeous manor house just a short walk from the historical center. The grounds and swimming pool make for a relaxing escape and the rooms are luxurious and beautifully decorated. Take a look at these fabulous photos.
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.
Best budget accommodation in Sintra
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 most suitable accommodation.
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