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.
If you prefer to be away from the historical center I’ve included a section just for you.
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. Relax in the landscaped garden after a day of sight-seeing. Choose the room for you.
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.
Another boutique guesthouse is Casa da Estefanea Boutique GuestHouse. Enjoy this traditional Portuguese building with it’s limestone interiors and exteriors and matching cork details. Each room is decorated with paintings by a local Portuguese artist. Rooms are large and elegant. Choose your room now.
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. Enjoy the frescoes in the elegant living-rooms or take a stroll in the romantic gardens complete with antique water fountains and ponds. 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. See photos and check availability.
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.
Stay in a 150 year-old residence surrounded by a garden with a swimming pool and castle views at Hotel Sintra Jardim. Rooms are simply decorated and boast wooden floors; some have interesting bathrooms and French balconies. Choose something to suit you.
Best Apartments in Sintra
There are nicely decorated apartments and studios at Villas de Cintra that are sure to make your stay in Sintra a happy one. The studio apartment uses a lovely blend of wood, stone and tiling. Check availability.
Sintra accommodation further afield
Just a 13 minute walk into Sintra, Enigma is a sophisticated studio apartment with incredible views to the surrounding hills. You get a bright open space with double French doors to the balcony, high ceilings and wooden floors. The kitchenette is tiny but fine for snacks. Check availability.
In the same area you’ll find another gem. Mountain Glory is a spacious and bright apartment with fantastic views and is part of the above building. Note that there’s free on-street parking and Sintra train station is only a 15 minute walk away. Look here for more details.
Located on Praia Grande and 7km from Sintra, Arribas Sintra Hotel boasts panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Besides the beach you can relax in the large saltwater pool. All rooms are spacious and modern and come with ocean views. See the photos.
The 5-star Penha Longa Resort is a beautiful estate in the hills of the Sintra Cascais Nature Reserve. There’s golf, a spa center and a range of restaurants (some Michelin). All rooms have private balconies, with views across landscaped gardens, swimming pools and golf courses. A luxury experience and less than 4km from the sights. Book a room now.
If the urge to get away from it all is strong then a stay at quinta Colina flora would be perfect. It’s a small, sustainable, organic, vegetarian/vegan eco-guesthouse with 4 rooms, hidden away in a remote location surrounded by nature in the hills of Sintra Natural Park. Remove the hassle of driving and parking in Sintra; the bus stop is 5 minutes away and buses run all day every hour. Choose a room for a lovely stay.
Less than 4 km from Pena National Palace, Paço do Bispo Boutique House offers a range of modern, thoughtfully decorated rooms. You can relax in the sauna and the breakfast each morning is delicious. There’s also free parking. Choose a room in this beautiful house.
If there’s a large group of you (up to 18!) you could treat yourself to a luxury vila. Palace Views has a heated saltwater pool and a secluded woodland hot tub. Inside there are all of the luxuries you’d imagine including gorgeous marble decor and inticing modern art. Take a look at the photos.
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