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Hoteis, Martinhal Cascais Family Resort Hotel, ClubHouse Pool e Villas
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The best hotels in Cascais

For more than a century, Cascais has been famed for the quality of its hotels, where you can sleep like a king.

By Editores da Time Out Lisboa
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Just half an hour from Lisbon (if you keep away from the rush hours), Cascais can be a pleasant place to spend a romantic evening, a weekend getaway or a family summer holiday; the perfect place to be a tourist and make the most of the best beaches down the coast. All you need to do is exchange the traffic on the A5 and Marginal for one of the best hotels in Cascais, and you can spend some special nights listening to the waves. It might be a bit of an extravagance, but you won’t want to do anything else once you’ve checked in. In this list of some of our favourite hotels in Cascais, you will find options for all tastes and pockets, from the keen golfer to those who are just looking to soak up on a swimming pool or a spa. And you can even bring the whole family since we've included some of the best places to bring the children while still being able to relax.

The best hotels in Cascais

Hoteis, The Oitavos, Cascais
Hoteis, The Oitavos, Cascais
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The Oitavos

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Almost invisible from the Guincho road, The Oitavos is huge, with more than 100 rooms, and minimalist decor in shades of blue – the same blue as the sea that can be seen over the dunes, wherever you are, and which has become known in the area as Oitavos blue – that is interrupted only by the enormous vases of flowers and the paintings by José Anahory (who is also responsible for the female sculpture at the entrance and for the design of this glass-fronted, Y-shaped building). At the restaurant you can choose between petiscos (tapas), like squid and pork that you can eat with your fingers, or the ceviche with yuzu and ponzu, or prepared dishes like arroz de lavagante azul (blue lobster rice) or bife de lombo maturado à portuguesa (Portuguese-style matured loin steak). And there’s also a sushi bar. If you’re thinking of spending some days at the beach, the outdoor swimming pool will be enough to change your mind, while the heated indoor pool is perfect for those windy days typical of the region. Last but not least, the spa is always an excellent choice.

Hoteis, Estoril, Palácio Estoril Hotel, Golf & Wellness
Hoteis, Estoril, Palácio Estoril Hotel, Golf & Wellness
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Palácio Estoril Hotel

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Much more than a journey through the glorious past of the Cascais Line, this classic hotel has retained its charm right up to the present day. The gardens, the romantic rooms and the impressive common areas – decorated with framed photos of royalty, chandeliers and even a grand piano – continue to impress even those who have converted to the Scandinavian minimalism that is in vogue in the new luxury hotels. The breakfast is a worthy rival to the one served a few doors down at the famous Pastelaria Garrett (some even say the hotel’s pasteis da nata are on a par with the Pasteis de Belém), and the pool, where the cast of 007: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service relaxed, is tempting even for those who planned to spend their days stretched out on the beaches at Estoril. And this is without mentioning the Banyan Tree spa, which offers Asian-inspired treatments.

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Hoteis, Farol Hotel, Cascais
Hoteis, Farol Hotel, Cascais
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Farol Hotel

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The 19th-century mansion of the Counts of Cabral is now a luxury hotel owned by the international Design Hotels group, which has had the building refurbished recently. Overlooking the Atlantic, the Farol has one of the most beautiful swimming pools anywhere along the Cascais Line, in addition to its pleasant terrace, On The Rocks, where you can enjoy a drink at the end of the day, and Sushi Design, which is one of the best sushi restaurants around. These are three good reasons for visiting the hotel without staying there. If you’re plan is to stay, then enter the classic building to which has been added a modern extension, then choose from the imposing penthouse, four suites or any one of the rooms decorated by different fashion designers: Ana Salazar, Augustus, Fátima Lopes and João Rôlo. There are also traditional rooms, which are less extraordinary, but which all come with views of the sea or of the gardens.

Martinhal Lisbon Cascais Family Resort Hotel
Martinhal Lisbon Cascais Family Resort Hotel
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Martinhal Cascais Family Hotel

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Man does not live by sea views alone, which is why the Martinhal Cascais Family Resort can appear on a list of the best hotels in Cascais. The views from this hotel are not to be dismissed, including the endless greenery, thanks to its location on the edge of the Quinta da Marinha golf course. After Sagres and Lisbon, the Martinhal group has set up shop close to Guincho beach, mindful of those visiting Cascais with children in tow. The hotel is child friendly, with activities to keep the younger ones entertained while the parents relax in the spa, catch some sun at the swimming pool or cosy up together in a super-king-sized bed. The hotel also has 2-bedroom villas that are suitable for larger families. So you can rest easy knowing that bringing the kids on your getaway will not cause any headaches.

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Hoteis, Hotel Intercontinental Estoril, Piscina
Hoteis, Hotel Intercontinental Estoril, Piscina
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Hotel Intercontinental Estoril

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This building that was, until 2007, the iconic Hotel Atlântico, which in turn took the place of the Chalet Barahona in the 1940s, has been fully refurbished to accommodate yet another Intercontinental group hotel. Don’t be fooled by its size: only the first two floors contain just over 50 luxury rooms (the remaining floors house premium apartments). Everywhere in this hotel – including the swimming pool and the terrace, where breakfast is served when the weather is fine – has views of the sea, nothing but the sea. The Vila Atlântico restaurant next door is open to the public, and not just guests at the 5-star hotel, and mainly serves fish and seafood, although there is a place on the menu for lovers of red meat. All the tables offer ocean views, but if the weather is right, head up to the Bago du Vin Gourmet & Terrace wine bar, which opened at the start of 2019 and has an extensive range of wines, champagnes and spumantes, and suggested pairings of freshly-cut international charcuterie and cheeses, as well as other light meals. Lastly, there is nothing quite like a walk along the esplanade to burn off those calories.

Hoteis, Grande Real Villa Itália Hotel & Spa, Fachada, Piscina
Hoteis, Grande Real Villa Itália Hotel & Spa, Fachada, Piscina
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Grande Real Villa Itália Hotel & Spa

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Have you ever slept in the home of a king? Here’s your chance. The Cascais home of the last king of Italy, Humberto II, has been transformed into a luxury hotel with sea views that are so spectacular that they even overshadow Graça Viterbo’s exquisite decor. It has just over 100 rooms, with the least interesting offering garden views. If you want to live like a monarch, then pick a Seaview Retreat standard room, a suite or even a penthouse. You will find Portuguese Castelbel amenities in every room. The common areas are also worthy of a royal family. The highlights are the outdoor swimming pool, the thalassotherapy spa (inspired by Roman spas, covering more than 1,000 m2, with ten treatment rooms, a pool, sauna, jacuzzi and gym) and the Belvedere Italian restaurant and its specialities such as risoto de espargos verdes com vieiras coradas (green asparagus risotto with cored scallops) and cannelloni de pato (duck cannelloni). Weekend brunch and summer barbecues are open to non-guests, so they too can be part of this royal family.

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Hotel, The Albatroz Hotel, Piscina
Hotel, The Albatroz Hotel, Piscina
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The Albatroz Hotel

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Known as the Caixinha da Amêndoas (Almond Box), the Dukes of Loulé Palace on Conceição beach – yes, where the President likes to go for a swim every morning when it is too windy at Guincho – has been transformed into a small 1960s inn. It had little more than ten rooms, but it has grown to gain an upmarket reputation: From the terrace of The Albatroz Hotel, life becomes much easier for any mortal. It has retained its old features and charm, but the rooms (there are three types) are more luxurious than ever, decorated in shades of green, blue and beige – they were recently refurbished by the interior designer Gracinha Viterbo. It wins the prize for the best balcony in town, with a swimming pool and comfortable sun loungers, and a small terrace where you can take tea at five or enjoy a drink at the end of the day.

Pousada Pestana Cidadela Cascais
Pousada Pestana Cidadela Cascais
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Pestana Cidadela Cascais

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The old Fortaleza da Nossa Senhora da Luz in Cascais – a listed building – is now home to the Pousada de Cascais, Pousada Historic Hotel & Art District. With more than 100 rooms and more than ten luxury suites, almost all offering sea views, this Pestana Group hotel has two open-air patios, the Taberna da Praça restaurant with a terrace, and the wonderful Déjà Lu second-hand bookshop. A must-see for art lovers is the Citadel Art District, with its galleries, studios and project room with space for various artists to use. Art is evident throughout the complex, including the hotel’s corridors and rooms, some created by artists who have residences there and who can be visited with advance booking.

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fortaleza do guincho
fortaleza do guincho
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Fortaleza do Guincho

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This hotel is 40 minutes from the centre of Lisbon and its location in the Guincho dunes, with the wild sea and the wind as the backdrop, add to that far-from-the-city sensation. The preserved old architecture forms a small nucleus between the road and the beach. In true 17th-century fortress fashion, there are no swimming pools or spas, just a great relationship with the sea. Gil Fernandes, the head chef at Fortaleza do Guincho’s Michelin-star restaurant, offers a menu replete with seafood and fresh fish dishes as well as three tasting menus. To offer an equally fine but less expensive dining option, in the summer of 2020 the hotel opened a new outdoor space, overlooking the raw beauty of Crismina beach, which offers light meals and a glass of wine.

Hotéis, Cascais, Onyria Quinta da Marinha Hotel
Hotéis, Cascais, Onyria Quinta da Marinha Hotel
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Onyria Quinta da Marinha Hotel

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It almost needs no introduction. The Onyria Quinta da Marinha Hotel, which has an incredible view of the green, was refurbished in 2020 to better integrate it with nature, which is understandable given its location in the heart of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. It has a spa, a gym and spacious rooms; however, it is best known for its Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course. A 5,870-metre, 18-hole course. The 19th hole is the Trent Jones bar overlooking the lake, which serves drinks and light meals (including cream of tomato with poached egg, omelettes, pasta, grilled salmon and sandwiches). Now and again it has live music. You can create bespoke golf packages (with accommodation, lessons, unlimited access to the surrounding golf courses). And the hotel offers free transport for guests wanting to take a look around Cascais.

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Hotel, Cascais, Dream Guincho
Hotel, Cascais, Dream Guincho
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Dream Guincho

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Something magnificent that you would not expect to find in Malveira da Serra: a complex of tall, dark, Scandinavian-style chalets that hide a single large building with very high ceilings and eight themed rooms named after literary classics. Is it a literary hotel? Not officially, but just to give you some idea, there are books lying around everywhere, even on the stairs leading up to the bedrooms. The ground floor of the main building is a huge open space with various ambiences, including a games table, reading corners, couches and televisions, and extends into a lounge with a kitchen that serves breakfast and dinner (when booked) and which is covered with lamps using open books as shades. It is impossible not to pick one up and start reading.

Hotéis, Cascais, Sheraton Cascais Resort
Hotéis, Cascais, Sheraton Cascais Resort
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Sheraton Cascais Resort

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Yet another large hotel in the Quinta da Marinha. This one has more than 150 rooms, ranging from suites to deluxe, to suit every taste (you can even book a 200 m2 suite). It also has a spa and health club, a Japanese-fusion restaurant with a menu created by chef Olivier da Costa - Yakuza - and an outdoor swimming pool (half heated) with views over the gardens. For families, the hotel has the Brave Kids space, which is inspired by indigenous villages and their traditional tents, and which offers a wide range of activities, from physical exercise and sport to cookery workshops. For the grown-ups there is the Flow Pool Bar, a cocktail concept that seeks to grab parents by the glass. It offers fruit juices, light meals and cool cocktails for around € 12. Flow is open to everyone from 10.30am to 7pm.

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Hotel, Sea'Ya Family Surf Hotel, Cascais
Hotel, Sea'Ya Family Surf Hotel, Cascais
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Sea Ya - Family Surf Houses

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Maria Saldanha Daun and António Monteiro have travelled the world together, but it was not until they started taking their two children with them that they realised the world was not ready for pressurised parents. Baby beds with no mattresses, kitchens with no cutlery, difficult showers and too many knick-knacks. You name it, they saw it. So they decided to do for others what they would have liked others to do for them, and created Sea Ya – Family Surf Houses in the centre of Charneca, just a 15-minute walk from Guincho. The bought an old house and split it into three separate apartments (from studio to 2-bed) ready to welcome families.

Legasea Cascais Guesthouse, Hotel, Cascais
Legasea Cascais Guesthouse, Hotel, Cascais
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Legasea Guesthouse

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No. 5 Rua Nova da Alfarrobeira has been a family home, a doctor’s surgery and a hostel. Now it is a guesthouse that honours the sea. About a year ago, Francisco Garcia and Duarte Reis came up with the idea of restoring the 100-year-old house in the centre of the town and turn it into a meeting point for the local community and the new tribe of surfers who quickly move from place to place in search of that perfect wave.

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