Hotel Review: Where to Stay in Sintra, Portugal?


Wondering where to stay in Sintra? Looking for a luxury experience with a local touch and endless cool experiences in the heart of Sintra? You are in the right place!

Sintra is hands down one of the highlights of Portugal. It is located 30 minutes drive away from Lisbon which makes it an attractive day-trip destination.

Since I used to live in Lisbon, I can tell you that a day trip is a bad idea and you won’t be able to explore it properly. There are more than 10 epic castles in Sintra and you will need 2 or 3 days to visit the best of these attractions.

So now that we agree on the fact that you need at least 2 days in Sintra, we need to find a place to stay. As always, I was on a mission to find the best accommodation in Sintra and I did.

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Welcome to Valverde Sintra Palácio de Seteais


Sintra is famous for its castles, so I decided that we should embrace this experience and stay in a proper castle as well. The royals of Portugal used to live in the palaces of Sintra and Valverde Sintra Palácio de Seteais offers to relive this experience, so why not?

Valverde Sintra Palácio de Seteais is more than just a 5-star hotel and luxury experience. In fact, it is included in the UNESCO Cultural Landscape of Sintra World Heritage Site list and it’s an important attraction of Sintra that tourists usually miss.

Paintings, tapestries, and frescos add a romantic touch, and maze-like lush gardens with views of Pena Palace and Moorish Castle make it magical.

The Palace was built for the Dutch consul Daniel Gildemeester, on lands granted by the Marques de Pombal. The Seteais Palace has been used as a luxury hotel since 1954, but its original characteristics have been preserved. With a modern-day comfort, of course!

UPDATE! This property was owned by Tivoli Hotels before, but now Valverde has taken over.


Tivoli Palácio de Seteais

The hotel is located in Sintra, a resort town and UNESCO World Heritage Site, next to the famous must-see attractions like Quinta da Regaleira and Park and Palace of Monserrate. Only 20 km from Lisbon Airport and 15 km away from Cascais.

The train station of Sintra is 20 20-minute walk away from Valverde Sintra Palácio de Seteais and from there you can find transport to all the main attractions of Sintra. However, a taxi would be the best option to move around.

Valverde Sintra Palácio de Seteais is located in a perfect place to explore the rest of Sintra and it’s one of the best places where to stay in Sintra.


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Hotels like Valverde usually come with many cool experiences for those who want to stay in. And I like the fact that they embrace Portuguese traditions when offering services to their customers.

On the property, you will find a restaurant, SPA, outdoor gardens with a pool, tennis court, and a wine-tasting room. Apart from that, Valverde offers private brunch and romantic dining experiences.

You can join their chef and participate in the cooking workshop. Or go on a wine tour and discover the Portuguese best wines. They can organize your visit to the Palaces of Sintra or even book you a private jet, so you can see it from the top. Impressive, isn’t it?



Rooms are richly decorated with magnificent paintings, luxurious carpets, and frescos of rare beauty. Comes with a stunning view of the Sintra Mountains, the Moorish Castle, and Pena Palace. 

Do you remember I mentioned modern-day comfort? Well, the rooms come with a fully equipped bathroom including a bathtub, these rooms also have a Nespresso coffee machine, kettle, iron, ironing board, and a safe. 

Valverde Sintra Palácio de Seteais will offer its guests a collection of complimentary services for a seamless experience:

  • 1 bottle of water in the room daily
  • Coffee pods (4) and Tea making facilities in the room daily
  • e-newspaper from a selection of 400 titles
  • free WIFI
  • turndown service.

What to see around?

Things to see in Sintra, things to do in Sintra


  • Adraga’s Beach: 22 minutes – by car
  • Ursa’s Beach: 29 minutes – by car


  • Monserrate Palace: 6 minutes – by car
  • Moorish Castle: 13 minutes – by car
  • Pena’s Nacional Palace: 15 minutes – by car
  • Quinta da Regaleira: 3 minutes walking
  • Royal Palace of Queluz: 22 minutes – by car
  • Sintra’s National Palace: 14 minutes – by car


  • Sintra’s Mountain: direct Access

Other important details

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Where to book and what is the price? Click here to see the prices and book your stay at Valverde Sintra.

How long you should stay? 2 nights would be the perfect time to see the highlights of Sintra and truly discover its beauty. Consider even more time if you are planning to enjoy some of the facilities and experiences that Valverde offers.

Best time to visit? Sintra is always chilly and foggy compared to the rest of Portugal, so it’s hard to predict the weather. I would say late spring or early autumn. Or summer if you are not afraid of crowds.

Restaurants nearby? You don’t need to look far. On the premises, you will find Restaurant Seteais – a menu prepared by Chef Miguel Silva where you can try many local delicacies. Before staying in this hotel, I always was disappointed to eat in the restaurants of Sintra – very touristic and overpriced. So it was so refreshing to find this traditional restaurant in the heart of Sintra.

My personal highlight? Probably the beautiful design, art pieces, and royal treatment that you get. Luxury is nice, but Valverde takes it to the next level. That’s what makes it one of the best places to stay in Sintra, Portugal.

In conclusion…

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Valverde Sintra Palácio de Seteais is a perfect mix of luxury, comfort, beauty, unique experiences, and unforgettable memories. That’s what makes it the best place where to stay in Sintra and I can guarantee that you will leave satisfied.

If you decide to look for another place, you can still come to visit Valverde Sintra Palácio de Seteais and maybe have lunch in the restaurant that I mentioned before.

I believe you will be visiting Lisbon during this trip as well, so you might read this:

Or discover other unique hotels all over Portugal and stay in the most unusual places!

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  1. Tivoli Palácio de Seteais Sintra is such a beautiful hotel! I would absolutely love to visit Sintra and this hotel looks like such a luxurious place to stay. The rooms and decor are so beautiful!

  2. Visiting Portugal next year and Sintra is on my list! Saving this for possible options of places to stay when we visit, excited to check out all the castles!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Yay! That’s exciting! I hope you can manage to make the most of your time in Portugal! It’s a splurge, but such a unique experience, highly recommended!!

  3. I’ve always wanted to stay in a castle. With a pool, restaurant and wine tasting, I wouldn’t ever want to leave. Sightseeing would need to be for another day.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Haha that’s true! But then again, Sintra has so much to offer, it’s har to resist!

  4. We haven’t been to Portugal yet but we plan to this summer while hitting up Spain, we are even more excited after seeing these wonderful photos.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      That’s exciting, have a wonderful time in Portugal ❤️ And thank you a lot!

  5. This is so decadent I would love to stay here

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Glad to hear that 😊

  6. Valentina says:

    Love this article. This is a hotel I really wouy love to stay in. It looks wonderful, very elegant. like always I loved your pictures and dresses! You are a wonderful travel blogger!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      You are so kind, Valentina! Thank you so much for your feedback and I really hope you can stay at Palácio de Seteais one day! ❤️

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Oh my! Thank you so much ❤️

  7. We visited Lisbon and missed out on sintra so definitely need to go back! And this place looks absolutely stunning! Will add it to our ever growing bucket list!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Yay! I’m sure you won’t regret it!

  8. We’re going to be visiting Portugal in a couple of weeks and have added Sintra to the itinerary. It looks beautiful and thanks for sharing where to stay!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      That’s so exciting!! I hope you will love Portugal, it’s amazing 😍

  9. Oooh, what a dreamy hotel! Great find and recommendation, that I would seek out if I was to return to Sintra.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Glad you like it, Renee! And why not? Sintra is wonderful!

  10. This hotel is so beautiful! I looks like you had a really nice time exploring the grounds and surrounding area. We’ll have to add Sintra to our Portugal visit. Thanks for sharing.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      It’s my pleasure! And I’m sure you will love Sintra & Tivoli. It’s hard not to ☺️

  11. Sintra is SO gorgeous. I only did a day trip but now I wish I’d stayed overnight!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Maybe this is your sign to go back to Portugal? 😍

  12. Wow – looks so opulent! I just love the royal-like details of luxury hotels in Sintra. So adding this hotel to my list of hotels to stay at.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Yay! I’m sure you will love it. It’s impossible not to!

  13. Wow! Everything is so beautiful, it looks like a fairy tale! And I absolutely love your dresses!! I would love to stay here one day.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Thank you so much, Yvonne! I hope you can experience that soon.

  14. Such great timing to find this post as I’m currently dreaming of a 40th birthday party trip to Portugal. This luxury hotel in Sintra would be such a glamorous place to stay!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Oh that sounds like a perfect gift for this special event! And Portugal sounds like a great idea!

  15. What a gorgeous hotel! I have not yet been to Portugal, but it looks absolutely amazing. Thanks for the recommendation on this hotel… will remember it for when we visit!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Yay! Glad you like it, Marianne. I’m sure you would love it!

  16. I can’t get over this building! It’s absolutely beautiful… and that piano wow. Definitely want to stay here when I visit Sintra

    1. lasma.plone says:

      You won’t regret it!! It’s so beautiful and full of stunning details 😍

  17. What a great place to stay – looks so idyllic and very ‘portugal’ if that makes sense. I feel the sense of community with your pictures.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      I’m glad you think so! Even though it’s a luxury place, I believe they still presume Portuguese charm!

  18. This place looks stunning!! And i love your photos, you really do such a great job at bringing places to life through photos and descriptions.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      So kind of you, Bea! I love photography, so it’s a huge compliment… thank you ❤️

  19. Totally agree that you need more than one day in Sintra! I loved walking around the town at night, after all the day trippers left.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Right?! It feels like you blend in with locals! Love that feeling as well

  20. OMG this literally looks like something out of Bridgerton and I’m OBSESSED. Also, how stunning the sights are nearby?? What a dream location! Definitely saving for when I visit!! Great find Lāsma!!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Haha it was my first reaction when I found it as well 😍 And I’m glad you like it! Thanks, Lana!

  21. The hotel looks absolutely palatial. The antiques, high ceilings and luxurious surrounds would make me feel like a queen.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Right?! And who doesn’t want that royal treatment once in a while?

  22. Wow ! the photos in this article are out of this world – I haven’t visited Sintra yet but will be adding it to my list.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Aww thank you so much! Means a lot to me 😘

  23. Wow, this looks like a dream! I’d love to stay here! Thanks for sharing your experience 🙂

    1. lasma.plone says:

      My pleasure! Hope you get a chance to visit ❤️

  24. This looks amazing! I love the idea of a cooking class and a wine tasting room. This seems like the perfect romantic getaway.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      I couldn’t agree more! 😍

  25. Oh, thanks for these recommendations. Hoping to visit Portugal this summer. Such an informative post.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      It’s my pleasure! I’m sure you will love Portugal ❤️

  26. Che luogo da sogno! Un hotel davvero bellissimo! Sintra è una destinazione indimenticabilmente! Complimenti alla modella e al fotografo come sempre

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Grazie di cuore, Rita, un abbraccio!❤️

  27. This place looks beautiful! I’d definitely love to stay here when visit Sintra

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Glad you liked it! ❤️

  28. OMG – what a stunning place to stay! I love Portugal and Sintra – and I agree, you need more than a day in Sinta. We just did a day trip from Lisbon but in retrospect, I wish we would’ve dedicated another day there – didn’t have enough time for everything.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      I know what you mean! I also made this mistake and more than once, but it’s another thing when you can stay there for a couple of days, relax and avoid the crowds ☺️

  29. Tivoli Palácio de Seteais looks like stunning place.. i would love to stay there. Awesome place, gorgeous photos and detailed information. Thanks for sharing! Paldies!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      I’m sure you would love it! And it’s my pleasure ❤️

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Great! I’m sure you will love it! ❤️

  30. This looks like such a stunning hotel! It would be a dream to stay at while visiting Portugal.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Sounds like a plan haha! ❤️

  31. Staying in a castle has definitely made its way to my bucket list. This would be a dream come true. It’s so elegant!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Yay! Very happy to read your comment!!

  32. Oh my goodness, this looks like it’s straight out of a fairytale! What an incredible experience to stay in a castle – it looks so, so beautiful and I love all of the details in the decorations. I would absolutely love to stay here when visiting Sintra!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Love the excitement! Seems like Tivoli and Sintra are waiting for you, Kate! ❤️

  33. This looks like a fairy tale! What a beautiful castle and a fun experience to stay in one! I’m glad you got great treatment. I would totally stay here when I go to Portugal!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Yay, glad to hear that! And glad you liked it, Megan!

  34. Wow, this looks right out of a fairy tale! Absolutely spectacular architecture and grounds – I would love to stay here. I wasn’t familiar with Sintra until your article. You have put it on the map.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Oh, I’m glad to hear you discovered something new and that I convinced you to visit Sintra! You won’t regret ☺️

  35. What a stunning place to stay in Sintra! Everything about it is gorgeous. I see why you feel it’s the best lodging when visiting.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Right?! Glad we can agree about this! ❤️

  36. Wow, this place looks soooo dreamy! I would love to stay here. I will definitely keep this in mind if I visit Sintra in the future.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Yay! So happy to hear this! I’m sure you will love it ❤️

  37. I have never managed to include Sintra in my Portuguese trips. I am hoping to change that this year! Staying in a stunning hotel like Tivoli Palácio de Seteais would be a dream. The decor is sumptuous, and the surrounding area is worth a visit!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Oh no! But Sintra can be overwhelming so I can understand… spending a night in a place like Tivoli can certainly help to enjoy it better!

  38. Sintra wasn’t on my list of places to visit in Portugal until reading your post. On a visit I’d definitely want to stay in a castle. The experience would be unique and memorable. I’d also love to take a cooking course and go wine tasting!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Sounds like Sintra is waiting for you! And I’m glad to hear that I convinced you to visit… highly recommended!!

  39. We are actually staying close to Sintra on this trip. We have a hotel booked. But the Tivoli Palacio de Seteais looks like a great option for a return visit. Luxury and history too! Love that there is so much to see close by.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      That’s exciting, enjoy! Maybe you can still visit Tivoli for lunch or dinner? It’s open for visitors!

  40. Vanessa Shields says:

    Tivoli is such a stunning place to stay! I definitely want to stay here when I make it to Sintra. I love the decor, art, and all the history. That would be fun to do a cooking session with the chef!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Right?! Glad we can agree on this one… and I’m sure you will love your experience! ❤️

  41. Tivoli Palácio de Seteais is stunning! Would love to stay here when I visit Portugal. Greatly appreciate this guide!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      So happy to read that! I’m sure you would love it… and the rest of Portugal as well!

  42. Wow this place is stunning. We only did a day trip to Sintra from Lisbon a few years ago, but wish we stayed there for a night or so.

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Right?! Maybe that’s a good reason to go back and explore even more of Sintra? 😍

  43. No matter how much you can search, there is simply not a better place to stay than Tivoli, Palacio Seteais in Sintra! those furnitures and services offered are simply the next level, plus the view on Pena Palace is simply a dream! Loved the piano, it looks so unique and rich in details! Plus I agree, Sintra deserves at least a couple of days to be discovered and sleeping there is the best idea to avoid the big crowd during the busiest times!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      I couldn’t agree more! And I’m so happy that we had a chance to stay there, experience the beauty and discover Sintra properly ❤️

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