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 Tivoli 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 Tivoli Palácio de Seteais offers to relive this experience, so why not?
Tivoli 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!
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 minutes walk away from Tivoli 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.
Tivoli 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.
Hotels like Tivoli usually come with many cool experiences for those who want to stay in. And I like the fact that Tivoli embraces 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, Tivoli 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 Palaces of Sintra or even book you a private jet, so you can see it from the top. Impressive, isn’t it?
Actually, you can book the entire palace for a day and see how it feels to own your own castle. Own a Palace for a Day is perfect for holding unique occasions, celebrations, or family & friends’ vacations.
Check their website, scroll down until Tivoli Experiences and contact them for more details.
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.
Tivoli Palácio de Seteais Sintra 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?
- 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
Where to book and what is the price? Click here to see the prices and book your stay at Tivoli Palacio de Seteais.
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 Tivoli 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 Tivoli Palácio de Seteais takes it to the next level. That’s what makes it one of the best places to stay in Sintra, Portugal.
Tivoli Palácio de Seteais is a perfect mix between 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 Tivoli 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:
- your perfect 3-day itinerary for Lisbon
- food guide: where to eat in Lisbon
- the best photo spots in Lisbon
Or discover other unique hotels all over Portugal and stay in the most unusual places!
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