After driving from Guimaraes, Portugal, I was happy to check into Clube do Lago. It was late and I was checked in by Anabelle who asked if I was hungry. I admitted I was and she let me know that the bar was still serving dinner. I found my huge beautiful room to be decorated in the red and yellow colors I love. The room was not only generous in size, it featured a kitchen, a covered patio with table and chairs, and a large bathroom with both tub and shower. I was in heaven!
We love Portugal but have only visited the Algarve, so we looked at Cascais and selected the Quinta da Marinha from other reviews. It was a little tricky to find as it is tucked away in a residential area about 10 mins from the town centre, so a car is essential. On arrival we were directed to another reception building as we had booked in to a villa and after another trip around we eventually arrived at our ultimate destination the Onyria Hotel (all a bit confusing). Nevertheless, we settled in, our villa was two bedroomed on two levels, with 3 shower/bathrooms. The facilities were all that we expect from a 5 star resort, with the 26th rated golf course in mainland Europe, so all very acceptable. The staff were exceptional, very friendly, all spoke very good English. The breakfast was fantastic, and the restaurant converted into a very good Italian in the evenings. There is also a separate seafood restaurant (Monte Mar) which is a short mini bus drive away (hotel provided) which is outstanding. All in all, we were so impressed that we scraped our intended trip in to Lisbon as we were enjoying ourselves so much. If you want a break from the Algarve, give this a go, you will not be disappointed.
Friendly, helpful staff, great breakfast at flexible times, amazing grounds and pool, fabulous clean, modern rooms. Great quiet location a short walk from the town centre and seafront. would highly recommend
Everything about the hotel was great, food, staff, comfort, indoor pool, but the beach close by was only suitable for surfers and there were not enough eateries/bars around the hotel for my party which was 10 adults having a family get together
This hotel is great for the price I paid. It didn't have a pool but was very close to the beach so no need for it. It as also next to the train line which made it so easy to travel around. There were restaurants very close, only a few minute walk away. The breakfast was basic but was fine, it offered bread, croissants with ham, cheese and jams. Also they had two cereals, cornflakes and a chocolate cereal. There was also coffee, tea and juice provided. The staff here were so lovely and very helpful. I took my baby and they had a microwave on offer to sterilise her bottles 24hrs a day, they made us all feel very welcome and made out stay an excellent one. The only negative comment I have is our room was quite small as we had a little baby but there are bigger rooms and it was fine and it didn't spoil our holiday at all as we were didn't want to spend all our time in the room and we made the most of our time away. I had a lovely stay and would definitely return...thank you to all the staff!!
Jade from Wales
S. Mamede Hotel is less than 20 km outside the center of Lisbon, while Sintra, well-known for its palaces and historic …More
We stayed with our 8month old baby daughter here for 5 days on a B&B basis in late October. Staff at check in were very friendly and professional and we were upgraded to a suite which was very spacious and well appointed. They were also particularly helpful in arranging a surprise cake for my wife as it was our wedding anniversary and assisting us fix a problem with our airport transfer. Across the whole stay we felt the staff struck the perfect balance between being friendly and professional. The hotel itself is to a high standard and has an amazing view out to sea from the restaurant terrace. The pool is idyllic and was never too busy though this may have reflected the time of our visit. The breakfast options were excellent and of a very high standard, though if you're used to All Inclusive resorts it might seem a bit limited. There was the usual continental meats and cheeses, bread, cakes and pastries, a variety of tasty hot dishes and fruits etc . There was very good quality sparkling wine available and the facilities to make your own Bloody Mary. You could sit in or outside by the pool. The spa facilities were excellent and we both had a treatment which was reasonably priced. There were a couple of quibbles as you get on any holiday but nothing that affected our stay or enjoyment.
Returning to this hotel after a gap of several years it was great to be welcomed with a complimentary decanter of port and a plate of custard tarts in the room. Everything about this hotel is of the highest class - one can't fault the quality of the bedroom and en-suite, service, breakfast, Wi-Fi, parking and facilities. If you play golf be sure to try the hotel's Estoril course which is most enjoyable. A great location close to the beach and railway station - you can walk the promenade to Cascais for a delightful evening out or catch the train and Lisbon is easily accessed by train in the other direction for only a few euros. Lisbon is a great day trip as is the Sintra National Park - this is the perfect place for an autumn break
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