HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS, LISBON
Well there’s a story why we landed here. We had actually booked another hotel just across the street, which booking.com had recommended and looked pretty good. However, its room was so small with a very weird bathroom ( no bathroom walls). There was no way we were going to stay there. We had arrived by 8 pm Portugal time and trust me it’s a dead time! We had no energy for running around with our luggage. We checked a few places online and most hotels were sold out. Hence we thought of taking a chance right across the road. We ended up getting here which did have availability.
Very small lobby and restaurant. Rooms were decently sized. No room service.(issue for most Indians )
Location is so perfect. Its 4 minutes walk from Marques De Pombal which is a main square. It was very close to the happening area of Lisbon which is Bairro Alto.
Pros : Perfect Location. Clean and tidy rooms. Decent Staff. Value for money.
Cons : Small rooms. Breakfast area was too small and options were repetitive.
Website : Holiday Inn
Our hotel was just two minutes walk from the main boulevard which was Avenida da Liberdade. This is city’s most central, modern part that has most 5 star hotels and high street shopping brand outlets.
QUINTAS DAS MURTAS,SINTRA
A gorgeous heritage villa property. Its a shame that we were staying there only for a night. I really wish we could extend the stay. It was in the slightly hilly terrain of Sintra which was much cooler compared to the Lisbon or Lagos. ( approx 8 degrees at night) We had a lovely apartment overlooking the pool and greenery. The entire property had a very rustic charm and was ideal for a romantic getaway. Recommended that you get your car along.
Our room had a lovely bed and a day bed by the glass walls, lounger and a big LED television. It was really cold there and hence we used the in room heaters. Room also had a kitchenette with all the necessary amenities.
We had our breakfast in their restaurant which served continental breakfast. The staff at the hotel was very polite and provided great service.
Pros : Beautiful heritage B&B. Big Rooms, Warm Staff. Free parking.
Cons : You need a car or Uber to get here. Nothing else.
Website : Quintas Das Murtas
BELMAR SPA AND RESORT,LAGOS
A modern Spa Retreat that overlooks the beach. Very conveniently located, it had a free parking. Room was really fabulous with a sit out area overlooking garden and a pool. We had a studio room to ourselves which was stacked up with enough things to even start living there 😉 We thought the front office staff could use a little politeness. We didn’t consume any meal here so wouldn’t comment on food. A great resort but below average service.
Pros : Clean and spacious rooms. Big lobby. Cabs readily available with hotel. Multiple restaurants and bars.
Cons : Slightly impolite staff.
Website : BELMAR SPA AND RESORT
VILA GALE RESORT, DOURO VALLEY
A part of chain of hotels i.e. Vila Gale, this property is on the bank of Douro River. Has wine plantations right next to it and offers a gorgeous view of the river & its surroundings. Its a boutique property, just about 30 rooms. The rooms have sit-out balcony which is huge. It has gym and indoor heated pool as well as outdoor pool and Jacuzzi.
Restaurant had a decent buffet spread and they also made some simple vegetarian food for us. They had a very courteous staff. Hotel also had a bar which was very decently priced. The hotel arranged for a vineyard tour.
Our overall experience with the property was great. Value for money.
Pros : Gorgeous rooms with a river view. Dual vanity in the bathrooms. Buffet with a good spread. Food and Beverages are priced at decent prices.
Cons : None.
Website : VILA GALE RESORT , DOURO VALLEY
VINCCI HOTEL, PORTO
Among the hotels that we booked last minute, Vincci Porto was one of the really good choices. It’s centrally located and is a designer hotel ( according to telegraph UK and many other) It has a huge lobby. Staff was super friendly. We were simply happy to get free luggage assistance which was a rarity in Portugal (in fact entire Europe) I believe.
It has parking but paid. Hotel has a restaurant. I had one of the worst risottos ever over here. But apart from that food was just about okay. Hotel has 24 hr room service. Beautiful rooftop bar (which was closed to due winters )
Room was big enough. Especially bathroom was huge.
Here is what it looked like.
Pros : Perfect location. 24 hrs room service. Rooftop Bar.
Cons : None.
Website : VINCCI HOTEL , PORTO