by KellyM_9 on May 15, 2013
We got a deal on a 3 day getaway and were wowed by this understated and relaxing place which is perched on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic.
Our favourite things about this hotel were:
- The view of the coast from our room, sitting on the chaise lounge with the double windows of the balcony open.
- The sound of the waves which was so relaxing to go to sleep and wake up to.
- The understated but professional and slick service offered by all the staff
- The lobby area with the roof open to let the sun stream in and stunning flower arrangements
- The Jacuzzi bath and great shower
- Restaurant fabulous - I've written a separate review for it, but its west facing so you get a great view of the sun setting over the sea from your dinner table. Breakfast buffet was delicious with plentiful choice, fresh fruit and tasty eggs were especially good.
- Rooms are compact but not at all cramped, we liked the style which is in keeping with the Hotel's origins as a fort.
Only criticisms would be some of the light switches don’t appear to work, no hair conditioner provided with the toiletries offered, so girls take your own and it would be nice to have a welcome booklet in the room containing info on the sights of the area.
- Beds are very comfortable - firm and supportive which suited us perfectly - if you like a mattress like a marshmallow be warned!
- Although it was windy on the coast by the hotel, just 5 mins drive down the road in Cascais there was no wind and the sea was calm - perfect for sunbathing. Then you can return to the hotel and enjoy watching the waves ravage the coastline!
- We hired a car for the half hour trip from Lisbon Airport to the hotel but if we went again we might look more at public transport as there is a bus stop right outside the hotel for buses to Cascais or Sintra in the other direction http://www.scotturb.com/Default.aspx?tabid=186&language=en-US.
by StephanBrux on May 12, 2013
We first stayed at the Omyra, then headed south for the Algarve and decided to stay at the Fortaleza the last three days of our stay instead of being in Lisbon. Reason is easy, the Fortaleza has an outstanding restaurant with a Michelin star and really worth it. (see review of the restaurant)
The hotel itself -we had a very nice suite in the upper floor- is well kept. The room was big enough, never forget you are in an "old" Fort, bathroom had a window and we had a nice terrace facing the sea. You can hear a bit the sea, but no other noise at all. Breakfast in the beautiful restaurant with panoramic windows is top. Service excellent.
In fact we had a very nice special offer for low season (was in February) and so it was worth every Euro!
I'll definitely come back to this magic place. You need a car but there are many things to see not far away, like Sintra and you can easily take the train from Cascais to Lisbon which is a nice train ride and a lot more comfortable than going by car yourself as there is always a lot of traffic. Parking is 10€ the whole day at the railway station Cascais.
by tremm298 on May 15, 2013
This is a snug hotel built into an old fort on the very western most part of the European Continent. The actual point is a few miles north marked by a lighthouse, but this Fort sits over a beach and the dunes behind and makes for nice walks when the wind and rain allow. The rooms and baths are compact as this was built into the fort walls, but sleeping with the crashing waves made for a wonderful experience. Also the hotel restaurant provide some of our best meals on this trip, having dinner there for three nights in a row.
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