by Thomas F on Jul 03, 2015Hotel
Have visited this place the last 20+ years and it is a fantastic old fortress in the middel off the Cascais costline a bit isolated and in a perfect location...old
portugese style and a place to just relax and enjoy yourself.
Best poolbeach club and resturants close by and a realy nice place just ten minutes from Cascais.
by BonViveurLondon on Jun 23, 2015Hotel
A meal for 18 golfers on a Portugese trip at a Michelin star restaurant was never going to be easy. Fortaleza was superb - an oyster amuse bouche , quail
and quail eggs , sea bass and a wonderful strawberry desert , paired with a wonderful local wine selected by the sommelier - a very accomplished meal.
Service was attentive and helpful. A lovely restaurant in a lovely setting.
Well done !
by Kurt G on Jun 17, 2015Hotel
Fortaleza is located on one of the most beautiful beaches in Cascais, hanging out on a small rock peninsula over the Atlantic giving you a 180 degree view of the
sea with the mountains of Sintra as a backdrop. Amazing. That said, it is EXPOSED to the elements: very windy, and when we were there the ocean was not swimmable on account of the waves. We came for the views and relaxation so this was fine for us.
We stayed in a suite, which had vaulted ceilings, two balconies, and a medieval feel to it... and oh, the views. Wow (am i sounding repetitive?). The balcony of the room was a little slice of heaven. Better views from here than anywhere else in the hotel. Combine this with complementary port and pasteis de nata, and i am not sure what could get better.
We also tried the restaurant when we were there (Michelen rated, and very pricey but worth it). This was a top tier dining experience and was easily the best meal of our vacation. Worth the extra penny. Fortaleza is a must in Cascais.
by Robertkohn1234 on May 30, 2015Hotel
Fortaleza is a Relais & Chateaux property with a Michelin 1 star restaurant. Both the Hotel and the restaurant are great. The location on the sea is fabulous and the rooms, while small are historic and furnished with period pieces. Ceilings are vaulted and the lobby courtyard is great. We started our three week vacation here and it was a great way to get started.
by plainsrefugee on May 22, 2015Hotel
This is very much a high end place in a wonderful location--right on the beach outside of Cascais. The staff is to be commended--very attentive and also very correct.
I suppose a lot of clients like that, but I appreciate seeing people smile and laugh.
The rooms are made up to make you think you are in a castle--faux gothic ceilings, royal purple and gold drapes, arched windows and doorways. It's meant to be classy, but I found it a bit cheesy, frankly. The furnishings are also made to look like they should be in a castle, and they were fine. Our bed was especially nice--large and hard. On the other hand, the walls in our room were scratched and marked, and wifi availability was inconsistent at best and absent at worst--maybe they were trying to tell us something about wifi availability in the sixteenth century. The bathroom was good--they even provide wash cloths, a rarity in Europe--with the exception that the seat continually fell down on the toilet, rendering male urination more of a challenge than it usually is. Perhaps this is a female architect's revenge on men who leave the seats up.
One highlight of this place is that it has a one-star Michelin restaurant. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner there. The service and the food were both excellent. Two of us had bass and two of us had pigeon, and all of our entrees were outstanding. In addition, the chef provide some nice, delicate appetizers and desserts. If you stay here, be sure to go to the restaurant.
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