5 Cheap 5 Star Hotels In The Algarve In 2017

With a mild and sunny climate all year round, the Algarve is one of Portuguese’s favourite beach destinations. But that’s not all you’ll find this region. As described by Lonely Planet: “The alluring coast of the Algarve receives much exposure for its breathtaking cliffs, golden beaches, scalloped bays and sandy islands. But ‘sun, surf and sand’ is far from the end of the Algarve story; there’s no shortage of other attractions – activities, beach bars (and discos), castles (both sand and real), diving, entertainment, fun…” So hurry and book your next summer holiday, I’ve selected the best and cheapest top 5-star hotels where you can stay in the Algarve.

1. Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa for €775

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If you book right now you will still be able to get the patio suite which includes a separate bedroom with a king-sized bed and a big living room, two bathrooms and a terrace with splendid sea and mountain views.

The Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa has four different restaurants with options ranging from the typical petiscos (Portuguese tapas) to a pizzeria and even a fine-dining restaurant specialised in fish and wine. If you prefer you can also sit and enjoy one of the two pool bars or relax with a more exotic drink at their cocktail bar.  The hotel has a gym and a spa and there are activities which they can arrange for you, like jeep safaris, bird watching, boat cave trips, dolphin watching and horse riding. If you have children there’s also a kids club. The best part of it all? You can book it now for €775, a week, for two.

Price for 1st week of July: €775 | £668 | $868

Location: Monchique

Book it now, pay it later.

2 – Penina Hotel & Golf Hotel for €1,077

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This 5-star resort is in Portimão, one of my favourite cities in the Algarve. It still keeps the Portuguese essence of the Algarve with its typical cafes and restaurants, with our strip filled with cotton candy and popcorn sellers, the henna stalls, the caricaturists. But then, there’s also the Irish pubs, the international cuisine, the boat tours.

If you want to enjoy this eclectic city mix of old and new, you should stay in the Penina Hotel and Golf Resort.  There are 3 golf courses on the grounds of the hotel, a swimming pool, a spa, a kids club, 5 restaurants with Portuguese, Italian and international cuisine, 4 bars serving cocktails from where you can relax and admire the amazing sea views. This hotel is 5 minutes away from Alvor beach.

Book it now, pay it later.

Prices for 1st week of July: €1,077 | £928 | $1,207

Location: Portimão

3. Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel  Spa for €1,642

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You can stay in a room, a suite or an apartment at this 5-star hotel in Albufeira. At the Grande Real Santa Eulália Resort & Hotel Spa, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re planning to go on a family holiday or a couples holiday.

There are 4 restaurants on location with an array of different cuisines. There’s also 4 outdoor swimming pools plus 3 for children, 3 swimming pool bars, a Spa and a kids club with music, games and entertainment for children of all ages. In the summer there’s also a disco called Le Club where some of the world’s best DJs come to play.

Price for 1st week of July: € 1,642 | £1,415 | $1,840

Location: Albufeira

Book it now, pay it later.

4. Ria Park Hotel & Spa for €1,568

 

It’s between Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, the uber fashionable area of the Algarve, that you’ll find the Ria Park Hotel & Spa. This hotel has its own private beach, Praia Garrão. The hotel has a lagoon-style swimming pool, a restaurant serving Portuguese contemporary cuisine with chef Gerhard Poz at the helm. There’s a health club, a spa, a live sized football court and two tennis courts in the hotel. If you love gold, the famous Vale do Lobo, Quinta do Lago and Oceanico golf courses are very close to the hotel.

Prices for 1st week of July: €1,568 | £1,352 | $1,757

Location: Vale do Lobo, 20 minutes from Faro’s Airport

Book it now, pay it later.

5. Pousada Palácio de Estói – Small Luxury Hotels of the World for €1,350

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And finally, this beautiful amazing hotel located in Estói, a village far from the hustle and bustle of Algarve’s main towns.

This hotel used to be a XIX century palace and you can still find the luxury of other times in the architecture, the paintings and antique furniture. If you book it now you will be able to get a balcony with a view.

Prices for 1st week of July: €1,350 | £1,164 | $1,513

Location: Estói

Book it now, pay it later.

 

 

Staying In A Convent In The Middle Of Alentejo

Described by The Guardian as the new Tuscany or, even better, the more affordable Tuscany, Alentejo is one of the destinations you can’t afford to miss ou when you visit Portugal. The wine is amazing, it’s where half of the Portuguese wine production is done. The food is very rich, sometimes rustic but always really tasty with black pork, sheep’s cheese, wild mushrooms as some of the typical dishes you should definitely try. Culturally there’s an abundance of history to discover while visiting roman ruins, castles, museums, wineries or churches from many centuries ago.Alter do Chão Castle – Built In The 13th Century

Since returning to Portugal, Alentejo has become one of the regions I’ve visited the most whenever I have the chance. It’s relatively close to Lisbon and it’s usually warmer and drier plus hotels tend to be cheaper there. This Easter I had some holidays to take so with temperatures around 26° c, that’s 79 F,  I decided to go to Alter do Chão. The idea was to find a nice hotel with a swimming pool inside a small village so I wouldn’t have to go far looking for restaurants. After doing some research, I discovered the Hotel Convento d’Alter, a XVII Franciscan convent that was converted into a beautiful hotel. I’ve added some pictures of the swimming pool although it looks even better once you’re there, sitting on a lounge chair with this incredible view around you. It helped that we were one of the only guests staying at the hotel so the whole space was basically only for my partner and me.

Swimming Pool At The Convent

Quick Access To The Swimming Pool

Canopy beds in some rooms
Now as for the service, irreprehensible, they were really nice to us, very helpful giving suggestions on what to do and see and they even gave us an upgrade giving us a bedroom on the bottom floor, next to the swimming (if you decide to visit, tell them you’d prefer to stay on the ground floor). It was great to just go in for a nap or to get some drinks and be by the pool so instantly. All this for just 117 euros, quite a great price for two nights.

Find out more here.

What to do in Alter do Chão

castelo alter

1. Visit A Medieval Castle – Apart from lounging by the pool, we went around the village and climbed the many stairs of the medieval castle that is right in the centre of the city. It costs 2 euros to go in. There’s an elevator for those with low mobility but if you can, use the stairs, its not only a great workout but you get to feel what it must have been like to live in those days, moving in big armours around the small passways and narrow stairs. Parts of the castle were built during the Muslim occupation but the castle as it is today was rebuilt in 1359.

Coudelaria de Alter do Chão
2. Ride a horse in the Coudelaria de Alter do Chão – Founded in 1748, the goal was to “breed horses for the royal horsemanship“. This stud farm is where Alter Real studs are bred and there’s even an annual auction where breeders or farmers can buy these or other Portuguese horses. There are tours taking place every day in Coudelaria, you can visit the stables and the museum, you can book horse-riding lessons or even practice falconry with experts. Tours take place twice a day, at 11 am and 3 pm but I would advise you to call and confirm the dates they’re open to the public.

Booking Telephone: 961733371 / 245610064 | Email: cri@alterreal.pt.

3. Walk in a Roman Bridge – Although not in Alter do Chão, you can’t miss out this piece of history. This roman bridge in Vila Formosa was built in the 1st or 2nd century and it was part of the roman empire road system that connected Lisbon to Mérida in Spain, at the time the capital of Lusitania. It was so well built, that nowadays, 21 centuries after, cars can still circulate on it.

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4. Enjoy the Alentejo Cuisine at the Restaurante Páteo Real – Try some of the marvelous Alentejo cuisine in this restaurant right next to the Convento D’Alter Hotel. A roasted leg of lamb or a lamb stew, grilled black pork, together with some good Alentejo wine and bread to dip into the sauce. Unpretentious and delicious.

If you’re planning to take some days off, just to catch up on some reading and sleeping like I did, or if you want to visit high Alentejo, its vineyards and its rich history, Alter do Chão is a great option.

 

Top Luxury Hotels in Porto 2017

Porto, founded in the 12th century, is the second largest city in Portugal and one of the most sought after by travellers. Its historic centre has been recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO making it the favourite city for those who enjoy learning about history while appreciating culture, food and of course the wine. This inspiring city, bathed by the Atlantic and river Douro, is home to Porto wine and it’s the best place to be if you want to learn about the process that goes into making it and even try different kinds of this special fortified wine.

Start planning your trip with the selection of luxury hotels I’ve carefully chosen for you. Bear in mind that at these hotels you will be so pampered and taken care of, it will be difficult to leave and actually go out and explore Porto. Read it at your own risk.

  1. The Yeatman

The award-winning hotel Yeatman is in Vila Nova de Gaia, a city that rests in the margins of the Douro River, connected to Porto by the São Luís bridge and only 15 minutes away by taxi (there are also trams, trains, buses and the hotel also has a shuttle). It’s in Gaia, this is how most people call it, that you will find all the famous Porto wine cellars. Usually described as a luxury wine hotel, the decoration is classical and elegant, you can have your own terrace with breathtaking views of the city of Porto and the Douro River.

All rooms have a fabulous river view. This hotel is part of the Relais & Châteaux collection of hotels and its restaurant The Restaurant has been distinguished with two Michelin Star. There’s a wine spa inside and an infinity pool.

Average rate for a standard room: $298 | £238 | €279

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2. Pestana Palácio do Freixo

Staying here is experiencing living like royalty if only for a few days. This 18th-century palace where the hotel now lays offers the tranquillity and comfort to guests who want to visit Porto in style. The hotel offers free shuttles to the area of Ribeira, three times a day. If you prefer to stay in the hotel, there’s a gym, a spa, Turkish baths and sauna. There’s also an infinity pool overlooking the river, for those hot summer days, and an indoor pool. If you would like to go golf, hire a boat for a trip along the Douro river, among many other activities the hotel can help you book them.

Price per night in the following dates: £156 | $195 | €184

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3. InterContinental Porto Palácio das Cardosas

Located in the heart of the city, close to all the main Porto sights and next to the train station. And, as if it couldn’t get any better, this luxury 5-star hotel has been renewed, it used to be an 18th-century palace, but the comfort and the luxury is still all there.

The staff is impeccable, the food marvellous and the rooms so cozy you won’t want to leave.

Average price per night: €209 | $222 | 177

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4. Flores Village Hotel & Spa

Great location, right in the historic centre of Porto, a few minute’s walk to the Douro river bank, outstanding service, comfortable beds. This hotel has family-friendly rooms and even provides a rent-a-car service, you just have to choose the car and the key will be delivered to your door.

Average price per night: €179 | £150 | $192

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5. Hotel NH Collection Porto Batalha

The NH Colection Porto Batalha hotel, in the heart of Porto, is another beautifully renovated palace, also from the 18th century. It used to be the home of a prominent wine makers family and later it even became the main post office quarters in Porto until it was finally reconverted into this beautiful hotel, overlooking the Batalha Square and in front of the National Theatre.

The staff at the hotel is absolutely incredible and the breakfast one of the best you will have in Porto. You’ll love it here.

Average price per night: €132 | £111 | $142

Book it here.

Best Affordable 4 Star Hotels In Lisbon

If Portugal is on your checklist but you still haven’t planned your summer holidays, this is the time to start researching and making your bookings. The hotels in Lisbon are still at 40% capacity but after the Easter holidays, things will change very quickly. Here is a list of my favourite 5 best budget hotels in Lisbon where you can stay for a week in July, under the €350 mark per person. Check it out.

  1. Lisbon Marriot Hotel

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If the swimming pool in the hotel isn’t convincing enough, then the €542 price for a week, for 2, in a room with a city view, plasma screen, free breakfast and a spa & gym should close the deal. You can book it here.

One week in Lisbon – Price in dollars: $578 – Price in pounds: £463

2. Vila Gale Opera

At this hotel, you can get a double room with a private bathroom, flat screen, free wi-fi, access to the swimming pool and sauna and river views for less than €600. It’s located by a restaurant filled area and it’s close to one of Lisbon’s nightlife hotspots. It’s going for €534, for a week in July, for two people. If you pay €10 more a day, you can also guarantee a deluxe breakfast daily.

The hotel has a sunroof pool also and, if you’re travelling with kids, the front desk will be happy to assist you on suggesting nice activities for children. Book it here.

One week in Vila Galé Opera – Price in dollars: $570 – Price in pounds: $457

3. NH Lisboa Campo Grande

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This hotel is right in front of a central metro station and there’s also a bus stop that takes you to the historical part of town. It’s good value for money considering you get all the 4-star hotel perks for as little as €428 for a week in July. All rooms have big windows and there’s even a pillow menu! A delicious breakfast is available for an extra €14.90 a day.  You can book it here.

One week in NH Lisboa Campo Grande – Price in dollars: $456 – Price in pounds: £366

4. EVOLUTION Lisboa Hotel

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Imagine stepping into your own rain shower after a hard day of sightseeing around Lisbon? Or going downstairs for a drink before a night out and, instead, ending up partying at the sound of a DJ set and drinking the best cocktails? Tired of a night of partying? There’s a swimming pool, a gym and a sauna, open 24 hours a day.

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This hotel is for perfect for tech lovers, at the reception you can find Macbooks and plugs for tablets, the bedroom temperature, lights and curtains are controlled by a smartphone app on the TV. There’s even self-check-in and check-out if you don’t like to wait. Right now, you can book a whole week of holidays for €497 in July.

Note: The rooms in the hotel have an open plan bathroom, which means there’s not much privacy if you’re not that intimate with the person you’re travelling with. On the plus side, food is available 24/7. You can add the breakfast for €11. 

Book it here.

One week in Evolution Lisbon – Price in dollars: $530 – Price in pounds: £425

5. HF Fenix Music

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I’m actually cheating on this list and adding a 3-star hotel, but that’s because this one is too good and original to be left out. Part of what makes the HF Fenix Music hotel so great is the amazing rooftop swimming pool from where you can admire the city.

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It helps that the rooms all have a musical theme and there’s a Bluetooth sound system installed. If you’re worried about noise, don’t. All rooms are soundproofed.
You can stay here for €671. The price is for two people and the breakfast is included.

Book it here.

One week in the HF Fenix Music – Price in dollars: $716 – Prince in pounds: £574

Top 5 Best Hotels in Lisbon 2017

In 2015 Portugal won 14 Awards at the World Travel Awards, in 2016 Portugal won an amazing 24 Awards. No wonder the capital of this small country in Southwest Europe has been so much in the spotlight in the last few years. Even more surprising is how unspoilt it is still and that’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 best hotels in Lisbon for your 2017 holidays. This selection includes mostly cosy boutique hotels so you can feel at home when visiting Portugal.

  1. Hotel Avenida Palace

This boutique style hotel is in the perfect location if you’re planning to explore the old town by foot since it’s located right in the heart of the city.

Being in a 19th-century building meant the hotel kept much of the romantic classicism in its style. If you’re renting a car, there’s free valet parking at the hotel. There’s also a gym on the 5th floor and even a library with books in many languages. The staff is known to be beyond attentive to your every need and the breakfast is fantastic.

Tip: Try the afternoon tea served on Tuesdays and Thursdays afternoons.

Location: Restauradores

Room rates start at: $176 | £141

Find more here.

2. Martinhal Lisbon Chiado Family Suites

Travelling with children isn’t always easy but it could be if you book one of the 37  five-star apartments at Martinhal Lisbon Chiado Family Suites.

Why? Not only do they have a free Kids Club, open from 9.30am to 11.30pm, running activities every day of the week but they also have babysitting services if you prefer your children to be looked after in your apartment. And, if this isn’t enough, there’s even a pyjama club so parents can enjoy a date night in Lisbon. As for the five-star apartments, they were made to accommodate families so there are high chairs, bunker beds and even well-stocked kitchens for those who want to cook.

Tips:

  • Kids Club is free of charge in the low season from 1st of November to 30th of April. From the 1st of May, small fees are applied.
  • The kids club covers babies as young as 6 months and goes up to early teens.
  • The hotel is next to the Time Out Market, the hub of new and renowned chefs stalls and a dream for foodies.

Location: Alfama

Room rates start at: $200 |£160

Find out more here.

3. Bairro Alto Hotel

If you want to stay in the heart of Lisbon, next to the enchanting nights of bohemian Bairro Alto and trendy Chiado, also close to all the fashionable restaurants, this is your hotel. The rooms are classical, the staff works hard to make you feel at home and the hotel restaurant is just amazing.

Bairro Alto Hotel also has an awarded terrace on the top floor, voted 4th best hotel terrace view in the world, from where you can have some light bites while enjoying the view.

Location: Bairro Alto

Room rates start at: $234 | £188

Find out more here.

5. Santiago de Alfama

Of all the hotel selections we’ve introduced this is the newest of them all. Open only two years ago, the Santiago de Alfama is the king of attention to detail.

The service, the rooms, the breakfast and the staff, all work together to make your stay incredible. The area where the hotel is located also helps on making your stay special. Alfama, the oldest and the most picturesque district in Lisbon, home of narrow streets and history filled cobblestones. A maze of squares, courtyards and streets filled with history, with small cafes and typical restaurants where you can relax and have some pestiscos and vinho tinto.

Location: Alfama

Price:$174 | £140 

Find out more here. 

5. MYRIAD by SANA Hotels

Imagine walking up with nothing but the peaceful flowing waters of the Tagus river in front of you? And what if waiting for you there’s a lovely breakfast with fresh fruits, bread and cakes just out of the oven? And a Spa with a list of massages and treatments to enjoy between all the walks in the city.

Unlike the other hotels, we suggested this is the only one that is not in the historic part of Lisbon and the only one that is not a boutique hotel. But fear not since this is also a very sought after place for those who like the most modern, futuristic side of cities, the hotel has an innovative design with two lateral sail-shaped bodies and it’s really close to Lisbon’s Oceanarium, Europe’s largest indoor acquarium.

Location: Parque das Nações

Price starts at: $206 |  £165

Find out more here.

5 Best Business Hotels in Lisbon

1. Corinthia Hotel Lisbon 

Corinthia Hotel Lisbon

This is the perfect hotel if you are looking for a relaxing stay while doing business in Lisbon. The best thing about the Corinthia Hotel Lisbon is that, for an extra fee, you’ll be able to be part of the exclusive Executive Club which will open the door to you for some special amenities.

What it offers: Breakfast buffet, including live show cooking, at the sky lounge on the 24th floor away from the other guests. Free drinks and small bites served up until 10 pm, every day. A selection of international newspapers. Private boardroom at the sky lounge and a guest concierge available to you at all times. As an Executive Club member, you can also request a chauffeur. Finally, did I mention the Spa? 3,500 square meters and 13 treatment rooms for those tough days after a whole day of meetings. This hotel is located in Lisbon’s business area.

Average price: £95 | $118 per night

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2. Pestana Palace Lisboa Hotel & National Monument

One of the rooms at the hotel

Part of the Leading Hotels of the World group, this hotel was home to Madonna, Prince, David Beckham and even former US president Bill Clinton when they visited Portugal. The Pestana Palace is luxurious and opulent, everything you would expect from a 19th-century palace converted into a hotel. It has 193 rooms, four of them royal suites, and there are several business rooms, with different sizes ready for your needs.

What it offers: Guests have access to a butler, a driver with a limousine and a private chef. From the hotel, you’ll have a stunning view of Lisbon, the Tagus River in Lisbon and the 25th of April Bridge, twin of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The location is also amazing, Rossio Square, close to some of the most important monuments in Lisbon and the night out hub.

Average price: $194 | £156 per night

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3. Bessa Hotel Liberdade

Modern and central

It’s a boutique style hotel, for those who are travelling to Lisbon for business but still want to enjoy a bit of luxury while being close to the touristic spots.

What it offers: The indoor pool and spa are great for some well deserved time in-between meetings. As for the rooms, the beds are big, the sheets really soft, the rooms spacious and the breakfast buffet mouthwatering.

Average price: $144 | £138 per night

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4. EPIC SANA Lisboa Hotel

A 20-minute drive from the airport and you’ll be right in the city centre, a mere 700 metres from the Marquês de Pombal statue, which marks the start of Avenida da Liberdade, one of the most iconic Portuguese avenues. This avenue extends for 1100 m, it’s 90 metre-wide and it’s full of restaurants, theatres and all the best designer stores.

What it offers: The hotel has two swimming pools, one in the roof for the summer, a spa, the rooms are big, the wi-fi excellent and there’s a chance you’ll be welcomed with complimentary cakes and champagne upon arrival. Babysitting, laundry and ironing services available.

Average prices: $144 | £124 per night

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5. Pousada de Lisboa – Small Luxury Hotels Of The World

This hotel used to be a historic building used for governmental purposes. One of its rooms used to be the Portuguese dictator Salazar’s office. It has been restored to reflect the grandeur of other times and it now gives visitors the chance to stay in one of the most iconic spots in Lisbon: Terreiro do Paço.

What it offers: The Pousada de Lisboa is part of Small Luxury Hotels Of The World. The rooms are elegant, the hotel staff is attentive and the breakfast served in the courtyard, includes champagne for those who want to start the day with some sparkles.

Average price:$270 |£218 

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The Best Hotels In Guimarães

I needed some rest, so nothing like a few days in Minho, the most northern region of Portugal, the land of green wine and of great people to relax and de-stress. When looking in the map, Guimarães seemed to be the best spot where to stay since it has a lot of history and places to visit and it’s quite close to all the other cities I wanted to visit. So, here I am and since I have some free time, here’s a list of my carefully selected hotels in Guimarães. Enjoy!

  1. Santa Luzia ArtHotel 
Swimming Pool
Santa Luzia ArtHotel Swimming Pool

I’m writing this as I’m sitting down at the nice hotel living room, with a warming fireplace in front of me. I am going to be biased on this one since this is the hotel where I’m staying on this trip. The Santa Luzia ArtHotel is a 4-star hotel with a 5-star treatment. I got an upgrade, luckely enough, which meant a bigger room in the first floor, with a robe and slippers waiting for me, a big bathroom and a large bed. If you like spending some time with a book by the swimming pool like me then you can’t fail with this hotel. The swimming pool is an amazing alternative for those days when you just want to take a break. There’s also a Turkish bath, a sauna and a steam room to release all those toxins of city life.

Explore it here.

Average Price: £69 | $113

Address: Rua Francisco Agra, 100, 4500-157 Guimarães

 

2. Pousada Mosteiro de Guimarães

This is the only 5-star hotel in Guimarães and even if you don’t stay here this is a place that it’s really worth a visit. The Pousada Mosteiro de Guimarães is part of a group of historic landmarks around the country that were transformed into hotels. This hotel, in particular, is located inside a 12th-century convent and the rooms are set in what used to be the cloisters where the monks used to stay. The Pousada Mosteiro de Guimarães is not right in the center of the historic old town but at the top of a mountain overlooking the city. If you want peace and quiet while staying in a luxurious setting this is the place to be.

Average Price: $100 | £81

Address: Largo Domingos Leite de Castro, 4810-011 Guimarães

Explore it here.

3. Hotel da Oliveira

Hotel Oliveira
Located in the old town

This hotel is located in the historic center of Guimarães, a city considered UNESCO World Heritage. From the Hotel da Oliveira, you can visit all the hot spots in this city by foot or even with a bicycle which you can rent at the hotels’ front desk. For those lazy rainy days, when you just want to sit with a good book, this hotel has a library, so you can just pick a book and sit by the bar with the latest novel.

Average Price: $78 | £51

Address: Rua de Santa Maria, Largo da Oliveira4800-300 Guimarães

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4. Hotel Toural

Toural Hotel

Again, another little gem in the heart of Guimarães. Located in a square where the cattle fair used to take place in the 17th century, hotel Toural is surrounded by history. This hotel is a walk away from all the touristic spots in Guimarães and only 150 meters from the famous medieval castle built in the 10th century. As for the hotel, the rooms here are big but cozy and the breakfast absolutely delicious.

Average Price: $60 | £49

Address: Largo A L Carvalho, 4800-153 Guimarães

Explore it here.

5. Open Village Sports Hotel & Spa Club

Open Village Sports Hotel & Spa Club
Open Village Sports Hotel & Spa Club

Two swimming pools, a luxurious spa and tennis courts, make up for the fact that this hotel is a bit further away from the city center. The Open Village Sports Hotel & Spa Hotel Club, has free parking as well, and at the restaurant, you can try the best of what Portuguese cuisine has to offer.

Average Price: $57 | £44

Address: Travessa da Ribeira 629, Mesão Frio, 4810-235 Guimarães, Portugal

Explore it here.

Top 5 Star Hotels In Cascais

The good thing about Portugal is that you can have luxury experiences without having to pay extortionate amounts of money for them. If you’re traveling to Lisbon but still enjoy the perks of a beach holiday, perhaps you should consider staying in glamorous Cascais instead. This lovely town is only a 30-minute drive or 50-minute train ride from central Lisbon, and with as little as $80/£64 you could stay at a fabulous 5-star hotel by the beach. Here are my top 5 picks of luxury 5-star hotels in Cascais.

  1. The Albatroz Hotel
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Watch the sunset while lounging on the swimming pool deck while sipping a delicious cocktail

As a 5-star hotel, we wouldn’t expect less than an extremely attentive staff, beautiful rooms, comfortable beds and food so delicious you will always want to return for more. But this is not all you get at this hotel. At the Albatroz Hotel, you get to taste the breakfast while enjoying the stupendous panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Each of the 51 rooms has a different decoration. Also, it’s a pet-friendly hotel. And as if it could get any better, this hotel’s location is the best if you don’t want to rely on public transport. Here you’ll be in the center of the town, next to the beach and all the lovely restaurants and bakeries in Cascais. Plus, you’ll be close to Lisbon which means you can have the best of both worlds.

Prices starting at: $167 | £134 per night
Address: Rua Frederico Arouca 100, 2750 353 Cascais, Portugal

Find out more about here.

2. Sheraton Cascais Resort

Sheraton Cascais Resort
View of the resort

This is not just a hotel but a resort, well, it says it in the name. The Sheraton Cascais Resort is an award winning luxury 5-star hotel with plenty of amenities for all types of tourists. It’s perfect for families who want to be in a nice location without having to worry about the kids: there’s a kids club (seasonal) and, they can also splash in the swimming pool or run around in the massive garden.

It’s nice for couples who want to be in a tranquil place surrounded by luxurious gardens while lounging on the pool sunbeds. Couples who want to be active and perhaps surf on the beach very close to the hotel or even for those who just want to enjoy the amazing spa while still being able to get to the main city in 10 min. And it’s perfect for business trips, with it’s amazing golf course, you can have a few swings in between meetings. Oh, and did I mention the food?

Prices starting at: $101 | £81 per night

Address: near 505A, R. das Palmeiras 5, 2750 Cascais

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I have driven by this hotel many times but I would have never guess what I was going to find inside. Hidden behind a modern exterior, this is one of the most beautiful hotel lobbies I have ever set foot on. Marble was the material of choice when this hotel was designed and it really takes you back in time once you get in.
Inside you can find designer shops, a hairdresser, a gym, a spa, restaurants, including a sushi restaurant.  This hotel, located in Monte Estoril, is only a short walking distance from Cascais and it’s 30 minutes away from the Lisbon airport by car. Enjoy the breakfast in the hotel restaurant or bar while appreciating the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, you can see the sea in almost every corner of the hotel and the beach is a small walk away.

Prices starting at: $139 | £110 per night

Address: Av. Marginal 8554, 2754-536 Cascais

Farol Hotel 5 stars in Cascais
The outside of the Farol Hotel
A luxurious retreat in the Portuguese Riviera, with each room decorated by different famous Portuguese designers. Then there are the luscious garden terrace, the amazing cuisine, the wonderful fisherman Cascais village to explore and so much more.
For those who love sushi this also a reason to visit and stay in this hotel. The mouth-watering delicacies and delicious nouvelle cuisine, are mind blowing.  If you’re traveling with a pet, you can bring him, this hotel is pet-friendly.

Prices starting at: $100 | £81 per night

Address: Av. Rei Humberto II de Italia 7, 2750-800 Cascais

The Grande Real Villa Italia in the sunset
The Grande Real Villa Italia in the sunset
The Grande Real Villa Italia hotel was built in the grounds of the residence of Italy’s last king, Kind Umberto II, who lived here while in exile. You can see why royalty would choose this area as their place to stay, the beautiful rugged coast, the views of Sintra and it’s fairy-tale palaces, the beach, the town of Cascais at a short distance.
There are so many reasons why you should visit. This hotel is focused on wellness and health, with special spa programs at the Real Spa Marine. Heated treatment pool, Thalassotherapy, Vichy showers, Chronotherapy and many other body treatments. The restaurants also offer customized and diet and health programs. This is the place to stay if you want to take care of your body and soul.
Prices starting at: $134 | £107
 Address: Rua Frei Nicolau de Oliveira, 100, Cascais 2750-319, Portugal