Cascais, Estremadura, Portugal
The Main Hotel holds court on a rocky headland between 2
beaches, while the Italian Palace is a 1-minute stroll
across the road, facing the sandy Praia de Conceição
beach. Villa Cascais is quite separate, at a 5-minute walk
At the Main Hotel, the central building was constructed in 1873 as the summer house of the Dukes of Loulé. It has a regal air: you climb up a marble staircase, with a crystal chandelier hanging above. Bedrooms are nicely old-fashioned with crisp fabrics, antique furniture and watery views. More contemporary on-site buildings offer big light-filled bedrooms with delicious fabrics, white-washed wooden floors and big mirrors in colourful bathrooms. Many have spacious balconies overlooking the sea.
Across the road, the neo-Romantic Palace was built for Don Antonio of Lancastre in 20th-century Italianate style. The hallmark is English country-house elegance: antique mahogany furniture, trim carpets, thick fabrics, good art on the walls. You get Japanese screens, creamy marble bathrooms and those on the first floor have doors onto a Moorish-style balcony.
Rooms are divided into 4 categories. It's largely a question of size, but also of sea views (most Collection Rooms face the town) and of balconies (most Deluxe Sea Views and Suite Sea Views have them). You can specify your preferred room type, but not your preferred building.
There's also a separate villa hotel 5 minutes' walk away on Cascais Bay, where the 11 rooms have a simpler ambiance. It's more like an inn (estalagem) than a hotel, but you still get all the services of Hotel Albatroz - use of the pools, twice-daily room service, the same embossed bedlinen etc.
- WiFi Internet
- Safe box
- Central Heating
- Baby Cots
- Extra Beds
- Beach bag and beach towels