“A grand hotel on the Estoril Riviera, with a lovely courtyard pool and terraced bar, all surrounded by beach and sea”
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 away.
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.
As you’d expect of a big hotel, you can pretty much eat whatever you want whenever you want. Breakfast is served in the dining room - grab the window tables for views of beach and sea. Help yourself to an extensive buffet: freshly-squeezed orange juice, freshly-cut fruit, plates of cheese and ham, a selection of cakes and patisserie, croissants and home-baked bread. There’s bacon and eggs if you fancy something hot.
You can order light meals in the bar and eat on the terrace. It juts out to sea, giving fabulous views, and is one of the loveliest spots in the hotel. There's an extensive menu: salads, soups, risotto, pasta, steaks, omelettes, sandwiches and sinful puddings. The restaurant - wooden floors, smart rugs, glistening chandeliers - serves formal food at lunch and dinner. Come for stuffed crab (a house specialty), sautéed sea bass with fresh cheese gnocchi, then an almond tart served with sweet egg yolk and red fruits.
If you want to eat in less formal surroundings, pop down to Villa Cascais does seriously good modern cooking: foie gras with a mango coulis, sautéed lamb served with strawberries, then crème brûlée with pear sorbet.
If that's not enough choice, Cascais village has everything from simple tascas and pizza parlours to traditional restaurants and posh nosh. Porto Santa Maria is the swankiest place in town. For great seafood, follow the road west along the coast - you’ll find a number of restaurants that overlook the ocean of which Mar du Inferno is considered to be the best.
Children are welcome and will love the close proximity to the beach and plethora of water sports.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking