Below is a short description of which hotels we stayed in while in Portugal.
Lisbon – Tivoli Lisboa – Excellent hotel. The front desk staff spoke English which is always a relief, the breakfast was delicious, rooms were adequate size with balconies, air conditioning, mini-bar fridge, in-room coffee. It was also walking distance to most everything. I would definitely stay here again.
Cascais – Vila Gale Cascais – Huge room with a complete kitchen behind an accordion door. My only complaint here is that there were few lights in the room and it was quite dim as you can see in this first picture. Good location, outdoor balcony. Would stay here again.
Azoia – Sao Saturnino Convent – A hotel remodeled from an old convent tucked into the side of a mountain, furnished with antique furniture and full of charm. While nice to look at, the room lacked outlets and air flow and our room in the lower level smelled like rotten eggs. The pool was green and unappealing. Personally I didn’t care for this one, despite its charm. Pictures are from common areas.
Colares – Sarrazola House – Our large comfortable room came with wifi, a free bottle of water, and a free bottle of Colares wine! Friendly staff, comfy beds, small bathroom. Restaurant on site, but didn’t open for dinner until 8pm. (much to our dismay upon arriving at 5pm tired and hungry after not having eaten much all day)
Sintra – Hotel Tivoli Sintra – Great view, outdoor patio, large room, shower and bathtub, restaurant. Convenient location. Only 1 hour of wifi every 24 hours. And the air conditioning wasn’t great. Pictures below were taken from balcony of room.
Tryp Lisboa Airport Hotel – This modern hotel is built for the convenience of travelers, free shuttle to the airport which is right across the street, the restaurant is open at 4am in case your flight is early. Downstairs is an indoor spa type of pool with showers and jets, steam room, sauna, and a spa with massages (by appointment). Upstairs there is an outdoor infinity pool with access to the inside bar/restaurant. The ultimate comfort for a day of relaxation before or after travel. Highly recommended. Only complaint here is the lack of privacy in the bathroom as the toilet and shower are basically behind a partition. (see below) The door closest to the sink is for the toilet, the other for the shower. Not sure who thought that one up, but I really prefer an actual separate bathroom when I am staying in a hotel! Despite that I would probably stay here again. The massages were awesome!
We were delayed leaving Lisbon which meant missing our connection home and being put up in Dublin for the night. Here we stayed in the posh Clayton Hotel, Dublin, another airport hotel designed for the convenience of travelers. Plush thick beds, restaurant, and 24 hour coffee and snacks in the lobby. They could not have been nicer to us as we enjoyed our free room, dinner and breakfast before getting on the airport shuttle the next morning to fly home.
In short, the hotels were great.
For more about the trip: My Trip to Portugal General Information
For more about the food: Food and Drink of Portugal
A typical day on the trail: A Typical Day on the Trail
Portugal Palaces and Attractions: Portugal Palaces and Attractions