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Lisbon has long been favoured for holiday getaways. The Portuguese climate is warm, food options are plenty and you’re near the ocean. I had an excellent stay at the Intercontinental Estoril. It’s a 5* hotel, right on the beach. Best of all, the prices are very reasonable. It’s a great option for a European beach getaway.
I stayed for 3 nights with my family. The resort is definitely on the smaller side. However, for €140/night, I had no complaints. The food was good too. It’s an excellent 5 star hotel in Lisbon.
As always, I took tons of photos. Each photo can be clicked, to pop out into the slideshow.
I have platinum status with IHG. I was upgraded to a room with sea view. I really liked the room. It was large and polished. The room had the following facilities:
The bathroom was interesting. It’s large, with a separate shower and bath. There were his and hers sinks. There’s also a large window to look into the bathroom – from the bed! Clearly, the hotel caters for couples rather than groups of friends!
The room had a terrace, rather than a balcony. It was an excellent size. There was a small table with two chairs, and a day bed.
For €140/night, I couldn’t ask for any more. The slideshow above contains lots of photos of the room.
My room rate included breakfast. I really enjoyed it. The food was fresh, high quality and varied. There was a buffet, and a separate cook to order menu. The following items were available:
As you can see, they had a full spread. During my stay, I ordered pancakes, crepes and waffles. I enjoyed each one.
With the crepe, they served it with a fruit salad. They put the fruit salad on top of the crepe, which made it soggy. Next time, put it on the side!
I ordered eggs Benedict on one day, which I found to be average.
I had a coffee each day. It was pretty good – better than most hotels.
Elite recognition is one area where IHG hotels consistently underwhelm. This hotel conformed to type! As a Platinum Ambassador, I got the following benefits
All of the Ambassador benefits were provided, but nothing more was given.
There’s a small indoor spa with pool, steam room and sauna. It was a nice space. Never busy. The pool had a lovely fountain that poured water down on your head. I used this pool twice during my stay.
There’s also an outdoor pool. The pool was small to mid-sized, with some sun loungers. I didn’t see many people using this pool, during my stay. There wasn’t a kids pool or a pool bar. If you wanted service, you had to go to the main restaurant. For that reason, I didn’t use this pool.