Our new property will have a five-star rating and will be situated in an excellent location with views over the main landmarks of Sintra, such as the ancient Castelo dos Mouros, the old Convento Palácio da Pena and the Palácio Nacional de Sintra. The 8,000 m2 hotel, which is forecast to open in 2020, will be spread over five buildings, and will have a magnificent, extensive, characteristic garden, which is well known locally.
The project will have a total of 41 rooms spread across the various buildings, including eight suites ranging in size from 45 to 55 m2 while the remainder of the rooms will be doubles, from 25 to 35 m2. The main building is a mansion dating from the start of the 19th century, which will house 12 spacious rooms, as well as the main facilities, such as the restaurant which will focus on cuisine featuring local produce and will be open to the general public in addition to the hotel guests. What’s more, the new hotel will have a fully featured Spa, open to guests, gym, parking, pool, sun terrace and lounge bar, as well as a unique space for hosting events, with capacity for 120 to 300 people.
Continued growth: part of Vincci Hoteles’ vision
Carlos Calero, general manager of Vincci Hoteles, explained that this latest project forms part of the chain’s planned expansion in Portugal:
“Portugal is a great destination. Its climate, gastronomy and charm ensure it’s always a great choice for a trip; it’s a country which evokes great interest in Spanish tourists, given how close it is, and equally, it’s becoming ever more interesting to international clients. This project in particular consolidates our presence there, with a hotel which fully meets all the requirements to be part of our hotel chain, thanks to its singularity and the very special surroundings in which it is located”, said the executive.
Carlos Calero said that “our vision is to have continued growth, without altering one bit the essence of our business: an exclusive portfolio of 4 and 5 star hotels in incredible locations, which are authentic experience generators for our guests, offering them stand-out elements, all with meticulous design and top quality service”.
Sintra: a fairy-tale paradise for travellers
Located in the middle of a national park, Sintra has an architectural heritage that combines Moorish, Gothic, Mudejar, Manueline, Baroque and Italianate styles. These have survived to the present day, existing harmoniously together and now perfectly adapted to the town’s modern day way of life. In addition to its characteristic palaces and castles, the municipality is home to five museums and 10 art galleries. Its many attractions have seen an increase in tourism to the area above the national average; in particular, in recent years the number of visitors to Sintra has increased by 20% a year. In 2017, around six million people visited the Portuguese municipality.