Estoril Eden Hotel
12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Lovely location, but rooms need modernising
"I stayed at the Estoril Eden for 2 nights on business in November 2007. The hotel/aparthotel is in a lovely location, right by the sea, and about 15 minutes walk from Cascais.
The rooms are a little dated, and could really do with modernising. Furnishings are in brown/orange (v70s!) and the furniture is tired/worn. Everything was in working order, and as a basic room, it had everything you needed (no iron, and that didn't turn up even upon request) but it was clean.
As an aparthotel, the room had a small kitchenette (fridge was rather noisy during the night), small table and chairs, and sofa. Balcony was a plus!
I saw that First Choice used the hotel - I'd be very disappointed if this was where I turned up for my holiday! It felt a bit more like a backpacker's room!
Breakfast was OK (self service buffet). Nice to watch the sun rise whilst munching! Didn't try the restaurant in the evening...
Wouldn't have thought it would be a good location for exploring Lisbon (alhtough you can get there easily by train); would be better to stay closer to the centre and benefit from the great restaurants and bars in Docas. Better to do a day trip to Cascais as a day out from Lisbon.
Note: if you're planning to go into Lisbon by taxi in rush hour it takes about an hour!
Cascais was lovely, and would def. recommend the 15mins walk along the sea into the town.
Overall, a great location if you want to stay by the sea. Hotel is really a budget option."
- Travel date: Wed 16th of January 2008
Excellent location for visiting Lisbon
"We stayed in this Aparthotel from Christmas Eve for four nights. The staff were very friendly and helpful. This modern hotel is spotlessly clean and the rooms are well equiped and quite large with a small kitchen unit, well appointed bathroom, king sized bed, lounge area and balcony. The hotel is located near Monte Estoril railway station and with a train every 10 minutes to Lisbon it is ideal for anyone who likes to visit the city but would prefer to stay in a nicer location.
The only down side with this hotel is the busy road that winds along the coast can be quite noisy at times, although the rooms are soundproofed so traffic noise cannot be heard once the balcony doors are closed.
All in all highly recommended"
- Travel date: Wed 9th of January 2008
Good location, good for families with small children
"My family and I relocated to Lisbon from the USA in April 2007, and spent our first week at the Estoril Eden. The hotel is great for people traveling with children, esp. small ones, since it has micro-suites (in Europe known as apart-hotels) with basic kitchen facilities. Our first evenings in Portugal were spent in the tiny kitchen while our kids slept. Beds were comfortable enough. We had a corner room with a balcony and a really nice view of the ocean and palm-lined coastline.
Staff are v. friendly, most speak good English. They were quite accommodating for our needs, especially the wait staff in the restaurant for breakfast.
Breakfast (typically included in your room rate) is good. Plenty of choices, although within the European breakfast buffet spectrum. Lots of meats, cheeses, as well as yogurt, granola. Not good for people needing tons of fruit but you will not find that at anything but luxury hotels in Portugal.
Hotel provides computers with pay-by-minute access for internet, which work OK.
We did not take advantage much of the recreational facilities in the hotel. As others have commented, sauna and gym facilities are a bit small and limited to times when a hotel employee can give access. The outdoor pool seems like it would be nice in good weather.
The hotel is a five minute walk up a hill from the Monte Estoril train station, which has frequent service 30 mins to Lisbon, with tickets under 3 euros round trip.
One can also easily access the beach-side promenade, allowing you to walk 20-30 mins down to Cascais, which has many nice beach-side restaurants and shops, or up to Estoril proper.
The hotel also fronts a little park with playgrounds for children and a few restaurants, including a take-out place for those staying a bit longer.
Overall, a good value in a good location. May be worth contacting the hotel directly if staying longer than a week in order to get good rates."
- Travel date: Mon 7th of January 2008
Low down of Hotel Eden
"The hotel eden in estoril is an aparthotel, which means that the majority of their rooms have a kitchenette which can be very useful if you decide to go on a self catering holiday-the hotel does however have a restaurant, bar and snack bar.
The rooms are cleaned and the beds changed evey day and the level of cleaniness is excellent.
The views can vary but you can ask for a sea view, we didnt and still got one.
The breakfast buffet was good, continental style with a broad range of foods to cater to all tastes.
We never had dinner in the hotel as there are so many great restauraunts in Cascais, but we had lunch one day and it too was good.-(I would recommend the jairdin des frangos in Cascais for piri piri chicken-extremely good value and excellent quality.-we went back to it 3 times)
The facilities in the hotel are good but not all of them are open all year round and the pool closes at 8pm.
Staff are on the whole helpful but there were the odd few that were quite unhelpful at times.
DO NOT allow the hotel to organise your taxi journeys-they are in cahoots with the taxi men I think and the taxis really over charge you.
There is a taxi rank directly opposite the hotel so use that instead.
All in all the eden is above average and in an excellent location."
- Travel date: Mon 10th of September 2007
A nice hotel in a nice location.
"My husband and I have just returned from a four night stay at this hotel and thought that it was a great place to stay.
Estoril, where the hotel is situated, is a very quiet town with a small supermarket and other shops - but it is not a main tourist area, therefore it is nice and quiet. There is not really a beach, just a very nice sea front although you can walk a short distance to some small beaches and can see them from the hotel.
Along the sea front there is a station, and you can easily take the train in either direction; 1/2hour one way takes you to the centre of Lisbon and 3 minutes in the other direction takes you to the tourist area of Caiscais (or you can walk there in 10). We travelled to Caiscais most nights as there are restaurants, bars and shops, as well as a nice beach. You can also walk to Casino Estoril from the hotel (it only takes 10 minutes or you can get the train).
Very nice, clean rooms. Ours had a sofa, dining table and kitchen area as well as a sea & pool view.
Very friendly and helpful. All speak fluent English, which just makes you feel really bad that you can't speak Portugese!
A nice outdoor and indoor pool with 'spa' area. The pool attendants are on hand to give you towels or inflatables and are very friendly. One cristicism that I do have is that the pool was always full of screamiing children and inflatables. It wasn't really big enough for all that.
The breakfasts were good with cereal, cooked food, fruit, meats and bread.
All in all a nice hotel."
- Travel date: Tue 7th of August 2007
"This was a great hotel. It was located opposite the train station, which was easy to use. There were cafes and parks close by. The sea walk was delightful. The rooms were large and the view from the rooms was fabulous. The staff was friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend this hotel."
- Travel date: Tue 27th of March 2007
Very enjoyable stay...recommend...
"We recently stayed at the Estoril Eder Resort. It was a very enjoyable stay. The plus sides include a spectular waterfront view with glorious sunrises and sunsets; very easy transportation (train) into Lisbon; easy access to the promenade; a beautiful pool; nice restaurants up the street; and a very friendly and helpful staff. The rooms are very large for European standards, and the bedding was very comfortable. It was always clean. The shower worked beautifully with tons of hot water. Make sure to get a water front room. On the down side (there were not many), if you are a light sleeper, the traffic may bother you. Being from a large metro area, it did not bother us. The rooms are not completely soundproof. If your neighbors are loud, you will hear muffled voices, tv, etc. Earplugs worked for me. Skip the restaurant at the hotel. Food is okay - nothing to rave about. Overall, a very pleasant and enjoyable stay at this time. I would generally recommend it."
- Travel date: Sat 17th of March 2007
Don't count on the indoor health club facilities
"I've just spent Easter at the Eden Hotel, Estoril. I chose it because it advertised indoor pool, sauna, jacuzzi and fitness room. It was meant as an insurance in case of bad weather. The weather did turn out bad on the first day, but alas, the sauna could only be used if someone was on duty, and she was NOT. She had to be booked and paid for each time, and was only available on certain days in the middle of the day. So if you expect a nice relaxing swim and sauna at the end of the day, or jacuzzi - don't! The pool is there all right, but nothing else, though there is a table tennis. Unlike other reviewers, I found breakfast perfectly OK. However, I found most of the reception staff less than helpful.
However, it's worth choosing the hotel for its location and view, as long as you don't mind the street noise in the outdoor pool area. Train station with excellent connection to Lisbon is at the doorstep, as it the lovely sea promenade. Hotel rooms are big, with kitchen facilities.
Tip for the gourmets: Restaurant La Villa on the sea front is excellent and reasonably priced.
Tip for lovers of local music: A small restaurant at the back of the hotel has Fado performance every Saturday. I found it by chance - the travel rep certainly did not mention it."
- Travel date: Mon 17th of April 2006
It was OK i suppose!!!
"I stayed in this hotel with my bf in July 2005. We had booked into another hotel and got moved because it was so full!! When we got there we had a bit of a problem because in the other hotel we had booked a sea view room, they wouldnt beleive us because our details were still at the other hotel and so it took about half an hour to sort out, although in the end we did get a sea view. The staff after that were very friendly.
The rooms were really big, although very dark because the balcony windows were tinted black. Air-con was ok, although we didnt need it because the room was very cold. Bathroom was ok but a bit squishy, it could do with some updating!! We were facing over the sea and pool area, which is next to the main road, however there was no road noise at all in our bedrooms.
Breakfast was problbly the worst part of the hotel. It had an awful selection and most of it was cold! You are also not allowed to take anything out with you after breakfast, unless you pay for it. Which was a bit silly consindering we had paid for it in the price of the hotel.. i even got stopped for taking out a banana!!
The pool area was clean but very small, i also got annoyed as i had to keep moving the sunbed every 5mins because as the sun moved i kept getting shadows of trees! The had obviously put lots and lots of trees around the pool to try and block out some of the road nose as a main road runs straight next to the back of the hotel.
The area of cascais and estoril itself is lovely and i am going back in september. The beaches were spotless and the people are lovely. It only takes around 10-15mins to get into estoril town by walking along the sea front...this is brand new, very clean and easy to walk along! However if you have children and buggies i would say it could be a bit long from this hotel. (although my bf would differ as his fitter than me!)
Overall it wasnt the worst hotel i have stayed in but it could do alot better with food, entertainment (there was none) and staff friendlyness. Also in the main summer holidays there would not be much room around the pool area.
(The reason we stayed in this area was due to my bf wanting to surf at guincho beach, it was a 15min cab ride from straight outside the hotel costing around 7euros there and then 7 euros back, for any surfers out there wanting to know)"
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of February 2006
"My husband and I spent a weekend in early June at Estoril Eden. We had a nice time there, although we didn't have the best weather.
Estoril is 15-20 kms. far from Lisbon, so it's a option if you wish to enjoy both of beaches and cultural tourism in Lisbon. As regards to the hotel:
-ROOMS: Our room was of a very good size, with table and chairs and eve a pair of sofas. Satellite TV, welcome chocolates and a comfortable bathroom.
-LOCATION: The hotel is really near the beach and you have a five minutes walk to the Casino's area.
-BEACH: Estoril beach is not at all the best beach near Lisbon. If you are looking for a really good one, try Troia (near Setubal), Sesimbra or Caparica.
-PRICE: This hotel is not only worth for the money: it is really cheap. We got a double room with breakfast for 65 euros/night.
-BREAKFAST: not bad... but a bit disappointing. They didn't offer hardly any fruit and I didn't manage to get scrambled eggs: on Saturday, there weren't eggs left and on Sunday, scrambled eggs were said to arrive soon... but they didn't arrive until I have finished my breakfast, half an hour later. The best: the breakfast room is really superb, with beatiful sights of the sea.
-STAFF: helpful and language speaking. The man in reception spoke Spanish really well. I am sure they also speak English (all Portuguese seem to be able to speak English), and, most probably, a little French.
The hotel has also a medium-size swimming pool, although we didn't try it."
- Travel date: Fri 1st of July 2005
"Was at the hotel on holiday at beginning of August. Bedrooms never hoovered. Dining room chairs too close together. Staff extremely rude. Meals awful. Meat resembles horse meat."
- Travel date: Fri 6th of August 2010
For anyone visiting Lisbon who doesn't w...
"For anyone visiting Lisbon who doesn't want to stay in the city centre this hotel is ideal. Monte Estoril railway station is directly across the road from the hotel and there is a train every 10 minutes to the centre of Lisbon. The trip takes around 20 minutes and costs 3 Euros.
We stayed at this hotel from Christmas Eve for four nights. This 4* hotel is spotlessly clean; the rooms are modern and large with a separate lounge area and a balcony with a beautiful sea view.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. The only downside is that the main road runs between the hotels and the promenade and sitting on the balcony can be a bit noisy. The rooms however are soundproofed and air conditioned so a quiet nightâs sleep is guaranteed.
All in all this is an excellent hotel. "
- Travel date: Wed 9th of January 2008