Lawrence’s hotel Sintra
lawrence’s hotel Sintra is the oldest hotel of the Iberian Peninsula and famous for its distinguished guests as Eça de Queirós or even Lord Byron.
Lawrence’s hotel, opened since 1764, is the oldest hotel of the Iberian Peninsula and one of the first of Europe. Yet, Lawrence is not famed just by its seniority. In fact, on the beds of this hotel have already slept some of the most important figures of the Portuguese cultural and political panorama such as Alexandre Herculano, Camilo Castelo Branco, Bulhão Pato or Eça de Queirós, who refers the hotel at Os Maias, probably writer’s most emblematic book. Yet, Lawrence’s became internationally famed due to Lord Byron’s stay. For sure Lawrence’s hotel Sintra was one of the reasons this magnificent poet felt in love with Sintra.
However, the hotel history was not as tranquil as the bucolic landscape of its surrounding. Throughout the years, Lawrence’s hotel Sintra was sold many times, changed the name into Estalagem dos Cavaleiros, was closed in 1961 to be sold in 1969 with the intention of reopening as an hotel, but the project was blocked. In 1989 was bought by a Dutch family, the Bos, who recover the building, and was once more inaugurated as a hotel under the name of Lawrence that still remains to these days.
Situated near the old village centre, Lawrence’s has every argument to make your stay memorable, offering the comfort of a five star hotel within a family ambience.
At your disposal the hotel has 11 rooms (12 double and 4 twins) as well as 5 suites, all carefully decorated, respecting the romantic style of the original Lawrence’s. As a curiosity let me tell you that the rooms have no numbers but names with significance.
The small yet cosy bar takes you to the past and you can almost imagine a literary gathering taking place. The restaurant offers a deliciously elegant cuisine that recovers and reinvents the best of the Portuguese gastronomy.
Lawrence’s hotel Sintra is the perfect refuge after spending one day in Sintra.