A little while ago I shared the first part of mine and Jaspers trip to Lisbon with Martinhal luxury family resorts and I’m so excited to share with you part two of our mummy and son adventure!
For the first 3 days we stayed at Martinhal Cascais which you can read about here; but then for our final two days we moved into the city and stayed at Martinhal Chiado – a totally different vibe to Cascais but with just as much luxury and family focus!
So firstly the concept is quite different; rather than a large resort, Chiado is an inner city building built up of apartments and suites but with the many benefits of a luxury hotel. The apartments are huge with all of the amenities you’d need to feel at home like a fully set up kitchen with stove, microwave, dishwasher, cutlery and crockery but you’ve also got the luxury of the hotel facilities such as the restaurant and onsite childcare.
We actually moved rooms after our first night as there was a problem with the toilet (which going by the amazing service I’m certain is a really rare occurrence) but it did meant that we got to experience two different sized apartments on different levels and different sides of the building which was really nice! I didn’t get a chance to take any pictures of the first one but aside from there being bunkbeds rather than two single beds and it being slightly smaller, they were basically the same.
So the decor is very art deco; lots of bright colours and patterns with a real city vibe to it whilst still being homely. The bedrooms were really spacious, all having large pane windows, some of which going out to balconies and all of which needing a key from downstairs to open – a massive safety plus!
Each bedroom had a tv, chair and gorgeous furnishings and where our first one had the wardrobe in the hallway area the second one had it in the bedroom.
The second apartment I would definitely say is better for a family with older children or perhaps 4 adults staying as it had the two single beds (in the picture below), although the bunkbeds were a really good size!
The bathrooms had a large bath with shower and not only their signature luxurious toiletries from Voya but also all of the facilities you would need for little ones like a step for the sink and seat for the toilet.
The living areas were also huge and just perfect for a break away with your family. The kitchens came with welcome packs of milk, orange juice, still and sparkling water, cookies and then because we had Jasper with us – some dinosaur biscuits!
The hotel also gifts its residents with two small bottles of wine and there is a coffee maker with *I think two pods per day included.
The apartments also came with highchairs and what’s fab about the Martinhal hotels is that you can use the family concierge service before you stay to prearrange bottle warmers, sterilisers, cots, and even strollers to make your stay more stress-free and your luggage allowance lighter!
Our second apartment was on a higher level to the first one and came with a huge balcony that stretched the whole width of the apartment which gave the most amazing lighting. It also meant that we not only had a great view to the top of the street but also a beautiful view of the sea!
Martinhal Chiado has one restaurant which offers a complimentary breakfast to everyone who stays there and then is open during the day for food up until 7pm. We were out and about during the day as most people staying in a city hotel would be but I did make use of the after hours room service and ordered a lovely ricotta to my room before they closed at 11pm!
The breakfast includes a continental buffet as well as made to order things like pancakes and eggs which were incredible, and they also have a childrens area with colouring activities to keep your little ones entertained whilst you sip your morning cuppa in peace!
Being a family focused brand, Martinhal have incredible childcare onsite including a kids club (which you can also use if you’re staying at the Cascais resort and are coming into the city for a spot of sight seeing and shopping); an in room babysitting service and nightly cinema club and mini discos! The kids club also has a fab climbing wall which I didn’t get pictures of but I did feature in my video review which I’ll attach at the bottom of this post!
The hotel is situation right in the middle of Lisbon city centre, it’s a stones throw from the waterfront, Time Out market, Commerce Square and so many other attractions. Even if you don’t have anywhere in particular to go to, just stepping outside of the hotel and strolling around the cobbled hills will bring you some seriously breathtaking views!
We only had one full day in Lisbon and as we’d already been before and seen a lot of the city itself we thought we’d take a train out to Sintra – somewhere that everyone recommends if you’re in the area and oh my goodness it didn’t disappoint!
Sintra is a resort town about 35 minutes by direct train from Lisbon city centre in the foothills of the Sintra Mountains. It’s a magical wonderland that’s a mixture between a fairytale and Disney – without the annoying characters and overpriced mouse ears!
You could easily spend a couple of days exploring all of the sights but with limited time we picked the spots that we most wanted to see and I’m so glad that we were organised in that sense because it was much larger than I expected.
Our first stop was Castle of the Moors where Jasper took such delight in exploring the old ruins and lush forestry! The main beautiful sight is the hilltop medieval castle but the walk there provides so much breathtaking beauty and adventure.
Our second stop was Pena Palace and if you’ve ever googled ‘Sintra’ or stumbled across a picture of it on Pinterest then it is most likely from here. It really is out of this world and just so magical!
Pena Palace is a 19th Century Romanticist palace and former monastery and I just found the whole style so fascinating as it’s unlike anything else you’d expect to see from that era!
As you can see the architecture is a combination of bold colours, details tiles and geometric shapes and it really is a place where every turn gives you an amazing once in a life time view! If you are a keen photographer then Pena Palace really is the place for you, it’s honestly so stunning!
Those two sights took up our whole day in Sintra but if we were to go back I’d definitely love to check out the Cabo da Roca viewpoint, Quinta da Regaleira palace and gardens, Sintra Palace and the beautiful beaches!
I will say Sintra was a little harder to get around then we expected it to be but once we learnt the tricks of the trade it was much simpler. If you’re planning to head there then here are a few tips:
1 – If you’re going by train then arrive in plenty of time as the ticket machines have huge queues and you can only book one persons journey per session ( we booked 8 journeys thinking that would cover 4 peoples returns but it actually only covered me to do 4 returns!)
2 – Allow a whole day; after going to the tube station instead of the train station and then missing two trains due to the whole ticket fiasco we didn’t arrive until midday and definitely needed more time to see more of the sights.
3 – Take the hop on hop off bus; you can buy a ticket to all of the stops or just particular routes so plan out where you want to go and then jump on a bus. Ours was mega busy and me and Jasper ended up sat on the floor with me feeling rather sick from the windy roads but it beat walking as Sintra is set upon some extremely steep and windy roads – not ideal for children or people with limited mobility to attempt to walk up.
Our stay at Martinhal Chiado was absolutely perfect; the facilities are incredible but what sold it for me was the location – you’re right in the middle of so many amazing attractions in Lisbon and in the perfect spot to venture further afiled like we did to Sintra!
If you’re looking to stay in the city with your family then definitely check out Martinhal; it really does tick all of the boxes when it comes to comfort, style, luxury, safety and family friendliness!
For more things to do in Lisbon check out my Lisbon with kids blog post and also my Martinhal Cascais stay and I will link my video review of the Chiado stay below!
Thanks for reading,
*Our stay at Martinhal Chiado was complimentary in return for an honest review