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Built on the site of a 17th-century fortress, this boutique hotel boasts a Michelin star award-winning gourmet restaurant and sweeping Atlantic Ocean views. It overlooks the Portuguese surfers’ paradise, Guincho Beach. This boutique hotel has a second restaurant called Spot by Fortaleza do Guincho. As well as the partnership with a lotion SPA, 5 minutes from the Hotel by car, which allows our guests to enjoy preferential prices. Stone winding stairs, terracotta tiles and ceilings in exposed bricks create a medieval feel. The central cloister is fitted with velvet sofas and wrought-iron chandeliers. Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux’s rooms are appointed with rich fabrics, dark wood furniture, and paintings with golden frames. Some rooms have private closed balconies with ocean views. The Michelin-starred restaurant has strong Portuguese influences and serves dishes based upon quality national ingredients. Tasting menus are also available. The expansive wine list is hand-picked by an award-winning sommelier. Guests can enjoy Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux’s fine dining in the privacy of their room. After a day visiting the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, guests can sip a cocktail from the Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux’s bar, seated on the vast sun terrace overlooking the ocean.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.6 for a two-person trip.

Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux has been welcoming guests since 25 Mar 2006.
Hotel chain/brand:
Relais & Châteaux

Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.7)

Want a great night's sleep? This hotel was highly rated for its very comfy beds.

Free private parking available at the hotel

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Guest reviews


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  • Elizabeth
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Breakfast superb. All served fresh and beautiful crockery.
  • Kevin
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Last minute booking via and the last room available of the total of only 27 rooms. An amazing hotel. It is, as the name implies, a former fortress and it sits on a promontory with a beach on each side. It has been sympathetically...
  • Jeremy
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Location and ambience Superb staff - understated and class Lovely breakfast
  • Yuvraj
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    It’s style. the hospitality was great. They let the kids run around like lunatics. The bar was good. The views were amazing. The Michelin star restaurant was great. The communal areas were stylish and comfy. They provided beach towels.
  • Kimberly
    United StatesUnited States
    Beautiful structure that exceeded expectation. Staff was hugely friendly. We would come back any time and enjoyed every aspect of our stay
  • Viktoriia
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Clean and convenient hotel! The view is absolutely fantastic! Good service, tasty breakfast! The ocean nearby is very windy. Pay attention!
  • Edmunds
    Fantastic hotel. I was surprised how good this was, given the location.
  • Beverley
    Very helpful front of house staff. Beautiful location, wonderful building, delightful lobby, very good restaurant.
  • Lili
    South AfricaSouth Africa
    Excellent facilities and friendly staff. Jaime at reception and Carlos at the bar were exceptional. The sommelier at the One Michelin star restaurant was informative about Portuguese wines
  • Martin
    Exceptional food, fascinating building, great staff.

Property questions and answers
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  • When is the best time to visit your property for the perfect beach holiday?

    I would say from April to June and from September to October, since in July and August the beach can be really busy.
    Answered on 18 October 2019
  • How do I get to the hotel from Lisbon airport without a car?

    The best way to arrive to the hotel without a car is by taxi or Uber. The is also the option of Bus from the airport to Lisbon train station ( Cascai..
    Answered on 2 January 2020
  • Do you offer vegan dietary menu options?

    Good afternoon, Thank you for your question. We do not have standard vegan menu options available. Nevertheless, our team will be happy to arrange a ..
    Answered on 4 December 2020
  • How long would a trip from hotel to the Palácio Nacional da Pena and approximately how much would the cost be?

    The cost of a taxi to take clients to Palacio da Pena in Sintra it`s about 55 euros per trip,and it takes about 30 minutes. Best regards
    Answered on 13 September 2021
  • How long would a trip to the airport take and approximately how much would the cost be?

    The trip to and from the airport takes about 45 minutes and as a cost of 75.00 euros each way
    Answered on 27 July 2021
  • Hello, can you smoke on the balcony? Thank you

    Dear guest,we are pleased to inform that the Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho is a non-smoking property Best regards Luis Lopes
    Answered on 24 June 2021
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Hotel surroundings *

2 restaurants on site

  • Fortaleza do Guincho -Restaurante Gastronomico
    • Cuisine
    • Open for
    • Ambiance
    • Dietary options
      Vegetarian • Vegan • Gluten-free • Dairy-free
  • Spot by Fortaleza do Guincho
    • Cuisine
    • Open for
      Lunch • Dinner • High tea • Cocktail hour
    • Ambiance
      Family friendly • Traditional
    • Dietary options
      Vegetarian • Gluten-free • Dairy-free

Facilities of Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux
Great facilities! Review score, 8.8

Most popular facilities
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Beachfront
  • Airport shuttle
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • 2 restaurants
  • Garden
  • Tea/coffee maker in all rooms
  • Bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bath or shower
  • Slippers
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath
  • Shower
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Landmark view
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Beachfront
  • Sun terrace
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Coffee machine
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Clothes rack
Pets are allowed. Charges may be applicable.
  • Bicycle rental
  • Bike tours
    Additional charge
  • Walking tours
    Additional charge
  • Beach
  • Snorkelling
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Squash
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Horse riding
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Diving
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Bowling
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Windsurfing
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Fishing
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
    Additional charge
  • Tennis court
    Additional chargeOff-site
Living Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Satellite channels
  • Telephone
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Coffee house on site
  • Fruits
    Additional charge
  • Wine/champagne
    Additional charge
  • Kid meals
    Additional charge
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Snack bar
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Bar
  • Minibar
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Valet parking
  • Street parking
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Concierge service
  • ATM/cash machine on site
  • Luggage storage
  • Currency exchange
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • 24-hour front desk
Entertainment and family services
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Babysitting/child services
    Additional charge
Cleaning services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Ironing service
    Additional charge
  • Dry cleaning
    Additional charge
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Business facilities
  • Fax/photocopying
    Additional charge
  • Business centre
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
    Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • Smoke alarms
  • Security alarm
  • 24-hour security
  • Safety deposit box
  • Shuttle service
    Additional charge
  • Pet bowls
  • Pet basket
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Air conditioning
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Wake-up service
  • Heating
  • Soundproofing
  • Car hire
  • Fan
  • Ironing facilities
  • Airport shuttle
    Additional charge
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
  • Room service
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
Languages spoken
  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Portuguese

House rules

Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux takes special requests - add in the next step!


From 15:00 to 00:00

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in


From 07:00 to 12:00



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

0 - 3 years
Extra bed upon request
Cot upon request
4 - 12 years
Extra bed upon request

The number of extra beds and cots allowed is dependent on the option you choose. Please check your selected option for more information.

All cots and extra beds are subject to availability.

No age restriction

There is no age requirement for check-in


Pets are allowed. Charges may be applicable.


When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Maestro Mastercard Visa Diners Club American Express Cash Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

Pets are allowed and have a cost of EUR 40 per day.

Please note that guests that wish to have dinner at the restaurant should contact the hotel for availability.

Please note that the hotel has agreements with several neighbouring properties, which allow guests of the Hotel to access Spa, tennis courts and swimming pools at a special rate. This service is upon request.

When booking 5 rooms or more, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Extra bed policies are as follows:

- Only one extra bed per room and for childrens up to 12 years all. Extra bed is free of charge.
- Any type of extra bed or child's cot/crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.

Extra beds are only accepted in the rooms Junior Suite with Balcony and Sea View and Superior Double or Twin Room with Sea View.

Please note that Fortaleza do Guincho Restaurante Gastronomico is opened from Wednesday to Saturday from 19:00–22:00.

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property adheres to strict physical distancing measures.

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

Please inform Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

License number: 1293

FAQs about Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux

  • Check-in at Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux is from 15:00, and check-out is until 12:00.

  • Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Bowling
    • Snorkelling
    • Diving
    • Tennis court
    • Fishing
    • Windsurfing
    • Squash
    • Golf course (within 3 km)
    • Beachfront
    • Bicycle rental
    • Walking tours
    • Horse riding
    • Bike tours
    • Beach

  • Room options at Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux include:

    • Single
    • Twin/Double
    • Suite

  • The prices at Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • The nearest beach is just 200 yards from Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux is 3.1 miles from the centre of Cascais. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux has 2 restaurants:

    • Spot by Fortaleza do Guincho
    • Fortaleza do Guincho -Restaurante Gastronomico