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Legends, Myths and Mysteries of Sintra

Former Central Hotel, future Central Palace Hotel. The hotel is located in Sintra’s historical centre opposite the Royal Palace. Since 2014, and while renovation works on the bedrooms are pending approval, it has been functioning as a restaurant on the ground and first floors, with diverse rooms ranging in size and space as well as in decoration, which includes classic and contemporary design. It is a venue that encompasses history, mystery and legends.

The place where the Hotel Central stands today dates back to 1154 when King Afonso Henriques and his wife Lady Mafalda donated the land to Gualdim Pais "Sixth" Grand Master of the Knights Templar, which he then entrusted to the Knights Templar. The Knights Templar inhabited the location for centuries and even today traces of their existence can be observed in the Hotel.

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Praça da República 36,
2710-616 Sintra - Portugal
  +351 916 134 811
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After the Knights Templar left and after the earthquake of 1755 that destroyed a part of Sintra, the buildings were reconstructed and it is known that in 1873 they were owned by the Patriarchal Seminary of Santarém. It was acquired by a private buyer in the early nineteenth century and in 1900 it was already named Hotel Central. Between 1930 and 1960 it became one of the most sought after hotels visited by the aristocracy and bourgeoisie of Lisbon at the time, as well as many tourists from different countries.

It was a venue that honoured the town and put Sintra on the map. At the start of this century the hotel was sold and in June 2012 we had the privilege of buying it.

Structure and decoration works were done and today we have available to function:

In R/C:

I. Alexandre Herculano room with capacity 50 pax
II.Eça de Queiroz salon with capacity 150 pax
III.Ramalho Ortigão room with capacity 50 pax

On the 1st floor:

I. Antero de Quental room with capacity 150 pax
II.terrace lounge with capacity 180 pax
III.Camilo Castelo Branco room with capacity 100 pax

On the 2nd floor:

I.Almeida Garrett room with capacity 120 pax
II.rooftop with capacity 85 pax


This venue is extremely sought-after for events such as weddings and business meetings as well as by individuals for private parties. The menu is based on traditional Portuguese cuisine and classic international dishes.


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