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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
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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.

Due to the terrible state of the five buildings that make up the Central Hotel, we decided to begin by renovating the most important section that faces the main square of the Royal Palace.

Structural renovation and decoration was carried out for one year and the following sections are now fully functioning:

On the ground floor

  • The Main Bar
  • The Alexandre Herculano room, accommodating 30 people
  • The Eça de Queiroz Hall, accommodating 120 people
  • The Ramalho Ortigão room, accommodating 60 people
  • The Balcony accommodating 60 people and the Terrace accommodating 100 people

On the 1st floor

  • The Antero de Quental room, accommodating 80 people
  • The Terrace Lounge, accommodating 150 people

The rooms on the ground floor have a classic nineteenth century décor and on the 1st floor we chose a contemporary décor that opens onto the Terrace Lounge. This is a cosy haven of peace that boasts a great view of the Moorish Castle, the Regaleira Palace and other smaller palaces. To the right the view is onto a plain that ends with a beautiful view of the sea with breathtaking sunsets.

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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