Dolce CampoReal Lisbon
What We Love
- The challenging Donald Steel–designed par 72 golf course
- Creative Mediterranean-influenced cuisine and an impressive Portuguese wine list
- Top-notch Decléor treatments at the spa
- WiFi is free
What To Know
- Secluded but not isolated, the property is a 45-minute drive from Lisbon
- Attracts lots of families in the summer months
- The unsupervised heated indoor pool is meant for exercise; swimming caps are mandatory
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Surrounded by meandering hills dotted with squat windmills and whitewashed villages, Dolce CampoReal is a handsome golf and spa retreat a 45-minute drive north of Lisbon. The mustard- and tangerine-hued façade contrasts with the verdant grounds and the vineyards and olive groves beyond. Inside, it’s classically styled with dark wood furnishings and iron-framed fireplaces. Contemporary flourishes include abstract oil paintings and wacky sculptures, and open-plan spaces allows the property to breathe.
Bed and Bath
A beige and cream color scheme accentuates the generous dimensions of the 151 guestrooms. The smallest room category (Deluxe Double) starts at 344 square feet. Ivory linens top oversize beds, and bathrooms feature sleek Roca tubs and funky double-head showers; neat rows of Gilchrist & Soames bath products line the marble-clad sinks.
Dine on traditional Portuguese cuisine at the Grande Escolha restaurant. Chef Rui Fernandes enlivens his patriotic menu with southern European flourishes. The wines, however, honor the nation, with regional labels brought to the fore. Tuck into light tapas dishes at the lively Sports Club, and start each day at the Manjapao breakfast salon; the buffet spread is gargantuan. The DiVine Spa overlooks the surrounding vineyards and has a tea room to relax in after a Decléor treatment. There’s an indoor lap pool and a heated outdoor pool with a Jacuzzi. Active types can hit the gym, tee off on the 18-hole par 72 golf course or go horseback riding at the equestrian center.
In the Area
Wine is big business in Portugal’s Oeste region. Guided tours and tastings take place at most wineries, including Quinta do Sanguinhal, where one of the wine presses dates back to 1871. For a culture fix head to Obidos to walk the medieval town walls and admire the enchanting views of dinky whitewashed cottages and a 12th-century castle. The daily market at Caldas da Rainha is at its loudest and busiest mid-morning. This is the place to shop for authentic handcrafted souvenirs. Hungry? Join the locals at family-run O Pátio do Faustino, in Torres Vedras, for fish and seafood grilled to perfection and served with carefree aplomb. Lisbon’s city center is a 45-minute drive away.
How to Get There
One noisy wedding went on until the wee hours and kept us awake. The restaurant and bar staff were so kind and courteous but they were too few to keep up. The Hotel and grounds are amazing and beautiful. Very clean everywhere. Front desk very good.
Very clean, beautiful views and friendly staff. They were all so helpful. Really enjoyed the food and service from the restaurant. I definitely would stay here again. Great place for families! Beautiful golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool and spa. This place offers so much.
Peaceful stay with beautiful countryside, helpful and friendly staff, clean property, great food. Very nice spa, swimming pools, grat tennis and golf areas. Breakfast was a feast including gluten free bread and cereal on request.
In general this is a good hotel. We were unlucky that a large group of noisy guests were staying during our stay. That was expressedin loud music bought by the pool and during the night until 5 o'clock in the morning outside by the pool loud talking and sometimes shouting, so we hardly could not sleep. What has disturbed us the most is despite repeated requests to the reception, no action has been taken.
When we submitted a complain about this later on the day of departure, it was promised that the staff would certainly still respond by e-mail. Now a week ago and heard nothing more.
This does not suit a hotel of this level
I loved everything about the property with the exception of the internet (WiFi). It was very poor and could barely hold a signal. But the location is awesome, the landscape is gorgeous, and the food is a little pricey. If you wanted to disconnect from the electronic world I couldn’t imagine a better place.