The powerful imagery and beautiful symmetry of Palacio de Setaeis
The graceful beauty of the Palacio's entrance gate increases the closer you get to it
The palace's great ceiling heights enhance the monumental stairs and upper gallery
Delicate painted frescoes adorn the walls and ceilings of the historic Salon
The finely furnished, Portugese-inspired guest bedroom
The Piano Room and its seriously stunning piano
Tivoli Palacio de Seteais
The dramatic façade of this 18th century palace sets the tone for a most historic stay in the Unesco World Heritage City of Sintra, Portugal.
In 1783 a successful and powerful Dutch businessman, Daniel Gildemeester, relocates to Portugal and builds himself a palace. He was so powerful that the land was “given” to him. Sadly, Mr. Gildemeester died just 2 years later, and his widow sold the palace to the 5th Marquis of Marialva. The Marquis enlarged it substantially in 1802 in honor of a visit from the Prince Regent D. Joao VI. The original palace comprised the building wing to one side of the ornately carved stone entrance. This beautiful gateway was added later along with a matching building wing. The symmetry and proportion of the palace as we see it today would suggest it was built entirely at one time.
After periods of private ownership, the Portugese government acquired the Palace in 1946. In 1955 it became a hotel under the Tivoli brand, and the palace is now a national monument.
Palacio de Seteais has the presence of a grand palace, yet it contains just 30 guest rooms. The first floor of the palace features elegant reception halls, salons and other public areas. They all exhibit delicately ornate wall and ceiling decorations, tapestries and painted frescoes. Furnishings, lighting, and decorative accessories throughout the hotel, including the guest rooms, are traditional and consistent with the 18th century period.
Traditional Portugese cuisine is offered in the Seteais Restaurant. The restaurant is located in one of the most historic salons and features painted frescoes on the walls and ceilings. The bar of Palacio de Seteais offers commanding views of the Sintra Mountains. There are several ballrooms featuring antique tapestries, elegant lighting and more painted frescoes.
Palacio de Seteais is situated within the Unesco World Heritage City of Sintra which includes the Moorish Castle and Pena National Palace, both architectural masterpieces.
Image source: Tivoli Hotels
Awards and certifications
Below are the awards and accolades gained by Tivoli Palacio de Seteais
Tivoli Palacio de Setaeis
Rue Barbosa do Bocase 8
2710 – 417 Sintra, Portugal