When Family Accommodation isn’t ‘Mumsy’ – Looking forward to Martinhal Hotels, Portugal

We're still the same sophisticated, sassy folk we were before we had kids, now we just want to bring our wee ones on holiday with us. Who's with me on this?

I no longer book those sleek, chic Adult Only boutique hotels, and sometimes I find that family friendly hotels look … well … a little too ‘family friendly’ or mumsy.

The lobby of Martinhal Cascais – it’s chic and white!!

Well now I’m counting down the days till we head Portugal’s selection of Martinhal hotels. Totally renowned for being family-friendly they also looked very smart indeed, and that’s exactly what I need right now. With a mix of city and beach locations, parents can chill out, or hit the  city with their kids in tow, all in suitably stylish surroundings.


A Premium Deluxe Bedroom at Chiado

Flying from Edinburgh to Lisbon with Easyjet, Mr Tot and I will do a little bit of city tripping, using Martinhal Chiado as a base. It describes itself as the ‘World’s First City Centre Elegant Family Hotel’, which sounds right up my street.

Set in old town Lisbon, it’s pretty central and has a Kids’ Club open from morning till late at night. It offers apartments as well as hotel rooms, and each apartment has a kitchen. We’re talking a stove, dishwasher, washer-dryer, fridge, crockery, cutlery and pots and pans. I don’t necessarily plan to cook all the time whilst I’m on holiday, but doing an element of self-catering certainly saves money and the ‘fun’ of dining out with kids.

The Kids’ Club at Chiado

In terms of kids’ clubs, I’ve only just put four year old Mr Tot into a club once, at a Scottish hotel, for two hours. I think I’ll keep him by my side in Lisbon, but it’s great to know the facility is there.

Guests can also pre-book items like door protectors, potties, bottle sterilisers & warmers, safety gates, baby cots and baby baths for their rooms. Mr Tot is far too grown up for such items but I feel so welcome already.


Playtime at Cascais

Then we’re heading west to Martinhal’s Cascais resort. Here Mr Tot will be in his element. We’re talking pools and LOTS of outdoor toys and playgrounds for kids. There are beaches nearby and a Bike Station for cycle hire and tours. I really want to visit the nearby town of Sintra, but fear I will have to drag Mr Tot kicking and screaming from all the activities on site. The area of Cascais itself and Estoril also appeal but we’ll see how we go.

A villa at Cascais

Again, Martinhal offers up its complimentary Little Foxes Kids’ Club, and I may sign Mr Tot up for this one as I can stay on site, on a sun lounger, clutching my phone in a relaxed manner, or if I’m feeling brave enough dip into the hotel spa.

Martinhal Cascais

The Cascais property has hotel rooms as well as villas, so again a mix of accommodation depending on budget and practical needs. They all look so sleek, and as I browse the website I don’t feel mumsy at all. This is five star family accommodation, so obviously I’ve built up in my head about how fabulous it will be, but going by the photos it does look pretty lush. I’ll report back on how Mr Tot and I get on. Till then, I’ll start thinking about what to pack.

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    Sam | North East Family Fun Travel Blog

    May 1, 2018

    Oh wow – I’ve heard good things about Martinhal. The accommodation certainly looks stylish!

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      May 1, 2018

      Me too! The bar is set high as my expectations are soaring.

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    May 1, 2018

    Lisbon is one of my favourite cities and I’ve heard such good things about the Martinhal there. If It’s anything like the original on the Algarve It’s far from mumsy too ( and if anything it looks even more chic). Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

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      May 1, 2018

      Just need to get my sassy wardrobe sorted out.

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    May 1, 2018

    Looks fabulous. We did a city break in Porto last year it was really great with kids. I love Lisbon – the aquarium is awesome for children! Have a great trip. #CityTripping

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      May 4, 2018

      I’ve done Porto (and a fair amount of Port) before children, so great to hear it worked well for a family too. Really looking forward to Lisbon and Cascais now. Fingers crossed for good weather too.

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    Emma Raphael

    May 3, 2018

    All of them look absolutely gorgeous. I have one in Berlin that is family friendly, that looks awesome. When I visit, I will report back! 😀 #citytripping

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      May 4, 2018

      Please do. Stylish and family friendly is a winning combination for me!

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    Cultural Wednesday

    May 6, 2018

    Lucky you! Looking forward to hearing all about it!

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      May 8, 2018

      So far so good 🙂

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    Ryan Biddulph

    May 8, 2018

    Feels like it’s glam enough but also kid friendly. Nice mix!


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      May 15, 2018

      Somehow it managed to be both.

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