And close by the Hotel Palacio are two large non-residential venues we found in Estoril for events.

o The Casino Estoril, the largest in Europe and the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s first 007 adventure Casino Royale, has a very glamorous Black and Silver Room that can accommodate up to 1,000 for dinner and a show. There is also the Estoril Mandarin Oriental restaurant with a capacity of 150 (see last issue for reviews of food), the De Arte Lounge and the Bar Americano for 500 each, the Jezebel nightclub for 600, a Panoramic Foyer area for 300, a raked-seat Theatre Auditorium for 400 and the Zeno Lounge for 140. Oh and 1,200 slot machines for the gamblers, and all the usual card tables and roulette wheels. Web:


o Just behind the casino is the modern Estoril Centro de Congressos offering a Main Hall for up to 1,000, also used for exhibitions, a raked seat auditorium seating 600 and with 6 simultaneous interpretation booths, and nearly 20 different spaces and combinations for 30 to 1,200.

Offering accommodation in the area for those attending conferences here, apart from the very close Hotel Palacio, are eleven other 5-star, sixteen 4-star and nine 3-star hotels with room prices to suit most budgets. For those with limited funds one close, clean and friendly Estoril three-star we can also personally vouch for, from a recent six-night stay, is the Hotel Alvorada. Web:


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