I was looking for an accommodation with a more spiritual atmosphere than a hotel. This was perfect. Mostly pilgrim groups and religious were there when I was. It is a light and bright building which has its own chapel and daily mass in Portuguese. It also has a well-stocked shop with convenient hours and reasonable prices. The food was good and "board" prices reasonable for meals. Dinner included soup, bread, meat, a side dish, salad and bottles of wine and water. Breakfast buffet included bread, cheese, meat, fruit, yogurt, juices, teas and coffees. I did not opt for lunch there. Internet was wired and fast in the room; it was priced @ 5 Eu./stay (not per day) which made it a good value for a longer stay. In room TV had English channels but not EWTN which would have been nice in order to foster a more spiritual stay. The bathroom was large and had recently been updated. The bathroom did conatin a hairdryer, soaps and nice towels..
Casa Sao Nuno is located behind the Basilica and beyond the parking lots of the Sanctuary. If on foot, walk out the back, left side of the Sanctuary. There is a back driveway on R. de Sao Vincente de Paulo which leads to the front of Casa Sao Nuno via a steep driveway on its east side. Or just got straight out the back of the Basilica and take the street R. dos Monfortinos to Av. Beato Nuno and turn left.
I also stayed at Domus Pacis but much preferred Casa Sao Nuno. Domus was closer to the Sancutary by about 2-3 minutes on foot but it had a climb of about 15 steps into the lobby. Casa had a brighter atmosphere, more energy and life, lower rates and food prices, an open shop, the chapel & daily mass (Portuguese), in room internet and a street level entrance although uphill from the Sanctuary. Both had very helpful, polite, English speaking front desk staff and courteous, helpful dining room staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Casa Sao Nuno is located near the Sanctuary and the Chapel of the Apparitions, surrounded by beautiful gardens where olive trees and oaks, so characteristic of this area, predominate. At Casa Sao Nuno pilgrims are received with maximum delicacy by the Carmelite priests and all rooms are comfortable and cozy, equipped with air conditioning and private bathroom. Guests have at their disposal free private parking, meeting rooms and a restaurant serving traditional Portuguese cuisine. The Casa Sao Nuno has all the features to provide to its guests comfort and well-being combined with a spirit of peace. It is 1.5 km from the bus stop and 25km from the Train Station. ... more less
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