We stayed two nights in the pousada as part of the Pousada Passport package. It was a little confusing finding the hotel although we could see it clearly as we crossed over the bridge. The driveway looks more like an esplanade and the sign was hidden behind a tree! However, we figured it out (roundabouts were very helpful here in turning around) and the staff was very friendly.
Note that the guest rooms are NOT in the palace, but are in the neighboring restored factory. It sort of annoying to move between the two buildings, but that's what happens with historic buildings. The palace is lovely and we enjoyed the main rooms and the bar (I posted a restaurant review separately). Breakfast was included in our package and the food was fine but the coffee was terrible. What is it with the pousadas and their bad coffee? (We had similar issues in Guimaraes and Estremoz.)
We had a room on the second floor overlooking the palace and a bit of the river. The room was spacious and well-appointed but was painted the most hideous shade of muddy olive green and the curtains, carpet and bathroom tile ALL MATCHED. Wonder who made that design choice!
Room service was prompt and requests for extra towels and an iron were answered quickly.
The palace is quite far from town. We had a car so we drove in one day and just parked and walked around. Not sure if there is a shuttle service, but taxis are abundant and not very expensive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the most unique and vibrant city of Portugal, discover the palace of the eighteenth century that, for a few days, will be your haven. Pestana Palácio do Freixo belongs to the Leading Hotels of the World and offers a unique and absolutely memorable experience, wrapped in classic luxury and filled with contemporary comfort. Located on the river that gives life to the best wine in the world, Pestana Palácio do Freixo rises serene, between French-style gardens and granite stonework, in a contrasting and balanced dialogue that welcomes you with care and attention. ... more less
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