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Pousada Viana Do Castelo
Ranked #4 of 26 Hotels in Viana do Castelo
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Moss, Norway
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Outstanding views”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Excellent service, fast check in, and views to take your breath away. Big room with a small balcony with 180 degrees viw from the Atlantic with the church in front and the town below following the river towards the east and the mountains as a backdrop. To watch the rising sun from the balcony is magical. If you travel to the north of Portugal, you should consider one night or more here just for this. Great breakfast buffet, clean, very good bed, good size room.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Manager_MtStLuzia, Gerente at Pousada Viana Do Castelo, responded to this review, 10 June 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking time to post your comment.
We appreciate your words about your experience and it would be a pleasure if we could have you with us again in a nearly future.
Waiting for your return to our Pousada, we remain
Yours sincerely
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

I love walled towns and Obidos is truly grand. Its a beautifully restored palace in the 15th century keep. The combination of medieval atmosphere with the lovely modern essentials is worthy of high praise. We found the room ,large well appointed and with a view across to the river and the sea. I like balconies to sit,ponder and marvel at the natural beauty offered by the location and the establishment. We stayed only one night...perhaps a return in the future will involve four nights.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Manager_MtStLuzia, Gerente at Pousada Viana Do Castelo, responded to this review, 11 November 2014
Dear Shasha b

Thank you very much for choosing Pousadas of Portugal, namely Pousada de Viana do Castelo.

We were very pleased to read how much you enjoyed your stay and and would also like to thank you for your positive comments on the atmosphere of the Pousada.

We would love to welcome you again,

Kind Regards
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Hertfordshire
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2014

Having just returned from spending 7 days at this Pousada. We managed to get Suite 107 and it was worth every penny. We did book it whilst Pestana had their January sale on and saved 39%. It was any extremely large suite with a gorgeous terrace which was about 30 feet long with sun loungers, table and chairs. The suite itself was huge with a three piece suite, table and chairs and two bathrooms. The bedroom had a huge king size bed with excess to the terrace. The views were spectacular. We decided to dine in their restaurant, the staff were very helpful and extremely friendly and the food was very good. We hired a car but for three days we made use of the funicular which runs from close to the Pousada into Viana do Castelo for two persons the round trip was 5 euros. All in all, a definite to consider when we return to Northern Portugal.

Room Tip: If you are going for a special event make sure you ask for Suite 107, it is their Special Suite.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Manager_MtStLuzia, Gerente at Pousada Viana Do Castelo, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Dear Guest
Thank you so much for taking some of your time to post your kind and detailed comment.
We appreciate your friendly words about the experience you had in our Pousada.
Your comment makes us continue with our work and improving every day.
Waiting and hoping for your return to our Pousada, we remain
Yours sincerely
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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32 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2014 via mobile

We stayed at the hotel on 11-13 May 2014. Having stayed in 2 pousadas earlier, we are very enthusiastic to see what is this place could offer. We found that check-in process is smooth, friendly and attentive staff at the reception, restaurant, bar & housekeeping. We were given room number 108, most of the room in the hotel overlooking the chapel & atlantic ocean, however, our room has a bigger balkoni.. Can sunbathing if the weather permits. Room is clean & comfy. We had dinner at the restaurant for both nites and we love their food. Price is similar to other pousadas. Restaurant staff works very fast & systematic.
We would love to come back.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Manager_MtStLuzia, Gerente at Pousada Viana Do Castelo, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Dear Guest
Thank you so much for taking time to post your very kind comment about the experience you had in our Pousada.
It is very gratifying to know that you enjoyed your stay with us and it would be a pleasure if we could have you with us again in a nearly future.
Waiting for your return to our Pousada, we remain
Yours sincerely
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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
91 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2014

Our recent two night stay at this pousada was extremely enjoyable. The room was nicely furnished, with stunning views across the river and sea; the bed was comfortable and the bathroom clean and modern. The room was perhaps a little on the small side, though and there was a rather unpleasant smell from the drains throughout our stay.

Staff were friendly and helpful and English is spoken. A small error by our waiter at dinner was immediately rectified and the item deleted altogether from the bill. We were served with a complimentary glass of vinho verde on arrival.

The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and plenty of parking space. It is easy to leave the car behind and descend to the town by funicular for sight-seeing purposes. Compared with other pousadas I have stayed in, and eating out in the Lisbon area, I thought that the dinner menu represented good value and contained plenty of choice. I would recommend this hotel for a one or two night stay but am not sure that the town of Viana itself contains enough of interest to the foreign tourist to make a longer stay worthwhile.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Manager_MtStLuzia, Gerente at Pousada Viana Do Castelo, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Dear Guest
Thank you so much for taking time to post your comment.
Your comment makes us continue with our work and improving every day.
Waiting for your return to our Pousada, we remain
Yours sincerely,
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Tacoma, Washington
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80 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2014 via mobile

We spent 6 nights here and all that has been written about the rooms, the view, the staff and the breakfast buffet are true. The dinner menu while adequate and tasty ( but not outstanding ) has not changed during the entire week!
Kudos to the front desk staff who have gone out of their way to be helpful.
While at the hotel... DONT MISS ... the wonderfully documented, and accessible Iron Age ruins almost in the parking lot of the hotel. An elevated walkway allows great viewing and we didn't see anyone else exploring while we were here! Every one of the children staying at the Pousada should have been taken to see these partially excavated, fascinating ruins.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Manager_MtStLuzia, Gerente at Pousada Viana Do Castelo, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Dear Guest
Thank you so much for taking some of your time to post your comment.
We’ll take in consideration the comment about the menu in our restaurant.
Waiting for your return to our Pousada, we remain
Yours sincerely
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The Hague, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
151 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2014

I love Portugal, but I travel a lot around Europe quite frequently, having opportunity to see and compare whole range of hotels, from poor ones to excelent. I Believe that my affection to Portugal has no influence what I'm going to tell you about the place...Let's start from general statement, that Portugal is still among only a few places offering very good quality for resonable amount of money. It includes food, accomodation and entertainment. Very good weather (nearly all year) invites those one who looks a moment of relax in our crazy life. Before I booked "pousada" I wasn't smart enough to search and learn about the opinions of previous visitors. As the result I was completely amazed. The only road you can reach Pousada goes around the mountain. The hotel is placed on the top with astonishing view to the city valley and the sea. From the windows od my room (2nd floor) I had excellent view. I did as many pictures as possible and later on I learnt that the view I recorded was appreciated by National Geographic photographer who payed the visit to this hotel. The room was equiped with taste. Thick and nice quality carpets, and curtains together with paper walls and furnitures created feeling of luxury, but in descrete way. The same feelings I had when I was walking trough the hotel's common area like restaurant, library, and bar. A lot of open space, very good maintanance was in perfect harmony with service level. All persons who work there are discreet quiet, quick and experienced with very demanding guests. Unfortunately I couldn't check the swimming pool or fitness area. We had meals included and it was tasty and nice looking. If you are there do not miss oppoortunity to visit XIX century church (you will know immediately about which one I'm telling you) and the old town of the city in the valley.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Manager_MtStLuzia, Gerente at Pousada Viana Do Castelo, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for taking time to post your comment.
We appreciate your words about your experience and it would be a pleasure if we could have you with us again in a nearly future.
Waiting for your return to our Pousada, we remain
Yours sincerely
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Property: Pousada Viana Do Castelo
Address: Monte de Santa Luzia, Viana do Castelo 4901-909, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Viana do Castelo District > Viana do Castelo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 26 Hotels in Viana do Castelo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Pousada Viana Do Castelo 4*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pousada de Viana do Castelo is located atop the Monte de Santa Luzia, in Viana do Castelo. Lofty and elegant, it further enhances the beauty of the city of Viana do Castelo. It features one of Portugal's most dazzling views of the mountain, the city, the Lima river, the Atlantic Ocean and the iconic Templo de Santa Luzia which, located just a few hundred metres from the hillside, frames and fills the landscape and the view. Inaugurated in 1921, this Pousada was born of the excellent restoration and remodelling of the Hotel de Santa Luzia, maintaining its stately features that make it so unique, such as its high granite walls and broad archways. During your stay, you can take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool and enjoy the view of the Serra de Santa Luzia, the city of Viana do Castelo, as well as the gorgeous Lima river and its mouth. If you would like to relax or rejuvenate yourself, schedule at massage at our Magic Wellness Spa. Feast on minhota cuisine at the Pousada's re ... more   less 
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