My husband and I stayed there for 5 days of our honeymoon and we had the most wonderful experience. Ian, Joana and Peter were the most gracious hosts and made our time in Trancoso unforgettable -- from the DELICIOUS breakfast and teatime spread to their overall helpful attitude, this family really goes above and beyond to make you feel like family. The minute we walked in, it felt like we were in our friends home vs. a hotel. Ian and Joana are very helpful when it comes to planning trips, getting cars, visiting local sites and local restaurant / bar recommendations. They don't push anything on you - it's more a team of people that give you advice to ensure you get the most out of your visit. They even serve yummy thin crust pizza, so it's great for a late night snack or a night-in consisting of pizza, a movie and popcorn.
Our room (Piexinho) was large and private and nicely furnished with things that the family found on their travels. The air-conditioning was an added bonus but there is a ton of breeze and it's not very buggy. We used our balcony often and the hammock was a favorite resting place of mine.
The overall setting is very beautiful -- they have tons of lush gardens, fresh flowers and plant-life. Many of the hotel rooms are tucked away so it feels private but still quaint. The pool area is nice - It's a bit small but there is still room to relax in a lawn chair. There is even a space to get a private massage - I booked 24 hours ahead of time through Ian and for 1 hour, I was pampered right on site.
As for the walk, it's a very pleasant walk to get from this pousada to the quadrado and down to the beach. It's no more than 5-10 minutes into the main part of town and there was actually more action closer to the pousada vs. within the quadrado at night ( we were there during the low season). We also loved this location because it lets you experience a real slice of Trancoso vs. being in the middle of the touristy area.
We also recommend you take a day trip to Caraiva - It's only an hour and half by bus and a really special place. The bus even picks you up / drops you off right outside of the hotel.
Again, there is no question on where to stay and if we ever have the good fortune to visit Trancoso again, we will be heading straight for Quarto Crescente's doorstep.
Obrigada Peter, Ian, Joana, your mom and Choco!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Quarto Crescente was established in the beautiful city of Trancoso in 1986, run by Pedro (Dutch) and Eunice (Brazilian), with the help of their children Joanna and Ian. The concept and purpose of the inn has always been to provide excellent service in a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere, as well as working with the concept of sustainability through the implementation of actions that help preserve the environment. Our focus from day to day is the care and attention to our guests know the inn and beautiful location we are in, we are sure you and the whole family will enjoy every moment! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pousada Quarto Crescente Trancoso, Brazil