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“Great stay as long as you just want to unwind in a quiet place”

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Pousada Castelo Alcacer do Sal
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Alcacer do Sal
Reviewed 9 October 2010

This was not our first stay in a Portuguese 'Pousada', which is the name given to a hotel in a historic or generally interesting building - one of a small national chain. We tried two others in 2009 in the eastern Algarve. We seniors qualify for a Golden Age passport, which packages car hire plus discounts on the room rate and restaurant bills. Highly recommended! This pousada is an old castle with fantastic views over rice fields and an old town, where the storks took off from their perches each morning and came home at night. There's a good hotel open-air pool, the buffet breakfasts are excellent, the staff are really good. The old building is not perfectly soundproofed - we got ourselves moved after a noisy night when the kitchens were preparing for a big event - and it is not exactly furnished like a trendy boutique hotel. But it has a very special feel to it.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Dear Customer, thank you for your wonderful remarks, which we have shared with our staff. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes. The Management

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Reviewed 13 January 2008

Don't go this place if it's your first time at Pousadas de Portugal. You will regret. Uncosy, bad decoration, big price in exchange for a good service. Choose another place if you have high quality standards when paying more than 125 euros for one night in a Castle.

Good food, it's the greatest attraction of this Pousada.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 July 2007

The building is a castle with a modern wing that houses most of the bedrooms.

We had a room in the old part of the building and it was spacious, very well furnished and very clean. Parts of the outside of the building could have done with a lick of paint, but it was nothing too bad.

As the Pousada is a castle on top of the hill overlooking the town you get great views, but also a steep climb back up from the town.

We tried a couple of the restaurants in the town, the 'Regional Restaurant' was OK, but was a bit cheeky with the number of unordered starters that obviously then appeared on the final bill. Better and friendlier was Restaurante A Descoberta on the river front.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 June 2007

We spent one night at this pousada on our way to the algarve.
The location is very nice on a hill over the pretty village alcacer do sal.

Public rooms in a mix of the old castle and "new" building. Some renovations especially outside the building would the hotel upgrade visually.

Rooms are nice with all amenities you need for a short stay.
Breakfast was very good, dinner also, with some local specialities and very attend and friendly service.

The pool area we didn't used, because we travelled in march.

Go for it if you just need a serious accomodation between lisboa and algarve.

  • Stayed: June 2007
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2  Thank Dudus
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Reviewed 1 April 2007

Rather like the previous reviewer, we found the hotel to be very quiet. In fact, in the evening, we only saw one other couple, using the bar - though a few more emerged for breakfast.

The hotel is built inside the hilltop castle at Alcacer, though a proportion of it is in modern buildings, which could do with a serious paint job on the outside (flakes of paint were blowing around!). This doesn't detract from the atmosphere, but does make one question on the one hand whether it's getting enough business, and on the other, whether it's ultimately worth the room rate.

Our room was very spacious by European standards, and well furnished and clean - though windows didn't open (and one had a grille on the outside), and the whitewashed walls also needed painting.

Having worked out that 3 courses with wine at the restaurant would have cost more than the EUR150 we'd paid for the room, we headed into town for dinner. Be warned, in March at least, there is minimal choice of places to eat. One street back from the river (the main street, effectively) is a lovely regional restaurant - try the better of the local Pegoes wines.

The hotel's breakfast was better than we'd have expected given its automatic inclusion in the room rate.

Oh, and mind your head! There are low doorways! I think I still have a bump!

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Thomas M
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Reviewed 18 April 2006

We have just returned from a week at Pousada de Alcaçer do Sal. For someone that likes to stay in a beautiful, quite and a good taste place, this is a good choice. The furniture and decoration was in a modern design stile very well connected with the history of the place. The room was spacious, and we could have an extra bed for our child without loosing too much space. The breakfast was lovely with a good choice of hot dishes, fruit, pastery and cheese (also soy products) but the quality was not always the same each day in the fruit choice (once very good and then evarge) . I am afraid the stuff was not expecting to have so many tourists in this week and some things were missing at the end of the week (no orange juice and natural yogurts?)
The pool was lovely but once more the stuff was not expecting the good weather and tourists (lack of stuff?)…when we arrived, they were dirty (the small one was green!) and unpleasant and we needed to complain about that. The pool was clean in the next day but the bathrooms of the pool were just cleaned in the second day…to have towels from the hotel was nice. After this bad start, the pool was then very pleasant. It was a nice place for families with children. They could eat at lunch children menus at the pool and play a ball in a small garden near the pool without bothering the other guests. However, young children need an extra supervision since the place has lots of stairs and dangerous corners and with bad weather there isn’t that much that we can do with children. The hotel restaurant was nice and fancy but the dishes, besides being well done, were too small and too expensive. Nevertheless, there were nice restaurants in the centre of the small village. The stuff was very nice and helpful and makes us to forget the lack of people belonging to the stuff that the hotel apparently was having....

  • Stayed: April 2006
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4  Thank MMartins
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Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: Castelo de Alcacer do Sal, Alcacer do Sal 7580-123, Portugal (Formerly Pousada de Alcacer do Sal Dom Afonso II)
Region: Portugal > Alentejo > Setubal District > Alcacer do Sal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Alcacer do Sal
Price Range: £75 - £149 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Pousada Castelo Alcacer do Sal 4*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pousada de Alcácer do Sal is located inside a Medieval Castle in the town of Alcácer do Sal, just 1 hour from Lisbon. The Pousada sits comfortably upon a hill, with views of the tranquil waters of the Rio Sado. During your stay, you can dine at the restaurant or, if you prefer something lighter, at the bar. Take a dip in our outdoor swimming pool surrounded by gardens. The rooms are decorated with warm colours and each has a TV with cable and free Wi-Fi. ... more   less 
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