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Convento de Balsamao
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Chacim
Waterford, Ireland
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“Peaceful with inexpensive no-nonsense accommodation and food”
Reviewed 15 September 2010

away from the crowds - renovated church is beautiful

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 October 2008

The convent is located at the top of a hill with a steep road leading to the small parking area in front of the Church and hall. The views of the neighboring countryside are astounding.

For a basic room to sleep this wasn't bad. The room was spare with two twin-sized beds, a small desk and night stand, a sizeable closet, a small attached bath (unfortuately with a pervasive smell of sewer gas) and a telephone. The smell notwithstanding, the room was very clean and the beds weren't too uncomfortable although they seemed a little short. There is a TV in a common room, and although we were told that there was a wireless internet connection, we never picked it up. It was certainly quiet at night, as there isn't anything to do if you are not there for religious reasons (by the way, there was absolutely no pressure in this regard).

You can dine at the convent if you choose, but there wasn't a choice of what to eat (the website we used to book the room called it a restaurant; it was actually more like a dining hall). We had a decent meal with soup, salad and codfish entree with wine and a choice of desserts for much less than a restaurant meal. Breakfast was spare one morning (slightly stale bread served with the convent's own honey preserves) but a little more substantial the next morning.

There was one woman who spoke enough English at the desk to get us checked in and answer a few questions. A few other languages were spoken, but if you don't know one of them (Portugeues, French and Polish seemed to be most commonly understood) you might have a hard time communicating.

  • Liked — Beautiful location, inexpensive
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Convento de Balsamao
Address: Balsamao | Macedo de Cavaleiros, Chacim 5340-091, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Braganca District > Chacim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Chacim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Convento de Balsamao 2*
Number of rooms: 37
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