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5.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Penalva do Castelo, Penalva do Castelo 3550-126, Portugal
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Casa da Insua

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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335 reviews 335 reviews
41 hotel reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

There are so many stories about palaces and ghosts. At Casa da Ínsua, this beautiful palace dating from the 18th Century, with an impressive baroque façade and lovely gardens, we didn't find any ghosts ... but, despite being a "trés charmant" hotel, it lacks a soul, a humanized identity. We found the staff cold and distant from guests, what should... More

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Eugene, Oregon
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

This was one of the best places that we stayed on our 3-week road trip through Spain and Portugal. Well worth having to drive a little out of our way. We arrived after dark and were very wet and tired. The room was such a delight! Huge (two rooms) with a large bathroom. Clean and modern. Comfortable beds. We ate... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Stayed in the last weekend for a wedding in the hotel. The hotel is great for resting and enjoy of the spaces available. The restaurant is very nice with an excellent quality of food and wine (the wine is made here). The staff are always available when requested.

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London, England
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14 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here last Autumn for a couple of nights as a short break from a longer stay at our property in the West of Portugal. My husband had stumbled across the Casa da Insua on a visit to the Dao region earlier in the year and was adamant we should go back to stay. It was a great choice.... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

My sister picked this place to organize her wedding. Se could not have done a better choice. The place is amazing and the service was top class. From the ceremony to the end of the night, the staff was dedicated to us making this day memorable for all the guests. I highly recommend this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Beautiful hotel, beautiful gardens, comfortable rooms. Excellent, helpful staff. Very good food at the restaurant. Very good locally-produced wine. The perfect place to spend a few relaxing days. Do I need to say that I strongly recommend it? One thing is for sure: we will be back!

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We had a very pleasant stay at Casa da insua. We travelled in family with three young people and we definitely have been able to rest for a couple of days. Service at reception is charming, rooms are very clean and comfortable, you have a free Internet access in each room, gardens are truly beautiful and you can enjoy a... More

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West Kirby, United Kingdom
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25 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

This is a beautiful hotel, lovingly restored, with stunning gardens. It was like staying in a museum - some of the rooms had original furniture in them, and some of the old kitchen and implements are still there. The staff were a joy and the service very good. The food, accompanied by their own wine, was extremely good and well... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

This hotel proved a wonderful discovery in a quiet and relatively unknown location north of Viseu. The main building is an 18th century mansion owned by a wealthy family who continue to operate the estate, producing amongst other things their own excellent wine and olive oil. The rooms are of good size, very clean and comfortable with good bathrooms. Service... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

We stayed at Casa da Ínsua on ocasion of a wedding in the region. The hotel is located in a 18th century countryside manor in barroque style, build by a local who got rich in Brazil. part of the house is a museum, open to the guests, part id the hotel. Rooms are quiete spacious, the batrhrooms large, very nice,... More

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Also Known As:
Casa Da Insua Portugal/Penalva Do Castelo
Address: Penalva do Castelo, Penalva do Castelo 3550-126, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Viseu District > Penalva do Castelo
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Penalva do Castelo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Casa da Insua 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa da Insua is an 18th-century baroque manor-house built by Luís de Albuquerque de Mello Pereira e Cáceres, Captain General and Governor of Mato Grosso and Guiabá, Brazil. Today it is a 5-star charm hotel of exceptional characteristics and of important historical heritage. Its architecture, decoration, the objects collected by the family during its trips and its remarkable gardens of Romantic influence are some of the traits that make up its unique personality.The perfect destination for those wanting to relax or work away from the city, the Casa da Insua Hotel, a space of elegance and comfort, exhibits its charm in the most surprising details, including the name of each room, always associated to the Houses' history.All rooms ans apartments with air conditioning, cable TV, Internet, safe and minibar.On top of its careful wine selection, which includes the best wines of the centennial Specified Region of Dão as well as Casa da Ínsua wines, the Casa da Ínsua Restaurant offers à la carte service, chef's recommendations or a theme menu, with national or international delicacies.At the Casa da Ínsua Hotel you may see countless pieces of historical and cultural interest, with proper guidance.Guided tours of the historical compartments of the Casa da Ínsua Hotel and gardens .Casa da Ínsua wine tastings and workshops, led by House oenologists.Grape harvests.Guided tours of Casa da ìnsuas' wine and jam production facilities. ... more   less 
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