The main attraction of the Condeixa (pronounced Kon-day-sha) pousada is likely to be its location, half way up Portugal and a very short distance from the A1 motorway. It sits very handily for the beautiful university town of Coimbra (Portugal's Cambridge) (15 minutes' drive) and for the extensive Roman ruins at Conimbriga (10 minutes' drive).
The hotel has everything you would expect from a pousada - pleasant building, first class service and a good dining room. There is the bonus of a small swimming pool in the corner of lovely grounds. Rooms were fine, though showing some signs of age.
Breakfast was good, buffet style, although the pousada staff were clearly struggling to cope with coach parties on two different mornings (coach parties are also one of the downsides of the hotel's location). The dinner was excellent and reasonable value.
You will almost certainly have a car to have chosen this hotel in the first place, but the small town of Condeixa-a-Nova is just down the road by foot; the centre has been renovated and looks fresh and bright. When you tire of the pousada food, there is a local restaurant within a couple of minutes' walk, the Cabritino (see reviews), and in Condeixa itself there are two or three options, including the new and pleasant ".Come" (I hope to review this). Beware that the local speciality is kid, so goat features large on menus, sometimes cunningly disguised as lamb. Try it if you must.
Overall a solid recommendation for an overnight or short stay. Check the Pousada website as they often have excellent deals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pousada de Condeixa is located in the town of Condeixa, just a 15 minute drive from Coimbra. It is edified in an ancient historical building that still has the coat of arms of the families Lopes and Quaresmas. The Sotto Mayor Palace gardens, as well as the gardens of the Pousada de Condeixa, make this the ideal place to reach the perfect balance between enjoying nature and resting in a house filled with History. Guests can find at the Pousada de Condeixa-Coimbra: 43 Rooms (incluiding suites) Restaurant and Bar All-embracing Garden Outdoor pool Outdoor jogging circuit Playground Babysitting Private rooms for events Coimbra for Two The Pousada de Condeixa-Coimbra is the ideal place for a couple's retreat. Its location makes it the perfect place for a romantic getaway. The restaurant and the terrace stunning views paint the idyllic scenario for a fantastic dinner. The proximity to Coimbra invites you to visit the city, which is filled with romantic stories. Family Holidays in Coimbra The gardens and the pool are the perfect venue for a child-friendly vacation. The Pousada offers bigger or adjoining rooms that are ideal to accommodate families. Children can spend the day by the water, have fun in the playground or engage in the activities that our babysitting services plan specially for our younger guests. There are also special discounts regarding external activities, such as visiting the theme park "Portugal dos Pequenitos". And, to top a fun-filled day, we suggest a family dinner with a menu specially prepared for the kids at our restaurant. A must see The Pousada is located close to Conimbriga, one of the biggest and best preserved Roman ruins complex in Europe. Visit Condeixa and Coimbra ... more less
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