My wife and I loved our stay here and would very happily return. The lame joke in my title simply calls attention to the fact that here in the historic centre (and Casa Pombal is perhaps the only place to stay that is genuinely in the historic centre) you are on a large, steep hill, and near the top of it, too. So this is a place for the young, or the relatively fit and young at heart. My wife and I are over 60, and as I say, we loved it!; but people are different, and that's what Trip Advisor is all about. After evenings out at Fado places or restaurants, we actually looked forward to our little ten-to-fifteen minute hike up the hill.
The Casa Pombal itself is charming. The rooms are on the small side, but they are freshly painted and quaint. The beds are comfortable. The whole place is spotlessly clean and neat. It has a cozy, homey feel, and we like that sort of thing.
Parking is a serious problem in Coimbra. We had a rental car and struggled a bit to find a place reasonably near the Casa Pombal when we arrived in the early afternoon of a weekday. Our hostess pointed out to us that the students and others working at the University take a great many of the parking places that don't require paying a meter, and that they take off not long after 5:00pm, freeing things up. So after 5:00pm we moved our car to a free place, and left it there for two full days. No problem.
Our main hostess, Anya, was wonderfully helpful and friendly from the outset, sitting us down for a few minutes and annotating a tourist map for us so that we could get our bearings. This map was a minor treasure for us during our two full days in Coimbra; and Anya's suggestions about what to see and do made our incredibly full days thoroughly satisfying. She pointed out, for example (as the guidebooks do not) that if you get the bus out to the Roman ruins of Conimbriga at 9:05, the RETURN bus is actually at a very convenient time--12:55. This is definitely THE way to visit Conimbriga, for this convenient bus link is a pleasant, inexpensive ride, and these ruins are definitely worth a visit if you like Roman mosaics. Anya also directed us towards the great Fado ao Central, which is the best introduction to the Fado of Coimbra, and second to none in terms of the quality of the performances. She also interested us in trying a restaurant, Flor de Coimbra, where we had a good meal and great experience.
The breakfasts here are superb. You get not only plenty of the unsurpassable Portuguese breads, with jams to choose, but also cereals, some fruit, boiled eggs, and other things, such as a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. There is something here for everyone. Did they even had some ham and cheese? I can't recall. Lovely place; lovely hostess; very grateful for this experience.
Anya will give you a choice, if she has one, and you will get the best available room. We had asked...
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