I read a few reviews before coming here - I tend to look at the critical ones more than the effusive ones, and noticed that there was an occasional complaint about snootiness and also about the decor being olde-worldy colonial with no real theme or consistency.
The first criticism was directly opposite to our experience - really friendly at all levels, particularly the bar staff and concierge. Re. the second criticism, I suppose I know where they are coming from, but it seems very ungenerous. We found the place to be very charming and friendly in atmosphere. Breakfast staff were attentive (sometimes over-attentive - after ordering a double espresso on the first morning, they anticipated the same choice the next day and were nonplussed when I asked for a cappuchino. The reverse happened two days later!)
The bathroom facilities were a little run down (rough bath surfaces and the shower unit impossible to leave on its holder without it skewing off at some angle). But all in all, a fantastic place. We got an off-season deal, and it was a real bargain - joining rooms (two adults and three kids) for about 150 euro per day (including breakfast).
smack bang in the middle of town. Perfect location!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1892, the hotel has maintained its characteristic romanticism from the "Belle Epoque" and now revived by the discerning touch of renowned decorators. The Palace is a jewel among Portuguese hotels, combining regal and elegant architecture with modern comfort and personalized service. Whether resting in your room or socializing in one of the common areas, you'll find the balance perfect. All 82 rooms have just been completely renovated and elegantly furnished in a classic style. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Avenida Palace Hotel