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“Nice Hotel, Good Location, Over Over Priced compared to other hotels in Portugal” 3 of 5 stars
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Albergaria Josefa d'Obidos
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua D. Joao de Ornelas, Obidos 2510-074, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in Obidos
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“Nice Hotel, Good Location, Over Over Priced compared to other hotels in Portugal”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

My wife and I stayed here for 2 nights in June 2012.
It is a clean & modern hotel in a great location just outside the main entrance to the old town.
There is free parking in front of the hotel; however, once you have a spot, do not move your car, the vacant spaces disappear in a hurry.
AC in the room.
Free WiFi in the lobby and a free internet terminal.
There is a noisy road immediately behind the hotel; it does quieten down at night but during the day, it is really noisy. Cobblestones and high speed combine to make a lot of noise.
Our room had a tiny balcony, too small to sit on but great for drying our laundry. There is no view from the balcony, only the wall of the town.
There was a fridge in our room. It was really a mini bar; we never use the stuff inside, we just use the fridge to keep our own stuff cool.
When we arrived about noon, there was a young girl working at the reception desk. We did not have reservations but that was not a problem, it was off season & there were lots of vacancies. She showed us the room we eventually rented. It was clean and already made up, all ready for customers. However, we could not check in until 14:00. That made no sense to me. The room sat empty for 2 hours while we wandered through the town. At 14:00 we went back to the hotel and checked in. The room looked exactly as it did 2 hours earlier when it was shown to us.
The room was very clean and very modern.
There was no soap dish in the shower which made it a little inconvenient.
There is absolutely no place to hang the towels in the bathroom; we had to hang them in the closet after we used them. Otherwise, it was a beautiful bathroom.
Breakfast was very good.
All in all a very nice hotel, however, we paid 80 Euros per night which was one of the most expensive places we stayed in our month in Portugal. It wasn't worth that much but we found Obidos to be an expensive touristy town.

Room Tip: try to avoid the rooms that overlook the wall it's noisy
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012 via mobile

The albergaria is very central, near the castle, you can walk around and everything is close. Restaurants, shops and the beautiful vilage. The room was is the 1st floor, very clean. More then we can expect for a 3 star hotel. The breakfast is simple but enough. Bread, cakes, cereals, cheease, milk, etc. We stayed in a triple room with our two daughters and it was perfect. The reception fiel was really gentle. Overall very good Value for money.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

Spent there one night during our stay in Óbidos. The hotel location is great. It's outside the city walls but it's rather plus than minus: you can park near hotel. We used hotel parking without any additional charge (they have only few lots, but in general, parking isn't big issue there). We paid 60 € for that night including a breakfast which is reasonable. Breakfast was average, you won't get big selection if you are vegetarian, but this is a common problem in Portugal. Free Wi-Fi worked well, they also had 1 PC for hotel guests. Room was clean and nicely decorated (see my picture)
Few cons: Noise - our room was facing to the street under the city walls, paved with cobblestones. Also we could hear every word said by our neighbors while walking through passage. We felt unpleasant odor in the toiled.
Overall our experience was good and we would consider staying there again if we decided to visit Óbidos again.

Room Tip: Rooms facing to the inner yard are more silent and have a better view
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2011

Good hotel right near the City gate to Obidos and easy access to the expressway for excursions in the area. Parking is free but very limited next to the hotel entrance. Our room on main floor was spacious and comfortable. We did not smell any of the smells mentioned in previous reviews--perhaps fixed by now. Staff was courteous and helpful. Good restaurants were located nearby. Breakfast room and breakfast was good.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newtown, Connecticut
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2008

There is a smell that comes from the rooms. It is the city sewer system that runs beneath the hotel. We first checked into room #9. The entire room smelled. Immediately I went to the reception and mentioned the smell and that we reserved 1 big bed and that there were 2 singles in the room. The person at the reception desk was very nice and mentioned very matter of factly that the city sewer runs underneath the hotel and that there is nothing they can do - the city won't fix the problem because they fear that the sewers will explode if they tamper with it. We were then switched to room #111 (at the opposite end of the hotel). This had 1 big bed and only smelled in the bathroom - so we kept that door closed. Since we were there in October we had to keep the windows closed at night which made the problem worse. My husband also had the same explanation given to him by a different receptionist when he checked out and mentioned the smell. Too bad because otherwise it is a great hotel for the price, but I have to say I will never say there again because of the smell.

  • Liked — Location - just steps from the entryway into Obidos
  • Disliked — The Smell
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2008

We stayed at the hotel for three nights, July, 2008. The location
is great, right outside the city call and near the entrance to the town. We took advantage of the free parking at the hotel and always found a space in front.
Our room #126 was large, clean, and had a nice bathroom. We paid 72 euros per night. We booked the room through www.nethotels.com and were pleased with their rate and service.
There was a free safe in the room. The room overlooked the castle wall. The staff was friendly and helpful, especially Miguel who printed out directions to several places we planned to visit on one day outings from the hotel. (Tomar, Bathalha, and Alcobaca,
Breakfast included juice, coffee, rolls, cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, ham, cheese, and pound cake. The breakfast room was very pleasant. We had dinner at the hotel's restaurant one night. It was okay. One of the best meals we had during our two week stay in Portugal was at the Restaurante Alcaide- Rua Direita 60 on the main street in Obidos.
The monk fish with mushrooms was excellent. Try the summer pudding for dessert, a homemade delight.
There's a free internet place with many computers at 12 Rua Direita.
I agree with the writer who mentioned the musty smell in the room. In fact, we found that as soon as we entered the lobby it smelled musty. When we turned on the air conditioner the smell got worse. I hope that they can find the cause for the musty smell and get rid of it. Other than that I recommend the hotel highly.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Musty smell
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Coimbra, Portugal
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2008

I have just returned from a weekend break at the Albergeria Josefa d'Óbidos have to say I was very disappointed with this hotel. I booked and paid over a month ago through Ebookers and had my usual excellent service from them. However, after checking into the hotel the first thing that I noticed when opening the door to the room was the very stale musty smell. Unless I kept the window open this was difficult to clear. Secondly, the booking was made for a double bed and this was clearly shown on the confirmation. However, the room contained two single beds. I went to reception to complain and had to wait behind another family who had booked a triple and been given a double. We were both given the same answer and that was it was down to the agency not sending the room request through and that as the hotel was full the room could not be changed. I find this difficult to believe and will be contacting Ebookers. I think it more likely that anyone paying rack rate got first pick of the rooms and the agency bookings had what was left.

Our rate included breakfast and whilst this was fresh and well presented it was pretty basic and nothing special. In particular the fruit juices were nothing more than weakly flavoured water and the coffee was disgusting.

On the plus side the hotel was ideally situated for my visit to the medieval town of Óbidos and its annual chocolate festival. But with plenty of alternative accommodation available in the area it will take more than location to encourage me to visit this hotel again.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Staff attitude
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Rua D. Joao de Ornelas, Obidos 2510-074, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Central Portugal > Leiria District > Obidos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Obidos
#5 Romantic Hotel in Obidos
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Hotel Class:3 star — Albergaria Josefa d'Obidos 3*
Number of rooms: 34
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