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Forte de Sao Francisco
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Alto da Pedisqueira | Forte De Sao Francisco, Chaves 5400-435, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #2 of 12 hotels in Chaves
Porto, Portugal
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“Relaxing with History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

The Forte (Fort) was built in 1668 to defend the region and prevent occupation from Léon (Spain).
It is now a 4 Star Hotel situated in the historical district of Chaves, very close to the Chaves' Castle and bridge Trajano. Has two Restaurants, the "Taverna Tipica" specialized in regional cusine and the "Cozinha do Convento" overlooking the garden.
Besides the Restaurants, there is a "Bar da Piscina", a pool side bar serving light food and drinks.
The atmosphere is fantastic and full of History.
We had an excellent dinner and breakfast, attended by very professional and friendly Staff.
The rooms are very clean and spacious.
I do recommend this Hotel and for sure will be back.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Porto, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

It's beautiful and very comfortable hotel is situated in the centre of Chaves so 10 minutes far from centre historical. It'a beautiful, comfortable and clean. Has the big swimming pool and with all this it's placed in the Fort of the 17th century. I'm absolutely sure that it's the best option for Chaves!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

We stayed here on the first night of our honeymoon, on the romantic package, which included champagne and strawberries in the room, late check out, complimentary drink on arrival and breakfast, 120 Euros. We had a lovey big room overlooking the courtyard, enormous very comfortable double bed, the most wonderful soft rug (wierd thing to comment maybe, but it really was!), and very quite and comfortable. Only slight downers, the AC unit in the room (individually controlled) was not the quietest, but not intrusive, and the shower could have been a power shower, or at least a decent showerhead. Nice drink in the bar on arrival, and great fun exploring the old part of the hotel, which was full of nooks and crannies. Great breakfast the next day, and wow, the pool was amazing, we were the first ones in the next morning and it was just heaven, surrounded by palms, great views over the fortress walls, lots of loungers and nice little pool bar too, we made good use of our late checkout to stay there all morning before we continued on to Porto. For us it was an excellent start to the honeymoon, relaxing and luxurious, we would return without a doubt, just wonderful!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

We found this hotel by coincidence and decided to have lunch there. Although it seems rather up-market, our lunch was incredibly good value for money. The pool also looked nice. We were surprised the restaurant was almost empty - don`t be put off by it!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

A really elegantly restored convent with it's own private chapel.The staff were charming and helpful. The town of Chaves does not really have much to offer so one night here is plenty.
We ate in the restaurant, which was beautifully decorated however, dinner was a bit ordinary. Originally when we asked for the wine list the waitress told us that they didn't do that any more.We nearly died of apoplexy before we realised that she had misunderstood as her English was poor!

Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

It is a very nice hotel, situated near the city center. It is an ancient fortress, adapted to a modern hotel. It is very well decorated and the staff is very friendly. The surroundings are very nice and it is easy and safe to walk around the hotel.
Unfortunately I was there for business, not for pleasure, so I could not enjoy the amenities of the hotel, such as the outdoor swimming pool.
The room where I staid (nº 14), was very small and the view from the room was over the restaurant roof. Other rooms had different and better views, so be aware when booking! Also, it was not very "business friendly", as it was not easy to work there, as I had to do: not prepared for connecting computers, not a place where one can sit and write a text easily! But the wi-fi is free and works well.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sonoma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

The hotel was perfectly managed, clean neat and quiet. And the restaurant, although too formal for my taste, was great too.We were served a complimentary platter of melon, serrano ham and cheese, which would almost have been enough for a meal on its own. Our main course was duck breast with citrus cream sauce for two, with boiled potatoes we requested rather than fried, and fresh green beans. Next time Iºll ask for no salt. It would have been enough for four people and only cost around 18 Euros for two. The hotel room too was a bargain, 75 Euros including a huge buffet breakfast. We are recommending both the hotel and restaurant very highly.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Forte de Sao Francisco

Address: Alto da Pedisqueira | Forte De Sao Francisco, Chaves 5400-435, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Vila Real District > Chaves
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 hotels in Chaves
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Forte de Sao Francisco 4*
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Also Known As:
Forte De Sao Francisco Hotel Chaves
Forte Hotel Chaves
Forte Chaves
Chaves Forte

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