Have visited Bussaco periodically since late 1970s. The hotel has well-conserved salons, entrance halls, stairwells and dining room. Service is attentive. Bedrooms have seen better days BUT the bedsheets are the crispest, comfortable cotton and the bathroom spacious and functional. Rooms have good wifi. The rooms are comfortable enough and you miss the point if you compare Bussaco with a modern hotel room. The place is like having a stay at an ancient London gentleman's club - lots of venerable leather sofas - or a castle. You wonder at the magnificence of this former presidential palace. At night it's Dracula-esque - especially as you drive up the long cobbled zig-zag road from Luso. Breakfast is well-served and dinner is too much if you go for the full menu (it's five courses are at least one too many). The food is very varied and well-prepared. Staff not as snooty as you fell they might have a right to expect in such an impressive establishment. They were very friendly and helpful.
Bussaco's biggest asset are its grounds which stretch over a wide area and are stocked by trees from all over the once global Portuguese Empire. Good, lonely walks abound and give lots of exercise options. - which you'll need after the food you put away. If you choose one place in this region to REALLY push the boat out - do it here and forget the bill. Make up for it by using cheaper places elsewhere. The experience is well-worth it. It may also be a threatened activity. Bussaco's only real defect is not having a pool but there are two options in nearby Luso - the municipal pool and the olympic pool in the huge yellow hotel spa.
- Also Known As:
- Bussaco Palace Luso
- Hotel Bussaco Palace
- Bussaco Palace Hotel Portugal/Luso
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