I have just returned from a few days visit to the north of Portugal. i particularly chose to spend a couple of nights at the Pousada do Barao de Forrester as I wanted to combine touring with the chance to play some tennis. It was obvious on arrival that the tennis court was unusable as the condition was (in the words of the receptionist) "awful". I was also very disappointed with the pool area as it is bordered on one side by a huge construction site and on the other by a public play park complete with graffiti. The pool facilities are sadly lacking with only 6 sun beds although I counted 16 people around the pool. I immediately asked to be released from the second night of my booking but after a lot of negotiation, was told that the only way I could cancel without forfeit was to pay the highest rack rate for the first night. I agreed as quite frankly by that time I would have paid anything to leave this hotel! Having paid 180 euros to stay in this very mediocre hotel, (even internet costs extra) I will surely be avoiding the Pousada/Pestana group in future!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Alijo Pousada is in the heart of the Douro Wine Region, in the village of Alijo. Rooms have cable TV and are air conditioned. The Pousada has its own restaurant and bar for guests who choose to dine in. Guests can enjoy many activities while staying at Alijo Pousada, such as taking a cruise on the Douro River, canoeing, fishing, hiking or visiting the many local vineyards. ... more less
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