This has been my most complicated review so far, as it is made up of mixed feelings. 1st of all, I could have easily rated my entire stay with 5 stars. BUT this would not be directly linked to my hotel, but rather to the whole surroundings / landscape, and friendliness of the hotel staff. However, if we««one would like the owners to invest in this hotel (and I most certainly would), then one would have to try to separate the surroundings from the actual hotel / B&B. The hotel itself is a typical "Gerês" mansion, made up of around 12 rooms. Some of these rooms face the lake (front of the house), others face the mountains (don't expect a whole lot of view from these ones, 'though, as the mountaines are about 5 feet away from your window, and there's nothing to see really, apart from tree branches). The rooms with lake.view are smaller than the other ones, but they have a nice balcony. The bathrooms is really small, and most of the times the smell in the bathroom was not nice (a lot of humidity mixed with poor airflow makes for a bad smell), and this smell sometimes would "leak" into the entire room. The furniture is old, but nevertheless it is in tune with the hotel spirit. If the bathroom was nicer and "better smelling", the room could have a 4 star rating. Rooms are NOT well isolated soundwise, and we could hear people talking in the room next to us as if they were IN OUR room, as well as people in the breakfast room / restaurant. Breakfast was really poor. You could only have coffe + milk, orange juice (the "concentrated" kind, not fresh), some fresh juice which I could not identify from which fruit it came from, 2 kinds of cereals, bread, cheese and ham. There were 4 kinds of "jam" also, but I am not into those. The local bread was very good, nontheless. Expresso coffe was only available as a side order (0,70 EUR per expresso). Now for the good part. The hotel IS situated in a magnificent site. The lake is right across the road, and you can rent canoes or small boats in the restaurant next to the hotel. Also, staff was REALLY friendly and helpfull. The restaurant is really good, but a bit pricey (actually, I can say that I could not find ONE bad restaurant in the neighbourhood, and most were less expensive - but still, the food in the hotel's restaurant was very good). Take the time to read the hotel's "manual". It is well built, with sugestions of nearby places to visit, and with excellent tips. They offer some discounts too, so make sure you read it.
Overall, once again, I COULD have rated this hotel at a higher rate, BUT, the turn-off's were, for my taste, severe turn-off's. Hopefully, they will take care of those problems in the nearby future.
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