I would really have enjoyed our 2 nights here if we had stayed out of the restaurant. The public rooms in the hotel are nice and the bedrooms very clean and well appointed. We had a room in the new block (incredible value!) looking out over the gardens and pool which themselves were well kept and very welcome on a hot day. The location is good - just 25 mins drive from Coimbra and in a friendly and attractive village with several bars and a couple of restaurants. On our first evening we were excited at the prospect of dining in the beautiful old dining room - what a let down! Service was sloppy and I was brought the wrong order. I then sat watching my companions wrestle with their meals which were overcooked and poorly executed. Finally my fish arrived so dry that it was inedible so I sent it back and went hungry. The table next to us also were unhappy with their food. The restaurant manager simply did not know how to handle the situation.
Next night we ate at a local restaurant near the square; El Gato served excellent food (huge portions) at half the price of the Melia. Service was excellent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The first boutique hotel in Portugal The Palácio da Lousã is an emblazoned building of the XVIII century. Formerly Palace of Viscondessa do Espinhal, it is classified as Historical Heritage and considered the country’s first Boutique Hotel. Refurbished into a 4-star hotel, Portugal’s first boutique hotel includes 46 rooms in total (23 in the palace and 23 in the new wing), it blends the charm of an historical setting with the highest level of comfort to all our guests. Palácio da Lousã Boutique Hotel Palace is the ideal place to organize your business meetings, conferences, workshops, weddings and other social events. LOCATION Located in Lousã’s historical center, renowned entry point of the Schist Villages Route, the Hotel offers a warm atmosphere with stunning views of the Lousã Mountains. 26 km from Coimbra, 130 km from Oporto Airport and 210 km from Lisbon Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Palacio Da Lousa Boutique Hotel Lousa
- Melia Hotel Coimbra
- Sol Melia Coimbra