This hotel is tricky to find even with a GPS. But once you work out where it is, everything about it is top class. Big rooms, refrigerator, washcloths (face towels), towels huge and expensive quality, all the free shampoo, bath gel etc. The tub is large and has Jacuzzi jets they call hydro massage which we tried and work. Location great, grocery store (SPAR) within walking distance. The minibar is stocked but plenty of space for your own stuff. We got in early so we scored one of the six free parking spots. There are others on the street or nearby attractions but they aren't as secure.
This was the first hotel in 10 days in Portugal that served bacon and eggs along with all the usual Continental breakfast. Their napkins/serviettes were real cloth not paper. As it was late September after the tourist season the bar was closed near their terrace overviewing the city, but the receptionist brought us two glasses of Port with cinnamon sticks, peanuts and cashews to watch the sunset and for less than ten euros. My lady noticed stains in the carpet outside our room so she thinks that shows their standards are suffering. I saw the rack rate is 90 euros for a double (we were in a package self-drive tour) and for that price I ignored the stains and class this hotel as excellent value. I paid the same money in London for a hole in the wall.
The restaurant was also closed as the season was over but we had a very good meal around the corner and there are lots of choices although I did not write down the restaurant name.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palácio dos Melos Hotel, an emblematic building of Viseu, has been completely refurbished and fitted with modern and comfortable facilities whilst maintaining its original facade. An alliance that works in perfect agreement. At the Palacio dos Melos Hotel, each detail serves to highlight the charm and quality of the space. In the main building, where the Deluxe and Superior rooms are, the palatial grandeur is unfolded. The rooms on the adjacent wing match subtle style and simplicity of design. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, Internet, hydromassage, safe and minibar. At the heart of a town as emblematic as Viseu, you're able to experience several activities of historical and cultural interest, such as a visit to the Cathedral, The Grao Vasco Museum, the Misericordia Church, and many others. ... more less
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