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Pousada de Palmela Historic Hotel
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Palmela
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 25, 2008

We stayed at the pousada the night before our flight home. It's an easy drive to the airport of about 30 minutes (not at rush hour). The hotel staff were very helpful with directions. When they found out the evening before we would have to leave before the restaurant opened for breakfast they made arrangements for the gentleman at the reception desk to prepare breakfast for us. We expected juice, coffee and maybe a pastry but he also made a fresh fruit cup, meat and cheese plate, rolls and bread as well as pastries. It was way more than we really needed but he had gone to so much effort we ate as much as we could.

We booked a suite which was very pleasant with a large living room, a spacious bedroom and a good size bathroom. The smallish windows had benches you could perch on - not real comfortable but it was nice to see the view of the village below and across to the river and Lisbon in the distance.

We had dinner in the restaurant. It's a rather austere room but the food was excellent although somewhat expensive. The staff were very attentive and even those who didn't have much English tried hard to make us very comfortable. The classical background music was appropriate for the setting.

Touring the castle ruins at night when they were lighted after everyone had left for the day was very pleasant. The narrow, cobblestone driveway up to the pousada, especially theblind 90 degree turn right at the castle is challenging. Our little rental Fiat would spin its wheels if we didn't get a good bit of speed up on the lower part of the drive - and since you couldn't see around the turn to see if anyone was coming it made it somewhat an act of faith to gun it around the curve. On a wet day with wet coblestones it must be really challenging. Certainly not a reason not to stay at the pousada but something to be aware of when first coming up the drive.

We enjoyed our stay at this pousada and would recommend it to others.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 2, 2007

I stayed at this pousada last summer, and cannot begin to tell you how unbelievably fantastic the inn was. The manager was a truly delightful woman, the accommodations were superior. This is one of the best experiences with a hotel I have ever had, if not THE best, and I've stayed at plenty of "great" hotels. The restaurant was not as good as the hotel, with limited options and grouchy wait staff, but the inn outweighs the problems with the restaurant.
I would very highly recommend this to anyone.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 20, 2006

We stayed at Castelo de Palmela for two nights in Room 206.

Pros: Extremely comfortable beds which made it hard to get up in the mornings. Great food in the hotel restaurant. The partridge and mushroom small pie was simply delicious. Large bathroom. No issues with water pressure or hot water. Furnishings were exquisite. No issues with parking. Great views of the surrounding area. Great English-speaking staff.

Cons: After booking our double room, we e-mailed both the Pousada website and the hotel to have an additional bed added. We never received a response confirming if the addtional bed could be added to the room. In the end, our friend didn't join us so the additional bed wasn't needed. Upon checking in, we discovered that the additional bed had been added to our room. This wasn't a big issue since the additional bed was promptly removed. However, prior to checking in, it would have been nice to receive a response from either the Pousada website or the hotel.

We absolutely loved our stay at this Pousada!

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 22, 2006

The hotel is part of the Pousada "chain" of Portugal, which are usually historical hotels, old convents, monasteries and castles. The Pousada de Palmela is an old convent adjacent to a castle nested on a hill overlooking the city of Palmela. From that vantage point, one can see dozens of miles in each direction, including the city of Lisbon in the distance. The city of Palmela is small, quaint and full of character. The hotel is fantastic - albeit without a pool. The grounds are very well kept and up-to-par for an upscale clientele. The rooms are large, spacious and comfortable with a stunning view. The meals are simply superb... from the breakfast buffets that are sumptuous to the dinners, which we experienced both as part of the week-end buffet and a la carte... the food is simply excellent and the service remarkable. Overall, a very good choice. Of note is that one should always check the Pousada websites for last minute deals... we were able to shave nearly 50% of the price by requesting the lower posted fare at the last minute....

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled with friends
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8  Thank Tangovet
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Reviewed May 14, 2006

Was in the Pousada at Palmela iN Aprli 2006. it was the perfect getaway place. Lovely big comfy beds, good bath with a view of the castle tower, big windows with views over the countryside. This Pousada also had a lovely courtyard for sitting out with drinks.

The food in the hotel was excellent, with a particularly fabulous buffet lunch, with many delicious desserts, and cheeses (not to mention the main courses).

Staff were jolly and personable. They were always extremely polite and friendly at the same time.

It has a perfect location being within close driving distance of beautiful beaches with cafes, and stunning scenery.

What would have made this completely perfect would have been a swimming pool.

7  Thank lizziedlee
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Reviewed February 7, 2006

My wife and I both really loved our 1-night stay at this hotel. When we first pulled up to the gates we thought we were entering a tourist attraction, not a hotel! The hotel and its very attractive medieval courtyard stands in the shadow of an imposing fortress currently undergoing restoration. We found ourselves able to explore the castle later, in the evening, which was very evocative and romantic.

The room was dramatically red, and it worked - while it doesn't have all the mod cons of a Park Hyatt, you would not expect nor want them in a Middle-Ages cloister (and for you TV addicts, yes there is a television). The bed had a firm mattress and was very comfortable. There were some unexpected, attractive postmodern sculptures in the middle of the courtyard.

The restaurant was excellent, and it was a very convivial environment. The service and waitstaff were unusually friendly and helpful. I would definitely stay at this hotel again, and this Pousada was one of the highlights of our trip to Portugal.

  • Stayed: March 2005
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  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled as a couple
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Address: Estrada de Palmela, Palmela 2950-317, Portugal (Formerly Pousada Castelo de Palmela)
Location: Portugal > Alentejo > Setubal District > Palmela
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Palmela
Price Range: $108 - $200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Pousada de Palmela Historic Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pousada Castelo de Palmela is located in the historic centre of the city of Palmela, 42 km from Lisbon. Sitting 230 metres above sea level, it has fantastic views of the Serra da Arrábida, over the Atlantic ocean and over the lowlands and vineyards of the region. The Pousada includes cloisters from the old convent constructed in the castle. The Pousada de Palmela offers an elegant restaurant where you can enjoy a variety of local dishes paired with beautiful local wine. Also visit the Pátio do Pessegueiro and contemplate the beauty of the scenery. Each room features different decor and is equipped with a TV and free Wi‑Fi. ... more   less 
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