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.
- 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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