My wife and I arrived in Lisbon after dark and upon renting our car and driving 45 minutes south to Setubal getting turned around more than once, finally were able to locate this pousada ...giving much heartfelt thanks to a gentleman at a local garage who although very limited in speaking english (and my poor attempt at Portuguese) was kind enough to draw me a rough map of where we needed to go! I must say the approach to this pousada is somewhat unnerving in that the immediate area below seems rather poor with graffitii and ill kept housing and it was dark. Other reviews have correctly pointed out that the walk up to the facility from the parking lot is extremely steep on uneven stone and brick steps and flooring with limited lighting. I was exhausted by the time I lugged up several suitcases I can assure you. Our corner room was actually more of a suite, (simply furnished) was located on the first floor comprising of a living room, bathroom and large bedroom and offered a narrow balcony overlooking the glittering city lights and harbour below. Cats walked about freely and pigions cooed..The bed felt hard but after a long day travelling was still a welcome relief as was the deep tub filled with steaming waters..ahh!! The next morning we walked about the complex and agree that the area seems somewhat overgrown and not well kept but given the location atop the hill it allowed for some pretty nice photographs. There is no doubt about this place that it reeks of history causing you to definately feel you are stepping way back into another time. I can only imagine the darkened rooms and what they might hold below the main buildings. Staff are very friendly and accomodating. I went to the restuarant and brought back coffee and muffins for the balcony and again enjoyed the views before heading out 3.5 hrs farther south to the Algarve. I would have to say that staying in these pousadas are definately the way to go and given the opportunity to return one day we will no doubt try others. For this one its worth the visit but only if there are no mobility issues.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pousada de Setubal is situated in the nearby historical city of Setubal, offering stunning views of the River Sado, the Troia peninsula and all of the surrounding Natural Park of Arrabida. In this old fort of seventeenth century architecture, named Sao Filipe, you can feel the traces of the past, having more than four centuries of history. Just a breath of imagination could give live to the thick walls and gravestones of this historical Pousada, rising out of the cold slabs, a lively picture of live in the court during the reign of the Spanish monarch Filipe II. For those who enjoy golf, you will find near the Pousada de Setubal, Sao Filipe, the magnificent golf courses of Troia and Montado. Within the Setubal region you can also go on cruises on the River Sado to do some dolphin watching, visit the beaches in Arrabida and eat traditional fried cuttlefish. ... more less