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Pousada de Braganca Sao Bartolomeu
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Braganca
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

Excellent hotel with great view,spacious and clean rooms, friendly staff. Very good pool. Really enjoyed my stay with my family at the Pousada de Bragança. Location is ok. Wifi is poor in the room. Restaurent needs to change the menu with more variety of food.

Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 10, 2014

We arrived at the Pousada in the afternoon after driving up from the Sierra Estrella. After checking in we were served lunch on the balcony with magnificent view of the old town. The rooms are very large and the bathroom too. We dined at the restaurant in the evening and got a very good meal with interesting dishes and flavors. To start with we had a small bread roll aromatized with lemon zest and accompanied with a nice butter. Then we had grilled papers filled with chicken. The salmon was served raw with a mustard sauce and and african inspired spice - just fabulous. The local pig was served perfectly cooked. It all came with a wine menu at an unbelievable price of EUR 38,-. We will be back.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 24, 2014

This is a modernish pousada set high above the beautiful city of Braganca and is designed so that all the rooms have a view out over the town. Built in the 1950s or '60s it still has considerable charm and architectural interest. Rooms were large and comfortable and each had a balcony. The staff were extremely helpful. On arrival I discovered that I had left my keys and some coins at the previous hotel. They were happy to contact that hotel and when it became apparent that the previous establishment was not prepared to post the keys to my home, this hotel persuaded them to send the keys to Braganca and they volunteered to send the to the U.K. for me - that is service. Because of its position the walk into town is quite tiring so make sure you don't do it in the heat of the day.
The big drawback in this otherwise excellent hotel is the restaurant. We have eaten out in many good restaurants in many countries but rarely have we encountered so much pretention. There are too many examples to go into here but I give one as a 'flavour' of the style. Having given us two pieces of bread from a basket, we didn't choose these, another bread roll appeared sitting on a piece of rock alongside it a knob of butter sitting in the bowl of a bent spoon - why? The main course was also very disappointing, in my case a piece of pork that was so undercooked as to be almost raw, and which I simply couldn't eat. I am sure that the rest of the food was OK and we may have been inclined to overlook the pork had the pretentious twaddle not led us to expect so much more. Restaurants are about good food not empty style.

Room Tip: Eat in Braganca
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

We stayed one night for a stopover on the way to Spain. This is not the "classical" Pousada one expects, i.e. an historic restored building, like you find in other areas of Portugal, but it is a modern property located on the other side of the river than the old town. All rooms offer a nice view of the Citadela (old medieval town inside the walls) which sits atop the hill overlooking the nice town of Bragança.

The rooms are modern and offer all comforts. We found the beds extremely comfortable and the position of the hotel offers total quietness. No noise could be heard throughout the night.

Breakfast was one of the best during our stay in Portugal and included a broad selection of items, including some sparkling wine if you wish to start the day with a glass of cava. The service during breakfast was very friendly and efficient.

All-in-all we woud suggest the Pousada for a stay in Bragança. Just keep in mind that you won't be staying in an old castle or palace as it happens with other Pousadas.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Manager_SBartolomeu, Gerente at Pousada de Braganca Sao Bartolomeu, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2013

Dear customer,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review of of your stay.

We appreciate your comments about the beautiful view of the Pousada and by the way has described the Pousada and praised the quality and service of breakfast. It is reassuring to know that our endeavor to create memorable moments is successful.

We hope to have the opportunity to return to welcome you in our Pousada in Soon!

Best regards,

Paulo Jorge Silva
Unit Supervisor

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Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

Nicely situated, great view over the city, hi lighting the castle in thé night.
The food is acceptable and some staff professional. I didn't saw many reflection of the price and the status of Pousadas in this one, showing already some decadent symptoms of a not to healthy situation. I will not stay there again.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

The hotel is good. Interior ok - rooms ok - swimming pool ok - staff is very friendly, helpfull and professional. The breakfast is mediocre and the price of food and services is expensive. The view from the hotel rooms and restaurant is very nice. We enjoyed our stay!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Manager_SBartolomeu, Gerente at Pousada de Braganca Sao Bartolomeu, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2013

Dear customer,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review of of your stay.
We appreciate your comments about the Pousada and we have taken good note regarding the breakfast. One more time thank you and our apologies for breakfast was not within expectations.

We hope to have the opportunity in welcoming you back in the very near future.

Yours sincerely,
Paulo Jorge Silva
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

This Pousada is a modern structure located outside of Braganca with a beautiful view
of Old Braganca , the castle. The Pousada is on one hill and the old town across on another
hill. Great view from the pools. The rooms are spacious and modern overlooking the pools.
Recommendation, book the room in advance. In the summer it tends to fill up quickly with
Spaniards crossing over into Portugal. When it comes to dining the restaurant is very good
with regional cuisine. This part of the country has less tourists and traffic with makes the
trip a wonderful experience and a good location to cross into Spain.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Manager_SBartolomeu, Gerente geral at Pousada de Braganca Sao Bartolomeu, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2013

Dear customer,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review of of your stay.

We appreciate your comments about the beautiful view of the Pousada and quality of the dinner with regional cuisine. It is reassuring to know that our endeavor to create memorable moments is successful.

We hope to have the opportunity to return to welcome you in our Unit in Soon!

Best regards,

Paulo Jorge Silva
Unit Supervisor

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Address: Estrada do Turismo, Braganca 5300-271, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Braganca District > Braganca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Braganca
Price Range: $89 - $167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Pousada de Braganca Sao Bartolomeu 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Within the Nogueira Mountain Range on top of a hill, the Pousada offers panoramic views of Bragança and the medieval castle. Pousada de Bragança provides spacious rooms each with a balcony, seating area and satellite TV. All rooms are air conditioned and have modern bathrooms. The quality restaurant features views of the area and serves regional cuisine for breakfast and dinner. You can visit Bragança, which is accessible by foot. It is also possible to go hiking and fishing in the surrounding area. ... more   less 
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