My husband and I spent four nights at this hotel as part of a short break in Northern Portugal. On arrival we were completely overwhelmed by both the exterior and interior of this historic place.The Cloisters, the salons, the corridors - all richly furnished and fitted, have to be seen to be believed. And as for the azulejos - amazing!
The staff at Reception gave us a warm welcome and we were shown to our room which was in the new part of the building, overlooking the city. It was quite sizeable - two tier, with two armchairs, fridge and plenty of wardrobe and drawer space.The bathroom had a shower over the bath and the usual toiletries. Towels that we'd hung up were not automatically replaced, which is something I love to find, as we do try to do our best for the environment.
I learned later that my email to Pousadas, requesting a room in the old part had obviously not got through and that it is assumed that guests prefer the newer, larger rooms. I still cannot make up my mind which I preferred, but would say that the city views were fabulous.
We chose the table d'hote menu at dinner because it was reasonably priced and offered a wide selection of dishes. I think we both made bad choices because we found the cabbage soup very bland, also the linguine with shrimps. The pudding buffet consisted of cake - type desserts, all of which were very, very sweet. But this is what we have found in Portugal.
After this experience we took a taxi into the city (less than 5 euros) for dinner.
We enjoyed our breakfasts, especially the pumpkin jam which was divine!
I really enjoyed the pool as temperatures were on the mid twenties. On our last day I went for my swim as usual at about 4 o'clock and found it was being cleaned! Within minutes two maintenance men were summoned to remove the equipment and I was able to enjoy my final swim! That's what I call service.
I thoroughly agree with Suzanna about the fantastic level of service here and would also single out Leandro, for whom nothing was too much trouble. I had difficulty accessing Facebook and he sorted it out for me every day, some days several times and I was SO grateful!
Guimaraes is a wonderful city, great for a short break and I would thoroughly recommend this hotel. From what we overheard ,it seems you should set the satnav by long/lat rather than by the name of the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the city of Guimaraes, the Culture Capital of Europe 2012, you find the majestic Pousada de Santa Marinha, National Award of Architecture in 1985. The Pousada is a result of the restoration of the Monastery dos Agostinhos from the twelfth century. It is around 2 km from the historical centre of the city (classified as a Heritage Site by UNESCO). The Pousada de Santa Marinha is a fantastic escape, where tranquillity is an absolute certainty. Possessing a magnificent view of Guimaraes and considered the cradle city a cultural capital in 2012, where the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques was born. Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool or take walks through the scenic gardens of the Pousada or through the mountains of the historical city of Guimaraes. ... more less
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- Pousada De Guimaraes Santa Marinha Hotel Guimaraes