We stayed in this mountain top hotel after driving up from Porto. It is so high you can see it from miles away, sitting like a lovely Edwardian centrepiece surrounded by trees. The view from the terrace is amazing, sit there in the afternoon or evening with a drink and just enjoy both.
The public rooms are very well decorated and comfortable. The food is very well presented and a good choice on the menu, particularly fish.
As this is Portugal the wines are excellent. The staff were really helpful and pleasent. Next time we stay we will use the funicular to get down to the town, it's a little hairy going down otherwise!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pousada de Viana do Castelo, Santa Luzia, built in 1918, is fruit of the remodelling of the old Santa Luzia Hotel, maintaining the impressive characteristics which set it apart with the high majestic granite walls and the wide archways. A few hundred metres from the city stands the Mount Santa Luzia, dominating the metropolis and the Lima estuary up to the Atlantic, where our eyes are fed by the luxurious panorama. There lies the Pousada de Viana do Castelo, offering its guests from the moment they arrive, a magnificent view of the city which according to history has been occupied since the remote Mesolithic times; testimonies state numerous archaeological findings from the pre-Roman citadel. Viana do Castelo offers a superb panoramic view. It's a tourist city for its excellence, where perfect harmony of progress and wealth meet, a true living museum of ethnography and folklore. The heritage of Minho has a unique richness, with striking landscapes, churches, convents and beautiful palaces. The feast in honour of Our Lady of Agony, which runs from the 17th through to the 20th of August, stands out as the most colourful of Portugal. Classic and refined, the Pousada de Viana do Castelo exalts luxury in every detail and depth, which will surely make a memorable experience. ... more less
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