We hosted our wedding in the Pousada's restaurant, and all the rooms were booked by our friends & family from all four corners of the world. I think everyone enjoyed their stay there immensely. The big pluses in my mind are: the views, the food, the staff and the very chilled out, elegant and peaceful setting. The rooms have been recently updated so the previous comments about the faded decor don't apply anymore.
Its a very romantic location and would definitly suit those looking to get away for a weekend.
That said, it is a little bit removed from the centre of the town (i.e. 10 minutes down to the town by taxi, which are anyway cheap & plentiful): the town itself is small, and the central historic part is compact & pretty much can be seen within a day.
Outside of the town there are other sights and attractions including beaches, but most of these would require a car to get there.
- 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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