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Curia Palace Hotel Spa & Golf Resort
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Curia
London, United Kingdom
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“It feels like stepping into the past”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

The hotel was clearly one of the grande dames of the past but, unlikely many other hotels that have held onto such tony status, it feels a bit like time has passed the Curia Palace by. I don't consider this a bad thing. Staying here, you really get a feel for what it would have been like back in the 1930s. There are grand pianos in random hallways, their ivory a bit faded; a proper old-fashioned telephone switch board on the ground floor; a wonderful dining area / ballroom, complete with a mezzanine gallery; and belle epoque lanterns and fixtures almost everywhere. Wander some of the back halls or go and you'll find a bit of the paint peeling and other signs of age, but I'd argue a modern refurbishment would steal a bit of its soul. It feels like the sort of place with hidden secrets and miles of corridors to explore.

I would not call the hotel luxurious, but it is thoroughly comfortable. The rooms have modern touches, combined with clearly original elements (our wardrobe / bureau is definitely an antique). The pool was apparently the first olympic-sized pool in the country and was a perfect compliment for the summer heat wave. The grounds are fairly small, but charming. Service was a friendly, but a bit spotty (long delays and short memories in the pool cafe, for example).

All in all, I'd recommend it for someone who wants a taste of the past, a bit of charm, a comfortable stay. If you're looking to be pampered as you might at the Ritz, you'll likely be disappointed.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

We stayed two nights at Curia Palace Hotel as a stopping off point on our way back to Lisbon from Porto. On our first night we seemed to be the only guests in this grand 1920s hotel. It was a little spooky but with only the four of us there we had great service. We had nice rooms looking into the gardens and while the air conditioning didn't work well, the area is quiet enough to have the windows open. The days were sweltering, but the nights were cool. The rooms were modern and comfortable. The spa was a bargain at 10 Euros. The restaurant was grand with seating for hundreds and the service was good. A bus tour was there the second night and the dining room was way too hot. So, we walked down the road to the Sao Joao Cafe, which had a good variety of cafe food on offer. We were getting a little tired of cod, veal and pork at that stage anyway. All in all we enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Lisbon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Pros:
- The Building and the Hotel Gardens are beautiful.
- The Surroundings are very quiet and peaceful.

Cons:
- Because we were on a discount Stay, we would have to pay 10€/per person to access the indoor pool.
- Breakfast is quite sparing for a 4 star hotel, with a 120€ minimum rate for a double room, no other juice but orange (not fresh) juice, no fruit table.
- Our room had a big Chandelier, but since the Building is quite old, even though it´s renovated, when people were walking around the upper floor, our room Chandelier would tinkle sounding almost like dishes breaking.

Inadmissible:
- The Hotel has tried to charge us for the Buffet Dinner of our 2 year old.
- None of the Waiters, or even the Public Relations, asked us the age of our child.
- The Buffet Dinner, wich is very nice, is 19€/per person and 9,50€ per children between 4 and 12 years old.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Rehovot, Israel
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

We stayed here with our tour group for one night. Our old-fashioned room was on the small side, and contained a queen-sized bed, night tables, free-standing wardrobe, armchair, desk and chair. There was also some kind of sofa/bench at the foot of the bed. I don't know exactly what its purpose was; we used it to keep our suitcases on, as there was no other place for them. There was a small flat-screen TV, difficult to see from the bed, which was the only place from which to view it. In any case, the only English-anguage broadcasts were news programs. There were a minibar and a safe, and no good reading lamp.

The bathroom had a tub/shower combo, and you needed to stand inside the tub to get to the controls. There was no hot water in the morning (others in our group had the same problem) and the sink faucet leaked.

Wi-fi was available in the public area, but Internet could be accessed from the rooms by a cable connection (free).

The best part of our room was the view, which overlooked a beautiful garden.

Use of the spa was 10 euros/day, but the outdoor pool was free. There was also a tennis court and a children's playground.

There was one small elevator for the entire hotel.

The buffet breakfast was adequate.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

The hotel preserves the golden 20's Art Nouveau so once you arrive its like you're in a trip to the past.
The rooms have been remodelled and mix the original furniture style with contemporary approach. some rooms have wifi (try to choose one close to the main entrance). Breakfast is served in a ballroom with music playing from de 20's.
The hotel has a indoor pool with spa with a very modern design.
The staff is very helpful and provided us with all the necessary advices for dinner and site seeing.
Nearby attractions: dinning the famous "leitão" at mealhada and enjoyng a trip to Buçaco.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Vigo
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

I stayed several times at this Hotel, on weekend getaways.

This is a unique charming Hotel, which managed to retain its glorious past whilst updating its rooms (completely renovated a few years ago, nicely mixing antique and contemporary decoration) and SPA facilities. Social areas are very well preserved, keeping its noble character of the 20's.

Service is excellent. Breakfast quality is excellent. The Restaurant is also very good, even though a bit pricey when compared to close by alternatives .

The outdoor area is very nice and relaxing, but the level of maintenance varies. The Olympic pool is a great place to relax (though clearly needing some restoration), and the gardens are also very nice. However, this a point where the Hotel does not explore its full potential.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Aveiro, Portugal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2012

This classic hotel is charming, but it is far from a 5-star hotel. Its strengths are the charming classic old style, the stupendous dining and breakfast room, the quality of breakfast, the quiet environment, and the mini-spa; also, it is a delightful trip by train and the railway station is just 500 m away. Although antique, the rooms are modern and comfortable, but do not expect too much. Its weaknesses are the inexperienced staff (voluntarious, but mainly consisting of young elements), the lack of entertainment/activities for children, and the degraded outdoor spaces. It is a pitty that there is enourmous potential in the gardens, farm and swimming pool (once a region's ex-libris), but the lack of investment in the outdoor areas is more than evident.
If you are looking for a calm and quiet weekend stay, this is a great hotel, provided you find reasonable fares. If this is the case, buy the spa package and profit from the saunas, massage, and - especially - the warm-water indoor pool.

Meals in the hotel are good, but expensive. I strongly recommend the family-run restaurant "Pinheiro Manso", 400 m southwards of the hotel - cheap and very nice.

Room Tip: The extra money for rooms with a view is not worth it. Rooms with a view to the interior patio are j...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Curia Palace Hotel Spa & Golf Resort
Address: | Tamengos-Anadia, Curia 3780-541, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Aveiro District > Curia
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Curia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Curia Palace Hotel Spa & Golf Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amid the vineyards of the demarcated Bairrada region and the Curia Health Spa outside Coimbra is the Curia Palace, Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort. A beautiful property dressed up in art deco style, exquisite antiques, high ceilings, spacious rooms that were now improved with the comfort of the furniture of the actual days, but always preserving the rich style of the Golden Years. ... more   less 
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