I had a pleasure to spent 5 days in the Alegre Hotel in Luso in autumn 2006. The hotel overlooks the town and the surroundings from a hill which ascends further up to the magnificent Bussaco forest. The building is impressive and well kept, the wooden furniture and decorations adds a special feeling about the rooms. There is a small garden with a pool in the backyard, though it was already too cold to swim when I was there, there is another small garden with some fruit trees near the building. The place is quiet and little bit melancholic, may be because the town was semi-deserted in the off-season time.
Is is possible to walk up to the Bussaco forest, though riding a car would be a better option due to a steep ascent. The hotel has a private parking.
I had very nice recollection about the breakfast, being a fan of that type of black coffee which was served in the hotel. The fruits were available, in addition to cereals, fresh bread, cheese and ham. A lunch and a dinner are also available at the restaurant in the hotel, though I found that I generally dislike portuguese cuisine except for soups, fish and desserts so I wasn't frequent in this restaurant - but it was worth trying!
The room was spacious, with large bathroom, very clean and featured a view over the town.
The town, Luso is located in the very middle of the northern part of Portugal which makes it possible to have a daily car trips to almost every major touristic location returning back in the evening, instead of changing hotel in different cities each day. The Bussaco forest with the park and the palace are very impressive and full of spiritual energy, I spent many hours walking the paths there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Alegre is a delightful, intimate little hotel nestled in exquisite woodlands in Luso, Portugal. The perfect hotel for the guest eager to get away from it all and find a lazy retreat to recharge the batteries! Why not take a drink out to the pool and bask in the sunshine? For those more energetic guests there are a myriad of rambling trails to choose from each benefiting from spectacular scenery emphasized by the nearby Bussaco National Forest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alegre Hotel Luso
- Alegre Hotel Bussaco Portugal/Luso