Hotel Samasa is located in Fundão, in the Gardunha mountain area. It's right in the town centre, next to an avenue with restaurants, cafés and shops.
Some parts of the hotel seem a bit dated (elevators straight from the 80's), but bearing in mind that we're off the beaten track (in tourist terms) I found it to be quite good. The staff were helpful and polite. Our room was enormous with a nice big bed, big sofa, chairs, table, desk and a little sofa as well. There's also a mini fridge which you can use in case you're buying some local cheese, smoked meats or other kinds of treats (highly advisable!). The bathroom was on the small side, but quite ok given the reasons stated above.
The breakfast was ok, no big deal. They could invest more in local products and not doing so is a shame, but you get all the basics covered: milk, tea, coffee, cereal, fresh and canned fruit (syrupy kind), bread, toast, butter, jams and cake. Do pay attention to the coffee machine: it's not on the same table as all the other food items (almost didn't notice it) but it'll give you several types of coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate, etc.
They have a restaurant in the central avenue and at the reception they'll give you a little card that you can show at the restaurant and you get a 10% discount on your bill. It was the mushroom and chestnut festival when we were there and I got to enjoy some delicious mushroom risotto and chestnut pudding.
When you're in town you can also look around for a Chinese restaurant (in the residential area; can't remember the name!). It was a surprise for us as it had some less well known Chinese foods and it was very good quality. A lot more then your average sweet and sour pork!
On a more local note, do try to get your hands in some of the local pastries and cakes using cherries - the Fundão region is very well known for the quality of its cherries, exporting a fair amount of its harvest.
All in all this is a great place to stay for a weekend getaway or even for some time more, giving you plenty of opportunity to explore the mountain, the local villages (including the ones with houses built with rocks, known as "aldeias de xisto"), the river beaches and just go for hikes. Besides, it's not very far from the Monsanto historical village, close to the border.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy personalized service and the quiet of a cozy hotel room in downtown.To have a quiet night, we provide 40 double rooms and 10 suites, all with private full bathroom and equipped with TV. Cable, Frigo-Bar, Telephone, Air Conditioning and Heating. Coupled with the comfort of our rooms can also enjoy a varied breakfast, laundry service or entertainment venues such as the game room or bar, not forgetting the free Internet access. ... more less
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