This pousada is special in many ways and quite a surprise.
First, when entering through the gate and the door, we felt rather weird. We did not feel very welcome... - but this was built as a fortress, and the architect managed to keep the feeling. The reception was very friendly, the most efficient in any pousada on this trip and also helpful with luggage.
What we fell really in love with was the room (suite 201). The design, furniture and space is nothing but perfect late 1960 style. Very clean, modern but warm and cosy. Space is well used, and we enjoyed the little terrace for smoking cigars and drinking port. The bed was the best we had in any pousada.
The view from this room is wonderful, as it goes on three sides. Spectacular are the swallows ballet around it at sunset, and the nightingales concert at night.
Wireless was free and worked perfectly in the room where I was sitting (the pousada has enormous walls - this might depend where one sits). We were welcomed with sparkling wine and a fruit platter which was renewed daily.
All the staff was very friendly. Both breakfast and dinner were excellent; breakfast was served outside on the terrace which we enjoyed.
What makes this pousada truly spectacular are the huge and well thought common rooms. There are reading rooms, terraces, a fire place, a bar, a place for playing chess. Architecture and design are a true masterpiece. As this pousada is only one hour from Lisbon, we will certainly not miss it on our next trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pousada de Alcácer do Sal is located inside a Medieval Castle in the town of Alcácer do Sal, just 1 hour from Lisbon. The Pousada sits comfortably upon a hill, with views of the tranquil waters of the Rio Sado. During your stay, you can dine at the restaurant or, if you prefer something lighter, at the bar. Take a dip in our outdoor swimming pool surrounded by gardens. The rooms are decorated with warm colours and each has a TV with cable and free Wi-Fi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pousada De Alcacer Do Sal Dom Afonso Ii Hotel Alcacer Do Sal