We had a weekend in this hotel recently. The setting in the rough Peneda-Gerês national park (partly in Portugal, partly in Spain) dominated what would otherwise be just a nice weekend away. We were enormously lucky with the weather, which made the surrounding area look even more spectacular and we took advantage by taking several hikes in the immediate vicinity.
The hotel is clean, although the rooms and beds are smallish, almost as a reminder of its cloister origins. Overall, the hotel is fairly spartan but not unpleasant. It is so small that it cannot afford to retain personnel during the night, so you need to make your own way out between midnight and 08:30h. Personnel is very helpful, and the hotel has lots of useful information on the surrounding area. Breakfast is definitely so-so, with lots of room for improvement. Dinner is of great quality although some will find the limited choice perhaps less than ideal. We resolved that by going for a late lunch in Castro Laboreiro, a village further up in the same park; then there's no need for dinner afterwards. The market in front of the hotel during the weekend is interesting, with lots of people visiting the sanctuary for part of the day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the Peneda Mountain's shaded you can live the thrill of the discovery by the amazing landscape. UNESCO World Heritage and elected has one of the Portuguese Seven Wonders, part of the PANPARKS group, o Espaço Peneda materialize the true highland spirit of contemporaneity.The Peneda Hotel, built next to Nossa Senhora da Peneda Sanctuary, has 20 rooms equipped with private bathroom, telephone, cable tv, WIFI Internet and desk. Join us in our restaurant where you can taste the best of Portuguese cuisine - specially from Minho region.Peneda Hotel is located about 40km from Arcos de Valdevez and 26km from Melgaço. The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (Porto) is 150km away while the Peinador Airport (Vigo) is only at 40min away from the Peneda Hotel. ... more less
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