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“Wonderful setting, great food”
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Hotel Berne
Ranked #1 of 11 Manteigas B&B and Inns
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

This hotel is beautifully situated on the side of a valley in the mountainous area of northern Portugal. The view from the hotel dining room is spectacular. Raphael & Marcus took time to talk to us and answer all our questions. The breakfast & dinner were delicious - especially the bean dishes.

Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 25, 2012 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stayed at Hotel Berne for 3 nights and had the most wonderful time. There is a great pool to relax by after a day of walking and powerful showers in the rooms to ease out any aches and pains. The view from our room was spectacular - looking out over the whole of Manteigas. We enjoyed some of our best meals in Portugal here (I would definitely recommend the veal stroganoff) not only because of the fantastic food but also the wonderful service. The family are very friendly and chatty and will help you out in any way you need. This place is a real find.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

A unique Swiss-like experience in the middle of Portugal! After the rush of Porto, we really enjoyed the peace and quiet of the mountains at this fabulous family-run hotel. The restaurant menu was a nice change after having had to do with tapas for two weeks, with a very good vegetarian platter for a change. Also try the big humps of local Serra cheese which they serve. Excellent! The local cheese-maker passing the hotel with his herd of goats made us thought we were in the Alps! After watching the Portugal against Greece match in the 2012 Soccer Euro Cup with Rafael and his family, my husband is now an equally passionate supporter of Portugal... obviously only until they meet up with Bafana Bafana!. Next time we hope to stay longer, to explore the beautiful surroundings a bit more. Wish we could retire here. Stephan, Bruce, Christa & Madelaine - South Africa

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the mountains.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Stephan T
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Reviewed May 22, 2012

During the previous five years we have travelled by road from Santander to our holiday home in the Algarve, and return trip, on two occasions each year. We are so pleased that on one of our first return trips we found the Albergaria Berne, in Manteigas. Always a smiling face and time for a conversation from Marcus and Rafael, who by the way speak exellent English and Mum and Dad who run the kitchen.. Although we are travelling when we stay we often spend two nights as there is always something to see in this beautiful area of Portugal.
We will be back in Nov. 12. to be greated as we walk from the car park with a G & T. and the smiling faces. The rooms, restaurant and all other areas of the hotel are first class.

Room Tip: Do not ask for room 208. We always request this!!
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 8, 2011

Manteigas is beautiful, and what better place to enjoy it from than the Albergaria Berne. It can be difficult to get to Manteigas without a car, but the bus runs Monday - Friday, and it is worth the extra effort to get here! The room and bathroom were immaculate, with every desired comfort. The bed here was the best I've slept in since I've been in Europe. The view from the balcony in itself is priceless. The water pressure in the shower is heavenly especially after a long, cold day of hiking. The Martins are extremely friendly, funny, and helpful. They are always available and willing to have an in depth conversation, or supply helpful tips or jokes. Every dish served tastes like it was cooked with love, care, years of experience, and the highest quality ingredients. I recommend the roast kid and the cod and cornbread, but everything is mouth watering and delicious. The Martins also put on the finest included breakfast spread I have seen in 17 years of traveling. They give you a feast to prepare for a day of adventure or relaxation!


You must stay here! Not only is it the best value for the money, but it is an amazing experience that you should not miss. Staying at the Berne elevated Manteigas from a beautiful mountain town to a magical destination that I began missing even before I left. I'm already trying to plan the next time I can visit!!!

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 3, 2010

The Albergaria Berne is a family run hotel just outside the village center of Manteiges.
It is close to the river and one hears the water flowing downwards: realxing..
The food is excellent, the rooms nice. the bathroom was a bit tight but adequate.
The atmosphere is typically Swiss and mingles nicely with the surroundings.
It is a great hotel to venture the Serra da Estrella area that offers huge natural treasures to discover.
The price/quality is very good.
We might have had a bad day, but the staff was rather distinct and formal.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with family
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1  Thank DutchGld
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Reviewed August 4, 2010

I spent 2 weeks (roughly speaking) at this B&B and I absolutely recommend it!
Starting with the rooms, they're nice and comfy and they all have balconies: some facing the pool, some facing the valley (great view at night!). The bathrooms are a bit outdated (they're going to have some work done next year) but they're totally functional and clean.
The food is definitely a plus on this B&B. The breakfast includes great orange juice, peach and cherry jam, fresh fruit, breads, a great honey and walnut cake, besides all the other usual things. The restaurant is a great option to try both the regional specialities and the international cuisine (although more French/Swiss influenced), like fish meunière, fondue, raclette and so on. In the dessert section you'll find regional specialities - all of them strongly advisable! A note about water: when you ask for a bottle of water to go with your meal you'll get a black glass bottle with the word 'Glaciar' on it. This has been rated as the world's 3rd best bottled water and the company that sells it is located... right there in Manteigas! When you have a sip you feel like you're drinking fresh fountain water! Amazing! Another note about entrées: instead of the usual butter/paté/bread trio you'll find in Portuguese restaurants they'll bring to the table some of the nice local bread and a small dish with sliced raw garlic and locally produced olive oil. My advice is: take a bit of bread, dip it in the olive oil, make sure you have a bit of garlic on your bread and just enjoy the wonderful flavours. Don't forget to brush your teeth, though! ;-)
The staff is amazing: the Albergaria is run by a family and, truth be told, they make you feel at home. The brothers are very very funny and always helpful, whether you need a pen, directions or a vegetarian dinner. In fact, I remember once being in the restaurant and noticing some very tasty looking mushrooms on someone else's plate and, cutting a long story short, only later realized they had that dish prepared specifically for a vegetarian customer.
The Albergaria also has a pool (with a small kiddie pool) where you can relax and listen to the birdies.
The location is just great, being in the valley of the mountain: you're about 30 minutes away from other places, like Seia, Belmonte and a lot of sight seeing possibilities.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: | Quinta de Santo Antonio, Manteigas 6260-191, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Central Portugal > Guarda District > Manteigas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Manteigas
Price Range: $60 - $111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Berne 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the Serra da Estrela Mountains, this Manteigas hotel offers guest rooms with balconies overlooking forest landscapes of Serra da Estrela . It features bike and winter sports equipment for renting, and a restaurant with panoramic views. All rooms at Hotel Berne have parquet floors and simple wooden furnishings. They come equipped with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. WiFi is available in all areas of the Hotel Berne. Breakfast is served in the breakfast room with its large windows, and includes a selection of fruits, cereals, pastries, juices and yoghurt. Portuguese and international dishes are served at the restaurant, and there is a bar with a fireplace and billiard table. Guests can play a game of chess, or rent a bicycle and explore the surrounding countryside. Nearby leisure activities include hiking, skiing and fishing. Hotel Berne is a 5-minute drive from the centre of Manteigas and is less than 8 km from SkiParque. Free private parking is possible on site. ... more   less 
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