I didn't stay at the Pousada, but give a look at it and found it really nice. We were told by the staff that there was a room in the tower, just in the wall... It looked really gorgeous, one of the most charming places I can imagine. The gardens are superb and the buildin is worth a visit, even if you don't stay there
Unique Quality: No me aloje en la Pousada, sino que le eche una mirada y me parecio realmente agradable. El personal nos comento que habia una habitacion en la torre, justo en la muralla. Parecia realmente hermosa, uno de los sitios con mas encanto que se pueda imaginar. Los jardines son magnificos y el edificio, un lugar digno de visitar, incluso si no te alojas alli.
The Portuguese pousadas are hotels that are either in historical buildings (castles, monasteries, etc) or in a particular nature setting. This one is located in a castle and is pretty impressive.
The castle dates from the 13th century and there are only 6 rooms and 3 suites, so make sure you book in advance.
I did not sleep in the hotel, but I was inside and I have stayed at other pousadas and can only say that everything is TOP CLASS. You can expect the absolute best service available, but in a really friendly manner (not like a 5-star hotel where everyone is waiting for a tip).
I would also recommend eating here as the Pousadas always have a great menu, usually comprising local culinary delicacies.
The only problem is the price. It is not for everyone, but if you can afford it (or take advantage of some special offer like we did), it is a unique experience.
Prices range from 165 to 300 Eur, but check the website for offers.
Unique Quality: It's a Pousada!
Visit the site and you will understand why it is unique
Directions: Located within the Obidos city walls, it is very easy to find
If you plan on staying in the castle, ask for the haunted room. I hear there are real ghosts in the castle...
Unique Quality: The inside the town walls approach to the Pousada was quite spectacular - up a set of stone steps framed by lush vegetaion. After passing through twin Manueline-style decorated portals (part of which are visible here), you enter the courtyard of the former castle.
Directions: North end of Obidos
Because Obidos was given in 1282 as a gift to Queen Isabel of Aragon by her husband, King Dinis, it naturally had to have accommodations suitable for royalty. Consequently, a Manueline-decorated palace was built within the walls of the town.
This beautiful structure, dominating the skyline of Obidos, is located at the northern end of the town. It has now been converted for use as an Historical Pousada (the first one in the country to be converted), offering its guests the chance to sample some of the luxuries that Royalty used to enjoy!
Unique Quality: It is a pleasant stroll through the narrow streets to reach its main entrance. There is a gate in the walls located at the Pousada, so we stepped outside to take this external photo. This inn has 6 bedrooms and 3 suites. Room rates at this 5-star establishment are E207 Standard and E244 Deluxe, for two persons including all taxes and with breakfast (note: the prices go even higher in the summer months - up to E300). Too rich for our blood!!
Directions: At the northern end of town
If you intend to stay overnight in Obidos or to use this village as a base for your travelling around you have several options. The Pousada is by far the best accommodation, and also the most expensive. The Pousada is located on the ancient castle, which was refurbished. The service is very good and you will definitely enjoy the magnificent building and rooms. Another wise choice is choosing to sleep in Turismo de Habitação (Manor Guest House). You will sleep in a house, in bed and breakfast standard, but it is more than renting a room, as they have requisites to fulfil to the entity that controls this activity. On my photo is one of the Manor Guest Houses inside the village.
The massively towered castle has now been converted into the elegant pousada Pousada de Óbidos (Hotel *****).
I hadn't been there, but i am sure that i would fell like a queen.
At the edge of town, there is a great castle that has been converted into a Pousada. It has many rooms, some are larger than others. Our room was nothing special, but more so, the archetecture is stunning. Pousadas are state run facilities all over Portugal. It's a great experience to stay in them, as it is much different than just staying in a hotel. there is a lot of history inbedded there.
Residing inside the walls of the castle at Obidos, this classic Pousada brings to life great moments in the history of the nation. Taken from the Moors by Dom Afonso Henriques in the 12th C the castle later suffered partial destruction during the famous earthquake of 1755 and was eventually restored and converted into a Pousada in 1950. Enormous presence and strength can be seen in the fortified architecture, and the period furniture and decor lend their weight to provide an unforgettable atmophere of living history.
Unique Quality: Great experience! A must.
Tourist accommodation in Obidos is notable for its high standards, ranging from the excellent Pousada do Castelo, the first State inn situated in a historical building, to the comfortable rooms in carefully preserved private houses (Turismo de Habitação).
I woolud like to sleep a night in a Pousada near Lisbon. Is it better Pousada Sao Felipe or Pousada Castelo de Palmela?
i only know the one at palmela, but that is really nice with a fantastic view over the area.
palmela is in general a town that is worth a visit.
Palmela is nice, and it is closer to Lisbon (not much, but about 10 km). São Filipe has even better views, close to Arrábida. Two excellent choices with very slight differences. If Lisbon is your main objective, then you may also consider Queluz, even closer and with better transports to town.
I think this place can also suite you (http://www.booking.com/hotel/pt/quinta-dos-moinhos-de-sao-filipe.html?sid=ff28f72740c50de28b5d6e58f4fa57d9). It is slightly cheaper has great views and some of the rooms are within old windmills.
Staying in the pousadas might be nicer but I think in here you'll feel more at home. This place has just four rooms.
Have a nice trip!
Pousada de S. Filipe. ;)
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