Hotel de Caramulo-Caramulo, Viseu (Centro)
Current Rating: 7.8
My Rating: 9.0
Room Rate: €50-60/night
Great For: Crisp, clean mountain air, incredible views and total relaxation!
*Tip: Book a room with a “Valley View” to make your stay totally worth it.
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This hotel is basically the only one perched at the top of the Caramulo mountains, just outside of the town of Caramulo. Don’t be turned off by its lower rating, this is mainly because the hotel is on the older side and some of the facilities need some fixing up but they have plenty of other reasons to make up for it. The rooms are modest but large and if you book a room with the “Valley View”, you get two double door windows opening up to a large balcony with a table and chairs and of course that GORGEOUS VIEW. The balcony was also great sitting out there in the evening in our hotel bathrobes and slippers breathing in the delicious mountain air under a star-filled sky with the towns all lit up below.
If the view still isn’t enough for you, the hotel has a fully equipped gym, spa, sauna, steam room and both an indoor and outdoor pool. The restaurant is a bit pricey but has good food, however their adjacent lounge/bar has a great mini-menu of soups and sandwiches and afternoon tea goodies that are great to spend a quiet, relaxing afternoon/evening with still that great panoramic view of the valley
Room Rate: €75-90/night
Great For: A romantic retreat in the country for exploring the outdoors
This cozy, 10-room guesthouse located in a tiny aldeia (village) was rebuilt out of a 12th-century stone manor house and is run by incredibly hospitable Antonio Borges and his family, who live on premises. All the rooms are spaciously decorated with extra-comfy beds and some with a private courtyard or an outdoor terrace overlooking the countryside. Our room was located in the original stone house so we had the delight of the thick stone walls keeping our room naturally cool during the day and snuggly warm at night
Casas da Lapa– Lapa dos Dinheiros, Serra da Estrela (Centro)
This tiny 8-room boutique hotel was built totally out of local stone and is perched high up in the Serra da Estrela mountains at the top of the tiny aldeia, Lapa dos Dinheiros. The super comfy rooms are stylishly decorated with even softer beds and furniture and all are equipped with jacuzzi bathtubs.
The outdoor pool has a great view of the valley and village below and since the hotel is so small, you almost feel like you’re the only guest there! There are also two rooftop terraces for guests to sit out and relax on, sunbathing or taking in the great view. The staff and service are impeccable and still retain the warm, local friendliness.
Boa Viagem & Happy Vacationing!