Fodor's Expert Review Palace Hotel do Bussaco

Mata do Bussaco, Bussaco, Aveiro, 3050-261, Portugal Fodor's Choice

Designed as a royal hunting lodge and set in a 250-acre forest, this bizarrely ornate hotel is an architectural hodgepodge with elements that run the gamut from neo-Gothic to early Walt Disney. There's an elevator, but who can resist walking up the grand, red-carpeted stairway, its walls lined with azulejo panels, and past the suit of armor? Guest rooms are large, high-ceilinged, and luxuriously furnished with antiques. It's worth the steep price for the restaurant's prix-fixe meals just to sit at a finely laid table and take in the carved-wood ceiling, inlaid hardwood floors, and Manueline windows. An elegantly prepared leitão (suckling pig) perfectly complements the Buçaco wines stored in the hotel's immense cellars.

PROS

  • fairy-tale setting
  • superb restaurant
  • significant reductions if booked via the website
  • a fairy-tale castle down to the smallest of details
  • dining room aglow from stained-glass windows
  • beautiful hiking paths

CONS

  • blatantly ostentatious
  • often booked by groups
  • some rooms have over-the-top decor
  • some areas look tired

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Sophisticated
Countryside
Classic
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 231-937970 | -231 937 970

HOTEL DETAILS

60 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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