Fodor's Expert Review Quinta das Lágrimas

Rua António Augusto Gonçalves, Coimbra, Coimbra, 3040-901, Portugal Fodor's Choice

The gardens of this elegant castle are part of Portuguese history: it was here where Pedro, son of King Afonso IV, and Inês de Castro, lady in waiting to the royal court, met secretly and fell deeply in love. It was a tragic tale, and they say the garden's ancient fountain runs with her tears. The palace is now a luxurious boutique hotel with a plush velvet reception area, a library and other numerous opulent common rooms, and even a small chapel. There's a Turkish bath and sauna, large outdoor swimming pool, and–-rarest of amenities for a city hotel–-a golf course. Arcadas, one of the city's best restaurants, sits in the gardens.

PROS

  • evocative historical surroundings
  • rates drop by half when booked online
  • fairy-tale setting in the truest sense
  • scrumptuous breakfast buffer
  • crisp and professional service

CONS

  • expensive
  • modern wing may be too minimalist for some
  • not many dining options nearby outside of hotel
  • rates can be expensive
  • a bit isolated

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Quiet
Central
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 239-802380 | -239 802 380

HOTEL DETAILS

57 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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