Extraordinary mountain location!
Posted May 8, 2014 on Hotels
A real find - we were very happy with our 2-night stay here. The reception staff were very helpful with ready answers to all our queries. I had requested a superior room, and we were allotted 'minus 2nd floor'. The trees partially blocked our view of Curral das Freiras, but the spectacular sunset colours in the surrounding mountains took over! We had a balcony overlooking the beautiful valley. We had 2 bedrooms, which meant that our double bed was in the inner room and we were unable to look at the marvellous views from the bed. The floors were cold and we were unable to walk around barefoot, but the quality of the bathroom and bedroom furnishings was excellent. We ate at their restaurant and could not find fault with the quality of both the food and the wine; however, the price was quite high compared with the room price (very reasonable). The service in the restaurant was very good, and the mountain & valley views absolutely to die for! For the duration of the day the front of the Estalagem is full of sightseeing tourists in coaches and cars, and there are tourist shops. After dark there is no-one. It is lovely in your hotel room because you are the other side to all this chaos. We zig-zag walked down to the town, had lunch and walked it off coming the whole way back up. A great walk - about 2 hours each way.