Curia Palace Hotel, Spa & Golf4.0 out of 5.0
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You can have a history lesson staying here. From the magnificent reception to the art deco swimming pool in the shape of a boat, there is plenty to feast your eyes on. The rooms were good and whilst some of the exterior could probably do with a bit of attention this is a grand old hotel. The evening meal was a serve yourself buffet which was pleasant but nothing special. The dining room that overlooked a dance hall below compensated. Some interesting bits hidden away like the original hotel telephone exchange and writing desks. Comfortable and interesting although once you have visited the spa and gardens not a great deal to do in the locality.
This hotel truly looks like a palace, it is 4 star, it is luxurious and it has old world 1900s to 1930s charm. The restaurant is good and reasonably priced, the breakfast is excellent. Curia Palace is in the heart of the Bairrada wine region and the wines are truly wonderful. The hotel staff were friendly, professional and helpful. We enjoyed our stay. The spa resort facilities nearby are now less used and may need renewing. But, we got what we came for, a good place to stay, good food and fine wine.
Must admit after reading the reviews of the Hotel I was happy with the room which was clean and had plenty of space. The draw back from my point of view is the limited choice of food on the buffet in the evening and at breakfast and the lack of service. The bar was also manned by the person on reception and often meant poor service. Hotel needs a good going over to bring it back up to what it must have been years ago.
After reading many of the reviews on here I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this hotel. Okay there are some areas for improvement (in the garden) but the hotel is oozing with character, the meals were perfect (especially the yoghurt & fruit each morning), the staff were wonderfully friendly and its just such a beautiful ambience. You really do need to come and experience it! I was in a group of 19 people and we all really loved this hotel and couldn't wait to return after our tours during the day.
When we arrive to Curia and to the front of the Curia Palace Hotel, it's like going back decades in time, seeing the magnificent renovated facade of the buikding. Unfortunately, once we get inside, we realize that not everything has been renovated. I wonder why is it called Curia Palace Hotel Spa (?) & Golf (?) Resort (?)... because, I saw absolutely nothing from Spa; in many hotels, guests are invited to try the steam room, turkish bath and inner swimming pool, in Curia, when checking-in we are told the cost of the steam room, turkish bath and inner swimming pool and believe me I am not sure if that price is worth, I passed it away, per the reviewes I've read before. Regarding golf, there is a mini-golf, but I think does not belong to the hotel. Finally resort... I really dont know what is meant with that, because is far from being a resort. The room smelled musty, the furniture, although beautiful from Art Deco, was old I needing some maintenance. Breakfast was reasonable, in a lovely dinning room plenty of natural light (the best part of these days), but forget the lazy waiters that only smiled to old guests that visit Curia since ever. Finally the swimming pool, was old, rusty, lacking places to lai down. Oh and by the way, tooooooo expensive for the service!!! Better stay in Coimbra.
We were super disappointed with the hotel. The building looks beautiful from outside but surely it doesn't deserve 4 stars anymore. The pool is falling apart with holes, cracks and pathetic surrounding. The bathroom was full of mold. All the interiors and the external part of the hotel need a serious refurbishment. It is simply old instrad of classic. A pity.
The Curia Palace Hotel is an historical grand hotel with amazing decor, stained glass, grand dining hall, massive pool. The rooms are a little dated but clean and comfortable and in keeping with the era of the hotel. Ours had a balcony with fantastic views over the front gardens and pond. We had the buffet dinner in the hotel, and while a buffet is not really our preference, the food was fresh, plentiful and well cooked. The waist-coated waiters and piped music are well in keeping with the hotel. The is almost nothing else to do in the small town of Curia apart from a golf course.
Stayed only one night, and this is what I thought: POSITIVE POINTS: Driving up to the building, you immediately get a sense of history, oozing out of every pore of this hotel. What a beautiful façade, so well maintained, and impressive. The lobby area is huge, and filled with history of the place and the famous (and not so famous) people who have passed through this place. I love the “old” lift, stuck in the center of the lobby. It gives you a sense of how things used to be, and you can only imagine people using it over times passed by. Due to security reasons, it is no longer in use… which is a pity, but understandable. The room is comfortable, a reasonable size and the bathroom is well maintained with everything in perfect working order. Breakfast is not the most impressive I have seen for this type of hotel, but it is fair enough, manned with extremely friendly people. Cleaning staff do a good job of keeping the hotel impeccable. Lastly in this section, I loved the garden area. It is relaxing, and reasonably well maintained. I say “reasonably” since I do think that the hotel could do better. NEGATIVE POINTS: I must mentioned these points, since I think that there is room for improvement, to up my rating next time I may pass through this hotel: First of all, I would recommend the management to train reception staff better. They lack a little friendlier attitude. Secondly, the soundproofing in the room is on the weaker side. I did hear conversations from people in the corridor. Lastly, I would recommend an update of the hotel. NO… I do not mean that the character and history of the hotel should change, but I definitely would recommend a good decoration team, to bring the hotel a few notches up, in terms of quality of the interior of the hotel / rooms. SUMMING UP: Nice historical place, and a relaxing stay. Just do something to get this upgraded… while maintaining the history and character of the hotel. That would make me upgrade my rating next time.
Old style ambiance to explore. The building is great, feeling like in the beginning of the XX Century. I think it was a luxury hotel in that time, with a lot of activities. Breakfast should start earlier at least at 7:00, especially if you travel for business.
Location & Building is great but things are missing here and there . One could have tried to cover some missing points by giving a good service. But ,this is also missing . Buffet style breakfast and lunch service vere not bad but not good enough for this 4* hotel.
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75% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 394 reviews