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Pousada de Viana do Castelo - Historic Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

What a magnificent setting! The views are breathtaking. We had a wonderful 2 night stay at the end of a 2 week trip in Portugal. Staff were all charming. We were on a DB&B package - the food was very good. We would definitely recommend.

When you are at this Portuguese Pousada, you have a feeling of being above everything. It is located on top of a mountain, surrounded by old trees, with a stunning view of the Santa Luzia church and the city of Viana do Castelo. Rooms are large, decorated in a classical style, very comfortable and pretty. Breakfast is very good. It is a nice walk to go down to visit the city. The restaurant has good food snd amazing service.

Beautiful and elegant hotel with attentive staff. Breakfast was outstanding with a tremendous choice of hot and cold, sweet and savoury on offer. Lack of tea/coffee facilities in room the only drawback. Bed comfortable and very clean.

Our first of a few pousadas on our trip to Portugal. What a way to start. Great service, friendly people at the desk, nice pool to relax by. Then the stunning view of Viana do Castelo and the mountain top church, Santuario de Santa Luzia. I had read on TA to ask for a room upgrade. I decided to not pay the extra and take the assigned room. I learned a great lesson. The room we received was fantastic! The views from the 'better rooms' are seen from the lobby and outside. I also figured, how much time am I going to spend in my room for one night? The big surprise came in the morning. The sunrise was absolutely breathtaking!! And I had one of three rooms that would enjoy this. The picture shown does not really do it justice, but it sparks my mind of what I saw in person. The room itself was spacious, had everything you needed and wonderful crisp sheets in a very comfortable bed. Breakfast, fantastic, was included. Take the funicular into town as everyone mentions and a cab ride back. This pousada is highly recommended!

This is not the first time I stay in a hotel in the Red Pestana and I chose to spend a night on the way back to Spain. Exceptional location with unbeatable views. Of the best, tranquility and silence. Good overall cleanliness. Normal room with stunning views. The pool is adapted for people with disabilities and the depth is suitable for children. Food very good but with insufficient supply for celiac. Helpful and friendly staff with exceptions. Recommended place to rest.

I did have high expectations from this hotel. I certainly wasn't disappointed with the stunning views of the Atlantic ocean and Basilica. Unfortunately I had a corner room so could only take advantage of the view from the public areas. My room seemed quite dated and in need of modernisation.The very slow bar service was painful. Having to wait far too long just to see a member of staff who were willing to serve a drink was quite frankly, avoidable. The reception staff were very professional, friendly and helpful as was the restaurant team. So all in all a mixed experience here.

This was the third pestana pousada of a Titan group tour. We had requested a quiet room on a high floor if possible and were given an end corner room on the third floor. Although our room did not have a balcony it had three windows, so dual aspect. Two windows in the bedroom, one in the bathroom, connected by a corridor so we had plenty of space,lots of fresh air, with the windows wide open at night and breathtaking views whichever way we looked! Our tour manager had told us that the hotel was five star. Certainly the decor is lovely, it is very peaceful and breakfast was beautifuuly silent with only the sound of background classical music, mostly string quartet. Reception was wonderfully helpful with a transport problem we had as an "add on" to our Titan tour. Far more helpful than Titan in fact. I have just a few negative comments and those, like the other pousadas we stayed in on the tour, were the seating arrangements, service and food for dinner. We were expected to sit on tables for up to ten people, the food was somewhat bland, and on the second night it took twenty minutes from ordering our bottle of wine to receiving it! The waiting staff on the first two nights appeared inexperienced, slow and irritable! However on night number three all changed when two extra highly professional and charming waiters appeared, we were " allowed " to have a table for two and suddenly even the food tasted better! Overall, I suspect if you travel independently you would have a better experience in the dinning room. We have had three Titan holidays in New Zealand, Tanzania and Norway and have had no grumbles about dinning before so maybe this experience is simply how Portuguese hotels cater for group tours.

We left Porto for one night in the middle of our stay to drive up to Viana Do Castelo. Booked a mid-range room at the Pousada and had a very nice stay. The best part of it was having a gin and tonic on the porch that overlooked the Chapel and beyond to the ocean. That alone was worth the drive! The room was nice and the dinner was ok. Fish was very fresh but the dish was very salty. We had a "help yourself" buffet breakfast which was fine and we went on our way, visiting the Chapel of Santa Luzia on our way down the hill. It was such a wonderful surprise... so glad we saw it. It was beautiful.

The hotel is on a hill with beautiful views over the city and over the monastery of Santa Luzia. There were several shortcomings • The hotel has rooms with balconies most of them overlooking the city, but unfortunately we had a corner room (217) overlooking the roof and the parking area. The view of the car park can be an advantage if you arrive by your own Porsche, but this was not our case. • On arrival, we experienced something I do not remember from any other hotel. A willing receptionist, after check-in, sent the porter to show us the room. The boy walked beside us, and seemed not to notice that my wife and I were pulling heavy suitcases. It was not a problem for me but not to offer help to a lady I found quite terrible. • There was an unpleasant smell in the bathroom at regular intervals, perhaps from leaking waste. In southern Europe there is generally a lower standard of plumbing but in this case it seemed to be about to crash. • Outside we had +13 degrees only and the central hot-air heating was out of order. Only the noisy fan was running without warm air.

The pousada is located high up above Viana do Costelo and overlooks the basilica. Slightly old fashioned in appearance but quaintly nice and cosy. The food is presented nicely, slightly basic in choice. The waiters seem to be mainly young people who are learning the job. They are very attentive and the plates are cleared away as soon as you put your knife and fork down, giving the impression that they are trying to rush you. The outside pool claims to be heated, but the water was very cold. The sea mist drifts in quite quickly obscurring the view of the port and part of the river.

Monte de Sta. Luzia Viana do Castelo

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Within a short walk of Monte de Santa Luzia Basilica, Pousada de Viana do Castelo - Historic Hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Capela de Nossa Senhora de Agonia. This 51-room, 4-star hotel has free breakfast along with conveniences like an outdoor pool and free in-room WiFi. Also close to this Viana do Castelo hotel are Praca da Republica and Castelo de Santiago da Barra.


Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay. This hotel serves as home to a bar, along with a restaurant that specializes in Portuguese cuisine. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.


Pousada de Viana do Castelo - Historic Hotel's 51 rooms are air-conditioned and provide minibars, safes, and desks. LCD TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, and bidets.

Property features

At Pousada de Viana do Castelo - Historic Hotel, guests have access to an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and 2 meeting rooms. You can take advantage of free parking if you drive. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help secure valuables, and answer any questions about the accommodations. Additional amenities include conference space, free newspapers, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Family Double Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 4

Superior Room

Twin 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Family Triple Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Family Room, Bathtub (Superior Family)

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

85% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 563 reviews