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Pousada de Viana do Castelo - Historic Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Arrived at night up Alpine like road to amazing night time views in a old classical style hotel. Rooms smallish but great and view from quaint balcony spectacular. Food was great and the staff first class. Awoke to see along the coast overlooking the shrine of Santa Luzia. Enjoyed our stay very much.......Ian & Jeanette Mainland..Scotland

Gorgeous hotel with amazing views over the city and the ocean. I loved the pastel colours in the room and the restaurant. The dinner was good but I'd expect more for the prices. The breakfast was very nice. Definitely worth a stay.

We spent two nights here as part of our Northern Spain & Portugal Tour. After the twisty drive to the top, we were shown to a large comfortable room with small balcony overlooking the Basilica. We found the restaurant looked beautiful,with a great view , starters & main course of a high standard but the dessert section left a lot to be desired ,a few pastries ect. The location of and the outside swimming pool and sun beds would be ,on a hot day quite glorious .

Just a wonderful experience in a fairytale inspired world for a day. For just €130 p/n my room with this amazing National Geographic cited no 3 most beautiful in the world view is too economical for words. Loved the old world decor. Room was a little small but hey it works. Front desk were very helpful and efficient. My only negative: the garden green space area when you take A walk through the grounds leading to the cathedral needs a major uplift to match the imposing entrance and the well kept gardens immediately surrounding the hotel. Breakfast was a total disappointment: bacon and eggs cold and coffee was burnt - bummer! Hope they lift their game on this point as it put a small smear on my experience. Vicki Sydney Australia

We recently stayed for three nights with a group of 32. This was our third Pousada of our holiday and we were expecting it to be the best. It wasn't the view we expected of the Basilica as it was surrounded by scaffolding with a giant crane as well ( no fault of the hotel). The Basilica is a must see inside. Two nights food was good, one night not so good as one of the two choices available ran out.Breakfast was good with a varied choice. Room (315) had a superb view of the town. Staff on reception very friendly, bar staff less so.

Stayed here for six nights in a second floor dual aspect bedroom with views of mountains and sea. All the staff were very friendly, helpful and accommodating. There were two minor problems with the room but the were dealt with quickly and to our satisfaction. Breakfast was served in the lovely dining room and was great - fantastic choice, and set us up for the day. We dined in the restaurant on two evenings and the food was lovely - prices what you would expect for a hotel of this calibre. We would have liked to have had a kettle in the room but know that this is not always the case in continental hotels. We had intended to use the funicular to get to and from the hotel but this was out of order. Taxis would have cost 10 euro single trip so we ended up having to hire a car.

From all the other reviews it is obvious why you should visit this hotel - the location is fabulous - but beware if going in next few months. The chapel is currently clad in scaffolding and there is a major building project going on next door with a massive crane which somewhat spoils the "award winning" views. On the night we stayed they were laying concrete through to the early hours of the morning which involved both bright floodlights and noise. Following recommendations we booked a "superior" corner room with balcony to take full advantage of the views in both directions along the coast. The room was rather small in comparison to similar places we have stayed which we were willing to accept until, when getting ready for dinner, we discovered that the shower tap did not work. A call resulted in a visit by the receptionist a few minutes later who confirmed that the tap was broken and he would have to move us to another room. This was further down the corridor on the same floor but, although larger, did not have the side view, only a better one of the building works now directly below. With the temperature in the mid 30's and without the benefit of a side window to create a breeze, we had to rely on the rooms air conditioning which, as mentioned in previous reviews, is woefully inadequate. We had originally intended to have dinner in town but, as the funicular was out of order (this really was not our day) and we had been delayed by moving rooms, we decided to try the restaurant. Arriving at 8.45 the dining room had been vacated by most of the tour groups which dominated the hotel leaving only a few individual diners and some disarray. We had to wait for a member of staff to come out of the kitchen to show us to a table and then take our order. Our misfortune continued when my wife's vegetarian option proved inedible as the chef obviously did not understand the difference between a mushroom risotto and a soggy bowel of rice with a few mushrooms floating in it. In fairness, we were not charged for this dish and my steak was delicious - even if it wasn't the dish I ordered! The experience at breakfast was similar with a buffet substantially denuded by the tour parties who got in before their day excursions leaving slim pickings for individual guests. Staff were again thin on the ground and the coffee had been left to stew to a sludge. The temperature in the dining room for both dinner and breakfast was no better than in our room so it seems such a shame that dining is not offered on the beautiful covered terrace just outside. Although many factors conspired against us on this particular day, those that were within the control of the hotel were only dealt with at a basic level. No compensation was offered for having to move rooms and not paying for an inedible dish is not the same as offering an edible alternative. I suspect that the experience may be better when staying as part of a tour group, which the hotel is obviously geared for, while individual travellers may be better off just dropping by for the the view.

An amazing winding road up to the hotel above the stunning church and with breathtaking views of the coast. The reception staff gave us a warm welcome & offered a space to park our motorbike right under their desk window. Our room was large & elegant with dual aspect, the bathroom small but clean. A lack of plugs for charging gadgets meant we had to crawl around under a side table but free wifi & closet safe were appreciated. Varied buffet breakfast with "help yourself" hot drink station. A good mix of visitors from around the world were enjoying the stunning views from the terrace with before & after dinner drinks, helping each other take great photos. A misty morning followed our very comfortable stay.

Wonderful hotel overlooking Viana do Costello. Had a nice meal in the hotel one night 75€ for 2 people & walked down 1000+ steps into town the second night. Well worth it. A must is O Tabernao. Local food & wine /beer. Great atmosphere. 21€ for 2 people. Got a taxi back. The Portugese Rally was running a section from here. Very exciting.

This pousada is one of the Best I have been in with a very good price quality ratio. The food in the hotel is above average and serves many local distes. Rooms and baths are good and clean. Staff is friendly and can help you with local sightseeing and dining. The city of Viana do Castelo is beautiful and countryside also, do not forget to taste local wines the Yates great

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

Standard Golden Age (over 55 years)

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Superior Room

Twin 2 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Family Triple Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

85% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 506 reviews