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Pousada do Marvão - Charming Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

After spending the 2 previous nights in Pousada's further north, we stayed here for a night and bought the inclusive meal deal (big mistake). The views are brilliant and the rooms are old style, tired but still clean and serviceable. The food is another story. The chef must have been cooking the same meals for decades... and all overdone. The head service lady had serious attitude issues and did not make us welcome. Otherwise not too bad.. best stay here and eat out. Marvao is worth a visit.

Marvao is a wonderful hill-top town with a commanding view of the countryside for tens of miles around, and this Pousada is a great place to stay and very reasonably priced (at least when we stayed in May). Our room was on the small side and did not have a view, but the public areas, the bar, lounge, and dinning room have great views of the surrounding countryside. There is actually not a lot to do in Marvao once you have wandered around a little and spent time visiting the castle, and there is not much choice of restaurants in the town itself (although we thought the Pousada restaurant to be good - see separate review), so spending a couple of nights here is probably sufficient.

The smartest/best place to stay in the Village of Marvao. While negotiating the winding roads, up and up to Marvao, stop at the Tourist Information center at the entrance to the walled city. Their map will show the Pousada's private, 6-8 (?) car small parking lot, found on a one lane, one direction, stone street just below the entrance to the Hotel. Check in first, and the staff will bring your luggage up to your room/s. There are very, very few "Standard" rooms with balcony/views of the valley below - book one ahead of time - magnificent!! Free, stong Wifi in rooms. Wonderful, beautiful breakfast, with fabulous view, is included in rate. Small bar with views - purchase a bottle of local wine and take it to your room to enjoy and relax on the balcony.

Although this is an interesting and charming little pousada, the drive into the tiny village of Marvao was quite terrifying. We are highly experienced drivers in countries around the world, but this stretches the limits. If I'd known ahead of time, we would have parked outside the city walls and walked in with our suitcases. Having said that negative thing, I would stress that the pousada is overall very good! As mentioned in other reviews, the lobby/bar area has sensational views over the plains. Every staff member was so very kind, helpful and friendly. We did not have dinner in the restaurant, but the breakfast was really quite excellent. Good quality cooked scrambled eggs with bacon and sausage--plus a large array of pastries, cheeses, hams, breads, fresh fruit, yogurt, etc. Our rooms were # 401 & 402 in the annex across the alley from the main building. #401 had a small view of the plains, but 402 had no view. The rooms are OK--nothing fancy. But certainly very adequate.

We had a lovely time here. The location in this georgious village couldn't be better. The staff went out of their way to make us welcome. The hotel is small but comfortable. We had dinner and the food was good at best. We were surprised to be charged €50 for a bottle of Portuguese sparkling wine but this was not a major issue. The room was pleasent but small. It was charming and we had a balcony. Breakfast was excellent. I have no hesitation staying we would stay here again.

Restaurant: Unfortunately we were not satisfied at all with our dinner for which we had to pay 91€ for only a soup and main course and some wine. I had to give back my spaghettis with shrimps, as they were like just pulled out of the water, really tasteless. After the return they were swimming in olive oil. Not eatable. There are good other restaurants in the village though. ( Varanda ) As to the hotel itself, Very friendly lady at the reception. Pretty adventurous to find the way through to the hotel by car, as we did not know that you can park nearby. Tiny bidirectional road leading up there. Pleasant clean room with nice view over the valley. Good choice for breakfast and friendly staff all over.

This is a classy 5 star hotel situated up on top of a mountain in Marvao Portugal. The rooms all have incredible views stretching out into Portugal in one direction and into Spain from another. It is in a town built in Medieval times. The hotel is absolutely incredible, and in the off season it is reasonably priced for what you get. The amenities are great, and the Restaurant is top notch. We had an incredible meal with great wine, and also had a great buffet style breakfast. The drive up to the hotel is also very picturesque and beautiful.

Although the hotel is in the centre of the historical village, you can park the car very nearby. Breakfast was served at the table and it was everything you could wish, in one word fantastic. The view from the breakfast space was spectacular. The room was comfortable, but rather small, and because the room was just opposite the staircase on the first floor, you could hear some of the sounds coming from the ground floor. The heating worked very well.

Marvão is an amazing small village and I have been wanting to come here for years and I chose the "pousada" because there is usually a glamour associated with this chain of hotels. The staff is very friendly but clearly not enough to run this place and there is a kind of feeling that the maintenance is not kept updated. The room was comfortable but the door was hard to close without banging with it, the closet was noisy and the air conditioning was also noisy and it completely dried the air, to a point that we turned it off. For the level you expect from a place like this, there should be a safe and a coffee machine in the bedroom also, and it wouldn't hurt to have e the TV channels organized. Breakfast was OK but in a busy morning the two women assigned to the room were not enough. I did enjoy my stay and, again, everyone was very willing and friendly but the slow building maintenance and shortage of staff were clear, making me feel that this place might not deserve its classification.

This hotel is set in two refurbished farmhouses on a mountain top between the Alentejo in Portugal and Extremadura in Spain. Excellent rooms,welcoming hospitality and great local dishes.A paradise for bird watches and naturalists. See the vulture colony at the Spanish border and the Roman city of Ammania.

R. 24 de Janeiro, 7 Marvao

Hotel highlights

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

Pousada do Marvão - Charming Hotel places you next to Marvao Castle. This 31-room, 3-star pousada has free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Castelo de Vide Castle and Praca da Republica are also within a 30-minute drive.


Dining

Free breakfast is included with your stay. This pousada serves as home to a bar, along with a restaurant that specializes in regional cuisine. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service.


Rooms

All 31 air-conditioned rooms feature minibars and desks. TVs come with cable channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Bathrooms have hair dryers and bidets.


Property features

Pousada do Marvão - Charming Hotel offers free WiFi in public areas and a meeting room. If you decide to drive, there's free parking. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help secure valuables, and answer any questions about the accommodations.

Room options

Standard Golden Age (over 55 years)

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Superior Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

79% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 287 reviews