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Pousada do Marvão - Charming Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The majority of rooms as the website state, do not have a view of the stunning scenery. However, our particular room overlooked the street, which it this time of year wasn't busy. The rooms are very comfortable and clean and decorated in a traditional Portuguese style. The parking is a challenge, however, if you can navigate the cobbled streets ivery quaint) the car park for the hotel is just below it. un;oad outside the main entrance and then drive down to the car park, short walk up steps to get back to reception. I would also suggest if the time of year and weather permit... to take a walk up to the castle. Which has been restored and for the sake of 1.5 Euro it allow entrance to the castle ground. Well worth it. You can walk around the entire perimeter of the castle on the battlements. Great to do as the sun sets! Stunning views across the plain You can see into Spain from this side of the castle. Lovely charming little town...

The room is a good size and attractively furnished Portuguese style, but downside no balcony or window to the amazing views in our room (not sure about others). And only one comfortable chair which was a shame as one of us had to sit on the bed. Nice touch was complimentary port and flan on arrival. Water and fruit always in the room. The main areas of this small hotel are very attractive looking out to incredible views, but hot and need air conditioning. Breakfast is included and very good indeed. The restaurant in the evening was poor and expensive. We waited ages to be asked if we wanted a drink. They came with bread and tapas style which was meat, and when we said my husband was vegetarian and I didn't eat meat they shrugged their shoulders and left it and charged us. Service generally poor. I had finished my meal before my husband had been brought his. Vegetarian option was vegetables drowning in oil and salt on pasta with no other sauce. The setting and location is stunning!

The location is excellent. Good strong wi fi, and pleasant staff with good english. The room was older but comfortable. The breakfast is pretty average with a toaster that spins for hours but does nothing. Otherwise edible, which is unusual in Portugal to date (!). If you eat cheese ham sausage and olives only, I am sure you can survive. Staffing is a bit strange, one person for reception and bar and check in, so we went elsewhere for a drink. We liked Marvao and this hotel. We had lunch one day and it was pretty awful and typical overcooked stodge. Can you get a good meal in the entirety of Portugal ? I doubt it very much. Do they cook the meat for three months in England and then reheat it ? Eeugh.... Wines are pretty drinkable.

Stayed at Pousada do Marvão for 2 nights in September, room 309. The Pousada is set in the centre of Marvão and spreads over two buildings on each side of a narrow street (narrow is the word that describes all streets in Marvão,  that and quaint). One of the buildings has only rooms, the other includes also, reception, bar, social areas and a spectacular restaurant.  This is also the building from where you have the most wonderful views over the valley (Marvão stands at an altitude of just under 900 meters). The room was very nice, fairly large, impecably clean, comfy beds, bathtub with very good shower. Soundproofing to the outside was excellent: there were the village celebrations, with live music on the main square, which you could hear just about everywhere except in our room. Soundproofing to the corridor was not so good, due mostly to the vintage door. Also, the wardrobe looked rustic and it was not very practical to close; this could be improved. The social areas of the Pousada are warm and inviting. It's unavoidable to seat for a while by the fireplace (switched off, it was Summer) or to seat at the nice terraced room close to the bar and gaze at the overwhelming landscape. However,  my favourite was a wonderful room at the far end of the Pousada, which was so relaxing, so quiet, so cozy, so comfy that I could have easily stayed there sleeping. The restaurant is quite nice, serving good regional food and a very complete and abundant breakfast (the 'pastéis de nata' where unbelievable). And, of course, the amazing valley view that can easily distract you from your meal. A final word for the staff. Actually, there are not enough words to praise the staff, from cleaning to reception. Running the risk of being unfair, I need to mention Mr. Baptista, Susana and Francisco as representatives of the friendliness, kindness and professionalism of the whole staff.  They made us feel at home and that, for me, is what matters. There are indeed few things that could be improved, maybe some room features could be corrected (doors, wardrobe, air conditioning) without affecting the Pousada's regional character and rustic look. But, believe me, I can't wait to go back and have yet another very relaxing break at a place I can almost call home.

This is an excellent location...... really good views from the restaurant... very enjoyable food and drink and nice staff.....the reception lady was especially nice....it's obvious that she enjoys her job...a recommended stay...it was an old monastery ...we would definitely stay here again....

We stayed two nights at this pousada and very much enjoyed our stay. First, the larger room we booked directly through Pestana was as advertised - spacious and comfortable. We had no complaints about the room. Wi-Fi was strong throughout the property. Second, the front desk staff, especially Jose, was superb. Jose helped us with our bags, explained the property and gave us the requisite maps and description of the village. Third, the dining room has superb views at night, but has very strong sunlight during the breakfast hours. We ate dinner here twice and enjoyed both meals. The dining room staff (Francisco and Vitor) were most solicitous, going so far as to invent a new sweet cocktail for my wife which she gushed over. The "cook" is Manuela who apparently does not like to be referred to as a chef; she is self-taught and cooks marvelous Portuguese dishes. The octopus and leg of lamb were amazingly tasty, as was the local rice pudding. The wine list was extensive. This is fine dining, with commensurate prices and excellent service. We enjoyed the buffet breakfast. You could order eggs the way you want them cooked. There could have been a greater variety of fresh fruit. The décor is old style Portuguese with heavy wooden furniture. There is a nice ambience throughout the hotel; it gets a bit hot in the common rooms during the summer but I can imagine marvelous experiences during the colder months. We definitely would stay here again.

I had heard of the pousadas being very good hotels so when visiting Marvao we decided to stayed here. But the experience was more of a standard class hotel than a luxury one. The views from the restaurant and our room was spectactular, and the room itself was okay, although the bathroom could do with some modernizing. (Please drop the bathtub and install a shower). And WiFi was a bit unstable. But the food served at the restaurant did not live up to expectations. Breakfast buffet had no fresh juice, only juice made from concentrate. No freshly made eggs, only scrambled eggs from the boiler. We had lunch when we arrived, and except for a melon shot it was not to our taste. And very expensive as well. So all in all a medium experience, especially due to the surroundings.

Thanks to Sr José Manuel we had a lovely welcome and although the room we booked (directly through Pestana) was actually not available we were offered a choice which took away the disappointment. Do not drive a very wide car, the streets are extremely narrow in places. Breakfast was OK, a fair choice although the toaster needs to be replaced. Dinner on the other hand was far from OK. Presentation of the meal was good however, as staff kept disappearing into, and staying in, the kitchen we actually felt they may well be cooking the meal. Food dropped on the floor was still there in the morning as was stained napery. Too expensive for a mediocre meal with inattentive staff. Is Pestana cutting too many corners perhaps?

There is more to this hotel than the rooms and the meals. The location is spectacular. Superb views from the dining room, and watching the landscape change as the sun sets added extra enjoyment to the evening meal. At breakfast time the sun is in your eyes so its not the same experience. The evening meal was ok, the fish was good, and the chicken a little overcooked (as has been the case in most of Portugal). The rooms were ok for the price, clean, quiet, good shower and very fast wifi. Driving thru the town to the hotel was a little challenging with the very narrow roads, but slow down a little and its easy. Staff were friendly and helpful. The town & castle were delightful. Put it all together and this is a great location for a night or two. Recommended

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.

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

Superior Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

79% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 303 reviews