This is a very lovely boutique hotel and the rooms are spacious overlooking the mountains. It is rather difficult to find, but the hotel staff were very helpful and guided us into the town at night. It is very centrally located and is within an hour to two hours of spectacular sites of historical and natural significance. The restaurant was fantastic and the service impeccable.
Quintal is a 'farm' hotel near Lousa. The main farmbuildings are 18th century, but they are wonderfully restored and the hotel offers a very pleasant experience. The hotel is impeccably clean. The grounds are really well kept. The breakfast is great and the owners go out of their way to make your stay special (with little things like fresh fruit or cake in your room). The children loved the swimming pool and the chickens. Actually, I had only one minor point: the bed in my room was very romantic but not very comfortable! The beds in the room of my children seemed fine, so it probably was just bad luck.
The front desk staff were a bit stiff, but helpful with whatever you asked of them. The breakfast room lady was the real sweetheart, always smiling. Architecturally and historically, it is a really interesting place. There is so much of it that has survived from the days when staying at a swank hotel was a signifier of social standing - and therein lies its charm.
It was an idyllic relaxing holiday with a lovely pool set in the middle of a vineyard. The hotel staff were helpful and spoke excellent english. The dinner and wine selection was great. The old convent building is much better than the photos. Highly recommended. There a charming historic museums, roman ruins and historic town centres nearby.
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