Hotel Quinta Das Lagrimas
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Worth a stay
We stayed here for 2 nights during Easter week and enjoyed it very much. We had a good sized room and bathroom; needless to say, it was clean. The breakfast was a good selection.
We used the indoor pool and the gym. The gym was basic but enough for a couple of days stay. The indoor pool was small but there is an outdoor one as well.
I would like to clarify that it is not 30 minutes from town (as is stated in other reviews). Its about a 10-15 minute walk to the bottom of the main street. I'll admit that its then a slog up the steep hill to the university but, to be honest, its a slog to the top from pretty well all of the hotels. That's the charm of Coimbra!
My only criticisms would be that they have put in a golf course/driving range; however the grounds are not big enough. It would have been better if they should have put in tennis courts instead. Also the woman in the spa was not particularly helpful when we tried to book a massaage.
Also - to be aware - there is some building work going on around the hotel (as of April 2006). It didn't bother us but it may do if you stay in one of the spa rooms.
Very famous facility with quite a history. Our room was very small (the smallest of the 5 cities in our trip) and also was the most expensive. The main building (old hacienda house) is beautiful. The gardens, pool and new annex very nice. The hotel is far from the main city of Coimbra and you have to walk about 1/2 just to get there crossing the main river. Outside the area there is not much to do. The breakfast was average (like any other hotel). Going and coming from the main city will take a full hour or a taxi ride of more than 15.00 dollars.
In summary, very nice but extremely expensive for our room
An hotel of charme!
The hotel was totally fullfilling our expectations regarding atmosphere, decor, rooms and staff. A new strictly-modern designed building provides a Spa, whose major facilities (inner and outer swimming pool, Turkish bath and sauna, Gym) are available for free. It's a pity that all those fascinating furnished living rooms in the central ancient building are always so empty!
Unfortunately, the growing of the city surrounding the hotel (new residencial estates and a motorway!) has actually modified the general impact and the view of the site, decreasing the "charme" of this location.
We tried one of the two restaurants, the less expensive, called "Aqua": a bio-feng shui-lounge-minimal...stylish restaurant where to eat well presented good food at reasonable prices considering the location!
Stayed at Quinta das Lágrimas in late September. I had read about this hotel in a number of places, and after looking at their website, couldn't resist the idea of staying in a place with so much history. Staff were wonderful, and the bellboy was determined that we didn't carry our own bags. We chose a garden room, which was huge and had a lovely view. The facilities at the hotel were great, and we took advantage of the free internet access, indoor pool, and restaurant. Dinner was fantastic. Breakfast was included and was also very satisfying. Apart from a delay of a couple of weeks in answering our initial enquiry through their website, all our emails were promptly replied to. We would stay there again.
A true little palace with amazing staff
This hotel is truly exceptional. Located at the end of a tree-lined private drive, it is composed of an old and new section, each with its own character. The old portion is just like a fairy-tale palace without being intimidating. Our favourite part was the library, still full of old books, including magazines from the 1950s, 60s and 70s...and a computer with free high-speed internet access. The new section is ultra-modern and was designed by a renowned Portuguese architect.
Staff was incredibly friendly and helpful and all seemed to genuinely want us to enjoy our stay and Coimbra.
Our room was located in a newer annex to the old section of the hotel and featured hardwood floors, tall ceilings, a large bathroom and a door leading to the beautiful gardens surrounding the hotel.
We enjoyed the pool and were quite tempted by the spa, both located in the new section of the hotel.
Although breakfast was delicious - an abundant and fresh buffet - we found the "Latin" restaurant found in the new section a little depressing - cold lighting and complete silence - although the food was good.
The hotel is within walking distance of the centre of Coimbra.
This Relais & Chateaux hotel is a gem . An old patrician villa with antique charming sitting-rooms ,lounges and a fantastic antique library with a free internet connession . The rooms are elegant and the spa is wonderful although it seemed to us too modern compared to the old charme of the main building (ask for a room in the old building !!!!) .Great swimming area in the garden . The only complain was the very poor breakfast which is a feature of portuguese hotels . Do not forget to try the restaurant - it is not a dinner it turns into a fantastic food experience . Can't wait to come back .
Lovely short break
Lovely stay - beautifully furnished period rooms with loads of character. Lovely grounds too, with a sense of seclusion despite being about 15 minutes walk from Coimbra (across the bridge). Staff friendly, welcoming and very helpful. Attractive and inviting outdoor pool. Only drawbacks - the brash new extension (restaurant plus fitness centre and indoor pool) clashes loudly with the grandeur of the original building and the buffet breakfast was disappointing.
Super Spa at Quinta das Lagrimas
I just returned from this hotel. They just opened a spa that is out of this world. I would describe it as trendy, chic, minimalist, zen, relaxing.... the place is totally black (even the pool!!!!) except for the green of the garden that strolls in through the large windows.
Fabulous treatments from a couple of French spa ranges add to their offer and make the spa an absolute gem. Worth the detour!!!!
A lovely hotel, a lovely city not to be missed.
Loved this hotel. You feel like royalty. The rooms were charming as is the hotel. You will learn the history of Dom Pedro and Inez de Castro which will amaze you and is a story taught to all Portuguese children.
It is on the grounds of the Quinta das Lagrimas that the King of Portugal had Inez de Castro murdered. This story is more tragic than Romeo and Juliet. Coimbra is a lovely place and actually we enjoyed walking back to the hotel from Coimbra...but take a taxi to the top and walk down! I was a bit miffed at breakfast in such a lovely hotel to have the hostess playing American pop music from the 1970's and when I complained, she was very sarcastic and rude. That was absolutely the only disagreeable moment in the entire trip and I have written a letter of complaint about that. Dinner in the dining room is a must. The staff was very cordial, and a neat little box of pastries was sent to our room as a welcome gift. Don't miss seeing the library and the private chapel in the Quinta das Lagrimas.
A paradise called Quinta das Lagrimas
Quinta das Lagrimas was by far my best hotel experience in Portugal. The setting is beautiful and the palace is perfectly restored to its past grandeur. The rooms are all different and well decorated and the service is just beyond words!! The restaurant has a two Michelin star chef as consultant so you can imagine how the food is like. Lovely botanical garden and golf academy. A must!