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Reviews of Pousada de Valença

Baluarte Socorro, 4930-619 Valença, Portugal

#4 of 12 hotels in Valença

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Review score

Based on 306 hotel reviews

8.6

Score breakdown

  • Cleanliness

    9

  • Comfort

    8.5

  • Location

    9.3

  • Facilities

    8.2

  • Staff

    8.8

  • Value for money

    7.7

  • Free WiFi

    7.4

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  • Reviewed: 21 April 2018

    10
    Unexpected beauty!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    No elevator. But the staff helps carrying the luggage

    Unbelievable place. Gorgeous view and location. I must see if your visiting that area of Portugal!

    Stayed in April 2018

  • Reviewed: 27 February 2018

    8.3
    Romantic place, avoid the hotel restaurant
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    The dinner at the hotel restaurant was one of the worst in our lifetime - entirely the chef’s fault, the service wasn’t bad.

    Very good location of the hotel in the interesting and romantic city-fortress Valença, nice views across the river Minho to Spain. Good proximity to Mançao and Melgaço wine subregions. Smooth check-in and -out, nice hotel by itself.

    Stayed in February 2018

  • Reviewed: 24 October 2017

    10
    The history of yesterday with the luxury of today.
    • Group
    • Superior Double or Twin Room with Balcony
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    Pousadas are historical buildings that have been repurposed as hotels. This one is inside an ancient fortress overlooking Spain across the Minho river. Wonderful rooms, great views, super helpful staff and a great breakfast.

    Stayed in October 2017

  • Reviewed: 8 September 2017

    10
    A nice place to visit, we'd go back.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Superior Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 2 nights

    Access into the town in a car was a little tight through the gateways.

    Very nice hotel, right in the old town sat over the fortifications. Rooms were clean and comfortable. Staff were excellent. Food was good. Views were excellent.

    Stayed in September 2017

  • Reviewed: 12 July 2017

    8.8
    Beautiful location! Get out and explore!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Superior Double or Twin Room with Balcony
    • Stayed 3 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    The outside seating leaves a lot to be desired... not comfortable... too bad because good outdoor seating while enjoying a drink or dinner would make this place almost perfect! Still it's so beautiful, the drive in to this Fortaleza will amaze...

    The value for your money is really good at this property. The views are amazing!! The area is serene and quiet. Get out and explore the whole area on foot! Breakfast was included in the room rate.. buffet style..

    Stayed in July 2017

  • Reviewed: 28 May 2017

    10
    A trip to heaven
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    WiFi was not consistent in the room.

    The location was a dream. The staff treated us like royalty. We enjoyed dinner outside, and breakfast was excellent. The room was divine!

    Stayed in May 2017

  • Reviewed: 23 April 2017

    9.6
    Fantastic location in the fortress of Valença and a delightful Pousada
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 1 night

    Struggling to think of something negative.

    Amazing location right in the fortress. Friendly staff who were happy to help. Lovely view from the room of Tui in Spain. Fantastic value for money. Free parking outside the hotel (although if the hotel were busy I suspect parking might be a little tricky)

    Stayed in March 2017

  • Reviewed: 17 October 2016

    7.1
    Nice location within the city's walls.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    The restaurant is overpriced and the quality of the food is exceptionally poor for Portuguese standards. I was horrified to be charged 5 euros for bread and better; I have eaten at Portugual's top restaurants and this is beyond the norm. I would strongly advise against eating dinner there. The hotel is dated and couple be updated in the common areas.

    Nice location within the city's walls.

    Stayed in October 2016

  • Reviewed: 1 October 2016

    7.9
    Good place to stay but not to eat
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    The dinner was really really dreadful and the breakfast croissants were stale and the machine coffee was undrinkable.

    Drinks before dinner on the terrace looking over the river

    Stayed in September 2016

  • Reviewed: 2 September 2016

    9.2
    Overlooking the ocean - all day long!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • 2 rooms
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Only downside is that you need to get up early in the morning to get a spot at the pool. Many guests tend to reserve their sun beds already at 7am, hence if you arrive too late you won't be able to get a spot until 5pm.

    The Hotel is beautiful and the staff is very helpful. The breakfast buffet offers a wide variety of food and you can even ask for gluten free bread and soy milk! For dinner we highly recommend going to the hotel restaurant - they offer different specials (sea food, BBQ) ever other night. And let's not forget the live music - shoutout to the great musicians they had!

    Stayed in August 2016

  • Reviewed: 11 August 2016

    10
    Hotel within a fortress with amazing views
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Superior Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    Beautiful and nicely decorated hotel built within a centuries old fortress. Beautiful grounds and restoration. The restaurant is excellent with great service and extremely well prepared food!!! Definitely would return and spend more time there!

    Stayed in August 2016

  • Reviewed: 28 June 2018

    10
    Great Camino Start!
    • Leisure trip
    • Group
    • 3 rooms
    • Stayed 1 night

    This hotel was amazing! Everything was fantastic...including the dinner/service. Our group enjoyed absolutely every moment here.

    Stayed in June 2018

  • Reviewed: 15 June 2018

    9.2
    Great location, nice dining room and lounges with wonderful...
    • Leisure trip
    • People with friends
    • Standard Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 4 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Great location, nice dining room and lounges with wonderful vistas. Very comfortable and friendly.

    Stayed in June 2018

  • Reviewed: 29 April 2018

    9.6
    Staff extremely welcoming.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    Staff extremely welcoming. Bed really comfortable. Fabulous relaxed setting.

    Stayed in April 2018

  • Reviewed: 22 April 2018

    10
    Excellent place to stay
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller
    • Standard Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    Excellent relaxing ambience

    The staff were really friendly and helpful

    Stayed in March 2018

  • Reviewed: 8 December 2017

    9.6
    Location
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Superior Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    No parking

    Location

    Stayed in December 2017

  • Reviewed: 15 November 2017

    5.4
    Quiet lounge area
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller
    • Standard Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    All fine

    Quiet lounge area

    Stayed in November 2017

  • Reviewed: 9 November 2017

    9.6
    Had a great stay
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    It wasn’t clear the name of property and hard to find entrance to drive into old city

    Loved the outlook and old town

    Stayed in October 2017

  • Reviewed: 18 October 2017

    8.3
    Great. Lovely views in
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    WiFi only available in common parts

    Very good location and view

    Stayed in September 2017

  • Reviewed: 11 October 2017

    10
    Nice hotel along the Camino
    • Leisure trip
    • Group
    • Standard Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 1 night

    Breakfast was fantastic. The room was nice, clean and spacious and in a great location in the old part of the city along the Camino.

    Stayed in September 2017

  • Reviewed: 5 October 2017

    10
    We enjoyed the stay very much - a great way to kick off our Portugal visit!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 1 night

    Nice pousada in a lovely town.

    Stayed in September 2017

  • Reviewed: 27 September 2017

    9.6
    A lovely elegant hotel inside the fortification walls.
    • Couple
    • Standard Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Location. Breakfast with a variety of fruits and juices

    Stayed in September 2017

  • Reviewed: 30 August 2016

    9.2
    Nice to have a welcoming glass of bubbly wine upon arrival
    • Leisure trip
    • Family with young children
    • Superior Double or Twin Room with Balcony
    • Stayed 1 night

    Nice to have a welcoming glass of bubbly wine upon arrival

    Stayed in August 2016

  • Reviewed: 4 August 2016

    9.6
    A great place to start a Camino from.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Double or Twin Room
    • Stayed 1 night

    Excellent location and views. Helpful staff. Well kept, and very clean hotel. Good size room.

    Stayed in July 2016

  • Reviewed: 31 July 2016

    9.2
    Beautifully located in an old fortress.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Superior Double or Twin Room with Balcony
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Beautifully located in an old fortress. Amazing views.

    Stayed in July 2016

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  • Reviewed: 8 May 2016

    9.2
    A well run traditional hotel in a great position overlooking...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Lovely breakfast but poor coffee from a machine.

    A well run traditional hotel in a great position overlooking the river and Spain. Vey comfortable room. Maybe not quite upto Spain's parador standards but still good

  • Reviewed: 20 November 2015

    9.2
    We paid to upgrade to a room with a small balcony.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    We paid to upgrade to a room with a small balcony. It has an impressive scenic view overlooking the river and the border of Spain.The view is great in late evening when the city light on and in the early morning when flock and flock of birds flying from Spain to Portugal. Some birds are flying so close to the balcony. The staff were helpful, especially the young gentleman Mr. Tiago Araujo, he provided us accurate and detail information about transportation and sightseeing. However, some facilities should be upgraded, such as the coffee machine.

  • Reviewed: 16 October 2015

    7.9
    The view across the Minho into Spain is outstanding, as is...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Although the quality of the breakfast was good that of dinner was disappointing, and more expensive than in other Pousadas. Despite there only being 7 people dining the two waiters seemed very keen to clear plates even before a course had been finished!

    The view across the Minho into Spain is outstanding, as is the location of the Pousada in an old fortress. This Pousada is a modern building but well furnished with antiques. A few rooms have balconies and are well worth the extra. The lounge and dining rooms have amazing views. Staff at reception are very helpful.

  • Reviewed: 5 October 2015

    8.8
    Fabulous views from our balcony looking across the river...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    The most expensive bottled water in the bedroom fridge. The receptionists did not know anything about crossing into Spain by public transport.

    Fabulous views from our balcony looking across the river Minho into Spain! The feel of luxury, especially all the extra siting-out places.

  • Reviewed: 20 September 2015

    10
    The hotel was at the edge of town, with amazing views over...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    None, this place was perfect.

    The hotel was at the edge of town, with amazing views over the river and into the next town. This was the best view we had our whole trip. The breakfast was also very filling with lots of variety (like an American buffet breakfast).

  • Reviewed: 17 September 2015

    10
    Everyone was very friendly and we could ask the staff about...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Everyone was very friendly and we could ask the staff about themselves which was most interesting. The position was breathtaking and the overall experience was brilliant

  • Reviewed: 10 September 2015

    10
    Wonderful place to stay in an amazing location - get a room...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Almost non-existent wifi

    Wonderful place to stay in an amazing location - get a room with a terrace, worth the extra Nothing prepares you for the arrival to Valenca - "is this really the way to the hotel?"

  • Reviewed: 9 September 2015

    9.2
    extraordinary location within the medieval town walls and...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    the breakfast coffee was really bad (better order "cafe com leite" from the bar!)

    extraordinary location within the medieval town walls and breathtaking views to Minho river and Spain,tastefully decorated and spacy room with comfortable double bed (Hotel opened in 1962!), warm welcoming, gorgeous dining room in a glass pavillon above the citadelle walls, good breakfast, good WI-FI, free parking

  • Reviewed: 15 August 2015

    9.6
    Friendly staff, super clean hotel excellent location with...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Rooms didn't have wifi as it was only available in public areas.

    Friendly staff, super clean hotel excellent location with spectacular views of the pousada, River Minho and Spain on the other side. Nor to mention that it's located inside the Castle with shops and restaurants . Excellent location.

  • Reviewed: 1 August 2015

    9.6
    Fantastic location, very friendly and helpful staff
    • Business trip
    • Solo traveller

    The free WiFi worked OK on my first day but then worked very poorly and intermittently on my second day

    Fantastic location, very friendly and helpful staff

  • Reviewed: 25 June 2015

    10
    The hotel was in the fortress so this marvellous attraction...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    The hotel was in the fortress so this marvellous attraction was just outside our door. The view from the dining room and, fortunately for us, our bedroom was magnificent. Breakfast was very good.

  • Reviewed: 18 March 2015

    10
    We were upgraded and stayed in a lovely junior suite.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    We were upgraded and stayed in a lovely junior suite. Spotlessly clean and well furnished room. Spacious bathroom. Great view over the river, all the way to Spain. Very charming and helpful receptionist, Miss Susana Matos. Warm, hospitable atmosphere.

  • Reviewed: 22 March 2016

    9.2
    Kind and helpful Personnel at the Reception Desk.
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller

    Kind and helpful Personnel at the Reception Desk. Clean room. Scenic location on an ancient fortified hill overlooking the Spanish border.

  • Reviewed: 19 November 2015

    10
    The customer service provided by João and Paula was...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    The customer service provided by João and Paula was exceptional, Nothing was too much trouble. They made a good stay into a great one.

  • Reviewed: 17 October 2015

    9.6
    Thanks to Felipe Taveira at the front desk, who could answer...
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller

    Thanks to Felipe Taveira at the front desk, who could answer all my questions with patience and always with a big smile.

  • Reviewed: 12 October 2015

    8.3
    Very welcoming at a superb location.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Very welcoming at a superb location.

  • Reviewed: 4 October 2015

    10
    The location and welcome
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    The location and welcome

  • Reviewed: 29 September 2015

    9.2
    The most amazing location and views over the river to Spain!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    The most amazing location and views over the river to Spain! The room as pure luxury!

  • Reviewed: 6 September 2015

    9.6
    Great location and very comfortable
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Great location and very comfortable

  • Reviewed: 27 August 2015

    9.6
    Was walking Camino de Santiago so this was a wonderful break...
    • Solo traveller

    Was walking Camino de Santiago so this was a wonderful break from pilgrim facilities!

  • Reviewed: 21 July 2015

    10
    Superb location and view over to Spain from this fortress...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Superb location and view over to Spain from this fortress location. Wonderfully helpful and friendly staff.

  • Reviewed: 20 July 2015

    10
    The perfect place to unwind.
    • Leisure trip
    • Group

    There really wasn't anythingI didn't like.

    The perfect place to unwind.

  • Reviewed: 13 June 2015

    9.2
    The location and the charm of the old fortified town.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    The wi-fi did not work well in the bedroom, but was better in the public rooms.

    The location and the charm of the old fortified town.

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