“A renovated townhouse in historic Obidos that stands in the lee of the town's ancient ramparts”
Each room is named after a Portuguese queen and all are similarly decorated. You get slate floors, yellow walls and coloured woodwork in green, red or blue. It's smart without being frilly, uncluttered and with good lighting. All rooms are big, with comfy beds, crisp white linen and pretty curtains.
The Tower Room at the top of the house is the most expensive room. It's not a suite, but it's huge and has the best views. It doesn't have a terrace, but windows both sides overlook the town: to the west São Pedro's church and terracotta rooftops; to the east the 800-year-old wall. The rest of the rooms are spread over two floors.
Those on the lower floor all have doors onto shaded terraces. Three of the rooms on the floor above open onto private balconies. The two end rooms on this floor don't have balconies but are the largest rooms in the house, thus good for families who need an extra bed. If we had to choose a favourite, we’d plump for one of the rooms with a balcony. All rooms come with fresh flowers, bowls of fruit, chocolates, and small decanters of Ginja, an intoxicating Óbidos speciality. There’s cable TV, too. Bathrooms come in yellow marble with fluffy towels and bath robes.
A colourful dining room is at the back on the house. In good weather French windows fly open and you eat on the terrace at the foot of the town wall. Breakfast is brought to you, the usual marvellous Portuguese excess: plates of fruit, baskets of bread and croissants, freshly-squeezed orange juice, home-baked cakes, bacon and eggs if you want them.
Lunch and dinner are both available in the hotel's upscale restaurant, Cozinha das Rainhas, which is open to non-residents, too. Tables are appetisingly laid with fresh flowers and candles in the evening. There's a proper a la carte menu combining Portuguese and international influences: try seafood gaspacho accompanied by freshly baked bread, duck breast with a fig marmalade, then tangerine sorbet on a bed of mint leaves.
If you want to eat out there are plenty of restaurants in town. The pousada has quite a fancy dining room while Alcaid offers good traditional Portuguese cooking, as does Ilustre Casa do Ramiro.
Kids will love the beach and all its activities; the hotel can provide cots and extra beds on request. We'd suggest the larger end rooms on the lower floor for families.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking