Pousada de Obidos Historic Hotel

Paço Real, Óbidos, Portugal
17 Rooms
Traditional Elegance & Quiet
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MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Time has a way of softening things; so it is with medieval castles converted into romantic getaways, like the lovely Pousada Castelo Óbidos, located just inland from the ocean, a short drive north of Lisbon. There’s quite a colorful history here involving falconry, fierce battles, and child brides. But you don’t need to worry about that when you’re wandering through the gardens or relaxing with a glass of wine on the stone terrace. A stone terrace called Porta da Traição — the Gate of Betrayal.

Suffice it to say that the castle had its moments back in the 13th century, but it’s probably quieter, and altogether more romantic, today. Now managed by the upscale Pestana chain, has just seventeen rooms, spread between the original castle and a newer “cottage” wing. The castle rooms have the thick walls, quaint hand-painted tiles, wooden shutters, and darkly romantic atmosphere you’d expect of an old and tastefully restored fortress. The cottage rooms have a brighter, more modern feel, though the blue and white color palette, and the four-poster beds, still look traditionally Portuguese. All guest rooms are spacious and lit with chandeliers — befitting a place where kings and queens used to sleep — and stocked with high-end amenities, from bed linens to bath products. Superior cottage rooms and cottage suites have balconies or terraces, not to mention fireplaces where you can really get into the spirit of medieval times.

Beyond guest rooms and suites, the castle is a delightful place to walk around. Unlike some historic landmarks converted into hotels, the Castelo Óbidos hasn’t been stripped of its personality and recast with minimalist furnishings and mood music. You’re still bound to bump into a coat of armor here, and the occasional oil painting. The buffet breakfast, featuring an array of Portuguese pastries you won’t find outside these particular borders, feels royal, indeed, and the village of Óbidos, with a range of of down-to-earth wine bars and cafés, is just a short stroll away. Why romanticize the past? The present looks pretty good in this town.

How to get there: Pousada de Obidos Historic Hotel is located approximately 80 km by car from Lisbon Portela Airport via A8.

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Pousada de Obidos Historic Hotel
Paço Real, Óbidos, Portugal

Amenities & Services

  • Free wi-fi
  • Free parking
  • Off street parking
  • Bar
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • Concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Doctor on call
  • Air conditioning
  • Game room
  • Garden
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Wake-up service
  • Lounge
  • Golf nearby
  • Wine tours nearby
  • Parking

Need to Know

  • Half board options are available for EUR 40 per person, per day. Children under 12 years old will be charged EUR 20 per day.
  • Baby cots and extra beds are available upon request in certain room categories.
  • Extra beds have a supplement of 30% of the room rate for adults age 13 and above.
Check in: 15:00
Check out: 12:00

Credit cards accepted

Sustainability Measures and Certifications

We ask every hotel in our selection how they are working to make a positive impact on the planet and in their community. This hotel has confirmed the following measures are in place.
Guest Rooms and Public Spaces
  • Uses energy-efficient heating and cooling
  • Uses energy-efficient lighting
  • Cleans with eco-friendly products
  • Stocks eco-friendly shampoo and soap
  • Gives guests the option to reuse linens and towels
  • No single-use plastic straws
  • No single-use plastic toiletries
  • Offers vegan menu options
  • Sells or donates surplus food
  • Reduces food waste
Community and Environment
  • Hires locally with fair wages, benefits, and advancement
  • Actively supports the needs of the local community
  • Trains staff in sustainability best practices
  • Trains staff in local cultural heritage
  • Restores and protects natural ecosystems and wildlife

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