Hotels in Luso, Portugal

by Joanne Thomas

Luso, a village in the central Portuguese countryside, is a beloved vacation destination for its thermal hot springs, the waters of which have enticed visitors for centuries. Hotels located in the village itself are somewhat limited in number because of the small size of Luso, but they include options to suit a range of budgets and desires.

Grande Hotel de Luso

Grande Hotel de Luso is a historic hillside property that has welcomed guests for more than 70 years and is a landmark of the town. In addition to its 144 classically elegant guest rooms and suites, the hotel features an Olympic-size outdoor pool, indoor pool, Turkish bath and restaurant. Within the hotel's landscaped gardens are a children's playground and lawn tennis courts. A buffet breakfast is included with all room rates. The on-site Restaurant Cruz Alta offers Portuguese specialties and fine local wines. The hotel offers a range of packages that combine accommodations with gourmet meals, spa treatments at the nearby Luso Spa or outdoor activities such as guided hikes and motorcycle tours.

Hotel Eden

Hotel Eden, which is located within the village of Luso, offers 52 guest rooms and five suites available for bed-and-breakfast rates. Every guest room is air conditioned, has rich, warm-toned decor and features a television with satellite channels. The suites offer a mini bar and a hydromassage bathtub. Guests have access to a heated indoor swimming pool and a small gymnasium. The hotel also features an on-site restaurant, a cozy sitting room with plush couches and a television, and a nightclub with a dance floor.

Alegre Hotel

The Alegre Hotel is located within scenic woodlands on the outskirts of Luso and steps from the entrance to the Bussaco National Forest. The building was constructed in 1859 as the summer manor house of a prominent count and has welcomed guests as a boutique hotel since 1939. With only 18 guest rooms, it is an intimate retreat offering panoramic views of the surrounding forested hills and the rooftops of Luso. The rooms feature antique furnishings that include ornately carved beds, and some have a fireplace or balcony. Contemporary upgrades include complimentary wireless Internet access and central heating. The hotel's pool is set within its own garden area that includes a cocktail and wine bar and offers live music on summer weekends.

Vila Aurora XIX's Palace

The former residence of a late 19th-century nobleman, Vila Aurora XIX's Palace resembles a medieval English castle. Inside, the hotel retains such period features as carved four-poster beds in guest rooms and antique furnishings in the grand dining room, cozy reading room and formal piano room. These historic touches are complemented by contemporary amenities such as satellite televisions and individual climate control in all seven guest rooms and a hydromassage bathtub in select rooms. The castle-like facade of the hotel overlooks an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by a terrace furnished with sun lounges.

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