I stayed at Quinta Alegre for a couple of nights as I was doing some hiking in the area. It was different to how I’d imagined it - it’s not the old, traditional building I expected.
The hotel clearly runs to a formula, which obviously must work for their predominantly German clientele.
It’s a bit out on a limb, so drinking and dining options within walking distance are very limited. In fact, for many people, I’d say they are non-existent. I went out for dinner on my first night to a restaurant popular with locals about a 20 minute walk away. On my second night, I ate at the hotel. As well as the generic Portuguese a la carte menu, they have a keenly priced set menu which you need to pre-order. It was a bit like something you’d get at a wedding, but the quality was good. All food and drink is paid for when you leave; nothing is signed for at the time.
The breakfast buffet was of the ‘you point at it, staff plate it’ variety. Not my preferred pandemic option, as its difficult to get the quantities right! Hot offerings are very limited (eggs).
My room was very clean, but disappointingly spartan and functional. No embellishments whatsoever. Not even a fridge. It felt cold because of the tiled floor. I asked for a kettle, which they delivered whilst I was out, but they didn’t give me a cup!
Hot water takes an absolute age to warm up - I had lukewarm showers every time until the day I left because I didn’t give it several minutes to warm up. I felt a bit aggrieved about this because I’d raised the matter with reception staff. They didn’t tell me to wait an age but just said they’d send someone to look at it. I don’t know if that ever happened because no one reported back to me.
Toiletries are in single use packs, which rather surprised me for a hotel that boasts of its eco credentials.
Wifi was so-so.
The gym is pointless - just a couple of cheap machines, so don’t plan on having a workout if that’s your thing!
One thing which bugged me was the vague hours that reception was manned. I understand that places are quiet at the moment, but the system - whatever it is - should be conveyed to guests. I was told when I arrived that the mattress in my room was new and extremely hard, but they had toppers so just to let them know if I wanted one. When I went to reception a little later to ask for one, there was no one there. Instead, there was a phone for me to call someone. As it turned out, the call went to a waitress’ mobile. When she eventually answered and came to see me, she told me to come back tomorrow. So I spent my first night sleeping on what felt like a slab of concrete.