Sleeping in Alcobaça
Santa Maria hotel – Right by the Monastery
Though not being the best hotel in Alcobaça (Challet Fonte Nova is special, in service and… price) Santa Maria Hotel is the best in the quality/location/price ratio. Right beside the Monastery, the only weak points are the absence of a restaurant and the access.
With the new restrictions introduced to the Monastery front, access by car can only be easily made from south, and, though parking became more difficult (and far) in Alcobaça, the hotel has a private parking to the guests. If you arrive by bus, or by railroad (with bus connection from the station, 6 km away), then you have to walk almost a quilometre across town, but, once installed, you are in the centre of everything.
Address: Rua Francisco Zagalo 20-22, Alcobaca
Phone: +351 262 590 160
Real Abadia – Promising surprise
One day I found a new hotel in a secondary road of a secondary village not far from Alcobaça. It was a surprise, such a remote location, demanding a car to be reached. The surprise grew as I noticed that it was the first four stars hotel in Alcobaça, seeming a risky adventure.
I never stayed there (and think I never will, because my home is less than 10 minutes away, but I have some friends who did and were very pleased with the quality of the service. Maybe that’s the secret – quality, and I must recognize that 90% of the tourism in Alcobaça use car or bus, turning the hotel accessible and really practical.
Address: Rua da Escola, Capuchos, 2460-479
Phone: +(351)262 580 370
Website: Real Abadia
Montebelo hotel – Top quality (and price)
Trying to make the most of the monastery’s immense space, after reserving spaces for a museum and cultural events area, an area at the back, used for years as a begging asylum, was recovered and converted into a five-star hotel, managed by the Montebelo chain.
Betting on success, the monastery itself “washed its face” and presents itself today with a fresher image.
Address: Rua Silvério Raposo 2 460 – 075 Alcobaça
Phone: +(351)232 420 000
Challet Fonte Nova – Hotel de charme
If you can reserve one of the only four rooms available, that’s the way to sleep in style in Alcobaça. An old mansion has been converted in hotel, and provides classical accommodation with good standards. The access is a little bit tricky, but it stays close to the center of town.
Address: Rua da Fonte Nova, Alcobaca, 2460-046, Portugal
Phone: (+351) 262 598 300
D. Inês de Castro – A New *** Hotel
Located near the bus terminal, in the exit to Lisbon via Turquel, and not far form the centre, this new hotel reinforces the middle class offer in Alcobaça.
I think they could have done better with the facade (well, that’s not the reason why I have no picture of it, needing to use their own photo), but the interior is OK, and the service tries to please.
Address: R. Costa Veiga, 44/48
Phone: 351 262 582 355
Website: Inês de Castro
Quinta do Pinheiro – Rural Hotel
A good three star hotel, far from touristy points but ideal for those who want to rest. Officially it is out of Alcobaça, but so accessible, half way to Nazaré, that it may be listed here.
Website: Quinta do Pinheiro
Well located campground in Alcobaça
The camping park of Alcobaça is a good solution. Located at walking distance from everything in town, it’s a medium quality camping. There’s no beach close to it, but Nazaré is 12 km away, and the other beaches only a little more.
Some camping announced as close to the beaches are really in the middle of nowhere, forcing you walk too much or to use the car for everything that exceeds the camping resources, including… going to the beach. Here, you spend about 10 minutes more to access the beach, but you will be free yo explore the place. And to travel around…
Directions: R. Joaquim V. Natividade 2460 ALCOBAÇA
Phone: 351 262 582 265