This Hotel Pousada is situated
in the square in front of the Queluz National Palace, also known as the
Portuguese Versailles, in Lisbon Portugal.
This beautiful Rococo Palace,
which is open to visitors, was the summer residence of the Portuguese Royal Family during the 18th Century.
It was built by Dom Pedro III and was the home of Queen Maria I during the thirty nine years that
she ruled Portugal until 1816.
During this period firework
displays were held at this Queluz Pousada with the scenes reflected in the lakes. Bullfights were also held in the courtyard.
Unfortunately, Queen Maria
is mainly remembered for being completely mad!
In the main palace, the mirror
lined Throne Room is embellished with ‘rocaille’ gilt carvings
and the museum houses an important art collection, once owned by the royal family.
The formal gardens and its
fountains, pergolas and lakes create an oasis of calm and are a perfect
setting for viewing this magnificent building.
Queluz is within easy reach
of Lisbon. It is 5 kilometers from the outskirts and 12 kms from
This elegant and exciting
capital city on the River Tejo was rebuilt in the 18th Century following the Great Earthquake of 1755.
Lisbon has a wealth of museums,
art galleries and historic monuments in particular, Torre de Belem,
Jeronimos and the monument to the Discoveries.
Along with Coimbra, Lisbon
is the home of Fado, the traditional typical soulful music of the Portuguese
people, and no visit is complete without experiencing a Fado restaurant or bar.
From Queluz, a trip to Estoril, the ‘Portuguese Riviera’ takes one back to the post war opulence of the aristocracy.
For anyone fancying their
luck at roulette, the local casino will be happy to oblige!
This Lisbon Pousada,
a pink and white baroque treat, formerly housed the Royal Guard, and was opened as a Pousada in 1995.
The accommodation at Queluz Pousada comprises
21 standard bedrooms, 3 superior rooms and 2 suites. All rooms have private bathroom, air conditioning, telephone, Cable television, radio and mini-bar.
Facilities include air conditioning, free wireless internet access in the public areas, lift, restaurant, bar, family games and parking.
Its attractive interior contains
a small private theatre and also conference facilities.
The Cozinha Velha restaurant
serves excellent cuisine and is the original Palace kitchen with timbered
ceiling and stone fireplace.
Activities in the area include
tours of the National Palace, golf, beaches, casino, 4 wheel motorbikes, jeep tours and karting.
You may also care to visit
the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park and the beautiful town of Sintra
which has been classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
There are a number of excellent
golf courses in the area please see Lisbon Golf Courses for details.
The international airport
at Lisbon (Lisboa) is approximately 17 kilometers from this Pousada of Portugal.