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Portugal | Sep 14 - Sep 24, 2022

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Alex L.
New York, NY | Reviewed on Sep 25, 2022

Beatriz found us some great places to stay. A stone house in a small farming village near Portugal's national park; and in Morocco, Riad Fes was one of the nicest hotels I've been in. The drivers and guides in Morocco were all friendly and well informed. read more

Beatriz found us some great places to stay. A stone house in a small farming village near Portugal's national park; and in Morocco, Riad Fes was one of the nicest hotels I've been in. The drivers and guides in Morocco were all friendly and well informed.

Hotel Reviews
Riad Fès - Relais & Châteaux
Fès

Incredible architectural details, small, personal scale, and probably the best food we had in Morocco.

Authenticity & Character
Fancy because the craftsmanship is so beautiful, not just because things are expensive
Location
Staff
Really polished service
Cleanliness & Comfort
Pousada Porto - Rua das Flores
Porto

Fine -- clean, nice bathrooms, small balcony onto courtyard. But cramped, and on an overwhelmingly touristy crowded street.

Authenticity & Character
It's pretty generic.
Location
It's really not fun to be on the single most crowded touristy street in all of Porto.
Staff
They were somewhat understaffed, and had signs everywhere trying to push breakfast attendance earlier.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Zyo
Rabat

It was fine, and in a convenient location. Not extensive service and no food. Certainly nowhere near as nice as Riad Fes, though I imagine it is a lot cheaper.

Casa das Afonsas
Barral, Portugal

Very basic in some ways -- the stone house has almost no windows and bad flurescent lights -- but this was a surprise hit on the itinerary. It's in a super-cute town that's mostly stone houses and farming, sheep everywhere. The town cafe is a sister of the Casa das Afonsas family, super friendly, with all just locals hanging out. Pretty short drive to a part of the park where nothing is touristy at all -- the hikes are just from one tiny stone village to another, with few people around.

Authenticity & Character
Don't send people here who want luxury every night, but escaping tourisim into a beutiful landscape is its own luxury.
Location
Close to a gorgeous but totally untouristed part of the national park.
Staff
Friendly family hosting.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Oak Nature
Vieira do Minho, Portugal

Extremely half-baked. Amazing sunset views from the pool, which is also really nice. Terrible sewer gas smells in bathrooms. Cheesy construction quality. Inexplicable mistakes like ugly sponsored ice cream brand umbrellas screwed to the deck smack in the middle of the best view. No real dinner, but a major hassle to drive up and down the mountain to get to restaurants.

Authenticity & Character
Cheesy modernism, poorly constructed.
Location
Amazing view from the pool. Really hard to get to and far from food. Rooms are mostly overgrown by trees and do not really have views, though the trees are pleasant. The town is on a pretty lake in a beatiful valley and near some of the park's best hikes like Poco Azul (really bonkers) but the town itself is kind of a junky crowded tourism hub.
Staff
What staff there were were really nice. There's not supposed to be dinner, but they made us snacks off hours anyway.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The place is visually clean, but they never really figured out the sewer gas stench in the bathroom, and other rooms they offered us were musty plus they try to hide the must and sewer smell with aggressive electric air fresheners.
Activity Review
Half-Day Guided Tour of Fes Medina
Fes

Hakim was great -- informative, happy to tailor the walk to what we cared about, knew the medina incredibly well.

Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Reviewed on Oct 04, 2022

Hi Alex! Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed feedback! I'm so happy you had a great time in Morocco with your guide and drivers and that you enjoyed Portugal :) It's been truly a pleasure to help you organize this trip. Best regards, Bea.