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Pousada Barao de Forrester
Ranked #1 of 7 Alijo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 September 2011

In our cycling trip of the Douro River Valley one of my dreams and goals was to stay in a Portuguese Pousada. I must admit that I was slightly disappointed with the Pousada do Barao de Forrester...our room was small, overlooked the parking lot, our bathroom was difficult to manage (you had to move the mirror to look out the window, the doorstop in front of the toilet resulted in several stubbed toes and the tub was difficult to step in and out of). The rooms were very clean, but sparse and lacked anything 'special.' I was also surprised not to be able to find any historical information in the room about the Pousada. However...in looking at the positives...
1. The bar service was a pure delight. The bartender recommended that we try the house special...a mix of muscatel, tonic and lime...this drink was so refreshing and fantastic that it prompted us to order another round (and then even a third round I recall!).
2. Lunch in the dining room...we had the pre-fixe menu...fantastic. I don't recall the names of the dishes, but the first dish with sausage, egg and spinach (one of the 7 gastronomic wonders of Portugal) was a delight to behold and delicious. Same with the second course of a wild boar stew. The service was fantastic.
3. We spent an evening sitting outside on the small veranda above the pool. The wait/bar staff were SO very accommodating and brought us appetizers, cheese, assortments of dried meats...and picked some great red wines for us to enjoy!
4. The pool was clean and it was very refreshing. Nice to be able to sit around it and catch some sun!

There is very little to see or do within the town....

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 August 2011

I have just returned from a few days visit to the north of Portugal. i particularly chose to spend a couple of nights at the Pousada do Barao de Forrester as I wanted to combine touring with the chance to play some tennis. It was obvious on arrival that the tennis court was unusable as the condition was (in the words of the receptionist) "awful". I was also very disappointed with the pool area as it is bordered on one side by a huge construction site and on the other by a public play park complete with graffiti. The pool facilities are sadly lacking with only 6 sun beds although I counted 16 people around the pool. I immediately asked to be released from the second night of my booking but after a lot of negotiation, was told that the only way I could cancel without forfeit was to pay the highest rack rate for the first night. I agreed as quite frankly by that time I would have paid anything to leave this hotel! Having paid 180 euros to stay in this very mediocre hotel, (even internet costs extra) I will surely be avoiding the Pousada/Pestana group in future!

Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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MartaCruz, E-commerce Management at Pousada Barao de Forrester, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2011

Dear Guest,
Thank you for sharing your experience at Pousada de Alijó and for your feedback on the exterior common areas and cost per night.
We are very sorry for not being able to meet your expectations and we truly apologize for the inconveniences you have been through during your stay.
The swimming pool of the Pousada is well maintained but there are public areas around, which are not in our control.
We will remove mentions to the tennis court on our web pages and we are also improving the internal procedures to have an adequate internet service in the Pousadas.
Every Pousada or Pestana Hotel has its own characteristics and we are sure you’ll find some that please you. We know we would be delighted to welcome you again and we hope you’ll reconsider staying at Pousadas de Portugal,
Kind Regards

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Reviewed 15 June 2011

Helpfull staff Very clean good parking Town is a dump Restaurant dont order codfish tower.. How a chef cook. can make a fish so tough and place it on a tower of greens is a miracle. colin devon.

Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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MartaCruz, E-commerce Management at Pousada Barao de Forrester, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2011

Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to write this review and for the nice comments regarding the staff performance, the cleanness and the parking of the Pousada.
We truly apologize for the inconvenience of the dinner served. The Codfish Tower is a very imaginative and modern dish, usually with great acceptance.
We appreciate that you made us aware of this situation, so it won’t happen again.
As Alijó is located on Douro Wine Region, this Pousada is great to know more about wine production, visiting “quintas”, and to take cruises on the Douro River.
Hope you can choose again Pousadas de Portugal.
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Reviewed 28 April 2011

If you want to see the Douro Valley this is a great spot for an overnight stay..not the most modern Pousada but really comfortable with a really nice helpful staff & an excellent dining room...worth the excursion to see this area

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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MartaCruz, E-commerce management at Pousada Barao de Forrester, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2011

Dear Guest,
Thank you for your very kind comments about Pousada Barão de Forrester and for taking the time to share your experience.
We are delighted to hear that the Pousada was well located for guests visiting the Douro region and that you found our staff very helpful and also enjoyed your meals in the Restaurant.
We will be delighted to welcome you again on Pousadas de Portugal.
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Reviewed 20 March 2011

Hotel is a very nice Pousada de Portugal...however it was fully refurbished in 1996 and thats a long time ago and it tells. If you are stopping by on the way to the east of the country..then its good..but if you are staying there because you are visiting the Douro region, than stay elsewhere. The garden is not well kept, bathrooms are spacious but feeling old... Dinner was not bad...but wasnt great either. All in all...the Vintage House is near by and much more worth the money!

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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MartaCruz, E-commerce management at Pousada Barao de Forrester, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2011

Dear Customer, thank you very much for choosing to stay at Pousadas de Portugal. We take all feedback seriously, and sincerely regret that we did not meet your expectations. We welcome all constructive criticism, as it helps us to get better! We hope you can choose again Pousadas de Portugal. Best Regards

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Address: Rua Comendador Jose Rufino, Alijo 5070-031, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Vila Real District > Alijo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Alijo
Price Range: €117 - €132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Pousada Barao de Forrester 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Alijo Pousada is in the heart of the Douro Wine Region, in the village of Alijo. Rooms have cable TV and are air conditioned. The Pousada has its own restaurant and bar for guests who choose to dine in. Guests can enjoy many activities while staying at Alijo Pousada, such as taking a cruise on the Douro River, canoeing, fishing, hiking or visiting the many local vineyards. ... more   less 
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