Bussaco Palace Hotel

The Bussaco Palace is set in the heart of the glorious Bussaco National Park and is resplendent in its decorative Manueline-Gothic architecture.

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Built for the last King of Portugal in 1885, it was converted to a luxury hotel in 1917 and is still receiving guests today.

Bussaco Palace Hotel

The structure exhibits profiles similar to the Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower see here near Lisbon and the Tomar Castle.

I found this Palace/Hotel on the internet and thought it would fit in nicely with our driving trip through Portugal. We arrived in the late afternoon and practically had the place to ourselves.

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Firstly a walk in the gardens – beautifully manicured shrubs, ponds, fountains, steps and waterfalls.

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Being April, there were some lovely flowers in bloom, especially the wisteria.

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Bussaco Palace Hotel

The exterior of the building looked a little tired but still provided enough charm to take some great photos.

Bussaco Palace Hotel

The tiled verandahs, Manueline windows and many statues (including a couple of gargoyles) had us clicking away for quite some time.

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Bussaco Palace Hotel

I love how the Manueline architecture provides wonderful frames for photographs.

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Bussaco Palace Hotel

We only stayed the one night so had full access of the interior – so very elaborate with well placed antique furniture, and an amazing staircase accentuating the main window of the palace.

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Bussaco Palace Hotel

And this same window from the outside.

Bussaco Palace Hotel

What would an iconic Portuguese palace be without its blue tiles.

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Bussaco Palace Hotel

This timber spiral staircase was great to photograph.

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Bussaco Palace Hotel

The lounge area had notable works of art by Portuguese masters of the time, graceful sculptures and various frescoes.

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Even the ceilings and lights were spectacular.

Bussaco Palace Hotel

It was an honour to stay in such an historic hotel. I feel that one night was enough, but if you wished to explore the surrounding National Park and the town of Luso, then a couple of nights would be much better. The rates are also quite affordable considering what it has to offer.

This was the dining room where we had breakfast.

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Bussaco Palace Hotel

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