While most people visit Óbidos on a day trip from Lisbon or for only a few hours on a tour, you may want to stay overnight. Staying at the castle is the most enticing choice, but don’t overlook the charming hotels and guesthouses within the medieval wall. They’re especially attractive if you’re traveling as a couple, as they’re usually romantic properties, often with views or in well-preserved traditional houses.
- 1. Pousada Castelo de Óbidos
- 2. Pousada Vila Óbidos
- 3. Hotel Casa das Senhoras Rainhas
- 4. The Literary Man Óbidos Hotel
- 5. Josefa d'Óbidos Hotel
- 6. Hotel Real d'Óbidos
- 7. Torre de Maneys
- 8. Casal da Eira Branca
- 9. Foral Guest House
- 10. Lovin Book Guesthouse
As one of the oldest and most popular pousadas (historic hotels) in the country, you need to book it some time in advance. Rooms vary in size and décor, but most are furnished with reproductions of pieces from the 16th and 17th centuries, to match the Manueline architectural elements. Some offer views of the countryside. If you’re looking for a romantic place to stay, this is your choice.
The other pousada in town is more recent but is also in a centuries-old building -- actually, in two separate ones. The interiors, however, have been completely renovated and are mostly contemporary. One of the buildings preserves a gothic doorway and also features an outdoor swimming pool.
It’s literally named the “House of the Queen Ladies” but it doesn’t have a regal interior. Instead, it features a rather contemporary décor with a few classic touches. Outside it’s a typical Óbidos building (painted white with yellow edges), while in the back there’s a terrace with a restaurant facing the castle walls.
As many as 70,000 books decorate every space of this unique hotel -- from the 30 rooms to the bar and restaurant. It’s a former convent, but now claims to be “the world’s greatest literary hotel.”
Dating back to the 1980s, this is one of Obidos’ oldest hotels, but a renovation has given it a contemporary décor. It’s located outside the town walls, but close to the main gate.
A 14th-century house is now this 4-star hotel with a rooftop swimming pool facing the castle. Each room is different, but all decorated in a medieval style. The common areas include a living room with a fireplace and game room with a pool table and darts. Despite the 4-star rating, it does not have a restaurant, but there are many places to eat in the surroundings.
Housed in two connected buildings (one of them a 16th-century tower that may have been the town’s synagogue), this is one of the most romantic places to stay in Óbidos. It has a library, a reading room with a fireplace, a terrace overlooking the town, and a medieval atmosphere in the common areas. The rooms are contemporary with a few antique and art pieces.
This charming guesthouse is decorated with local pieces of art, including ceramics and original paintings. Rooms vary in size and décor, but combine a rustic style with modern amenities.
Located in one of the many enchanting medieval streets of the walled town, this guesthouse is divided into small, bright, tastefully-decorated rooms and suites.
A renovated medieval house in Óbidos’ main street has been turned into this guesthouse decorated with recycled pieces. There are books throughout the property, inspired by the town’s literary connections.