I have been coming to Oliveira de Azemeis for many years to visit my partners family that live around the area, normally we stay with the family or borrow one of their houses. I have always wanted to stay in the Dighton as its centrally located and boasts two restaurants Dom Gomado and the Giratorio, this is a revolving restaurant at the top. of the building with fantastic views…. apparently, sadly we did not get to see them read on.
The hotel is a bit dated, the lifts are ancient and there is lots of dark wood on the walls but honestly its part of its charm, I really liked it. There is a small bar next to reception just outside the Dom Gomado restaurant, plenty of seats and a telly which only seemed to show football as with most televisions and bars in Portugal, not a soap in sight - television heaven. On the first floor was a free pool table. The reception desk all spoke very good English and their knowledge of the local area bars / restaurants was very helpful.
The rooms had plenty of storage and a very large bed, a mini bar and a safe, we did not use the safe, it looked like you had to get a lock and would probably carry a charge. It was very clean and tidy with good sized bathrooms, my only issue was the shower screen leaked which meant using up towels to mop up the inevitable puddle. I found the room was not well ventilated and consequently very hot, it did have air con but that is noisy when your are trying to sleep. I have to mention the stark contrast you notice when looking out of our window, we were in room 102 on the first floor, now bear in mind we are in a rather nice 4 star hotel. When you look out the window its like looking into a time warp, very old and run down houses and a chicken run outside the back of one of them, the contrast of the old and modern living side by side is something you see often in the area, and looks normal where in other towns and cities it would seem very out of place.
We took two rooms I only mention this because of the Wi fi, our room 102 had a great connection, room 106 could barely get any connection unless sitting in the bathroom, lets face it that is not ideal.
Breakfast is mainly continental which had a limited selection but what was there was very nice. The hot dish holding scrambled egg, sausage and bits of bacon, this really did not look at all appealing.
We really wanted to have a meal in the Giratorio restaurant at the top, when we enquired about bookings we were told that it stopped operating as a restaurant in September 2014 and now only opens for guaranteed bookings for parties of 20 or more. Seriously disappointing. The open fire grill in Dom Gomado was not lit every night until our last night (a Sunday) but we had already made arrangements to eat elsewhere so we did not get to eat in this one either, have to say the open fire did look good and we will eat there one day.
I know Oliveira is off the beaten track but I definitely recommend the Hotel Dighton if you are in the area.
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