During our first visit to Portugal in October, 2012 we chose Castelo de Alvito because it appeared to be centrally located during our visit to the Alentejo region. The castle is beautifully restored and decorated, quite comfortable with very helpful and professional staff for such a small place. Due to the time of year and weather we did not take advantage of the pool and gardens. The restaurant, with its vaulted ceiling and wall of arched windows looking out to the castle courtyard offers a stunning atmosphere for very nice dining - a stark contrast to anything else nearby. We had dinner and breakfast there and the food was good. There were not many guests at the castle, so we were the only ones in the dining room and the service was outstanding. It offers a great value compared to the Pousada in Evora, however be aware that it is "centrally isolated" in a small, depressed village with no other attractions. Evora is a 45 minute drive and the suggested routes to most other points of interest are via Evora. I would recommend it to anyone interested in a quiet stopover in a beautiful castle for a reasonable cost. My only real complaint is wi-fi is only available in the bar. They provide free access for 30 minutes at a time. After 30 minutes you lose your connection and must get a new ID/Password from the desk. A minor inconvenience for a stay in a 15th century castle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pousada do Alvito opened in 1993 after the recuperation of the fifteenth century castle. This building has been classified, since 1910, as a National Monument and an example of the best of the Portuguese architecture, which combines the architecture of the fortress and palatial residence and of Islamic, gothic and Manueline influences. The Alentejo village of Alvito is found around 30 km from Beja. A place that that both couples and families find inviting for relaxation in a splendid location surrounded by luxury, charm and finesse. Stepping out on the outdoor patio we can appreciate a view of the magical flickering lights from the Castle wall lights. Staying the night at the Alvito Castle is a great excuse for a romantic getaway and will delight all those who choose to do so. ... more less
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- Pousada De Castelo De Alvito Hotel Alvito