My husband and I spent several nights in this beautiful hotel, with our young children. The hotel is located on the outskirts of Evora -- a charming town with some interesting historical sights (including a chapel constructed entirely of human bones--eery and an impressive Roman acqueduct), nice shopping and not too many tourists. The hotel was formerly a very important convent and church and you are surrounded in history. They have done a great job preserving the original spirit of the place, while bringing it up to the standards of a luxury hotel. (You must check out the gorgeous chapel that has been maintained and is filled with works of art.) Our room was huge, with a separate room for the children and furnished with antiques, as well as all the modern amenities you'd expect from a 5-star hotel. The multiple pools and grounds are gorgeous.
The service was some of the best we've experienced. We were greeted with a cocktail upon our arrival (incorporating a locally grown herb), and it seemed as if every one of the many staff members knew us by name and were concerned that we love the hotel as much as they clearly do. The hotel manager was particularly charming and solicitous. You should also take time to enjoy a luxurious meal at the dramatic and beautiful restaurant. (That is, if you can find room after stuffing yourself at the huge breakfast buffet.)
We left feeling pampered and refreshed and as if we had an experience that was far from ordinary. This is not just another generic luxury hotel, but a truly special place that is worth every penny.
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