The Convento de Espinheiro is a very beautiful building and the hotel is good, but I would not class it as a top notch place. On arriving by car we found the entrance roped of, so we had to park quite a distance from the entrance. As we have a classic car, who's boot can only be opend from inside the car, my husband had to return with the bell boy to the car to get our cases. Hard work for the bell boy as a trolly would not go over the uneven path.
The staff was friendly and efficient. We stayed in the modern wing which is very much like any other well run hotel. The atmosphere is that of quiet and roomy, the rooms all have balconies overlooking the gardens. Beware of the garden seats on the balcony, they give you a nasty shock when getting up! The gardens were very pretty and colourful with masses and masses of wildflowers.
The room is furnished very modern but the beds were very comfortable and had high quality linnen. The mini bar well stocked but had no ice, nor is ther a ice machine on the corridor. Room service was good but you get charged an extra 7 Euros on top of the price for the items you order for it. Internet accesss is not free. Those two points alone in my view are unaccaptable for a hotel of this class.
The artwork displayed in our room ( 145 ) was offensive; depicting a naked girl and a fox engaged in intercourse. Extremly bad taste in a place with such a religious history.
The cleaning of the room was also not very good, dust on the surface of the glass shelves, paper coaster mats left under the table on the floor and the plastic covers of the glasses from the bathroom left for 3 days on the stool under the washbasin. Not a problem but equally hardly what one can expect in a hotel of this class.
We had two meals in the restaurants, both of very average quality and not very well presented. But the staff was very good. Breakfast is good if you are early. On our last day we got to the dinning room just after 9 and found very little left, no eggs, no cheese ect. When we ask for things the only waitress on duty did eventually bring the requested items but after a lenghty wait by which time I lost my appetite.
The overall feeling we got of the hotel was that it is quiet with an interessting history, the old part of the Convent beautifully incorperated into a modern conference hotel. You will not starve but you could get a meal like the restaurant serves in any local place for half the price.
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