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“Not as good as I expected” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Hotel Solar Dos Mascarenhas

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Hotel Solar Dos Mascarenhas
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Florbela Espanca, 125 | Vila Vicosa, Evora 7160-283, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #9 of 25 Hotels in Evora
Lisbon, Portugal
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Not as good as I expected”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

From the reviews I saw here my expectations were quite high, but I'm afraid this hotel is not as good as some people have described it. Yes the design is very nice, and the common areas do provide a great atmosphere, with a mix of traditional and contemporary that makes this place quite original and attractive. The location is also good, right in the center of Vila Viçosa. However, the details miss out on the excelence which is advertised: the beds are very uncomfortable, the room was not sound proof at all and we were awake as early as 7AM both by the bells in the nearby church as well as by the noises from the downstairs kitchen and doors being shut in our floor. The shower head was very old and looked like something that came from the early 80's and there was a bad smell coming from the sink. We had to turn off the AC because it was so noisy we could not sleep, and so we ended up with a very hot room. There are no elevators, so we had to walk up the stairs carrying out luggage, which was also not pleasant, and they don't have parking as well.The breakfast also lacks variatey, especially if you consider the regional products, which were not present at the breakfast buffet. Overall it's not a bad place to stay, but for the price probably there are better places.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Porto, Portugal
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

Perfectly situated in the historical part of the village, next to Palacio Ducal
Friendly receptionist.
Nice pool and surrounding area. Very nice lounges. Renovation of Solar is well done and new building is well integrated in the setup.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2010

We just returned from a 2-1/2 week trip to France, Spain and Portugal. For 20 years, we have depended on American Rick Steves for his recommendations on hotels in our price range. We found the Solar on our own on Trip Advisor and have never stayed in a finer hotel with a gracious and kind staff and wonderful meals. (Their buffet breakfast included in the room rate was the best, most extensive, and top-quality we've ever had on our ten trips to Europe.)

We knew we had found the right hotel in the tiny town of Vila VIcosa (its about 30 miles from Evora) when we were upgraded to a beautiful suite upon our arrival. English is spoken well in the hotel, and the staff (David and Tania) were able to help us a great deal with information about the town, the hotel and the area. As a result, we have fallen in love with the country of Portugal, the Alentejo region and the small town of Vila Vicosa which contains a lovely Ducal palace a block from the hotel. We are now figuring out how we can stay there for a month at a time when we retire in six years.

Anne & Ken
Oregon

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lisbon, Portugal
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2010

I must say this Hotel was a nice suprise Solar dos Mascarenhas may have a simple face, but as soon as you enter it you are greeted by daring luxury standards the decoration is perfectly balanced between the Old and the Modern. The Rooms are very well decorated with all the modern amenities.
The restaurant represents all the tastes of the region but with a modern kick and the staff were very nice and helpfull. We were suprised to find out that they had something similliar to a wellness center were we had a relaxing massage.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Faro, Portugal
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2008

We stayed there last year and we went back this year to spend a few days in Vila Viçosa, a small village with a magnificent palace in the middle of Alentejo.
The hotel is located near the palace, in the village centre. The hotel itself was once a little palace which was reformed and refurbished to become a modern and pleasant hotel with a small outside swimming pool. The no-frills rooms are not big though with a very interesting modern decoration. It is a three-star hotel but with an outstanding service and a friendly staff.
Brekfast which was poor, improved a lot. This time it offered a selection of local cheeses,different types of bread, and pastries and fruits,besides the usual eggs, sausages and bacon.
Unfortunately it doesn't have a parking site but it is easy to park on the street or in front of Vila Viçosa Palace.

  • Liked — the decoration
  • Disliked — the rooms are small
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Welington
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2008

We absolutely loved our night here. The hotel is gorgeous. Old world style on the outside, modern and trendy on the inside. It makes beautiful use of the region's marble in the baths and hallways. The choice of bold colours is fantastic in the common areas. The bed and bath were great. The staff also went out of their way to accommodate our vegetarian needs, making a three course meal in the restaurant for dinner that rivaled any gourmet preparations we've had anywhere in the world. Everyone was friendly, warm, and helpful. We wanted to stay a week instead of a night.

  • Stayed March 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Pforzheim
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2008

Just came back from our 2 night stay, and we just loved this small Hotel.
We've booked a double room and we've got a free upgrade to a suite.
The room was very clean and beautifully decorated.
The restaurant was also a very good experience.
Staff is very discreet and nice.

We'll be back ....

  • Liked — Decoration, Cleanliness, Food
  • Disliked — noise isolation
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Hotel Solar Dos Mascarenhas

Address: Florbela Espanca, 125 | Vila Vicosa, Evora 7160-283, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Alentejo > Evora District > Evora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 25 Hotels in Evora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Solar Dos Mascarenhas 3*
Number of rooms: 22
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