This is a remarkable conversion of an ancient building into a comfortable hotel. Four star (by local standards; 3+ stars by US ratings), the hotel is centrally located on a hill in historic Tavira.
The location is a bit of a challenge to reach by car--with all the smalll and one-way streets, but it is perfect after arrival--away from the riverfront bar and tourist area, but within an easy walk. Tavira has a handfull of interesting sights and others to explore nearby.
The pousada's small staff tries very hard to welcome guests. We detect a bit of corporate cost cutting in the number of staff on duty.
Our suite was good, room 9, located in a modern attached mini-wing of the hotel. Note that during hugh season, foot traffic heading to the pool could pass this room, making it noisier, but during slow season it was a great, quiet location.
Breakfast was acceptable (but under-staffed again). Parking is convenient, on-site and gated.
The building and grounds were wonderful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pousada de Tavira is set in the 16th-century St. Augustine’s Convent and is just a few minutes walk from the Roman Bridge over Gilao River. All of the rooms in this central Tavira hotel overlook the courtyard or the hotel’s pool garden, while some have balcony. Each has a private en-suite bathroom with tub and hairdryer. Guests can relax under shady umbrellas on the poolside sun loungers. A daily breakfast buffet is offered in the dining room or in the courtyard outdoors. The restaurant serves delectable local and international cuisine for lunch and dinner. Ilha de Tavira’s white beaches are situated just 15 minutes’ drive from the Pousada. Excellent golf opportunity is offered by Benamor Golfe Course, 7 km away. Plenty of restaurants are found near to the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pousada Convento Da Graca Tavira