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Pousada de Tavira Historic Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua D. Paio Peres Correia, Tavira 8800-407, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #2 of 16 Hotels in Tavira
Bristol, England
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“Great building, great staff, but the food...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

A wonderful historic building, and a privilege to stay there. If I'm honest I'm not sure about the decor. On the one hand the dining rooms have beautiful wooden ceilings that don't seem out of place. The bar, on the other hand, could well be a Starbucks and is as bland as can be. Same with the rooms. Meaningless "sausage" cushions on the bed which just annoy and you have to throw out of the way. Bare wooden floors that are cold on the feet. I put a towel down out of the bathroom. The evening meal was adequate. Breakfast was a laughable test of initiative with complimentary ingredients (for example, milk and cereals) on different tables. I am convinced I spent more time walking around trying to find things than eating. Burners gone out on the warm options. Such a shame, as the staff seemed really pleasant. Okay, so I imagine a former convent is an expensive place to keep going. But so was my room. It should all be better.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

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.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hertfordshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Have now stayed in four Pousadas and would rate this as one of the best. The building with its lovely courtyard and peaceful gardens makes staying in a town worthwhile. The parking was very convenient and the GPs took us there first time. We opted for a Suite which was situated on the second floor and had lovely views over the town. It was a good size with a king size bed and the dining room/lounge was very comfortable. We had a bathroom with toilet, bidet and handbasin and on the other side of the hall was another bathroom with handbase, bath/shower. We ate in the restaurant for five dinners and it didn't dissapoint, the breakfasts were excellent and you would have to be really fussy not to find something that tempted you. All in all a great holiday.

Room Tip: Higher floors less noisy and great views of Taviera
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Yanbu, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Very nice hotel overall. We stayed in off season so it wasn't very crowded. The location was excellent for walking down to town. The parking was very convenient. The GPS found the location straight to the front door, no problem. Rooms very clean and comfortable.

The special dinner was disappointing. There were probably around 7 tables of guest and one waiter. The dining room itself, was very boring and did not have any ambience or good atmosphere. The waiter ran through hurriedly on wooden floors trying to accommodate everyone. It made it seem hectic. It was an expensive meal, all couples. The food was average. But the dining experience itself was poor. I would rather walk into town and pay less and have a great atmosphere.


The hotel itself and the rooms are great. The staff was very pleasant.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Topeka KS
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

The Convento da Graca is one of the many Pousadas de Portugal; and as the name would imply, this property is a former convent. The building is lovely and elegant, with a charming cloister and wide, sweeping corridors.

A friend and I shared a superior, twin room, which was located in the original building (there is also a modern addition). The accommodation was very spacious, with wonderfully comfortable beds, good storage space, desk, minibar, sufficient lighting, plenty of electrical outlets, and windows for natural light and fresh air if desired. The room had a large entryway, off of which were the compartmentalized bathrooms: one with sink and tub/shower, the other with sink and enclosed toilet/bidet. This made for great convenience when sharing a room, as both were outfitted with convenient electrical outlets, as well. Our room looked out over a small plaza and lovely park.

The history of the building is evident, as the former convent has enormous hallways, wide staircase (yes, there is an elevator), and an enclosed courtyard, with covered walkways. There is also a convenient car park, which is closed and secured at night, and a very nice looking pool, located between the car park and the newer building addition.

The service was pleasant and accommodating, although I could have done without the pitch to vote for an "employee of the month." The breakfast room was large and the buffet was more the adequate to start the day.

Tavira is a small city, and the Pousada is within easy walking distance of everything. Pricing at the Pousadas is very reasonable, and if you're 55 or older, you can get a nice discount. I reserved through the website, and got a prompt response when I emailed to confirm my reservation just prior to travel. This is my first and only experience with Pousadas de Portugal, and I would book another.

Room Tip: I'd ask for a room in the original building -- they may all be "superior" rooms, but t...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vila Nova de Milfontes
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

We spent 5 nights at the Convento da Graca and we truly enchanted and delighted at our experience. It started off a little wobbly as our first evening meal was a disaster, the Chicken Wellington was more wellington than chicken. However the lovely manager realised that there was a problem and turned a negative into a plus. if only more hotel managers realised that any problems if handled correctly can actually enhance things - as in this case and our thanks go to the Manager. Our suite was roomy and comfortable, the only criticism was the heating. The weather had turned colder and the bedroom heating was not working. However the bed was comfortable and conducive to good sleep! Breakfasts for the first 4 days were served at table and were first class, on the last day it was a buffet and perhaps not quite as good since hot items by definition were not quite so fresh but still satisfactory! Not that we wanted to watch television but I have to say the placement in our room was a little difficult and would benefit from being on a swivel wall mount!. The ambience was amazing and it was easy to imagine being transported back in time. We were sad to leave.

Room Tip: We would recommend that you go for the Almansoor suite, as we did, you won't regret it!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Arlington, VA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We stayed in 4 pousadas during our trip to Portugal and Convento da Graca was our best experience. First Tavira is probably the town we liked best on the Algarve coast. Then the pousada is well located on the hill and within a short distance from the center of town. The hotel is an old convent that was refurbished with very good taste. The rooms are large and comfortable and the corridors and stairs are impressive.
We had dinner at the restaurant of the hotel the first night. It was my wife's birthday, and they had picked that fact from her passport when checking in. So we were surprised when the waiter wished her a happy birthday, and offered us a glass of sparkling wine then at the end of the dinner a small cake with a candle. In addition the dinner was very good and the service impeccable.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Address: Rua D. Paio Peres Correia, Tavira 8800-407, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Tavira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Tavira
#2 Romantic Hotel in Tavira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Pousada de Tavira Historic Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 36
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

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