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Beira Rio
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

We have visited this hotel regularly since 2003 and can't recommend it too highly. The accommodation is simple but comfortable, breakfast is simple but substantial, and it is very good value for money. The location is very quiet and peaceful, with marvellous views over the river and mountains. Wonderful bird-watching, especially if you take a river cruise (bookable through the hotel). Mertola is a site of outstanding historical interest within the confines of a small town - even the Hotel Museo (daughter hotel to Beira Rio and next door) has an archaeological site that you can visit in its foundations! Eating out is excellent and a short drive away you can bathe in a mountain lake. Most of all, the people are wonderful, friendly and helpful! We look forward to many more visits in the future.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms (5 - 8) have a terrace, upstairs have small balconies. Most rooms have a river view. Hotel Museo (part of the same business) is modern.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank David H
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

The (Resedencia) Beira Rio is part of the Hotel Museo in Mertola. Breakfast is taken at the hotel, which is built upon roman remains, which can be seen from the hotel lobby.
The view from the room balconies of the Beira Rio are spectacular....the castle, the river and the old mosque....amazing......and all for under $40 per night for 2 people including breakfast. While you are there, walk around the corner and have a fabulous "local" meal at the Temuje restaurant.
mertola is a hidden gem in Portugal....but for how long??

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a balcony overlooking the river
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Barry W
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

The staff was helpful (was able to refrigerate some medication for me) and friendly. Accommodations are plain but comfortable and clean, and great AC on a very hot day. Balcony with a good view, which I hardly used due to the weather.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Tchira S
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Everything we wrote for our April 2012 visit was true and positive again for us.

It is a good base for the southern Alentejo steppes, which is a great birding area. At this time of year the spring flowers are spectacular.

It was the only place we stayed this time without wi fi in the room, but not a big problem on a short holiday.

The town is obviously developing the area by the river just below the pensions, which is sad in a way but looks as if it could be attractive when finished. They are obviously looking to develop the kayak hire business as part of this.

There are several good restaurants in town too, and we have written some reviews of these.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
1  Thank FandRD
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

I find myself out of step with previous reviewers of this B&B. We were booked in here for two nights, but really did not like the atmosphere of the place from the moment we arrived and found it deserted, with a note directing us to the Hotel Museu next door for checking in. The two places belong to one family, and they are obviously economising on staff where they can.

Our room was clean and tidy, but old-fashioned in decor and rather cold. And there seemed to be a slightly 'disinfectant' smell about the largely deserted hotel. For whatever reason, we didn't think we were going to enjoy our two nights, so switched our booking, paid extra, and moved into the Museu. This was €20 per night extra, and was expensive for the region, but more to our liking.
For us the extra payment was worthwhile so as not stay here!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank grey.dave
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