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Hospedaria Rita - Mertola
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

The room was as described by other reviewers with an equally spectacular bathroom - the owners seem to have thought of everything but they uttered barely a word. We speak some Portuguese but we didn't need it as we didn't see anyone to talk to! The breakfast room was completely empty of guests, owners and food! We didn't mind we had a lovely breakfast in a nearby café sitting in the sunshine and admiring the spectacular roundabout! Excellent value and well placed for the town, would stay there again.

Room Tip: Choose a room overlooking the river and enjoy the moon reflected in the water.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Apr1l
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Reviewed December 9, 2011

We had been driving around the town of Mertola looking for a place to stay and one of the locals recommended Hospedaria Rita. It is located off of the main road down a little side street, if you have a car as we did, it is best to leave the car parked on the main road overnight.We had no problem doing that. The hotel is spotless and very peaceful. Our room was facing the river, we had a small balcony and a fabulous view. The room was huge with an enormous King size bed, very modern decor and a small fridge and TV (portuguese channels only). In the a.m. I watched the shepherd bring down his flock of sheep from the mountain to graze closer to the river, their bells clanged as they ran, it was almost biblical and made my day!
The breakfast was excellent and the host's very pleasant (my party speaks Portuguese)so I'm not sure about whether they speak English or not and I don't think it would matter.

Room Tip: The room at the back of the house farthest from the front door. It has a King size bed and a private balcony overlooking the river.
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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3  Thank Tullahlula
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

We found Rita's by chance as we drove around the village, great room overlooking the valley and river below... peacful and very quiet at night... car headlights in the distance, cicada's squeeking in the dark hills...lovely and very relaxing... The room was spacious and clean and it had its own balcony area. I conversed with the owner with sign language and even managed to get a late checkout...definately worthwhile and only 50euros a night!! The historic part of the village is worth the slight climb and the heat, it took us about 4 hours to walk around the various sites including a church, blacksmith, weavers house and roman ruins

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a balcony looking over the river, some rooms appeared to face in the other direction
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Jackdon
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Reviewed June 29, 2011

The rooms and dining room were of the space-age -- enormous king bed, spacious rooms. Do not expect Portuguese decor or simplicity. Seemed to come out of a design magazine. Extensive breakfast in modern dining room. Hotel seems to be run entirely by a husband and wife, neither of whom speak any English but work extremely hard to please guests as best they can (the husband actually hosed off our rented car before we left). The view of the river and bridge aren't the most beautiful, but the hotel was well-situated for walking the rest of Mertola (which is probably the most interesting historic village you will find in Portugal). When we were there it was a city festival, with a rock concert in the castle (!), but our rooms were quiet.

Room Tip: make early reservations
  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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4  Thank DavidByKayak
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Reviewed April 11, 2011

We could not fault this lovely B&B. We had a room with balcony overlooking the river, it was very relaxing and laid back. THe place was spotless, recently built with all modern conveniences. The room was large, and had a small fridge, the only one so far in Portugal. Breakfast was great, we had it on our balcony, but the breakfast room was beautifully set up too. We even had some port at night which was complimentary! Mertola is a great place to stay, and the route down to the Algarve is very scenic. The hosts are wonderful, we can't recommend this enough.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank lilyroseoz
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