Being a member of the Pousada Club of Portugal, we decided to have 3 days by ourselves at the Pousada Flor da Rosa in Crato over christmas without the usual entertaining of guests. On arrival one is greeted by a magnificent bombastic view of the 14th century monastry "the pousada do Crato". From the parking area to the pousada one has to drag your own luggage 50 meters to the entrance. Another 50 meters walk over large stone steps, 2 tiny ramps,via a dark badly illuminated area, one reaches the reception area........all without any assistance (for persons with restricted walking abilities the walk from the parking area to the reception is not possible)or being greeted by staff to help.
Suite 601 was allocated to us. The top suite in the tower.One enters the suite into a dark entrè: dark brown wooden floors, dark brown wooded cubbords with a safe of which the usage instuctions were unable to be read because of the bad illumination. Ahead of the entrè is a freeing cold bathroom....no heating! Bad odour from the sanitation system had to be seen to twice during my 3 day stay. On the right hand side from the entrè one enters the bed-stting room, also brown furniture tastlessly placed about the room. The room also has no views except for a glass-door leading onto a terrace and one small picture on the wall in the entire suite.. What a fantastic rural view of the landscape once outside with surrounding farm houses with sheep,poultry, dogs etc. Although the heating was on maximum in the room, it was damp cold so a mobile heating radiater was brought in.
To escape all this we drove each day for kilometers to the surrounding villages and to the spanish border. As for Christmas: no christmas spirit like background carols or decorations.The restaurant food was not good and without any atmosphere!
All in all it was a depressing somber christmas 3 days spent at Pousada Flor da Rosa
I have been to many Pousadas before but this was an awful boring place with NO CHARM
Hilmar Adriaans Santa Barbara de Nexe 28.12.2011
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pousada Mosteiro do Crato is located in the village of Flor da Rosa, county of Crato, in the middle of Alto Alentejo, 22 km from the city of Portalegre. It was built in the Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Flor da Rosa and is part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The complex is comprised of three distinct buildings: the Gothic-style church-fort, the Gothic castellated palace with alterations from the 1500's and the rest of the monastery grounds, in Moorish and Renaissance styles. This Monastery is one of the most emblematic works of the region and one of the most original Gothic buildings in Portugal. During your stay in this luxury hotel, enjoy the outdoor swimming pool with a sunny terrace perfect for sun bathing, relax at the spa and Jacuzzi or enjoy a meal at the restaurant. The rooms are bright with modern decor, welcoming colours and dark wooden furniture, each equipped with a TV, mini-bar and free Wi-Fi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pousada Do Crato - Flor Da Rosa Hotel Crato