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Pousada Convento Beja
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Beja
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

It was wonderful to stay in this beautifully converted and historic 13th century Franciscan convent. Staff were all very friendly and helpful. Our room was very spacious, comfortable,and quiet and overlooked the gardens and pool. The breakfast and dinner were excellent, and the location is right in the centre of Beja with plenty of secure parking.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Having over the years stayed in most (if not ALL!!) of the "historic" Paradors in Spain and either stayed or taken a meal in several of the "historic" Pousadas in Portugal, one has a fairly good vantage point from which to judge this Pousada.

All in all, given the parameters of the Parador/Pousada experience one has had, I would judge the Pousada de Beja to be fairly "on top of things". Staff here we found to be not only polite and etc., etc., but those with whom we interacted were kindly, friendly and intelligently "on the ball", as it were!

We had a "superior" garden/pool-view room (107) for three nights, which was kept spotless, being re-made AFTER we had gone out each day (AND, I found that whoever made up the room had even kindly washed out and nicely re-arranged the mugs I had brought from home ---I had, as I always do, brought along my own kettle, mugs and coffee supplies, these only sporadically being supplied even in 4 and 5* establishments---). Toiletries were GENEROUSLY re-supplied each day.

Breakfasts were on a par with all other "Pousada breakfasts": good queijo fresco, good presumpto ham, etc. , delicious fresh fruit, bacon/scrambled eggs in one of those "silver" heated things, juices/cereals etc., the usual selection of freshly-made local cakes/pastries, etc. and truely deliciious (and fresh!!) crusty breads. Breakfast is served at the "garden end" of the Monk's refectory/ dining hall (with convenient doors through which to "escape" for a cigarette and with one's coffee to poolside tables if it is not raining--but there is no awning if it is raining and smokers need to bring an umbrella with them if it is).

This Pousada has the usual complement of "architecturally -interesting/ important" and "monumental" rooms for which one chooses to stay in a Pousada or Parador and the grounds are charming. The swimming pool is vast (with an intelligently-planned and safe children's pool area) and they have thoughtfully incorportated a quite nice children's play area into the garden, too.

p.s. We stayed here in early November, and, although I do not know much about ant bahaviour vis-a-vis the different seasons, the Pousada seems to have eradicated their former "black ant issues" , as the only black ants to be seen here on this occasion were definitely OUTSIDE of the building!! My only quibble is that, in these (for me, bleak!) days of "non-smoking political correctness", I dearly wished that someone had erected an AWNING of some sort over one of the doors to the garden so that ( in extremis) one hadn't needed to carry about a large umbrella with one all the time! Also, as my husband and I have now become oldies (or as the kind receptionist at the Pousada put it , "Not Old, but rather, Gold!"), combining the Pousada's "early booking" plus their "Golden Age" discounts made a lovely stay here VERY AFFORDABLE and great value!!

In re: Beja--there is far MORE of interest in the town than many tourists seem to realize! Besides the wonderfullly-interesting Dona Leonor Regional Museum in the Convent of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, there is a brilliant archaeological dig presenting pre-historic and Roman ruins under a glass floor in a purpose-build muceum next to the Theatre Pax-Julia and several churches have brilliant 17th-18th azulejos (tiles) and etc. etc.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

We stayed in a superior room, a nice room at the end of a corridor. In a superior room one expects two armchairs, but there was only one.
The building is beautiful.
A part of the pastries/coffee rolls/buns at the breakfast buffet was not fresh
The staff is friendly, the receptionist Luisa did her best and was very helpful.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

Beja was by far the most difficult town we had to navigate and we got lost several times finding this pousada, but it was worth it! Very beautiful building and grounds, great breakfast, peaceful and calming respite.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

Outstanding service from the moment we arrived. Lovely rooms, first class food. So peaceful we were amazed to find the hotel was full. The the town and area is also peaceful, try the local food and wine. We will return.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

It was a delightful experience staying in this Franciscan convent. Just wandering around such a magnificent building was a real pleasure. Staff were all very friendly and helpful. Our room was very spacious, comfortable, quiet and overlooked the gardens and pool. The bathroom was very large and well equipped. Breakfast was excellent and as the weather was warm we were able to sit outside. The swimming pool was good for all ages with plenty of shade and there was a children’s playground. The car park was secure with the entrance at the side. Beja is a small town and the Pousada is at the edge of the old town which means restaurants and shops are very nearby.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

The monastery experience is quite something in itself. Our room was very nice. Walking around the Pousada is a very calming and relaxing experience.The breakfast was good, the lunch was also good, but quite expensive. The staff was kind and helpful. The pool is nice, but noisy. There are generators running close by, on the neighbour premises. The internet connection was quite bad, with only 30 minutes free. The Pousada is well located in Beja. We did not like Beja that much. The city was not well kept (compared to Lisboa and Evora) and there was little to see (the tower is interesting).

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Pousada Convento Beja

Address: Largo Dom Nuno Alvares Pereira, Beja 7800-018, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Alentejo > Beja District > Beja
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Beja
Price Range: $83 - $147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Pousada Convento Beja 4*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pousada de Beja is located in the old Convent of São Francisco in the city of Beja, in Alentejo. Located in the city centre just 700 metres from the castle and 200 metres from the Rainha D. Leonor museum. The Pousada is the result of a majestic, architectural project that is representative of Portugal's religious and gothic architecture. During your stay you can relax in our SPA which offers a treatment and massage room, and is also equipped with a Turkish Bath and Sauna. Go for a peaceful walk through the fantastic gardens, take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, perfect your strokes on the tennis court or play games in the bar , which has a snooker table and other table games. For your meals, the Pousada has a restaurant and a bar. The rooms have been adapted from old cells , with 20 rooms overlooking the garden and the pool. All rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi. The Pousada de Beja is truly an oasis at the heart of the Alentejo plains, steeped in almost 800 years of history. ... more   less 
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