We had a marvelous stay in Pousada de Beja recently. Before the trip, we felt pretty excited about staying in such a historical building - a 13th c. convent! And once we arrived there we were not disappointed at all. The building is magnificient and invites the guest (or shouldI say the visitor) to walk around and dive into history. I would say that you actually forget that you are in a hotel (which is always a good thing when travelling) and feel more like you are exploring an interesting place full of pleasant spots and art pieces. We even went up the bell tower to enjoy the old city and plateau views. Then you remember that you are actually in a hotel and the rooms, customer service and breakfast were also clearly of very high standards. I had to use internet and had to take my laptop to common areas, but even that was a straightforward and probably my partner appreciated me not using the laptop in the room anyway. All in all, I found the Pousada highly recommendable, and a good combination with a nice drive around that beautiful area in Portugal which is the Baixo Alentejo.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pousada de Beja, Sao Francisco, is a hotel right in the centre of the city, in an old XIII century convent, the result of which is a majestic, impressionable architectural work, which represents religious and gothic architecture. The first registers of the convent date back to 10th November 1268, a date which marks the emergence of the S. Francisco Community in Beja under the initiative of the Captain General Lopo Esteves and the Councillors Diogo Fernandes and Vasco Martins. Opened in 1994, this historic luxury hotel in Beja has kept the original features of the old building, containing many spacious areas, high ceilings with predominating white walls and decor of local crafts and antiques, giving it a warm welcoming to visitors of the Pousada. In the old central nave, contemporary art expositions give life to the walls. The hallways, ample and stripped, connect the old monks' chambers which have been remodelled and transformed into welcoming bedrooms with an inviting view of the pool and garden. Nserted in the heart of Alentejo, the Pousada can help their guests plan a number of diverse activities including bicycle rides, horse treks and hikes. The Beja Castle is only 700 metres from the Pousada de Beja and the Queen Dona Leonor Museum is found a mere 300 metres away. The Pousada de Beja is a true oasis in the Alentejo plain. Come and relive these old memories, with almost 800 years of history, in a real haven in the Alentejo plain. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pousada De Hotel Beja