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“Beautifull quiet charming hotel”
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Hotel Sao Domingos
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Beja
Lisbon, Portugal
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Beautifull quiet charming hotel”
Reviewed May 2, 2010

This is my third time here at Estalagem São Domingos and it always meets the expectations. It's in a very quiet zone of Alentejo near a river beach and you can mostly hear the sound of birds.
The rooms are very nice decorated, with a functional and nice bathroom. There is a beautiful swimming pool surrounded by the charming garden.
It's really the place I love to come and forget the rest of the world.
The staff is not the best professionals I have ever seen but very honest and friendly and will satisfy your needs in a relaxed way. There is a restaurant with beautiful rooms and when the weather is nice you can grab a snack or lunch/dinner at the terrace.
The price is low if you avoid July/August.
There is wifi all over the hotel and some days you can watch the stars and have an astronomy workshop because the hotel has a powerful telescope.
In the surroundings the near village is Mértola, around 17kms away and Serpa. You can also visit the old mines, and "pulo do lobo".
This is around 250 kms from Lisbon and you will take about 2,5hours to get here but it's worth it.
The only not very nice thing for me is that the mattresses are a bit hard for my back but in compensation you have the wonderful outside sleeping nets.
Extremely recommended.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
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Antwerp, Belgium
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed August 30, 2009

NIce stay, ideal when you need some time for yourself with no children in the neighborhood. The restaurant is ok, but not the same like the hotel. The owner was working in the garden, never seen it before :o). The room was luxury, the room was in the newest part of the hotel with a nice terrace and the view was perfect, there is a big lake at the otherside of the hotel where you can enjoy the people.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Lisbon, Portugal
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed June 8, 2009

i love this Hotel.

Its an excellent design Hotel, far away from all kinds off civilization.

Near the hotel you have the old São Domingos mine.

I've loved to stay there. Just having sun and pool baths!

excellent restaurant and pool bar.

i've already returned 2 times after this first experience.

negative points - its a bit expensive (more or less 100 Euros Night)

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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London
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2009

We stayed at this great hotel in May 2009 while visiting extended family in the town. The hotel was a real oasis of calm and tranquility. It is a boutique hotel but without the usual rates. The building and the rooms were very high quality and classy. Pool area is very stylish and well laid out. Nice and cool. We only ate breakfast in the hotel but that was more than adequate and easily international hotel standard. Staff were helpful and friendly (speaking English, German, Spanish and probably other languages). Superb value for money (we paid 65 euro for a double room per night). Parents loved it. Would go back without hsitation. Very quiet when we were there (mid-week out of season). Tapada (lake) with beach <5 mins walk away. Highly recommend.

With one minor excetion (see below), nothing at all to complain about. This place is a real find. I travel a lot on business around the world and this was easily comparable and in many respects better than many much more well known and costly hotels. A gem.

The minor exception is the bikes. My wife and I decided to cycle to Mertola which is about 35km there and back. It is quite hilly with a couple of serious hills for non-cyclists. 2/3rds of the way back I discovered that the front brake of my bike was stuck on a buckled wheel! At least that explained why I was slowing down going down hill. I was finding it so hard to keep up with my wife I thought I was ill! Didn't think bike charge was an issue as others have said (1 euro an hour).

If you want nightlife, then this is not the hotel for you. Having said that, if you want nightlife, what are you doing in the Mina anyway?

In terms of location, it is 17k to Mertola and about 30 mins (?) from Serpa. Further to Beja. Need a car to really get around the area.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
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Portugal
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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Reviewed May 18, 2009

This is a good country hotel to stay if you look for a quite and relax place. Me and my boyfriend choose that place to spend my aniversary day. Rooms are simple, but clean it's possible to choose between pool or river beach view.
The service is very nice, they offered us a bottle of champagne (room service) because it was my aniversary day.
The pool and the gardens are fantastic (2 pools - children and adult pool). We loved the breakfast, beacause it is possible to stay outside with view to pool. The weather was great, I don't recommend this place at August because it's very hot in Alentejo. May, June and Jule are the best months.
The restaurant at the hotel is modern and the menu is good, however if you want a real taste for the Alentejo, drive 5 minutes into the little village of Moreanes, and look for the restaurant called Alentejo. Great traditional Alentejo ambience, food and service.
Other great place to eat Alentejo food in Beja it's Restaurant Herdade da Malhadinha - www.malhadinhanova.pt/ - food is excelent and the property is beautifull. It was my favourite restaurant!
Take an advice if you want to relax stay in this hotel for 3 days and visit Mertola and Mina Sao Domingos.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Algarve, Portugal
1 review
Reviewed December 2, 2007

Away from it all, through lakes, countryside, picturesque villages, beautiful scenery, you eventually arrive at São Domingos, about 15 minutes outside the town of Mértola. This is the "capital" of peace and quite. The building itself has been completely modernised to a high standard with all the necessary facilities, including pool, gym, etc. and not to forget the large double ended bath in the standard rooms! The restaurant at the hotel is modern and the menu is good, however if you want a real taste for the Alentejo, drive 5 minutes into the little village of Moreanes, and look for the restaurant called Alentejo. Great traditional Alentejo ambience, food and service, all at a resonable price.

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  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Brighton, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
188 reviews
117 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 340 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2007

My husband and I stayed at the Estalagem for 3 nights and had a fab time.

The hotel used to be the manor house of a copper mine owner and has recently been renovated and extended. The decor in both the public places and rooms is very contemporary yet it fits in with the style of the property - we did indeed feel like we were staying in a manor house, especially when sitting out on the terrace overlooking the garden.

Our fab room, which was in the new part of the hotel, was a good size with very comfortable beds and a lovely balcony overlooking the fastanstic pool area. The room had the usual fridge (minibar), safe, TV and hairdryer.

The garden, which includes a decent size swimming pool and decked area (and bar which wasn't open whilst we were there), is lovely and there are seats dotted around it, plus a couple of hammocks in which you can relax.

The restaurant was really nice although, unfortunately, as the hotel was not very busy whilst we were there, we were unable to sample the al la carte menu, as they were only offering a reduced menu. Breakfast was a fab cold buffet with fruit, cereal, yoghurts, bread, croissants, cakes, cheese and meats, and the staff were very attentive.

The hotel has an observatory which luckily we were able to visit during our stay - it was great to be able to see the moon, saturn and venus through a large telescope.

Whilst at the hotel we did visits to Mertola and Serpa, both which are lovely whitewashed towns, and are only about 20/30 minute drive to. We also ate out one night at a local restaurant recommended by the head waiter - very cheap and lots to eat!

The reception staff were very helpful and efficient and were happy to advise and assist where necessary.

Our only minor disapointment was that the hotel was so quiet so kind of lacked a bit of atmosphere particularly in the restaurant - although this was a blessing in another way as we had no trouble sleeping!

I would definately recommend this hotel if you want somewhere nice to stay whilst exploring the Alentejo.

  • Liked — swimming pool area
  • Disliked — Lack of guests
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Sao Domingos
Address: Rua Doutor Vargas | Mina de Sao Domingos, Beja 7750-171, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Alentejo > Beja District > Beja
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Beja
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Swimming pool, bar, observatory, garden, library, salon, billiard room, auditorium, fitness room and restaurant. Superior and standard rooms. ... more   less 
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