Our family of 4 (2 adults, 7 yr old and 3 yr old) stayed in a suite at the Pousada dos Loios de Evora. I read many of the reviews here and was skeptical, but my husband convinced me that we should stay and experience the history of the pousada and town. I generally tend toward more modern, contemporary hotels and apartments. Since I knew the pousada would not deliver on that front, I managed my expectations and had a good time.
The suite we had was very large and roomy with a separate living room with sofa, desk, etc and with a separate bathroom and a separate shower area. It was more than enough room for 4 of us. The kids had a great time playing "castle" with the big key and old door locks. Our room overlooked the courtyard which was nice and quiet.
As expected, the furnishing and decor were very traditional and a bit dated, but that lends to the charm of the hotel. The bed was comfortable and the room was quiet. The bathroom itself had a clawfoot tub, toilet and sink, but there was a separate shower only room across the way. Interesting layout. The room was clean but I wouldn't say spotlessly so. I did notice some dusty areas in the room/bathroom which I wouldn't expect to see at a hotel of this price level.
The staff were friendly with the children and helpful enough. We asked the bellboy for a restaurant recommendation, and he told us to try Luar de Janeiro which was great. The food was better than the restaurant recommended in all of our guidebooks. We did not eat dinner or lunch at the hotel.
The location of the hotel was great, right next to the Roman temple ruins and church. We walked all over town which was nice, didn't have to move the car and find parking. There are many restaurant options a short walk away.
Breakfast at the hotel was decent, included in our rate. There were plenty of choices including eggs and sausages, cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit and juices, bread and pastries. While it wasn't the best breakfast ever, it was a nice way to start the day before sightseeing. The space is a bit awkward as the tables are set along the corridor and people are walking back and forth to get food, but we didn't mind as we didn't stay long in the breakfast area.
Overall, we had a nice stay and really enjoyed exploring the pousada and exploring the town of Evora. If you're looking for a chraming, historic place, this would be it. If you're looking for contemporary decor, you'd have to look elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pousada Convento de Evora, also known as the Pousada dos Loios, is located in the museum-city of Evora, a World Heritage site. The Pousada is located between the Catedral Gotica de Evora and the Templo de Diana and very close to the Praca do Giraldo and the Colegio do Espirito Santo. The building retains traces of its original architecture, such as courtyard cloisters, a peaceful and serene area where you will find the outdoor swimming pool and an area for you to relax. The Pousada features the Loios restaurant, a bar and a free car park with limited capacity. Almost all of the rooms are individually unique and include Wi-Fi. ... more less
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