No doubt about it, this is a beautiful and unique place. We recently spent 5 days at the
Imani with our two small children. After the hecticness and noise of our hectic urban life this hotel offered a much needed respite, with only the noise of nature and the two donkeys! We enjoyed waking up smelling the pine trees and walking out to green on all sides. The place is simply stunning, well renovated and very well decorated with all sorts of quirky details!
The hotel only has a few rooms, and two pools. It has a limited lunch menu of salads and wraps, quiet average actually. The staff is great however and will recommend and book restaurants for you in the evening. Breakfast is included, and again OK...nothing overwhelming with all products (including the croissants, i.e. not fresh) from the discount supermaket Liedl (I recognised the brands).
What spoiled the experience for us was the fact that the owners who live on-site for part of the time - and use the hotel areas, including the pool - do not seem to take any interest in their guests. I have no problem with seeing them out and about but they need to make sure to speak to their guests. For Instance, on the last day I saw the owner as I was leaving our room....I was amazed at the fact that he did not offer his help with the luggage or enquire after our stay! They made us feel
Iike we were imposing in "their" house (we were the only guests at the time). This attitude spoilt the experience for us...Oh and we also found an old Penthouse under the bed which makes you wonder how well they clean!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Imani country house is 60 minutes away from Lisbon, 10 minutes from Evora and 2 minutes away from the Cromlech of Almendres, one of most important megalithic monuments of Europe. It is located in a unique in Alentejo, with antique gardens, lawns and a centenarian cedar forest. Five suites and two rooms with areas from 35 to 80m2. Breakfast is served until noon along with the daily newspaper. Imani has also magnificent swimming pools and a restaurant that serves delicious lunches, brunches and dinners. ... more less
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