We spent two nights here in February, 2013, and thought it was magical. The rooms are spacious and very quiet, very clean and comfortable. The breakfast bar was well stocked and I was served a light dinner of a salad one evening in my room, as my husband was not well and could not go anywhere and I didn't want a big meal. There are two large, lovely sitting areas off the dining room that are perfect for reading a book or surfing the net and every night there was a beautiful wood fire in the large fireplace. The staff were most helpful with all our requests - we could not have been more pleased with our stay. It was a great base from which to visit Marvao and other interesting spots. There is a hiking trail behind the house if you want to explore the area, which I did, and when the weather is warm the pool must be terrific as it is large and in a lovely setting. There is a very Portuguese restaurant just up the road if you do not want to travel into Portalegre or farther afield for dinner. I would recommend Convento for anyone wanting to visit this area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Convento da Provença – Rural Hotel, located at Monte Paleiros, Portalegre, Alentejo in the Natural Park of S. Mamede Mountain and center of the Tourist Triangle of North Alentejo (Castelo de Vide, Portalegre, Marvão), is part of a rural environment where tranquillity and silence offer true moments of rest and relaxation. A real monument, the Convento da Provença (with origins in the remote Middle Ages) sits at the foot of the Serra de Frei Álvaro, a location that ensures magnificent views over the plains and the hills where cork oaks and olive trees domain, in a calm and welcoming atmosphere that combines history, nature and religion with all the comforts and amenities essential for an unforgettable stay. The legacy of centuries of history are reflected in the tasteful decoration based on past history and the monastic life, the preservation of old walls and in the maintenance of most of its original features, which highlight its seven rooms and two suites whose names are a homage to the castles of the District of Portalegre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Convento Da Provenca Portalegre, Portugal - Alentejo