After staying in many modern hotels, we decided to spend a night at this convent to mix things up. The reviews were good, and it just seemed like it would be a different experience. It was. Walking out of your room, you see frosted glass windows that immediately make you think you are at church (which was kind of cool) but then there is a full bar/lounge by the lobby (which was also kind of cool.) It was a real mix of old and new. The room was comfortable but basic – lots of space but no air conditioning, a small TV, and limited supplies/services. For example, we had to ask for toilet paper about an hour into our stay because we only had a quarter of a roll and were three people. The breakfast, however, was really plentiful.
The town of Obidos is expensive. This cannot be overstated. It’s a great place, but you pay dearly when you stay overnight. The convent was the most expensive place we stayed during our two weeks in Portugal, and yet it was also the most basic/barebones. Parking is sometimes available on the street; we chose to park in a lot on the top of the hill because we were too scared to drive within the walls.
For dinner, we went to Pretencioso, and it was fantastic. Great quality, lovely owner, and nice ambiance. Highly recommended!
Once you survive the drive into town (the convent is not the easiest place to find…) and get over the sticker shock of Obidos, get settled and have a ginjinha in the lounge downstairs!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel is located in an old convent building from 1830, in the medieval town of Obidos. The hotel is decorated with ancient charming furniture. Some rooms have the original black ceiling and all are decorated with beautiful tiles in the bathrooms. Our restaurant with capacity for 100 persons is in the old Cloister of the monastery. It is a wonderful opportunity to get to know one of Portugal's most historic towns, its traditions and culture. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Estalagem Do Convento Hotel Obidos