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Estalagem Do Convento
Ranked #9 of 21 Obidos B&B and Inns
Boston, Massachusetts
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“Not your typical hotel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2012

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!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here for one night.. I was a little skeptical of staying in an old convent, but it intrigued me. We were not disappointed! The rooms were clean, the staff was very helpful, and the location was perfect! (check out the Pretentious restaurant nearby).
Bed was not the most comfortable and the room key chain was way too big, but it was worth it for the unique experience in this picturesque town!

  • Stayed July 2012
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

We booked a suite for 150€ Including breakfast and were expecting something a little more luxurious than a standard room. Suite 1's sitting room is dark and gloomy with a small high window and the sofa is a sofa bed to be used by those with extended families. In Australia we would call Suite 1 a family room and would have avoided it like the plague. The bed was nothing short of an insomniac's dream - thin, hard mattress, which given its age, was probably left by the nuns. The pillows were made out of lumps of foam, and the head rests in economy on a long haul flight would have seemed like goose down in comparison. Bathrooms were basic but at least there were two of them. The hotel itself has some genuine character and the reception staff are outstanding but not so the breakfast which is basic, boring and just not good enough at these prices. Wifi is free and so is parking outside the property. We would probably have faired better if we had chosen a room rather than a suite but charging a150€ for such sub-standard accommodation, even in the tourist Mecca of Obidos, is totally unforgiveable and I'm sure wouldn't be tolerated by the original occupants.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Berlin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

A very charming hotel in the center of Obidos.
Very good and helpfull service during the whole stay.
Rooms are very charming and have a soul. Had at the beginning a smaller room which was changed later to a superior room.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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White Rock, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2012

For our one day visit (enough time for the town), this was a great place to stay. It has a charming atmosphere and wonderful staff. Our room, which was in the newer part, was large, very clean and comfortable and had a small deck overlooking a garden. The buttet breakfast was more than adequate. It is just outside the old city wall, making it a perfect location, though on a steep street.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2012 via mobile

We stayed for two nights and perhaps only should have only stayed for one as the town is quaint and does not offer a lot for two days. Hotel in great location outside wall, rooms are very cold but comfortable beds. Steps are a problem with heavy luggage ..Bathroom had a unpleasant odour and facilities were dated...parking out in street near hotel.



Stayed April 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2012

We had a great stay here. It was a little difficult to locate the inn, but once there...

The staff was extremely courteous, the room lovely, and the breakfasts (who can not like warm custard tarts) very good.

The nice touch was the young man serving breakfast who carried one suitcase out to our car nearby, then cleaned the windshields.

We had a couple of minor issues with hot water, which were remedied by the staff, but they were insignificant compared to the quality of the service.

The staff recommended O Pretentious Restaurant for dinner. It is nearby, the food was excellent, and the service from the owner very good.

Lovely stay!

Room Tip: We had one of the suites on the upper floor at the back and it was very nice.
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Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Estalagem Do Convento
Address: Rua Dom Joao de Ornelas, Obidos 2510-074, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Central Portugal > Leiria District > Obidos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Obidos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 31
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 
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