The Convento da Graca is one of the many Pousadas de Portugal; and as the name would imply, this property is a former convent. The building is lovely and elegant, with a charming cloister and wide, sweeping corridors.
A friend and I shared a superior, twin room, which was located in the original building (there is also a modern addition). The accommodation was very spacious, with wonderfully comfortable beds, good storage space, desk, minibar, sufficient lighting, plenty of electrical outlets, and windows for natural light and fresh air if desired. The room had a large entryway, off of which were the compartmentalized bathrooms: one with sink and tub/shower, the other with sink and enclosed toilet/bidet. This made for great convenience when sharing a room, as both were outfitted with convenient electrical outlets, as well. Our room looked out over a small plaza and lovely park.
The history of the building is evident, as the former convent has enormous hallways, wide staircase (yes, there is an elevator), and an enclosed courtyard, with covered walkways. There is also a convenient car park, which is closed and secured at night, and a very nice looking pool, located between the car park and the newer building addition.
The service was pleasant and accommodating, although I could have done without the pitch to vote for an "employee of the month." The breakfast room was large and the buffet was more the adequate to start the day.
Tavira is a small city, and the Pousada is within easy walking distance of everything. Pricing at the Pousadas is very reasonable, and if you're 55 or older, you can get a nice discount. I reserved through the website, and got a prompt response when I emailed to confirm my reservation just prior to travel. This is my first and only experience with Pousadas de Portugal, and I would book another.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pousada Convento de Tavira is located in the historic centre of Tavira. The Convento de Nossa Senhora da Graça da Ordem de Santo Agostinho from the 16th century was reconstructed, allowing the Pousada to be created. This hotel in Tavira is surrounded by a courtyard and sits just minutes on foot from the Roma Bridge over the Gilão River and only 15 minutes from the Ilha de Tavira beach. During your stay, you can visit the garden, dine at the Mouraria restaurant, take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool and relax in the lounge chairs. The Pousada's cloisters are perfect for relaxing or reading a book if you wish. All rooms have views of the terraces or the garden and pool and have Wi-Fi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pousada Convento Da Graca Tavira