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Pousada Convento Tavira
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Tavira
Certificate of Excellence
Pembroke, United Kingdom
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“perfectly peaceful”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

My partner and I have just spent a week at the hotel and had a wonderful time.
About a week before we we due to arrive we received emails from the hotel to see if there was anything we needed and they arranged for a taxi to pick us up at Faro airport. From then on the staff of the hotel were unbelievably helpful, with nothing being too much trouble for them, and they always had a smile on their face. A special mention has to be made for Jorge who, despite working long hours was always smiling and cheerful.
The rooms were excellent. The mattress was a little on the hard side for our liking but the private balcony and rustic charm of the room more than made up for that. We didnt mention the bed to staff, but I am sure that if we had they would have helped with the problem. The wooden floor had a carpet around the bed and the annoying "sausage" pillows mentioned by a different reviewer were not in our room.
Breakfast was supreme, with a selection of meats and cheeses, bread and rolls, and croissants and cakes, as well as cereal and fresh fruit. There was a wide variety of tea available as well as fresh fruit juice and coffee. They even had soy milk as well.
The hotel, being a converted convent, was so relaxing and quiet. We were woken every morning to the sound of birdsong and church bells chiming the hour were audible but not annoying.
Whilst we did not try the restaurant for lunch or dinner, we did relax in the bar occassionally. Whilst the it did not always have a member of staff in it, there was a message to call recepton on the phone provided if anything was required.
I would happily recommend this hotel to anyone. Indeed we have all ready told friends and family members how good it was and would willingly stay there again.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Delightful rooms in this converted convent--a much more modern conversion than I would have expected.

We had a WONDERFUL dinner in the hotel restaurant--apparently, the Pousadas (owned/managed by the central tourist agency in Portugal) are each charged with specializing in regional cuisine, and the chef at this restaurant didn't disappoint.

Strongly recommend.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Bristol, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed March 24, 2013

A wonderful historic building, and a privilege to stay there. If I'm honest I'm not sure about the decor. On the one hand the dining rooms have beautiful wooden ceilings that don't seem out of place. The bar, on the other hand, could well be a Starbucks and is as bland as can be. Same with the rooms. Meaningless "sausage" cushions on the bed which just annoy and you have to throw out of the way. Bare wooden floors that are cold on the feet. I put a towel down out of the bathroom. The evening meal was adequate. Breakfast was a laughable test of initiative with complimentary ingredients (for example, milk and cereals) on different tables. I am convinced I spent more time walking around trying to find things than eating. Burners gone out on the warm options. Such a shame, as the staff seemed really pleasant. Okay, so I imagine a former convent is an expensive place to keep going. But so was my room. It should all be better.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed March 24, 2013

This is a remarkable conversion of an ancient building into a comfortable hotel. Four star (by local standards; 3+ stars by US ratings), the hotel is centrally located on a hill in historic Tavira.

The location is a bit of a challenge to reach by car--with all the smalll and one-way streets, but it is perfect after arrival--away from the riverfront bar and tourist area, but within an easy walk. Tavira has a handfull of interesting sights and others to explore nearby.

The pousada's small staff tries very hard to welcome guests. We detect a bit of corporate cost cutting in the number of staff on duty.

Our suite was good, room 9, located in a modern attached mini-wing of the hotel. Note that during hugh season, foot traffic heading to the pool could pass this room, making it noisier, but during slow season it was a great, quiet location.

Breakfast was acceptable (but under-staffed again). Parking is convenient, on-site and gated.

The building and grounds were wonderful.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hertfordshire
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Have now stayed in four Pousadas and would rate this as one of the best. The building with its lovely courtyard and peaceful gardens makes staying in a town worthwhile. The parking was very convenient and the GPs took us there first time. We opted for a Suite which was situated on the second floor and had lovely views over the town. It was a good size with a king size bed and the dining room/lounge was very comfortable. We had a bathroom with toilet, bidet and handbasin and on the other side of the hall was another bathroom with handbase, bath/shower. We ate in the restaurant for five dinners and it didn't dissapoint, the breakfasts were excellent and you would have to be really fussy not to find something that tempted you. All in all a great holiday.

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Rockport, Texas
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107 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2013

Very nice hotel overall. We stayed in off season so it wasn't very crowded. The location was excellent for walking down to town. The parking was very convenient. The GPS found the location straight to the front door, no problem. Rooms very clean and comfortable.

The special dinner was disappointing. There were probably around 7 tables of guest and one waiter. The dining room itself, was very boring and did not have any ambience or good atmosphere. The waiter ran through hurriedly on wooden floors trying to accommodate everyone. It made it seem hectic. It was an expensive meal, all couples. The food was average. But the dining experience itself was poor. I would rather walk into town and pay less and have a great atmosphere.


The hotel itself and the rooms are great. The staff was very pleasant.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Topeka KS
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

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.

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Property: Pousada Convento Tavira
Address: Rua D. Paio Peres Correia, Tavira 8800-407, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Tavira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Tavira
#1 Spa Hotel in Tavira
#2 Romantic Hotel in Tavira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Pousada Convento Tavira 5*
Number of rooms: 36
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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Pousada Convento Da Graca Tavira

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