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“The only place to stay in the Alentejo”
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Casa Pinto
Ranked #4 of 11 Monsaraz B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 30, 2012

We planned to drive from Lisbon to Sevilla with a stop for couple nights in the countryside. I based our decision to stay in Monsaraz mostly on the glowing reviews of Casa Pinto and none in my party were disappointed. The town itself is quiet and charming and provided a wonderful escape from all the city life we'd been experiencing. Our host, Gilberto, was charming and gracious and provided lots of information on the area. We used Monsaraz as a base for exploration of the area and stayed for two nights. The rooms are comfortable (we had Dili and Mombasa), quiet and our view was the lovely church across the plaza. The breakfast was spectacular and the view from the terrace is magnificent.

Be forewarned that there is not a lot going on in this town with things to see or shops or restaurants and services however if you want a peaceful place to stay for a night or two, with a good restaurant that you might eat at two or three times and a spectacular night sky, this is the place to stay!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Thanks for your apreciation, it means Casa Pinto is already a success!
We only wanted to make guest feel good.
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Reviewed May 14, 2012

This was the perfect place to spend a weekend getting away from the everyday stresses of work and the city. The village on Monsaraz makes you simply stop, take time to just sit and drink in the views of the Alentejo and the wide open skies that surround you in Monsaraz. Casa Pinto is an absolute gem. As soon as Joao opens the door you step into another world. The rooms are beautifuly decorated with incredible attention to detail. Sitting on the terrace looking up at the stars in the night sky with a fabulous music mix playing in the background was a perfect way to end an evening. Breakfast is also spot on. The whole experience was just perfect. We will return every year to this little slice of heaven to remind ourselves to simply stop and take time to enjoy.

Room Tip: Goa Room was beautifully appointed. It overlooks the breakfast terrace. The Mombasa room looked am...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

We were looking for a place to stay in Evora, and luckily, Casa Pinto (30 minutes away from Evora) popped up. I couldn't believe our luck upon driving up the hill to this beautiful medieval town of Monsaraz, then our luck was doubled by getting to stay in the Casa Pinto, then tripled by the fact that we were there for the big bull festival! We stayed two wonderful nights, the second of which was the festival. Joao has done a wonderful job decorating the Casa and is a very gracious host. We stayed in the Macao room and even though there was a raucous festival going on all night the second night, we were never bothered by the noise. I'll never forget the calm, beautiful evenings watching the sunset from the rooftop terrace (aided by vino verde, of course), followed by the thrilling running with the bulls on the plaza in front of the Casa! The Casa Pinto is a must for anyone traveling in Portugal!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 11, 2011

We were not planning on spending a night in Monsaraz, but when we got there we were awed by the medieval atmosphere and white-washed houses on the top of a hill. Let's spend the night if we can, my husband suggested. We went to the tourist info office and they gave us a card from Casa Pinto and another tiny hotel. We noticed the TripAdvisor sign on the door of Casa Pinto and knocked on the door. The door flew open and there was Juan -- a Spaniard who had also been blown away by the village on his first visit, chucked in his window-dressing job in Barcelona and bought this tiny house. Every room is decorated in a different theme--all Portuguese former colonies like Macao, Timor, and Mozambique--and so lovingly decorated! The piece de la resistance was a rooftop terrace, where we had wine brought up to us and we sipped and watched the sunset over the countryside. Also included is a terrific breakfast on the patio surrounded by tropical plants. It's fabulous and you will not be disappointed!

Room Tip: All nice but we chose Timor because of the lovely bathroom!
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

Joao and his partner spent 9 months producing one of the best b&b's (unfair description really) I've ever stayed in. The art work is amazing as is the attention to detail. As an example to protect the cupboard doors from banging against the stone he has put silicone stoppers which are virtually invisible.

Its a great breakfast occasion too and be prepared to eat well and speak in many tongues.

One final tip, drink the Monsaraz Millenium wine on the terrace watching the sun going down sitting in the marvellouse chairs.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

We visit the Algrave each September and for some time have wanted to get up into the Alentejo region to get a sample of inland Portugal. How glad we are that we finally got round to it and thankful that we made a good selection in booking Casa Pinto.

Firstly, the village is nothing short of beautiful, steeped in history with views of the surrounding countryside that really give you the true feel of what Portugal is all about. You could not call it touristy as it not suited to cars (indeed we almost got a ticket for parking in an area for residents only) or even pedestrians in anything but sensible footwear. All vehicles must be parked outside the village walls during the day and luggage needs to be carried up to the hotel.

There is no signs of Health & Safety with high walls and escarpments with no handrails or fencing. You have to be careful climbing the steep narrow steps but the reward is the sight of looking down on the rooftops and terraces gardens laid out below.

On to Cases Pinto. This is a very special place. From the moment we entered the impressive hallway on arrival until we departed the following morning we were enveloped in a feeling of spiritual serenity. The room, we had the Macao, was decorated authentically in oriental furniture with subtle lighting. There is no window in the room, but this does not detract from its quality, however there is a ventilation window high up in an alcove that can be reached by way of a pole. The smallish on-suite is well appointed with a good shower and the quaintest bowl-like wash basin.

The terrace looks North over red roofs of properties below and on to the open countryside and hills. It is said that the sky above Monsaraz is amongst the darkest in Europe. Having witnessed it we can well believe that this is a true claim. After a very enjoyable meal in the restaurant next door we sat on the terrace with a bottle of Alentejo red wine transfixed by the masses of bright stars in the jet black sky and pondered the meaning of life.

During a walk round the castle before breakfast we discovered the small bullring which is still is use during the annual festival.

We ate breakfast outside in the gardened terrace which, in line with the rest of the property, is set out tastefully and to the highest quality. The lemon tree is full of fruit and has a Buda sitting below. There is a small babbling stream in the corner and the fragrant scent of a joss stick burning. I love the way they make coffee in Portugal but the one served with my breakfast was the best I have ever tasted. How can everything be so exceptionally good??

There are no catches with Casa Pinto - it is whatever you make it. We loved it and cannot wait to return. Next time we will know what to expect and will savour every moment.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

I do recommend!!! I love this hotel and Monsaraz... One of the best hotels I have ever stayed at!!!

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Additional Information about Casa Pinto

Address: Praca Dom Nuno Alvares Pereira 10, Monsaraz 7200-175, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Alentejo > Evora District > Monsaraz
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Monsaraz
Price Range: $77 - $115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pinto House is a charming hotel in the historic village of Monsarz Alentejo area is located in the town square opposite the churchThe village rises on the Great Lake Alqueva. ... more   less 
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