Monte Velho Equoresort is set on a beautiful rural area very close to Arraiolos. There are not many rooms which makes this place ideal for a romantic getaway, avoiding the fuss of large hotels with lots of guests. The owners, Margarida and Diogo, are very polite and friendly and try their best so that you can have the best experience possible. Monte Velho Equoresort has opened very recently and therefore (as usual), there are some things that need to be fine tuned so that all goes well, and therefore, the remarks made in this review aim to be constructive and provide the perspective of a guest wishing that the experience of future guests is even better.
Pros: the great location and views (really amazing); the friendliness of the owners (Margarida and Diogo) and staff (Mrs. Felicidade); complimentary bikes to stroll around the property and canoes to use on the property's lake; not many rooms.
Cons: pool despite not being large was not properly clean (especially by the end of the day) - I do realize this is a rural area and bugs will most certainly end up falling and swimming on the water, but having the pool cleaned at least by lunch time would help; meals are very pricey for what is offered; amenities were not sufficient and room should be duly stocked for two guests; room insonorization is poor (we could very easily hear the people in the room next to ours speaking) - which should be a concern when promoting a place as a place of silence and relaxation; napkins used for breakfast were not replaced for lunch and we were given the same (I could tell this since I recognized the stains); room cleanliness was OK (although there was dust in coffee cups - since probably these were not much used by guests).
Overall is was a good experience and if these matters were solved I would definitely come back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Monte Velho Equo-Resort is an equestrian tourism boutique hotel set in a well known Lusitano horse stud farm, located 7 km from Arraiolos. This property merges with the surrounding rural landscape. Each premium room opens out to a furnished balcony with countryside and dam views. Rooms include a Nespresso coffee machine, iPod docking station, and a multi-channel TV. The private bathroom is separated from the bedroom by a glass wall and includes a modern walk-in shower. Guests wishing to explore the Alentejo landscape in a horse-riding tour with a guide, can request it in advance. Weekly packages are available to those who want to live the stud farm and the horses intensivelly.Monte Velho can organise themed meals and picnics outdoors, as well as canoeing in the dam. Free bicicles are available. Trecking tours are also available.The rooftop swimming pool offers panoramic views. A few seating areas with parasols and sun loungers are spread through the gardens, where guests can enjoy the spectacular sunset. Évora city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is 30 km away from Monte Velho Equo-Resort. Arraiolos has a midle age round castle and it's a beautifull villa to be visited. ... more less
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