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Pousada Convento de Belmonte
Ranked #1 of 7 Belmonte B&B and Inns
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Reviewed September 14, 2012 via mobile

Wonderful combination between ancient and modern. Great architectural intervention. A must go. Enjoy the swimming pool by the end of the day at sunset. Enjoy quietness, listen to the wind. Go go go go go go go go go

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

Oustanding place in an old convent. Great views over Serra da Estrela mountains.
Understaffed, gentle but unable to perform.
Good restaurant but lacking regional products...can you understand that the desserts were international or brasilian?
In retrospect, the brand name "Pousadas" has been franchised and not much honoured by this independent owned and operated hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

The Hotel is very nice, comfortable rooms with all facilities, stuff was nice - but now comes the problem - there is not enough stuff to serve the hotel!!!
So even though the stuff is nice its not enough to serve the guests properly, we waited tooo long for anything requested.
Breakfast - arrived at 1000 am (they serve until 1030) the room was full all over with plates from the guests before and were not taken out of table. The was was very little from what was leftover form the guests and when requested for more it arrived but more then half an hour later.
its a pitty that such a nice place is run like this!!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

This was our only Pousada stay and we were impressed with the way they had converted the old monastery and added new wings to this accommodation. the pool was lovely and and we particularly enjoyed the restful lounge areas with the open archways and big window views. Our twin room, Frei Gabriel, easily accommodated the extra bed we needed and the terrace opened out to a private view and quiet sitting area. The meal in the restaurant was delicious and breakfast varied and fresh.

Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

We stayed at the Pousada convento de Belmonte in early July 2012. We've been coming to Portugal for more than twenty years and have stayed at many pousadas. We had chosen the Belmonte Pousada because it was supposed to be one of the best and supposedly had an excellent chef. The Pousada itself was beautiful as we'd expected and the location was very good but other than that just about everything was disappointing. When we arrived we decided to eat lunch at the Pousada since it was 1:00. We went to the dining room and there was no staff in sight. We went back to reception and they called someone. We wanted something light so we sat on the terrace and ordered from the bar, a sandwich on bagutte and a ham and cheese tostada. Both arrived after a 40 minute wait and were probably the worst sandwiches we've ever had anywhere. Stale bread, cheap ham and cheese, etc. We still kept our reservation for dinner because of the chef's reputation. We assumed he had no connection to the person who'd made the sandwich. To make a long story short, dinner was also a huge disappointment. We ordered lamb. It was a small portion, tough and loaded with fat! It came with a huge non descript portion of polenta. Salad was dressed with dressing that tasted like it came from a bottle with croutons that looked like they came out of a bag in the U.S. The couvert was a basket of toasties, not even any fresh bread. BAD meal! Breakfast was also inferior and had the look and feel that eveything had been sitting around for days. On one positive note, the staff were pleasant and helful but there were very few people (staff) around and the ones that were there were running around trying to do everything that normally is done by a much larger staff in other pousadas. Compared to two other Pousadas we stayed at during the same trip, Viana and Braganza, the level of cleanliness was below par. We would not return to this Pousada nor would we recommend it to any friends or family. We highly recommend Viana and Braganza (not the restaurants but most are not noted to be especially good) which are EXCELLENT in every way! A recommendation the manager of Pousada Belmonte. If you're cutting back on staff and quality because of economic problems your financial problems will get worse, not better as you get fewer and fewer guests because of negative reviews and recommendations. We hope you take this and other recent reviews to heart and do your best to bring your Pousada up to the standards that should make you proud.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

This pousada has not the same level as other pousadas but they have a great restaurant (with an other management as the pousada itself)

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

The pousada at Belmonte is maybe 2 km from the centre of town at the top of a high hill looking across a broad valley to the Serra da Estrela.It is one of only two pousadas which are not part of the Pestana chain. It is a sympathetically, but not luxuriously, converted monastery. Rooms don't have numbers but names - ours was Frei Pedro! We liked the atmosphere and the ambience and the staff were unfailingly helpful. Our one problem was a hard, hugely uncomfortable bed. The restaurant is not run by the pousada but by an independent chef. The menu was large with a big choice of dishes. The range of choices and the standard of what was on offer was vastly higher than in any of the other 20 or so pousadas we have visited.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Convento de Belmonte | Serra da Esperança, Belmonte 6250-073, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Central Portugal > Castelo Branco District > Belmonte
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Belmonte
Price Range: $101 - $171 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Pousada Convento de Belmonte 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on the slopes of the Esperança Mountain, at just over 1 km from the town of Belmonte, the birthplace of Pedro Álvares Cabral, the Pousada Convento de Belmonte results from the renovation of the former Nossa Senhora da Esperança Convent dated 13th Century.Inside, the chapel and sacristy have been converted into a lounge and bar a good example of the harmonious blend of historical architecture and modern construction and comfort.The Pousada hotel has preserved the Monastery’s heritage intact, included amphitheatre architecture layout in the pine woods on the slopes of Esperança Mountain, and stunning landscape with views over the Cova da Beira region and Estrela’s Mountain. Guests can use this historic luxury hotel as a base for exploring the many historical monuments is the region, including the castle, the burial vault of the Cabral family, the Jewish Quarter, as well as the natural beauty and folk traditions of Serra da Estrela (Estrela´s Mountain), one of the Europe’s most important natural reserves. ... more   less 
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