The Pousada do Convento de Belmonte sits on top of the Serra da Esperanca, above the town of Belmonte, and is an oasis of serenity and beauty. There are several elegant sitting areas in the extensively renovated medieval monestary, and over the course of a week we enjoyed having drinks before dinner in varied surroundings. The views of the Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain range on the mainland of Portugal, are outstanding. At night the lights of towns on the lower mountain slopes are dazzling. The pool was too cold for swimming, except for the hardiest souls, in an unusually cool spring, but the area around is attractive. . There are numerous interesting antique artifacts all around the site, with surprise ruins inviting exploration. All the rooms face the view, and are roomy and nicely decorated, with beautiful, dark wood doors, granite counter in the bathroom, and tile floors with throw rugs. The restaurant is top notch, and our week-long package included several choices from the menu, with wine. The AC is central. Service is friendly and attentive, and the staff remember you and can keep everything straight to charge your drinks to the right room at the end. This is a genuine 4-star experience, much better than the typical big city 4-star rated hotels. I was there on a walking holiday tour, and we travelled to a different walk about an hour’s drive away, every day.
- 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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- Pousada Convento De Belmonte Hotel Belmonte