Visiting Alentejo from the Algarve, we opted for Pousada de Dom Joao IV because of its great location near Elvas and Borba, and near enough to Elvora from where we would return. The Pousada has a splendid location right next to the ducal palace and facing a huge placa made from marble (a plentiful local product) with a statue of the duke of Braganza. We had prebooked on the Pousada website. Parking and checkin was easy with attention paid to our request for a large quiet room. Our room was large and nicely appointed, with a nice balcony and a nice view. The pousada was formerly a convent and converted to a hotel in the late 90s. Perhaps a little dark for some, particularly when walking along the corridors and up and down the stairs in the evening. The hotel also has a nice pool, but in mid-September really too cold for comfort. Plenty of sun lounges to bask in the hot sun, however, and the grounds are pleasant enough. The staff is very helpful and accommodating, although the pousada had few guests during our stay. There is not much going on in Vila Vicosa at this time of year. The duke's palace museum next door has limited and only offers guided tours. We had planned to have dinner at one of the restaurants highly recommended by TA members, but it was closed. We returned to the pousada where we had a splendid (simple) set dinner where you have the option of meat or fish for the main course. It was very good, as was the red Alentejo riserva that went with it. Service was also excellent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pousada Convento de Vila Viçosa, located in the region of Alto Alentejo, is located close to the historical centre of Vila Viçosa and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Situated between Elvas, Borba and Redondo, Vila Viçosa is a quaint village, rich with history. The Pousada is located in the former Convent of the Chagas de Cristo, built on the orders of Jaime IV, Duke of Bragança, in the 16th century. During your stay you can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, have fun in the games room and relax in the drawing room that also has a piano. For your meals, we have a restaurant and a bar. The rooms are decorated in warm colours and are equipped with television and free Wi-Fi. There are 11 themed rooms with decoration and elements unique to each one. ... more less
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