Fodor's Expert Review Pousada Convento Vila Viçosa

Terreiro do Paço, Vila Viçosa, Évora, 7160-251, Portugal Fodor's Choice

If you're hooked on Vila Viçosa's history, this 500-year-old convent next door to the Paço Ducal has all the period atmosphere you could want. There are marvelous half-restored frescoes to peruse as you walk down the long hallways. Ask reception to let you peek into a secret chapel from the late 16th century where nuns could pass into the main church undetected. Each room is unique, including one with a tiled passageway and iron bars separating a nun's living quarters from visitors, with a turnstile through which pilgrims could pass gifts. Even if you can't stay the night, you should sip a glass of port by the salon's huge fireplace.

PROS

  • a history buff's dream
  • period furnishings and half-restored frescos on hallway walls
  • a history buff's dream
  • period furnishings and half-restored frescoes on hallway walls
  • restaurant serves dishes based on old convent recipes
  • the friendly, helpful staff can arrange walking tours
  • spacious rooms filled with antique reproductions

CONS

  • expensive
  • pool area can get a bit noisy in summer
  • some common areas look a bit run-down
  • expensive rates

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Sophisticated
Central
Classic
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 268-980742 | -268 980 742

HOTEL DETAILS

39 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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