This hotel has bags of charm. 16th century, converted convent and war hospital, with dark, cool corridors, and bedrooms with heavy, wooden shutters where the sunbeams come in.
We stayed here for one night and loved it. What it lacks in corporate amenities (no mini bar, average breakfast), it more than makes up for with an amazing courtyard full of beautiful blossoms and orange trees. A labrynth of corridors and nooks and crannies that you'll still be discovering days later. Interesting and tasteful period furniture and fittings, in line with the building. Its own battlements, surrounding the outdoor pool, with amazing views over the old historical village of Elvas. A pleasant garden with trees and sun loungers.
And Elvas itself, seconds away from the hotel, is the 'real' Portugal - traditional restaurants, groups of elderly, jovial gentlemen standing around chatting and gesticulating, and bags of history.
This is a unique and charming hotel, loses a point only for its lack of top notch facilities you may find in more corporate-style 4-star establishments.
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