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“Quaint little BB almost get it right but not yet..”
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Casa De Sao Tiago
Ranked #20 of 25 Hotels in Evora
Madrid, Spain
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“Quaint little BB almost get it right but not yet..”
Reviewed 4 January 2012

Sorry to say but this BB (sincerely it is a BB not a hotel) just didn't get it right... not by far.
For starters, this BB is very hard to find if you drive. A tip: print out the photos of the tourists who stayed here before and take it with you. Don't expect to find it on your own when you first pass it because the sign of this BB is a brass sign of an A4 sheet size with tiny letters. Also calling the BB's manager is a good idea. If all fails, type "Largo Alexandre Herculano" and try drive to the beginning of the street. However, location of this BB is great, only a few blocks from every main tourist attractions except only perhaps the Chapel of bones which is a little walking distance away.

The BB's garage is large enough only for 4 (small-medium size) cars. Calling the manager would be important because he could assist you in moving around the other cars to make yours fit. If you come in winter or in autumn where there is rain, this BB's garage is a great choice to unload.

This BB is a 14th century house with interesting antiquities (see other travellers' photos) although some are just plain kitsch. The house layout is pretty nice but because it is so old, the keys to the rooms are large chunky heavy keys that the manager asks you to leave it in a drawer of a cupboard in the BB because if you take it with you and lose it he can (understandably) never find a replacement. So if you have valuables and don't really trust other fellow travellers or don't want unpleasant surprises, keep your valuables locked in the trunk of your car would be a better option.

Rooms are ok not too small in comparison to the usual European standards.Some of the 80s brass lamps, chintz flowery drapes, potpurri and cheap silk flower arrangements could turn one off but the other lovely authentic pieces of furniture in the rooms make up for it.

However, staying there for a night, one does run into the shortcomings of this BB. The bed is soft but the blankets are too thin. The rugs are worn out and there are clouds of dust under the bed (somebody forgot to vacuum?). There are stray hairs in the bath tub (again the cleaning lady didn't bother to look?) and the bathroom was always cold because windows are old and couldn't close off the winter wind very well. There are no amenities whatsoever, except perhaps the half use bottle of soap and the usual set of clean towels. So if you are staying here do come in summer, the house would be cool enough and bring everything you might need including your hair dryer. Otherwise if you come in winter like we did, you will have to cut down your morning bathroom routines as you could freeze to death in the bathroom (even with hot water running perfectly). The breakfast was cold, too little and not of quality.

So what do we like best here? well the manager/owner's attempt to please is genuine and you can sort of forgive him for some of the shortcomings. Therefore if you like the idea of staying over with the town folk who, like your favorite uncle , will treat you with as much care and attention and let you wander around his nice house and look at his quirky antiques then this could be your thing. Whatever you do, it's best to stay here only in warm months.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 October 2009

Or was it 13c? I need to write these things down. This townhouse has been in the owner's (Francisco) family for 200 years (i think, i really need to write things down). The house feels like you've traveled back in time when you enter it. The house is littered with centuries old antiques. On the flip side the rooms are all modern with fancy marble sinks. Why this is not the number one most visited pension in Evora is a mystery.
The rooms were spacious including the bath rooms. The pension is on a quiet square with the rooms on an even quieter side street. The only noise we heard were other guests playing cards in the courtyard and they weren't loud enough to keep us up (i'm a very light sleeper). I was most impressed with the marble sink and other marble in the bathroom. I also enjoyed the overhead lighting recessed in an archway that spanned the room. The breakfast is continental and served in an attractive, cozy room in the back.

The host (Francisco, don't you hate it when reviewers show off by dropping the hosts name?) was delightful and informative. He was quite friendly and told us the history of the house and his families ownership of it. The location is right in the center of the old town with the sites surrounding us a few blocks in each direction. This was by far our favorite stay of our 8 day Portugal trip.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 October 2007

This intimate and exquisite hotel is a delight for any romantic soul who has dreamed of time travel, of spending the night in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 18th century exhibit. Directly adjacent to the base of the old Roman aqueduct and a few cobblestoned blocks away from the Temple of Diana, this entrancing hotel is 503 years old....and time has been kind in the very best ways - enormous mahogony mirrors, rosewood tables, little alabaster statues, and faded 19th century lithographs of the babies that once occupied the estate.

it's something very special right from the moment that Paolo the caretaker (an enchanting fellow who seems to embody the mystery and love that imbues this place) opens the enormous green doors into the cavernous interior corridor to reveal a suit of armour with spooky blue eyed mannequin, a peeling imperial pallaquin from long gone centuries...nooks of brightly colored tile set into deep windows, sweeping dusty staircases, and a corridor of rooms that each have a different feel -- guests are more like time travellers, and each room defines the experience, from fairly cramped and somber chambers (the twin room on the main corridor), to high romance (the honeymoon suite), to jaw-dropping architectural drama (the main entrance suite). This is not a modern hotel and there are no amenities that the pousada crew might expect - it's a dusty, dark, and almost ghostly old aristocratic residence, and the achingly lovely, idiosyncratic rooms do not seem to have experienced the past few centuries.

We stayed in the suite, which had a tattered but graceful parlor, several hundred year old magnificent hand-painted rose ceilings, arching above nearly 20 feet high, with a gorgeous hand-carved mahogany bed, and alabaster statuary on the bureau. In the morning, swallows flew through the alleys and past the windows.

This was not just magic-- it was a dream. I can't imagine staying anywhere else, and out of 12 hotels in portugal, this was one of our very favorites. It will not be a hit with those wanting modern conveniences or those without an appreciation of history, mystery, and the moodiness of sleeping under a peeling fresco. For the rest of us, it's a once in a lifetime treasure.

  • Liked — like a fellini film - a vivid and spectacular dream.
  • Disliked — having to turn in my key and leave.
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Casa De Sao Tiago
Address: Largo Alexandre Herculano 2, Evora 7000-501, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Alentejo > Evora District > Evora
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Bar / Lounge Room Service
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Ranked #20 of 25 Hotels in Evora
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Hotel Class:3 star — Casa De Sao Tiago 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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