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“Very nice hotel. Pretty, Boutique and quiet. ”

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Pousada Convento Tavira
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Tavira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

Lovely for a break, but not too long. Very, very quiet. Excellent service and full of character as a hotel and in beautiful and historic surroundings.

Attentive staff and a nice stay.


Could just do with a little more atmosphere as the courtyard and bar of an evening were far too quiet to be healthy.

Stayed: July 2014
1  Thank Alf D
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Reviewed 17 July 2014 via mobile

Fabulous location. Stunning building. Wonderful food. The perfect getaway... At least it was for us.

Being honest, there are flaws though to highlight them seems overly picky but let's get them out of the way:
- the parasols need replacing soon and another 2/3 extra parasols wouldn't go amiss
- the poolside bar should be manned all the time rather than have guests hang around to make an order for a drink

That said, the staff are very friendly. The location is fabulous. The pool was terrific. The food was great. And our room was to notch - we went for the superior room for a family and it was a great size if a little lacking in power sockets (though it is a historic building so I accepted this easily).

Would I go back? Absolutely. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and am already trying to sorry a return visit. For the money, it's very hard to beat.

(Bar staff were very friendly - good luck to them all)

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
6  Thank Stephen S
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

The Pousada is a wonderful hotel, but also a historic monument! You feel the hundreds of years of history and beauty, but you are also pampered in wonderful modern comfort.

Besides the hotel, the town is a charming place, not touched yet by the concrete monsters defacing the beauty of the Algarve.

Altogether a wonderful experience. The only observation we could make is that the service is somewhat spartan, not totally in tune with the ambiance of the hotel.

Room Tip: Try to get a room in the new area, overlooking the city
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank maiestate
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

This was our first visit to the Tavira Pousada, it more than lived up to my expectations in terms of the service,the building and the food. The atmosphere was relaxing SOS much we plan to return before flying back to the UK.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
3  Thank Sandy01Harrogate
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Lovely restored convent in the heart of wonderful Tavira yet very peaceful and quiet. Can't say our room was the biggest one we've stayed in plus the lighting and shelving for clothing was inadequate.Beds were comfortable though and sheets and towels changed every day.Balcony was minimal for a hotel of this calibre.Pool area is lovely though and the towels provided were a nice touch. Breakfast was a bit like the curates egg with excellent bread,pastries,cheese,juice etc but had to tell them on two separate mornings to make sure the hot food was served hot and not luke warm.This is a potential health hazard.Staff extremely helpful and willing to please.Try the Magic Wellness for a great stress relieving back/neck massage by Sandra.Didn't use the restaurant with so many excellent choices available in Tavira.With a bit of sharper management could be better.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank terrier57
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

Great old building that has many impressive features because it was an old convent. At the present time, it needs a lot of care. We stayed in their best suite, and indeed it is a large room, but divided into several distinct areas. You enter into what is essentially a dressing room that connects to the bathroom and to a living room on the other side, which then connects to the bedroom. It has a very nice terrace, but it is not private as advertised, as a hotel employee came through without any previous notice! The room, as well as the rest of the building, could use a good coat of paint. The hotel should also invest in new mattresses, as ours poked me through the night. We had to move furniture around to be able to access the bathroom without tripping in the middle of the night. No night lamps available. Fortunately we travel with small flashlights. The pool area is magnificent and very well done. Breakfast was included in our room charge and it was adequate.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank cachirulatravels
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

Sometimes, when reading other entries to a hotel, I start to think ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ syndrome has struck! This Pousada is a game of two halves, with the poor half unfortunately outstripping the good one. We must have last visited Tavira 10 years ago, and the Pousada site was a derelict convent site then, with a sign announcing a future Pousada development. We came with an open mind, expecting a high standard development.
Firstly, the good points:
The building is very beautiful, with cloisters around a central square. The reception staff are friendly and helpful. There is adequate free parking. The outdoor pool is a reasonable size for exercise.
The not so good parts:
I realise that the Pousada group are now part of the Pestana chain, and the two cultures do not mix well. We have stayed in many Pousadas over the years, and the government sponsored attitude when state owned was often frustrating while still a bit quaint. Pestana, especially the Pestana Palace in Lisbon, has a totally different set of ethics, which I would say are highly incompatible with the Pousada culture.
The very helpful receptionist was more interested in signing us up for discounted spa treatments, and discounted dinner bookings than explaining how the room worked. We had further pestering phone calls to ask if we wanted to book dinner. This in itself would make me head for culinary delights in the town, giving the restaurant a body swerve (which appeared to be a good move, as at dinner in Tavira we overheard an American bemoaning the quality of the Pousada lunch). Our own eating experience was limited to breakfast, with gloomy restaurant staff with saudade taken to perfection. The food seemed grossly running out when we got down around 1030, with a limited supply of breads and a poor selection of fruit. Orange juice was either out of a box variety, or squeeze your own. The squeeze your own is normally done with a machine, but to cleverly cutback fruit usage, the hotel have a hand press which after halving your oranges, delivers doses of 5ml of orange juice for every squeeze (needing considerable muscle to achieve even this). Boredom, fatigue and time restraints eventually lead to the out of a box stuff! Newspapers are nowhere to be seen (available in the bar after 1130, but I had already bought mine by walking to the village some hours earlier. A grossly Americanised printed news sheet is available telling the eager readers of the latest world tour by Barack Obama.
We had pushed the boat out for a ‘Special Suite’ as a treat. Frankly, the only thing special is the ostentatious size. The room lacked any special touches, no flowers, no bowl of fruit etc. Power sockets were in poor supply, necessitating one to remove lamp plugs, and make the dismal lighting worse when charging a phone. This is a classic case where a hotel employee should stay in the room for 1 night to get a feel for what needs changing. We were pleased to see a kettle and 2 mugs, but noted only tea bags and sugar, no coffee milk or teaspoons. We asked reception about this and were told that coffee and milk were only available by room service (at a cost)! The teaspoon never arrived. My wife tried to access the patio through the door from the sitting room rather than wake me up with the other door from the bedroom. The lock was jammed (reception didn’t seem surprised), downing that opportunity. The plug in the (only) sink in the bathroom was blocked shut, leaving it unable to drain despite various implements tried, leading to me having to brush my teeth in the bidet. At last, I’ve found a real use for the bidet! Again, reception didn’t look surprised. Tissues, which rapidly ran out, were a half size box in a full size holder. On day 2, I had a 3 minute shower, which resulted in a flooded bathroom as the drain didn’t drain. Perhaps they should market this as a wet room. Internet was free, and worked most of the time.
Before check out, I went to reception to ask for a post card (in most hotels found in the information pack). This was duly provided for 1 Euro, which considering the picture is an advert, and quality postcards from the town cost 40 Cents, this is ridiculous!
Sadly this is a poor experience, only appeased by how good Tavira itself is. On arrival, before reality set in, we had tried to extend our 2 day break to 4 days. Fortunately, this option was not available.

Room Tip: Go to another venue
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank crawfie
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Address: Rua D. Paio Peres Correia, Tavira 8800-407, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Tavira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Tavira
#1 Luxury Hotel in Tavira
#2 Romantic Hotel in Tavira
Price Range: £90 - £229 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Pousada Convento Tavira 5*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pousada Convento de Tavira is located in the historic centre of Tavira. The Convento de Nossa Senhora da Graça da Ordem de Santo Agostinho from the 16th century was reconstructed, allowing the Pousada to be created. This hotel in Tavira is surrounded by a courtyard and sits just minutes on foot from the Roma Bridge over the Gilão River and only 15 minutes from the Ilha de Tavira beach. During your stay, you can visit the garden, dine at the Mouraria restaurant, take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool and relax in the lounge chairs. The Pousada's cloisters are perfect for relaxing or reading a book if you wish. All rooms have views of the terraces or the garden and pool and have Wi-Fi. ... more   less 
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Pousada Convento Da Graca Tavira
Pousada Convento Tavira Portugal - Algarve

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