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Pousada Convento de Belmonte
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

We stayed for a single night at this gorgeous pousada, as part of a tour of northern Portugal. and only regretted that it was not longer! We had a beautiful large room on the ground floor (all the rooms are named after friars - ours was Frei Gabriel) with a large terrace of our own and a magnificent view over the mountains and the countryside. We had a barbecue on the pousada’s main terrace which was beautifully served and the food was delicious. The breakfast was quite exceptionally good, with a wonderful choice of homemade breads and preserves, eggs and the rest and lovely fruit. Service was exemplary. The reception rooms are quirky and charming. All in all, a lovely place to stay and very near Belmonte itself, a very interesting little town, with a fascinating history of the “conversos”, the forcibly converted Jews of Portugal who were terribly persecuted during the Inquisition in the 15th and 16th centuries, and managed to survive, as Jews, until today, in this remote, mountainside retreat.

Room Tip: Try one on the ground floor. There isn't a lift to the upper floors.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank MrsSaunders
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

The hotel offers spacious family rooms with two extra beds, really comfortable for families with 2 kids, and large bathroom. We had a great dinner at the restaurant with nice choices for kids. The service was excellent and food very nice. Family wise, the stay was really easy and nice. The price felt high though for the old fashion decorated rooms and resting areas around reception. The building has been wisely renovated but it needs a modern touch. It is far from Belmonte town which force you to get into the car for a simple walk. In Belmonte, the Castle is well renovated and walking in old streets around the town feels nice.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

Convento de Belmonte was by far the best pousada of the six we've known so far. The building is not as grand as other monasteries converted into hotels, but that is precisely what makes it so special. The location is great, only a 3 minute drive from the centre of Belmonte, which has plenty to see - castle, museums, Roman ruins, etc. Don't expect it to be bustling with people at night, it's not a very big town. The pousada has a private car park, and is right in the middle of a walled forest. The communal areas are comfortable, nicely decorated and quite a few to chose from, so you'll aways find a quiet room to catch up with your reading. Staff always made sure the woodburners were fully operational, and the temperature was simply lovely. During our stay in that part of the world we did quite a lot of walking and sightseeing, and after a whole day facing the elements up in the serra, we always looked forward to coming back to the pousada for a warm drink by the woodburner. We felt right at home and we were so so sorry to leave. Breakfast was the best of all the pousadas we visited (the bread was simply gorgeous!), with good quality, varied food. The staff could not have been friendlier. At our request one of the receptionists phone the people up in Torre (Serra) to find out if we could drive up there. We really appreciate having been treated so nicely. Our bedroom was Frei Octávio just down the corridor, which was great for privacy. The view was stunning and all the bedrooms in that part of the pousada had their own balcony with table and chairs. Although the AC worked very well, we add two extra heaters at our disposal. The pousada is great if you wish to visit Serra da Estrela - it is strategically placed for those wishing to see Covilha, Sortelha (highly recommend a visit here), Valhelhas, Manteigas, and of course Belmonte.There are not that many pousadas we'd like to go back to, but this is definitely one of them. We did not have dinner at the pousada, as we simply cannot afford haute-cuisine, but the reviews we read from other customers in the visitor's book were all very complimentary, and the menu looked very nice.

Room Tip: Chose room Frei Octávio if you're looking for more privacy. The woods are right next to the balcony.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank NoctiaLibitina
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

After a long day's touring we arrived at the Belmonte Pousada, to be greeted by very pleasant staff.
The public areas are very tasteful, giving an ambiance of serenity. (Many interior designers could take a few lessons from this hotel!).

Spend time walking in the various lounges, sitting rooms etc. The gardens are large.
The valley below sparkles at night with lights from the various villages and homesteads in the distance. In the morning a mist engulfs the hotel and valley, until it lifted at breakfast time
The dining room is 'grand' where we had our best meal in Portugal, and must commend the waiter too.
The breakfast room is also a delight

Spoil yourselves, stay here for a few days and relax. An additional bonus is the reasonble price of both the hotel and our diner.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

This was our third time at Belmonte - we drive from France to Lisbon, so its a great place to rest and see the countryside.
We have Frey Pedro - a large room (great for families, and easily large enough for five) it has an enormous balcony, though not the best view.
The restaurant is great and the service superb - our kids are learning portuguese and the staff loved it & encouraged them wonderfully.
Breakfasts are very good too.
There are plenty of beautiful mountaintop towns to visit - the landscape is fantastic.
Top tip: ring direct to get the best price.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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