We stayed at 10 hotels in Portugal and this was one of our more interesting destinations. We planned to stay in Evora for 2 nights, but after reading about various hotels, learned about this place which sounded interesting. We found a package on the website which offered an upgraded room, meal and wine tasting.
This was by far the hardest to find hotel but a good value. The hotel was a bit farther from Evora (18km) than we had anticipated but the oddest part was trying to find it. Signage for various hotels had been excellent so we expected to find directions off the main route. Failing that, we took the turnoff into the town where the hotel was located. After driving around we arrived in a gravel parking lot at the end of the town with only a sign for a church Monte do Carmo. We drove a bit down the dirt road in the direction of the church and then decided to turn back. We flagged down a resident, showed them the name of the hotel (he only spoke Portugese, we only spoke English) and he directed us back towards the gravel lot/dirt road. We concluded that he must have thought that we wanted the church, since the names sounded similar and tried another resident. Same result. After driving 2km down the road we came to the hotel/church.
The young woman in reception was very friendly and spoke excellent English. We hadn't been sure what the included mean would be (lunch, dinner, etc) and were surprised when she handed us a menu and told us to order now (!) and that we could have as much as we liked. We opted for two shrimp and mushroom appetizer (the best item on the menu), two pastas with vegetables (overcooked) and one lamb chop entree. We subsequently ordered two deserts and coffee. We also had a bottle of wine.
The price for the 2 nights, which they honored was 169E for 2 people. Turns out there was a mistake on the website and it should have been about 219E plus 5E each for the wine tasting (which I would recommend skipping).
The hotel was described as having an ecopool. Turns out you swim with tadpoles. While I was somewhat skeptical at first, it was quite hot and I had a lovely time cooling off with the amphibians and fish.
I really enjoyed this property. We had a great room with high ceilings in an out of the way location. Not for everybody, but if you are looking for something different, you may be very please.
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