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Convento do Espinheiro Hotel & Spa in Evora, Portugal
In Evora, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage City, there is a unique convergence of ancient and modern spirit at the Convento do Espinheiro Hotel & Spa. Alentejo is known as the breadbasket of Portugal, and its picturesque fields roll as far as the eye can see. Vineyards, cheese farms, and olive orchards make the area's cuisine as famous as it is delectable, while historical churches and monuments create a rich cultural experience. Here you will find this luxurious hotel and spa that was once a convent. Set in beautiful gardens, the 15th-century building makes a wonderful home for a hotel unlike any other.
92 magnificent rooms are divided between a modern wing and the ancient convent. The decor is luxurious with tasteful combinations of new and old, ancient and modern. Themes extend to the gourmet restaurant Divinus, located in the original wine cellar, where Mediterranean cuisine with Alentejo flavors is served. The bar Pulpitus, is found in the monk's kitchen. For pleasures of a physical kind, Diana Spa includes six treatment rooms, an indoor swimming pool and health club, an outdoor swimming pool, and a tennis and paddle court. Relax on the grounds, or explore the bountiful countryside of Alentejo - there is no better way to experience the beauty and history of Portugal.
Location of Convento do Espinheiro Hotel & Spa
Nearest Airport: LIS
Amenities for Convento do Espinheiro Hotel & Spa
- General Information
- 92 Guest Rooms
- 2 Restaurants
- 2 Bars
- Wine Cellar
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa on Property
- Fitness Center
- Indoor Pool
- Complimentary Parking
- Outdoor Pool
- In-Room Amenities
- Air Conditioning
- Direct Dial Telephones
- DVD Players
- Hair Dryers
- In-Room Safes
- Mini Bar
- Luxury Linens
- Luxury Bath Amenities
- Radio & CD Players
- Business Center/Services
- Meeting Rooms
- Children's Programs
- Historic Sites
- Culture & Arts
- Spa & Wellness
Reviews for Convento do Espinheiro Hotel & Spa
What a great place. Large balcony with an amazing view over the fields arround. The staff was very polite and friendly. Very quiet place to rest. The room was not very spacy but very confortable. A very good place to go on a romantic weekend.
Bruno M - Lisbon District, Portugal
We spent 4 nights, including New Yearâ€™s Eve, in this beautiful hotel. Although it is not walking distance from Ă‰vora, since our plans were to travel around Alentejo and have a nice base in a convenient location, it worked perfectly. We booked a room at the hotelâ€™s new wing, a bit far from the hotel common areas but extremely comfortable, lots of privacy and a nice balcony with Alentejo views. Guests have complimentary wi-fi, water and 2 Nespressos/ day. They also offer complimentary wine tasting every day at 6PM, and a hotel tour. It is worth to visit the chapel (where they still have service every Sunday), the library, and the maze in the garden. Food at Espinheiro is delicious! Their breakfast is good (a better service would make it great), and having dinner at Divinus is a must. Great wine list and the food justify the name of the restaurant (the bread pudding was to die for). Their spa is remarkable. Friendly staff, and Madalena was not just a great therapist but also, extremely kind. For those planning to spend New Yearâ€™s: great wine, delicious food, good music, and fireworks. The invitation we got was for a â€śgala dinnerâ€ť but the dress code was not taken seriously by all guests, so donâ€™t worry about a real gala gown (unless, of course, you want it). And something I wish I knew before: the New Yearâ€™s dinner was at the hotel convention center, which is outside the main building. Not really friendly for thin high heels. :) What could be better: (1) their standard is to keep the minibar off/empty, so asking their guests before check-in if it should be supplied might save the â€śsurprise"; (2) the hair dryer in the room is extremely slow and stops working easily; and (3) the equipment and size of the gym can be improved. Anyways, details that wouldnâ€™t prevent us from coming back.
The hotel in located just outside of Evora, 1h from Lisbon. This hotel has both a classic decor and a modern feeling in the new part. All rooms are very spacious and with nice views to the Alentejo countryside... All the things we've tried were correctly prepared and the staff was nice! A place to enjoy all year long.
JGordicho - Barcelona, Spain
My daughter and I stayed at this hotel for 4 nights. We had a nice room with a balcony overlooking the swimming pool (in the distance). The bed and pillow were very comfortable. The staff were very helpful, friendly and professional. Wine tasting was offered each night in the cellar at 6pm. A very interesting and informative tour of the convent is offered each night at 5pm. The hotel is privately owned and new rooms have been added and renovations done. The old part is still very interesting to see. One interesting point to make is that even though it is called a convent, there has never been any nuns there, only monks. They are buried outside in unmarked graves but the aristocracy are buried in the beautiful church in crypts and under the floor. The buffet breakfast was very nice, as was the freshly squeezed juice every morning. We had dinner there one night which was very nice. The service was excellent. Wines were recommended, explained and served by the sommelier. We were given a pennyroyal liquor on the house then another drink was suggested. I wasn't sure if this was also on the house but when we got the bill, it was over 10 euros per glass! It was too cold to use the swimming pool unfortunately. We did go to the spa on 2 occasions. We had facials and massages. 100 euros for a one and a half hour facial. All very nice as were the staff and ambience of the salon. The restaurant and spa are expensive but we knew they would be and decided to treat ourselves. If we were closer to town, we probably would have used the spas' and restaurants there. It is a 10 minute drive into Evora and costs about 8 euros in a taxi-more at night.
cathyhammonds - Katherine, Australia
Located outside the old town - this is an old convent spread over a nice garden. Nicely restored, they have added new wings that have modern updated rooms with everything you expect in a luxury hotel. The staff were warm & welcoming - very helpful in making suggestions & reservations for places to visit & restaurants etc. They have an excellent restaurant - the food was delicious & Michelin starred. Breakfast is served each morning in the same location & was varied & plentiful. They have an outdoor pool & the spa services are fine. We tried out their massage & the masseuse was very good. Overall - we spent 3 nights here & enjoyed it very much. Free parking & the ease of which to get around the area was also good.
scorpioshanghai - Sydney, Australia