“A 17th-century convent with lush courtyard, where contemporary chic meets old colonial style and charm”
There are 2 types of room, Superior and Junior Suite, the difference being the size. Some come with whitewashed walls, some have stripped wood floors, others terracotta tiles. You get padded bedheads, shuttered windows, marble bathrooms and fluffy bathrobes. Some rooms - quite a few - have four-posters, vaulted ceilings or the odd pillar. A couple above the road (you are quite high, there’s not much noise) glimpse river views beyond the docks.
Some rooms overlook the street, others look onto a courtyard the hotel does not own (it’s neither ugly nor pretty). A few are on the small side, even for a weekend break. One room has a terrace, art hangs on the wall, the odd wood carving stands in an alcove. Everything is spic and span with housekeeping blitzing the place from top to bottom every day. Bathrooms mostly come with showers, some dressed in marble or local azulejos, with toiletries and robes supplied.
Breakfast is served leisurely on the terrace when the weather’s good (8 months of the year). You help yourself to the vast Portuguese offering: freshly-squeezed orange juice, bowls of croissant, fresh fruit and yoghurts, plates of cheese and ham, bacon and eggs.
Lunch and dinner are served each day apart from Monday and Tuesday and you can order as little or as much as you like. Try melon and ham soup, green salad with cheese from the Azores, roast octopus flavoured with olive oil and garlic, lamb cutlets with mint sauce, coriander ice cream with a tomato chutney.
If you want to eat locally try A Traverssa for friendly service and Belgian cooking in an ancient monastery; or Guarda Mor for excellent Portuguses fare that’s popular with guests. If you don’t mind the trip into town, try Olivier for some of the fanciest food in town or Papacorda, a fashionable restaurant and bar that was once owned by John Malkovich.
Children are welcome and cots and extra beds are available on request. The hotel is not ideal for kids though; they may find it all a bit stuffy.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Standard rooms can fit a baby cot; Deluxe rooms have space for a baby cot and a rollaway bed for 2-12 year olds.
Baby cots available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking