Rated 5 out of 5 by Steffbg Fantastic
All was as planned. All staff made our stay a memorable one. The rooms were beautifully decorated and had an amazing view.
The Divinus Restaurant presented fantastic service and top quality food. The olive oil, made from Convento do Espinheiro olive's was such a treat.
Congratulations for such an amazing get away.
March 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bado71 Best Starwood Property in the World
(To enhance the credibility of this review, please allow a prelude regarding my Starwood experience.) I am a multi-year Platinum member, having been to virtually every Westin and W Hotel in the USA, and several Starwood properties abroad--totaling around 225 different locations. My top Starwood stays include the St. Regis Princeville Resort in Kauai, St. Regis in Rome, Le Meridien in Phuket, St. Regis in Aspen, St. Regis in Monarch Beach, Parker Palm Springs and the incomparable Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville.
Convento do Espinheiro not only tops all of these Starwood properties, but is easily the best place I've ever stayed (tied with Dromoland Castle in Ireland).
Convento do Espinheiro--in the shadow of medieval Evora, a walled city and Unesco World Heritage site--was actually a monastery for 400 years and comes with its own historic church, idyllic surroundings, sweeping views, cistern-turned-wine-room, wine-cellar-turned-restaurant, clanging sheep bells in the distance, several secret nooks and quirky stairways, and an incredible staff. The general manager, Maria, was charming and helpful; the sommelier Christiano was a real pro; and everyone from the front desk to the restaurant was amazingly attentive. Don't miss the 1,100-year-old olive tree, the sprawling grounds or nightly tour which includes wine tasting.
Convento do Espinheiro should be a tourist destination in its own right. Indeed, the property's history is the subject of a well-researched book. It is unlike any Starwood hotel in that it achieves more than just a place of rest and leisure--the resort is truly transportive. I cannot give the Convento a stronger recommendation. Stop reading this and book your reservation.
November 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by sq69 Our new favorite Starwood property
We've just returned home from 4 days at this amazing, elegant former monastery. We loved exploring the beautifully restored hotel, highlighted by the original ornate chapel within the hotel; the daily 5:00 pm hotel history tour led by Claudia; the 6:00 pm wine tastings led by Alvaro, the wonderful food; our fabulous room in the historical section; as well as the hotel's entire gracious, helpful staff. Thanks, also, to Fabio, Danio, Joao and Maria. Although we hated to leave the hotel, Evora and the surrounding area has plenty to offer: Roman ruins in the center of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage site; 6000-4000 year old megaliths; wine tastings and tours at nearby vineyards ( we enjoyed Herdade Do Esporao); more fortified medieval castles. We didn't have a chance to enjoy the pools or spa, but we will return for a longer stay next time!
November 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Becos Wonderfull Personal
This a 6 star hotel in everything. The staff deserves 7 stars.
October 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Joseph26 An Oasis in our Journey
Our two night stop in our eleven night itinerary
was pleasantly refreshing. The setting was
magnificent and the hotel thoroughly charming.
We couldn't have been happier. A perfect spot
to enjoy Evora and environs.
Joseph and Bonnie
October 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rosika Wonderful experience
We felt like kings, as Gold members we were upgraded to a very nice Suite with a large terrace. We enjoyed this very much as we could eat all our meals on the terrace. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We also enjoyed the tour around the Hotel which gave us a good insight about the history of the Hotel. We also liked very much other Features such as: indoor and outdoor pool, the very large garden, the wine tastings every evening which helped us to select our wine for the dinner. To give an Overall Rating as excellent is not enough, it was much better than just excellent.
October 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by AP2014 week-end in Evora
The hotel is great,excellent food, the place for a long week-end
September 1, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nel777 Delightful Getaway...
Short stay in the hotel and was delighted with the attentiveness given from the staff from the time we enter right to the moment we left the hotel. Special mention to Joao Bilou for ensuring that all our needs are attended to; and also to Cristiano Santos for a wonderful exchange of conversation over the wonderful Portuguese wine during the wine tasting session! People with a warm and welcoming attitude are important and this hotel has lots of them!
August 31, 2014