Évora Inn ★★
Rua da República 11, 7000 - 656 Évora, Portugal, Tel: 266-744-500
The typical white and yellow on the exterior of this little hotel belies what you'll find once you step through the door. Quirky design and vibrant colors, a low-key atmosphere, and roof top terrace with sweeping views.
Location: B. Right in the heart of the old city, within walking distance of the main sights. The central location does come with some street noise (at all hours).
Property: A. The very spot where the Portuguese Republic was declared in 1910, this is a classified building that was completely renovated in 2010. Note that the building has five floors, and there is no elevator.
Rooms: B. Colorful and playful decor. Very simple furnishings. Everything is clean, and well maintained.
Hotel Style: B&B; Area: Town Center; No. of Rooms: 9; Singles: €45, Doubles: €55 to €75; Credit Cards: MC/V
Convento do Espinheiro ★★★★★
Canaviais, 7002 - 502 Évora
Tel: 266-788-200, Fax: 266-788-229
For all out luxury in a historic setting, this place gets a big thumbs up. What started life as a 15th century convent has been converted into a luxury hotel and spa, without loosing a bit of its historic character. Although Évora is visible in the distance, and just a short five-minute drive away, you feel like you are out in the middle of nowhere here.
Huge rooms with stately, elegant decor will make you feel like you are in a palace rather than a convent. Heritage rooms are located in the old convent buildings, while the Design rooms have the same decor, but are in a modern wing without the flavor of the old buildings.
Be prepared for long walks inside the hotel, with many of the rooms at the far end of the complex from the reception, and be prepared to get lost once or twice. Staff will handle your luggage for you, and you can't get too lost. Superb restaurant under the vaulted stone cellars.
Singles: €165, Doubles: €185 to €215, Suites: €370
Credit Cards: All major credit cards accepted
Hotel Style: Boutique; 92 Rooms
Grades: A+ (Location), A+ (Property), A+ (Rooms)
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