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Formerly a 16th century Convent, the luxury hotel Pousada of Vila Vicosa oozes charm, history and character

Located in the centre of an historic town, the Pousada of Vila Vicosa is bedecked with history. Formerly the Convent of Chagas de Cristo, this hotel is full of character with themed rooms and many associated legends. The convent’s cells, retreats and oratories have been completely restored and renovated.

Despite its town centre location, adjacent to the Ducal Palace in the main square, the Hotel Vila Vicosa is a calm and tranquil location where you can soak up the history and enjoy the luxurious surroundings.

The Pousada Vila Vicosa has 39 rooms, including 2 luxury rooms and 5 suites. All rooms have en-suite bathroom, heating/air conditioning, minibar, hairdryer, safe, telephone, cable TV and internet access. The Hotel Dom Joao IV has themed rooms which are truly unique, they include the Hunters Room, Botanical Room, Coronels Room, Professors Deluxe Room, Travelling Painters Suite, Musicians Suite, Astronomers Suite, Princess and Duchess suites.

The Pousada’s restaurant is definitely worth a visit. In summer guests dine in the secluded cloistered garden and in winter, the majestic dining room.

Hotel facilities
Restaurant and BarTerrace
Outdoor swimming poolChildren’s pool
Free internet access in public areasLift
Business centreSnooker table
Ping pong table24h reception
Room serviceLaundry service

Activities nearby
Bird watchingParasailing
Wine tasting the famous Borba wine, often considered the best in PortugalWalking

Other information
Lisbon airport is 185 kmsAdjoining rooms available
Rooms for disabled persons availableStunning wedding location
Excellent conference/meeting facilities
Pousadas Promotions - Golden Age

Golden Age
Upto 20% discount on the Best Available Rate for guests aged 55 or over

Pousadas Promotions - Pousadas Passport

Pousadas Passport
525€ - 5 night stay including breakfast and 20% off 3 meals

Pousadas Promotions - Pousadas Passport + Car

Pousadas Passport + Car
660€ - 5 night stay including breakfast, car rental and 20% off 3 meals

Pousadas Promotions - Long Stays

Long Stays
Upto 20% discount applies for 2 or more consecutive nights at the same Pousada

Pousadas Promotions - Early Booking

Early Booking
Upto 15% discount for pre-paid bookings confirmed until 60 days before arrival

1 Nov 2014 to 31 Oct 2015
Rates in EUR
1 Nov to 29 Dec 2014
4 Jan to 1 Apr 2015
5 Apr to 31 Jul 2015
13 Sep to 31 Oct 2015
30 Dec to 3 Jan 2015
2 to 4 Apr 2015
1 Aug to 12 Sep 2015
Standard double room 90 120 105 135 130 160
Golden Age Standard double room 81 108 94.5 121.5 117 144
Superior room 108 144 126 162 156 192
Golden Age Superior room 97.2 129.6 113.4 145.8 140.4 172.8
Suite 121 162 141 182 175 216
Golden Age Suite 108.9 145.8 126.9 163.8 157.5 194.4

Please note

- Prices are per night for 2 persons sharing a double room and include breakfast and taxes
- Prices are valid until 31 October 2015 - they are subject to change without prior notice
- Special rates apply at New Year (30 and 31 Dec)
- Special rates are available for reservations of 10 bedrooms or more
- Cancellations - 1st night will be charged if the reservation is cancelled less than 48 hours prior to arrival (special promotions may have different cancellation policies)
- No show - the whole stay will be charged
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Convento das Chagas
Terreiro do Paço
7160-251 Vila Viçosa

Surrounding area:
  • Borba (6 kms): This town is most famous for its locally produced wine which is often considered the best in Portugal.
  • Estremoz (21 kms): The town’s 14th century castle was one of the most important fortifications in the country. The influence of other cultures is reflected in its battlements, which have a Moorish feel.
  • Badajoz, Spain (60 kms): This Spanish border town has retained the atmosphere and ambience of its fascinating history, from Roman villas to infamous accounts of the Spanish Civil War. A stroll around the historic quarter will reveal Arab walls and interesting monuments as well as picturesque streets.
  • Evora (63 kms): A UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its well-preserved old town centre. It is partially enclosed by medieval walls and has a Roman temple and many monuments from various historical periods.
  • Portalegre (77 kms): Situated close to the Spanish border, the walled town of Portalegre is overlooked by the ruins of its medieval castle and was of strategic importance for national defence throughout the Middle Ages.

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Guests' Comments

Comment posted by Britt
Our four night stay at Pousada Vila Vicosa was excellent. What a levoly place. We had a very peaceful room overlooking the gardens and enjoyed it very much. The staff were very helpful and kind and couldn't have been nicer. We loved the wall paintings which evoked the Pousada's past. Thank you so much.

Comment posted by Jack & Jenny Hurrell
My wife and I stayed here for two nights in early September 2011. As with most Pousadas the building is beautiful, particularly the marble staircases. The location of the hotel, next to the palace, is stunning Our room was huge, but he wooden floor creaked very loudly and the bathroom fittings were old and badly needed replacing. Staff were very helpful.

Comment posted by Dr Colin Walsh
There's something missing in the Alentejo. And something missing from the Pousada in Vila Vicosa. It's beautiful, great service and the food was fine, if not special. What is missing is people. And that's mainly because the Tourist Bureau does not do a good job for the Alentejo. Most people in England are unaware of the area, there is very little publicity generated and so much overlooked. Overlooked, too, from D.Joao IV. There was very little information in this Pousada or any of the others we have just stayed in. It's not enough to print out a map of the village. There was no indication of music - it would have been good to know what was on and where. It would have been good if reception knew what was on and where. We didn't want to spend every night eating meals - it would have been good to find music, festivals, classical, jazz, performances of anything. You are undersold. More publicity needed not just for the pousadas but the region, what to see, what's on. We felt abandoned and the extraordinarily attractive surroundings of the pousada were not enough. We visited villages and towns that we had never heard of but, with many, nobody seemed to care and there was little effort made to involve us. Even some with Tourist Information treated us as though we were troubling their day (only some). It was the same with other pousadas, at Evora, at Palmale. Distinct lack of information, a brochure for pousadas and a print-out map of the town. We left brochures in our rooms from the tourist offices in the hope that it might occur to anyone in the pousadas to do the same thing - at least provide the same brochures as the tourist office. So much more could be done - and then the pousadas would not be half empty and cutting staff (the poor manager of the Palmale pousada had no-one to carry baggage except himself). So - get it together, be more pro-active, don't just toss out the same old blurb year after year. There is so much more to bring the jaded English - and other nationalities - to the pousadas and to the Alentejo. It just feels that there is no imagination at work.

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We stayed at the end of March, 2011. The Pousada is... more

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