Pousada Convento de Tavira
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
We loved this place!
"We stayed here for our honeymoon and everything about the hotel was brilliant. We found the staff were all really helpful and friendly, and the room was clean and very comfy. Having been converted from an old convent the hotel had much more character than many places we've stayed and we loved eating our breakfast each morning in the sunlight cloisters! The location of the hotel within Tavira was fantastic too, just a few minutes walk from the centre of town, and probably better located than the other hotels we were originally considering when we booked back in January. Overall we were delighted with everything about our stay here and on the basis of our experiences would definitely recommend it to others."
- Travel date: Sun 2nd of September 2007
A captivating, comfortable blend of ancient and modern
"It's quite extraordinary what's been done to this building. Touches of its long history are everywhere, but as a hotel it is absolutely modern and comfortable. As an aficionado of modern design, I was floored. There are many public gathering spaces -- not just a bar and restaurant but the pool, various nooks with tables, a serene courtyard, a living room.
We were put in a room with a lovely little balcony overlooking the pool. My one complaint about the room -- in fact all rooms I stayed in in Portugal -- was that instead of a double bed, we had twin beds pushed together.
The service was friendly, the lunch good enough, the breakfast buffet extraordinary. The bartender took us down to see the display of ruins unearthed when the builders were intending to construct a spa. Amazing! The hotel sits atop the city and can be a little tricky to find, but absolutely worth it and walking distance to anything you'd want to see in Tavira."
- Travel date: Sun 22nd of July 2007
Enjoy the peace
"The instant peace in this building is, perhaps, much needed after driving around the base of the hill looking for the way in! Rooms are comfortable and spacious. Breakfasts are huge and cater for every possible taste from cheese and olives, via umpteen meats and preserves, to sparkling wine and bountiful fruit. Swimming pool gleamed. Staff were friendly. Internet worked. Some firm discussion achieved a very agreeable outcome to a serious in-room electrical problem where a 'repair' had been overlooked by quality control. The finder lived (swore a bit!) and the hotel management was effusive in apologies, moved us and got the problem rectified."
- Travel date: Wed 9th of May 2007
one night stay
"We called into the pousada in Sagres for an afternoon cup of tea while on a trip away from lagos. We were very impressed with the facilities there and although happy with our accommodation in Lagos, decided on the spot to try another pousada, and settled on Tavires as it is close to Faro and best suited for our last night on the Algarve. we arrived before midday and decided to ask if we could leave our car there while we explored the town, as the hotel is slap bang in the middle of a very small medieval old town, and parking is at a premium. However the desk staff were more than happy to show us to our room. We had a very enjoyable walk around town and after lunch took a drive out to some of the villages around the coast, such as Cabanas, to take a look at the beaches. The old town is surrounded by new build and is very much an oasis away from the developments in the area.
Our room was a superior(without asking) and we were very impressed with the layout and decor.. It is modern, but compliments the architecture tastefully. the public areas are very well set out and comfortable. The bar staff are friendly and competent. Drinks are no more expensive than you would expect of a hotel in this class.( small beer and a diet coke is @ â¬9 . They have a selection of games, should your conversation dry up. We played rummy and Blackjack.
We ate in the restaurant and both agreed we chose well. Staff are attentive but not stuffy The food is good, but the desserts are the same all over Portugal, and here they are no better or worse, just a bigger choice.
There is an out door pool, but I will come back in the summer and tell you what that is like. The hotel gives you a wonderful sense of seclusion right in the middle of town. The staff exudes a calmness that would not have been out of place with the previous incumbents.
There is some building work a little way from the walls of the hotel, wave and the crane driver might wave back.
There is a room with childrenâs toys and a TV showing cartoons, but this hotel is not really suitable for children and parents might find it difficult to keep them amused.
I haven't told you about the buffet breakfast, but I will when I have had it, as I am using the free internet access to do some work, check my emails and send this report, all from the comfort of my superior bedroom. Life is grand."
- Travel date: Mon 12th of February 2007
"We have just returned from a long weekend at this beautiful pousada and didn't have a single complaint. A wonderful old convent built around a serene inner courtyard in a charming small town (the nicest town we saw on the Algarve) and it is as quietly elegant as it is discrete. We had a superior room with terrace and everything including the marble bathroom was generous and well stocked. We certainly didn't have any problems with hot water and the shower was powerful. I think Mr TUk must have been at a different hotel! Breakfast was plentiful & varied and the staff were extremely attentive. Don't think the Pousada even offers "sea view rooms" so perhaps he should have done his homework better on that one! As for the building works, there weren't any. This pousada comes with full recommendations."
- Travel date: Thu 25th of January 2007
A luxurious break in Tavira
"My surprise Birthday present was four days at this Pousada. The building is a 16th century Monastery which has been converted to a superb Hotel. The attention to detail and high quality of materials is to be seen everywhere, from the decoration of all rooms, public and bedrooms; to the flower arrangements, furniture, garden design and swimming pool. The staff were extremely helpful and attentive with one slight unfortunate exception. The bedroom and bathroom were always spotlessly clean. We ate at various restaurants in the town, but the food at the Pousada was in a class of its own, real gourmet - although certainly not cheap. Birthdays come too quickly nowadays but I would happily have six a year if I was always taken for such a luxurious break!
To balance the budget we recommend fish eaters to have a meal at Velha 2 - for a fixed price of about 10 euros you are offered as much fresh well grilled fish you can possibly eat. . Overall, Tavira is a delightful base for a Winter break. Do visit the Camera Obscura and the wine shop in the Rua JosÃ© Pires Padinha which has the finest collection of port wine, aguaydente and other Iberian wines and spirits that I have ever seen"
- Travel date: Thu 11th of January 2007
"A converted convent - now a hotel with luxury fittings - the building was stunning. Sadly the service was appalling throughout and no real apologies were ever made. Worst of all was the resturant - in over 30 years of travelling this was the worst I've ever encountered: my wife's starter wasn't rbought until my 3rd course, tables weren't cleared and the food was very poor. Breakfasts were a disaster every day: tables weren't laid or cleaned, the buffet food ran out and wasn't replaced, enough cups and plates weren't available - in summary it was so bad it was almost beyond belief.
The cleaning and maid service wasn't too good.
The biggest problem is that there is MAJOR and very noisy building works going on all around the hotel - we paid extra for a sea view room (it turns out the sea is about 2 miles away!!!) and instead just had a view of building works (see photo) - it was terrible. I strongly recommend you avoid this place unitl they get themselves sorted"
- Travel date: Thu 4th of January 2007
"My wife and I have just spent 4 nights at this Pousada, what a fabulous hotel it is. Every one of the staff was very friendly and helpful. The restaurant was very enjoyable, although the dinner menu did not change during our stay, we would have had no problem finding something to enjoy for the rest of our stay. We stayed in a Superior room, it was a beautiful room, it even had a mezzanine where we could sit and enjoy a quiet read. We do like to have Tea & Coffee making in our room, but his was sadly lacking. (Take your own travel kettle & tea bags). We also found a lack of drawer space.
We found a great Restaurant, the JOAO BELHI Restaurant Regional on the Rua Jose Pires Padinha. You walk down to the Roman Bridge and turn right just before it, walk past the gardens and it is down on the R/H side past the Imperial Restaurant. This was also popular. On the second night we went to the Pizza place just past the Regional Restaurant, never again. We ordered Minestrone soup. Jack The Lad Waiter brought two bowls of barely warm Mushroom soup full of whole mushrooms and tried to convince us it was Minestrone. We settled for Tomato soup, this was more like liquid mashed potato with a hint of tomato.
We had a wonderful stay. A drive up into the hills to the north of Tavira is well worth doing, even in the rain! Maybe November is a bit of a wet month. The temperature was 19-20 during our stay but was overcast most of the time, we had some rain along with it as well. Still a great place to visit"
- Travel date: Tue 7th of November 2006
Stunning Hotel in Beautiful Algarve Town
"Spent two weeks in mid September 2006 at the Pousada in Tavira. It is a stunning building, converted from an old convent in the old Jewish quarter of Tavira. The swimming pool and gardens are lovely, there is an air of tranquility and hushed peace about the place. The pictures on the official Pousada website don't do the place justice, it really is beautiful.
We stayed in room 1 which was in the main cloister and overlooked the square. The room was spacious and clean, the bed and duvet were really comfy, lovely and cosy. Bathroom was good although our only complaint was that the shower was neither hot nor powerful enough. Some days the water temperature was actually a bit chilly.
Breakfast was excellent, a good range of fruits, meats, toast and cereals and the bar area and living room spaces were good too. I'd definitely recommend staying at the Pousada - even if the only British newspaper they took was The Daily Mail. Shame, but never mind!!
As for Tavira itself - there is a lot about it that is beautiful still and it's a good base for a holiday with lots of cafes, bars and restaurants although vegetarians may have to resort to cheese sandwiches, however as it's mainly meat and fish in the restuarants.
Don't miss a visit to the Camera Obscura (just outside of the Pousada) and perhaps see it early in your stay in Tavira because the chap who runs it (he's a Brit) does a great unofficial guided tour of the town while you're in there. We found out things about Tavira that the small and not very well stocked - but friendly - tourist office didn't tell us or hold information about.
The beach at Tavira is beautiful and in mid-September, almost deserted. You can walk all the way along the beach to Barril Beach at Santa Luzia - another unspoilt area like Tavira worth a look around and the little train from Barril beach to Santa Luzia is worth anyone's one euro! Also take a trip to Ayamonte in Spain on the ferry, beautiful. Tavira is a wonderful place for a very releaxing holiday and the Pousada is a wonderful hotel to spend it in."
- Travel date: Fri 29th of September 2006
"This hotel is a converted convent, where they have retained the style of the old buildings but all the additions (bar, pool, etc) and the rooms themselves are in a classy modern style. The hotel is right in the middle of Tavira next to the castle and the church, with so nothing is more than a few minutes walk away.
The rooms are very comfortable, goods beds, no noise, fantastic bathroom, everything that you want in a good hotel. The restaurant is good but could improve, although you are unlikely to find anything better elsewhere in Tavira. Staff were friendly and couldn't have been more helpful."
- Travel date: Sun 9th of July 2006