Hotel Review – Pousada Mosteiro do Crato (PMC) – Alto Alentejo, Portugal

This is  a long due post. I was supposed to have posted it soon after staying at PMC in September 2016, but I did not, I got overwhelmed with the site, my instagram, my coaching and my job and have been postponing it. So, today is the day.

Be prepared to be transported to a magical, historical place, where modernity and history were masterfully and impeccably combined by Grupo Pestana, one of the most respected hotel groups in Portugal and worldwide. It’s breathtaking, its an experience not to be missed if by any chance you are planning a visit to Portugal. Go, just go, and tell me! Everything there literally takes you through history, in a magic vibe. In the walls there still are engraved marks associated with Freemason.

PMC is located in the old Monastery of Santa Maria de Flor da Rosa, Crato town in the middle of Alto Alentejo.

A legend says that the origin of the Monastery is due to a knight who, in is dying bed receives the visit of his love that offers him a rose to help him recover. The legend says that due to the offering it is the lady who dies and the knight survives and names the monastery in honor of his bride.

The “Pousada” uniquely combines the ancient architecture of the monastery with the modernity of a luxury hotel at a reasonable price. It is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

The monastery is divided into three distinct spaces: the Gothic style church, ​​building area associated with the convent, and the “Paço Ducal” – Ducal Palace where the hotel operates.

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The monastery and main entrance
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The “Paço” inside the Monastery
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The tomb of D. Álvaro Gonçalves Pereira the founder of the Monastery, with the Cross the the “Ordem of Malta” – Order of Malta
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The “Paço”
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The Paço


The monastery was built in 1356 by D. Álvaro Gonçalves Pereira, first Prior of Crato and father of the Holy Constable, D. Nuno Álvares Pereira. The tomb of D. Álvaro is displayed at the museum, that also displays an impressive collection of “Arte Sacra”  – Sacred Art.

Nothing prepares you to the atmosphere, the vibe of the place. You truly feel transported to the past, and strong images of the monastery life, the battles, the religiousness come to your mind. As you cross this breathtaking place, you are again taken by surprise when you enter the hotel area. The perfect blend of ancient and modern architecture and decoration its something that leaves you literally speechless. I really have to commend Grupo Pestana for such an impressive capacity of preserving local history while creating an elegant, luxurious and cosy place.

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The entrance to the museum
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The path that leads to the hotel
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The reception and lobby area – the stairs lead to the rooms

The staff is truly friendly and solicit, and soon you feel at home in the place. From the reception you can take the stairs or the elevator that will take you to the rooms. Different types of rooms are offered: Standard, Superior, Suite, and Master suite. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, heating/air conditioning, minibar, bathrobes, hairdryer, safe, cable TV and internet access. One of the luxury suites is located in the medieval tower, in a former dungeon.

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The superior room with a balcony
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The standard room

The Restaurant is located in the old part of the building, with a beautiful view of the gardens. The restaurant is a memorable experience in itself. A minimalist decoration and a gastronomic offer based on the traditional cuisine from the Alentejo Region, with an impressive wine list and a beautiful setting. It is the ideal place for an amazing experience and a unique opportunity to taste one of the best things in Portugal: our delicious and diverse food. The menu is based on local products, being some from the fields that surround the hotel. From wild mushrooms, and Nisa cheese to scrambled eggs with green asparagus, chorizo Alentejano, to beautiful Gazpacho and delightful desserts it takes you through the so famous Alentejo cuisine. An experience not to be missed. The quality of the food is outstanding and a true picture of how simple ingredients can be transformed into memorable dishes.

The breakfast, included in the price, is diverse and ranges from local breads, to fresh fruit, strong and embodied coffee, eggs, bacon and deli meats, pastries, fruit juices and an impressive cheese selection.

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The restaurant (photograph from the site pousadas.pt)

The hotel also offers an outdoor swimming pool with a sun terrace ideal for sunbathing, and a SPA with jacuzzi, as well as amazing views from the terrace over the Alentejo famous plains. Make sure that you taste the fresh fruit from the many fruit trees scattered all over the back garden (amazing figs and quinces).

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Swimming pool (pic from pousadas.pt)
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The amazing Crato landscape with the famous Alentejo plains
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One of the living room areas in the hotel
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The backside of the Monastery
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Another room where history is present and palpable
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Living room/reading room
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The view of the swimming pool from above
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Details
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Beautiful details

 

My only criticism is the limited offer of TV channels, which is ok if you planning to just relax and enjoy the views, but a wider diversity would, nonetheless, be a nice addition.

Location and Contact details:

  • Rua do Mosteiro da Flor da Rosa , Flor da Rosa, Crato, Portalegre
  • (+351) 245997210
  • (+351) 245997212
  • http://www.pousadas.pt/
  • recepcao.frosa@pousadas.pt

 

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