Alentejo Marmòris Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast and access to the spa
- Liberal use of marble throughout the property
- Indoor and outdoor pools
What To Know
- Free WiFi and parking
- The hotel is less than a two-hour drive from Lisbon
- A car is recommended to explore the area
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In the historic village of Vila Viçosa, close to the Spanish border, the Alentejo Marmoris Hotel & Spa is a former mill turned rural retreat designed by Portuguese architect Miguel Cancio Martins (the creative brain behind the Buddha Bar in Paris). The property is owned by a family that has worked in the marble business (for which the Alentejo area is known) for generations, and the material has been used liberally throughout, from the modern lobby to the intricate bathrooms to the sublime spa. The 45 guestrooms are decked out in monochromatic furnishings and splashes of canary-yellow, and each has an individually designed marble bathroom with a large tub and an elaborate sink. The Narcissus Fernandesii restaurant serves traditional Portuguese dishes and wines from the Alentejo region; many of the ingredients are grown in the fields surrounding the property. The mammoth Stone Spa by Cinq Mondes is (of course) clad in marble; it offers a sizable pool as well as massages and ayurvedic treatments.
In the Area
Vila Viçosa’s marvelous marble palace is a two-minute walk from the hotel. It’s one of Portugal’s largest palaces, and was the birthplace of Catherine of Bragança (who later became queen of England). Inside you’ll find rich tapestries, Chinese porcelain and Brazilian ebony furniture. Stroll the town’s peaceful streets, which are lined with orange and lemon trees; most of the sidewalks, benches and door frames are made of marble. Explore the medieval castle ruins, and pop into the archaeological museum on the first floor. Evora, one of Portugal’s best-preserved medieval towns, is 38 miles away, and you can reach Lisbon is less than two hours.
How to Get There
The hotel is excelent, customer attention in the rooms was exceptional, big room, very comfortable bed. The Spa area is Ok. The restaurant experience worth a try, fresh local products very well presented and tasty. The only remark is the check in through the application which was not very user friendly.
I had a lovely 5 night stay as part of a cycling tour -- and I was really impressed with this hotel. The room was large and comfortable. it was well designed and everything was marble. The staff were very helpful and friendly throughout. Breakfast buffet was nice. Dinner was lovely. The pool is indoor/outdoor and was good. I didn't try the spa. But I was pleasantly surprised by the entire hotel experience.
I spent few days in that hotel in one of the suite in the ground floor in march 2018. It's not the first time and it won't be. We started to come three years ago and since then they could keep the quality of the service and the hote accomodations. They even improved the services by providing a heated pool. The room were recently refreshed and the spa is also worth a visit. The room are spacious and nicely furnished. The marble the speciality of the region is everywhere. They succeeded use that material with a great taste. You definitely are in a five star hotel. It's an excellent review for an excellent hotel with a personal really nice that will try to accomodate you in every situation. I strongly recomend this place to people willing to spend a good and relaxing time in family in a region that is charming
We stayed in March when the town was very sleepy. The staff where very attentive and obliging, nothing was too much.
Lois, the consiegn, organised a very good vineyard visit.
The in house wine tasting was educational and generous.
Staff were helpful and courteous and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and would stay again, lovely village and very friendly people.
The breakfast were superb as was the delicious Christmas lunch.
Only fault could be service at the bar was very slow, and sometimes had to wait quite a while for a barman to appear.