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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We wanted to visit Evora but did not fancy staying in a busy town full of tourist. So we stayed here which is about 30 mins drive but we had a lovely stay. The hotel is very nice and the rooms are spacious and comfortable. The spa and the swimming pool was very nice and relaxing after a day of sightseeing. The breakfast was very nice with a lot of options for normal people, for people like me with gluten and dairy allergies, a bit more limited- try the mushroom omelette it is very good. The service was very good and they helped us with booking restaurants etc- very knowledgable.
We spent three nights here in May. Everything was beautiful, from our private terrace to the pool to dining room. Breakfast buffet was spectacular! However, the dinner menu got old quickly. Still, I would happily return.
Spent two nights at the Alentejo Marmoris Hotel and it was quite an enjoyable experience. We were greeted by a very friendly receptionist and were offered a welcome drink. Our luggage was taken directly to our spacious room, where fruit and a complimentary bottle of water awaited. The bathroom was large, with two wash basins, a bathtub and separate rain shower. From the photos, I gather not all rooms are the same, but our room had no door to the bathroom, only semi-transparent doors to the shower and toilet area, which means very little privacy. No problem for us, but some people may not like that. The buffet breakfast was quite nice, with good variety and quality, such as home-made jams and honeycomb. You can ask for eggs made to order, as well as pancakes, crepes, etc at no extra charge. The staff in the breakfast area were very friendly. We spent an afternoon at the spa and were lucky, as there were few people around. There are two small pools with different water jets and a larger pool which I assume becomes the outdoor pool in summer - it is covered at the moment. We both booked massages at the spa and found them relaxing and the staff there very professional. There is a garage and you can use it for free. There is also plenty of parking outside, so parking was not a problem. Overall, the atmosphere is friendly and quiet. Great choice if you visit Vila Viçosa.
I stayed here as part of bike tour and mostly liked the place. We were generally well taken care of, but as I was checking out, I remarked that I had didn't know what had happened to the "Towel Card". The clerk told me that I would have to pay 50 Euros for the lost card. So, I had to race back up to my room where I eventually found the card. This was just stupid. I travel every week and no where have I ever been concerned about a lost key card.
I also found that others had not said anything about the towel cards and not turned them in. They were never challenged with the 50 Euro fee.
We just spent five nights here as part of an organized group from Trek Travel. This hotel is beautiful, with amazing marble throughout (something the area is known for). The room was very large with an accompanying large bed, along with a bottle of white port available for a night cap. The restaurant also was quite good. We had a special group meal that was wonderful, and breakfast every morning was good, with lots of Cafe Americano for those of us who like our coffee that way. If we are ever back in this part of the world we would definitely stay here again.