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
Stayed 5 nights. Expected a faultless stay but there were a few issues. This is probably the most beautiful hotel I have ever stayed in. Marble is everywhere and it is lovely. Most of the staff are very good as well, many are very young and you feel a guiding hand is needed sometimes, but they are trying hard to please. Food in restaurant a bit unusual at times but trying to showcase local produce. Now my issues - asked at booking months ago for 2 beds, room allocated had one. On check in the person who dealt with us - really good - realised a mother and daughter may not like this so offered a change of room ( good service here) The one we had - TV in a mirror (awful but we rarely watch so never mind) no chairs at all. Asked was told this room did not have any - pushed (please find one then, needed for dressing table) and she did manage it. no privacy using bathroom/toilet (see through glass from room to bathroom area) too few staff for 5* hotel meaning bar not attended and they need lessons in making cocktails. But overall don’t be put off, this is a lovely hotel and an attentive manager can sort this out so hope you read my review.
This is a really nice 5* Hotel. Clean perfect treatment nice friendly staff. The room was bright with a nice comfy bed and perfect for the stay. The pool was well maintained and had a nice Bar which opened in the afternoon. Sunshade was provided by big umbrellas. The breakfast was very good in quality and the choices of food. Loved the stay and worth the money!
We spent 11 nights here in June. The hotel is a wonder of marble and is therefore cool and pleasant. The room we had was on the ground floor with a nice balcony overlooking the (heated) pool . The room is extremely comfortable with a great bed. The up keep was immaculate and staff unobtrusive.
Breakfast is a relaxed buffet with a chef on hand for eggs etc. Dinner in the hotel is fine dinning and although fun was not something that we (or we would imagine most people) wanted every night.
The hotel has parking although we had no difficulty parking on the quiet street outside (there is also a large free car park very close).
A huge plus is that he hotel is in a beautiful small town , the centre of which is only 5 minutes walk away. This has a number of non tourist restaurants and numerous cafes. Despite having a castle and Royal palace the town was quiet and pleasant to walk round. Being near the Spanish border the area is full of history and lovely hilltop towns.
The roads are quiet and a pleasure to drive round and it is an easy (under) 2 hour drive from Lisbon.
If you are looking for a quiet alternative to Tuscany (including excellent local red wines) then give this area a chance.
With pleasant staff and a relaxed feel we would highly recommend this hotel.