The Vibe: A blend of nobility, architecture and nature all make this fabulous 16th century pousada a fine example of how to harmonise the traditional and the modern concepts of Portuguese architecture.
The Area: Just outside the picture postcard walled village of Arraiolos, famous not only for its cute looks but also for the handmade carpets produced there.
The DNA: The Pousada Convento de Arraiolos is a historic design hotel set in the restored 16th-century monastery Nossa Senhora da Assuncão and includes a church and Renaissance cloister. The minimalistic interiors would not look out of place in New York City, but are strangely comforting in the Alentejo countryside. The hotel offers an indoor and outdoor swimming pools with panoramic views of the valley. The restaurant serves regional specialties. There is a bar with courtyard terrace and several lounges including a reading room and games room.
Suite-Me-Up: Accommodations feature simple, modern decor either in the original convent or in the ultramodern new wing.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 32 rooms (16-30m2) (172-323 sq ft) • hotel opened: 1995 • architecture: José Paulo dos Santos ✅ free on-site parking • pets allowed on request • 24-hour front desk