The Estalagem de Santa Iria was my first location on my roadtrip through Southern Portugal. I had booked it in advance but prolonged for a second night. The hotel is very nice and located directly at the old town. For visiting the sights in Tomar you will not need a car, except you want to see the aqueduct.
Unique Quality: It is located on an island of the river Nabão. The island is a park, where people of Tomar come during noon to take a short rest. The rooms have a small balcony.
Breakfast is served in a room with big windows towards the park.
The location of the hotel is ideal: It is located on an island in the middle of the river which flows through the town! Cross the small bridge & the town center is right there! The rooms are quaint, and ours had a nice balcony & private bath with a television. There was a great breakfast as well.
Unique Quality: The area in front of the hotel was basically a small park with large trees & the river on both sides. It felt as if we were guests in a rather large country house rather than in a hotel.
Directions: Located in the middle of Tomar along the river. When you see the old waterwheel, the hotel is right across the small bridge in the parklike area.
This must be the nicest location for a hotel in the whole town. The hotel is situated on a park island on the Nabão river, just adjacent to the historic town center. During high season, it would certainly have exceeded our price range, but as we stayed there in April, the 70 EUR for a really large and nice double room incl. breakfast and parking seemed well worth the expense.
Directions: From the main street along the river, Rua do Marquês de Tomar, there is private bridge onto the island. Don't worry about the "No entry" sign for cars - hotel guests are exempted.
It's important to note that this is a four-star inn and not a hotel. Similar to many countries in Europe there is a different rating system for hotels vs. inns and as an inn, the four stars are deserved. Estalagem Santa Iria is conveniently located and easy to find. It sits on a small island in the middle of the Nabão River and while there are a few walking access points there is only one way to get there via car and it is well marked by signs.
The inn has an old-style feel to it. It does seem like you are stepping back in time - creaks in the wooden floor, a system of picking up your key at the front desk, modern yet old-style faucets - and this adds to the charm, in my opinion. There is a homey atmosphere here that you just can't get from a hotel. There are a limited number of rooms and as far as I could tell about half of them had balconies facing toward a small park. I loved this aspect, as I was able to rise early and sit on the balcony and just listen to the lazy quiet of a Sunday morning. The facilities were very clean, the bathroom well-stocked with everything including shampoos and shower gels and plastic cups for water. The rooms also have blinds that you can shut to block out the morning sun completely if you want to sleep in.
Breakfast is simple and very typically Portuguese. Unless you stay in a hotel, this style of continental breakfast is very common all across Portugal. It consists of fresh squeezed orange juice, a little pot of coffee (or tea if you prefer), milk for your coffee served warm, yogurt, cheese and ham, a basket of assorted breads and butter and jam. It was perfectly adequate.
For anyone looking for accommodations that are more unique than the conventional hotel, this is a very good choice.
Unique Quality: Quaint, small, has balconies, is set on small island facing toward park.
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