Close to the city walls of Évora, Vitória Stone Hotel is a great starting point for your visit to the world heritage city and the central Alentejo. My name is Luís Cabeça, and I saw this place grow. I assure you, it's the perfect place for your next stay in Évora.

I know every corner of this hotel well. My grandfather Bernardino founded the old Albergaria Vitória and I, as a child, ran through these corridors. I frightened many housekeepers when I hid behind their carts! Maybe that’s why the older staff still see me as a boy.

We employ around 36 people, and we work as a small family. Although we have 48 bedrooms, we make our guests feel like they’re at their second home, paying attention to each person in particular. Our motto is “live Alentejo as it is” and we give our guests the possibility to have a real idea of what Alentejo is today through our partners.

The traditional tour to Évora’s historical centre, my city that I wouldn’t trade for any other in the world, is ideal for people staying for a short period. For those staying for longer, some activities are “mandatory” like the visit to Herdade do Freixo (of unique architecture), wine tastings, discovering the megalithic tombs of Almendres, hot air balloon rides, or guided tours of the cork tree fields, something I’ve done myself and recommend it.

If you want to explore the Alentejo cuisine, our restaurant 5 Amêndoas serves contemporary dishes based on traditional recipes. The name comes from an Alentejo tradition where the groom’s best-man and bride’s maid-of-honour gift five almonds to the guests, representing five vows: health, longevity, fertility, happiness, and prosperity.

I know every corner of this hotel well. My grandfather Bernardino founded the old Albergaria Vitória and I, as a child, ran through these corridors. I frightened many housekeepers when I hid behind their carts! Maybe that’s why the older staff still see me as a boy.

We employ around 36 people, and we work as a small family. Although we have 48 bedrooms, we make our guests feel like they’re at their second home, paying attention to each person in particular. Our motto is “live Alentejo as it is” and we give our guests the possibility to have a real idea of what Alentejo is today through our partners.

The traditional tour to Évora’s historical centre, my city that I wouldn’t trade for any other in the world, is ideal for people staying for a short period. For those staying for longer, some activities are “mandatory” like the visit to Herdade do Freixo (of unique architecture), wine tastings, discovering the megalithic tombs of Almendres, hot air balloon rides, or guided tours of the cork tree fields, something I’ve done myself and recommend it.

If you want to explore the Alentejo cuisine, our restaurant 5 Amêndoas serves contemporary dishes based on traditional recipes. The name comes from an Alentejo tradition where the groom’s best-man and bride’s maid-of-honour gift five almonds to the guests, representing five vows: health, longevity, fertility, happiness, and prosperity.

"The building is unrecognisable after the renovation, and we even added a floor with the swimming pool. But we kept the name, a tribute to my grandmother Vitória."
Luís Cabeça

In many parts of the building, we used wood from scaffoldings, which gives the space a “rawer” feel and adds flair to the design. You can see it in our breakfast room that doubles as a bar and which is, today, one of the most popular places in the city for a drink after dinner.

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Our story and mission

I was born and raised in Évora, and I never planned on leaving, even when it was time to go to University. I studied here and majored in Tourism. Although I’ve known the hotel for as long as I’ve known myself, I’ve only been here full time since 2006. Before that, I used to come to the hotel for the summer holidays. I worked at the reception and also as a bellboy when it was needed.

When we decided to renovate the old inn, my grandfather Bernardino was still alive. He accompanied the whole project, shared his opinion, and even participated in some of the meetings with the architects -- he was really excited about it! Despite his old age, we trusted him and asked for his advice on most of the fundamental areas. Unfortunately, he never saw the reopening, but we know he’d be proud.


In 2018 we got the biosphere certification for responsible tourism, and we’re one of the first hotels to receive that certificate.


Fortunately, my grandmother Vitória is still alive, and when she saw the hotel, she was surprised, because it was an impressive transformation. Nothing looks the same! We let go of outdoor space to have more indoor space. And we added an extra floor where we built the swimming pool.

The stone is in the name of the hotel and a little everywhere. It’s in the hall décor, by Nini Andrade Silva, in the big, restored stone drinking fountain, and in the restrooms. 

Accommodations
Vitória Stone Hotel

The comfort and reliability of the stone

The personalised service and the simple and comfortable rooms make the Vitória Stone Hotel the ideal starting point to get to know the region of Évora.

Accommodation
Évora
Double
Maximum people per room: 2 Adults + Child up to 4 years old sharing the bed Double bed Minibar Room...
from € 85.00
Accommodation
Évora
Single
Maximum people per room: 1 Adult Single bed Minibar Room service from 7:30 am to midnight Balcony...
from € 70.00
Restaurants
5 Amêndoas

Tradition and modernity at the table

The 5 Amêndoas restaurant, on the ground floor of Vitória Stone Hotel, is a city restaurant where the Alentejo flavours are presented in a contemporary way. 

Restaurant
Évora
The Guardians Menu at 5amêndoas Restaurant
The meal at 5amêndoas Restaurante includes: Appetisers; One choice of main dish / per person; One choice...
from € 35.00

Where everyone feels at home

"At Vitória Stone Hotel, we provide a personalised service so that each guest feels the hotel is their second home. "
Luís Cabeça
Vitória Stone Hotel

Location

Centre

Évora

Know the region

A significant part of my childhood memories is from around here, in the countryside. I rode my bicycle a lot and my motorbike since I was six. Actually, riding my bike with friends or my father through the fields is one of my fondest memories.


Évora has grown a lot in the hospitality industry and service, and the local community has become more interested in welcoming tourists too.


But I was more of a city person, and I wouldn’t leave Évora for any other city in the world. We have higher quality of life here. It takes me ten minutes to get to the hotel and, to me, that’s on a bad day!

Besides, I’m an Alentejo cuisine enthusiast. I love asparagus “migas”, lamb stew, dogfish soup (“sopa de cação”), local beef… But my most favourite dish is asparagus “migas”! 

Ermida de São Brás is nearby, by the Rossio square. This church was built by the wish of King João II, at an old leprous hospital where they treated plague patients. It’s one of the most important monuments in the city and one of the first examples of Manueline-mudéjar architecture.

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