Páteo dos Solares is located in a building that served different purposes: it was abandoned, served as a military warehouse during the Napoleon wars, and had various uses until the current owners bought it in 2001. It’s not historical but it has History, and the transformation into a boutique hotel respected the original design and the fact that it’s inside the castle walls -- it literally leans against one of the walls, as you can see in one of our meeting rooms where we kept the original wall.
Páteo dos Solares is a four-star hotel, but guests are welcomed with five-star service, thanks to our charming and kind staff that embodies the way Alentejo locals greet their visitors.
At Páteo dos Solares, we follow a motto I use a lot: Estremoz, the best of Alentejo in the best Alentejo! We don’t experience the bustle of the big cities and we benefit from the best Alentejo has: the wines, the food, and the proximity of larger cities like Évora.
The building where Páteo dos Solares is located has a long history. It was a military warehouse during the French invasions and, more recently, it was a milling plant. The current design that respects the original one is the result of the renovation in 2001.
Our story and mission
I’ve been at Páteo dos Solares since 2011, and we’ve been having many regular guests since then.
Some of them return often, and others know some of the staff members by name. Ours is an almost-customised service because we become familiar with each one of our regular guest’s specific tastes: what room they prefer, their favourite table at the restaurant or their favourite dish.
Although hotel Páteo dos Solares and restaurant Alentejo à Mesa are two different brands, they share the same roots, and they both benefit from Alentejo’s friendliness and welcoming atmosphere, as well as from one of the greatest assets of this region: gastronomy.
Furthermore, since I joined the hotel, I suggested we established the restaurant as a separate area. In Portugal, people believe hotel restaurants are overpriced and lack quality. In an area surrounded by family-owned restaurants and famous taverns, it was hard to debunk that myth. So we granted part of the restaurant and created a different brand. Alentejo à Mesa is a restaurant at a hotel, but it’s not a hotel restaurant. And that makes all the difference.
Over time, one of the battles that we’ve been slowly winning is showing that Alentejo is not just Évora and that Évora is as far away from Estremoz as Estremoz is from Évora. We know that Évora is, traditionally, the tourism capital of Alentejo but those who stay with us at Páteo dos Solares, in Estremoz, have the benefit of tranquillity and of being able to visit Évora or other cities and destinations in the area.
Five-star service and friendliness
In my long career in the hotel industry, this is the third time I work in Alentejo. I’ve been here since 2011, and I believe this region is unique. There is nothing about it that I don’t like: the peace, the quiet, the tranquillity. Especially for city dwellers who leave Lisbon and arrive one hour and a half later in a place of absolute peace and quiet, with a famous cuisine and the best wines in Portugal, where time makes you forget the stress of your daily life.
In the last years, I’ve noticed people look for Estremoz a lot, where they find a more real and more authentic Alentejo. The city might not be as monumental as Évora, but it has a strong lesser-known historical side.
Alentejo has customs and traditions that are deep-rooted, very pure and authentic, and locals here have a different way of welcoming people because they accept everyone with ease. Although they’re seen as slow, they are in fact observant: they don’t react on instinct, and they’re very assertive in their arguments. After all this time, I think I started to follow this Alentejo lifestyle a bit.
Alentejo has customs and traditions that are deep-rooted, very genuine and authentic. It holds a lot of the purity from the old-times Portugal, which is very important.