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M’AR de Ar Aqueduto

M’AR de AR Aqueduto

Located in a beautifully converted 16th-century palace, just inside Évora’s historic walls and with views of the city’s dramatic aqueduct, the M’AR de AR Aqueduto is a sophisticated, contemporary hotel. Inside, the property is an elegant fusion of the modern and the historic. Grand vaulted ceilings and original stone staircases give way to chic new additions including a generous outdoor pool and garden area overlooked by huge windows and a stylish bar, all with views of the aqueduct.

The hotel's 64 rooms are furnished in a comfortable, modern style with neutral tones, clean lines, and hardwood floors.

For those wishing to dine at the hotel, there is a small bistro offering lighter dishes and an excellent wine list as well as the larger main restaurant, Degust'AR. Overseen by Chef António Nobre, the tasting menu here is very reasonably priced and well-worth sampling.

In the basement of the hotel you’ll find the Spa Aqueduto complete with a large relaxation space, five treatment rooms, a sauna and a Turkish bath.

Our rating: Medium

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Rooms

Each of the 64 rooms at the M’AR de AR Aqueduto is stylishly decorated in a contemporary style with hardwood floors and neutral tones. The bathrooms are well-equipped with most offering a separate bathtub and shower. A selection of rooms also feature their own large terrace complete with private sun loungers. While the rooms themselves don’t have their own coffee makers, there are a number of coffee stations located on each floor for guests to enjoy. All rooms are air-conditioned and offer free Wi-Fi access.

Location

Situated on the northwestern side of Évora, just inside the city walls, the M’AR de AR Aqueduto is well-located for exploring the heart of town. Just outside the hotel you’ll find the historic aqueduct rebuilt in 1537 to replace the original Roman acqueduct, extending for miles into the countryside. The central Praça do Giraldo, Évora’s main square, is less than ten minutes away on foot, while the 13th-century cathedral and Roman temple are just five minutes further.

Food and drink

The hotel provides three dining options, a small, intimate bistro with a menu of light dishes and an excellent wine list; the Restaurant Sabores do Alentejo which faces the garden and pool and serves a menu designed around local produce; and a larger main restaurant, Degust'AR, which serves an innovative menu by chef António Nobre. Alternatively, Évora is a city well-known for its gastronomy and there are a number of excellent restaurants within walking distance.

Facilities and activities

As well as the pool and garden area with views of the aqueduct, the hotel also boasts a huge spa in the basement. Complete with a relaxation area, five treatment rooms, a sauna and a Turkish bath, it makes a good place to relax after a long day of sightseeing. The hotel also offers a small library and reading room tucked away next to the main bar.

Our opinion

Carefully incorporated into its historic surroundings, we find the M’AR de AR Aqueduto to be a relaxing, modern hotel with plenty of charm.

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