Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has finalized a long-term agreement with SPPTH-Sociedade de Promocao de Projectos Turisticos e Hoteleiros for the exclusive Hotel Convento do Espinheiro to join The Luxury Collection in mid- 2005. The 59-room hotel in Evora, Portugal is part of a 15th century convent that is currently undergoing complete renovation and conversion for use as a hotel.
“We are delighted for the Convento do Espinheiro to be joining Starwood’s prestigious Luxury Collection,” said Roeland Vos, President of Europe, Africa and Middle East Division of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “It will be a fabulous resort that complements our unique portfolio of existing Luxury Collection properties in Europe. Starwood is very focused on Portugal where we also operate a spectacular Luxury Collection resort in the Algarve, as well as the Sheraton Porto, the Sheraton Lisbon and the soon-to-open Westin Camporeal Golf and Spa Resort.”
The hotel, formerly the residence of Portuguese kings, is situated in the medieval walled town of Evora, one of Portugal’s architectural gems and declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Featuring 53 rooms and six suites, the hotel will also offer a wedding pavilion for up to 300 people, a full service spa, flexible meeting and function space accommodating groups from six to 350, an outdoor / indoor pool and tennis.
The Luxury Collection, by Starwood Hotels & Resorts, is an elite group of distinctive handpicked hotels from imperial palaces, romantic hideaways, and historical landmarks to tropical resorts that are recognized as some of the finest hotels in the world. With 77 hotels and resorts in 28 countries, each hotel has its own unique qualities, which reflect the essence of the destination and offers grandeur paired with unrivalled personal service and attention to detail.