Located right in the historic center of this city in the Alentejo, set between walls and by the western bulwark, this four-star hotel is themed after the Portuguese military fortifications scattered around the world. This is an allusion to the Elvas history and configuration, which is considered the largest ground bastion fort in the world. The decoration of the rooms and common areas features images and objects inspired by this theme.
At the same time, we established partnerships with local entities to exhibit part of their collection, in order to promote the region. For instance, the Museum of Contemporary Art - António Cachola Collection granted us sculptures and paintings, including works by the Portuguese artists Vhils, Pedro Calapez, Pedro Proença and Sofia Areal. A telegraph from the Military Museum is also exhibited therein, as well as statues and crosses from the Christs’ Museum of Sousel.
As a military border-city, the historical center of Elvas and its walls were classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 2012.
“For some years now, we have dedicated ourselves to rehabilitating historic properties that were degraded, giving them a new use and a new life. With that, we wish to contribute to maintaining our history and valuing our heritage, because the future of tourism and of the country depend on it, on what differentiates us. After the Vila Galé Collection Palácio dos Arcos unit or, more recently, the Vila Galé Collection Braga, we have now reached Elvas, where we recovered the ancient São Paulo Convent. It is the first project to be opened under Revive, a program we have joined from the very beginning particularly because of its heritage rehabilitation aspect”, explains Jorge Rebelo de Almeida, CEO of the Vila Galé group.
“With this new hotel, we also intend to help reinvigorate Elvas, a city that has enormous potential because of its history. On the other hand, this is another step in our ambition to boost the country’s inland, creating new tourist attraction poles and destinations”, he stressed.
The Vila Galé Collection Elvas - Historic Hotel, Conference & Spa is the 34th hotel of the Vila Galé Group, which now has 25 units in Portugal and nine in Brazil. Under the Revive program, the group is also developing Vila Galé Collection Alter Real, in the Alter do Chão Stud Farm, which is scheduled to open in 2020.