Montebelo Vista Alegre Ílhavo Hotel Portugal
Montebelo Vista Alegre Ílhavo Hotel
Lugar da Vista Alegre, 3830-292 Ílhavo, Portugal
Montebelo Hotels & Resorts
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Hotel Director António Machado Matos (Name and short resume + key role within the travel industry or other):
35 years as a hotel manager, director at Hotel das Termas, GLITTER Hotels, HOTTI Hotels, IBERSOL SONAE Group, Pousadas de Portugal and Montebelo Hotels & Resorts. Hotels with medium and high capacity, hotels that fit into the various hotel segments with special emphasis on MICE and Charm.
Interesting to register the last two hotels in which developed competitions, hotels that add other valences as a museum area and as such with active presence of heritage that allow interpreting the hotel in a different way and recreate with the client different experiences
5 star luxury
Hotel owner/group development strategy:
One of the main objectives is focused on opening new units, with unique concepts, such as Claustro do Rachador [the splitter’s cloister] in Mosteiro de Alcobaça [Alcobaça monastery from the cistercian religious order], that along with the historical legacy, sets out to enhance the art associated with crystal and glass, (since Vista Alegre is one of the most important Portuguese brands), or the Pavilhões do Parque [park arenas], in Caldas da Rainha, a future hotel unit inspired by Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro’s ceramics, or even the new Hotel Vista Alegre in Chiado – Lisbon, among others.
Montebelo Vista Alegre Ílhavo Hotel
History & Story
The new luxury hotel pays homage to the heritage of Vista Alegre and the social, technological and artistic relevance of the ceramic industry, establishing itself as one of the most versatile hotels in the region. It is part of a recovery project which includes the Palace (Manor House), the Chapel of Our Lady of Penha de França (National Monument), the Bairro Operário (the employees’ neighbourhood), the Theatre and the Museu, its landscape context also includes the Ria de Aveiro, making the Montebelo Vista Alegre a distinguishable location with a unique identity.
2015, Paula Fonseca Nunes and Tiago Araújo
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Unique objects designed by Vista Alegre are part of the decoration of the hotel.
The hotel is part of a project to restore all the factory space, which includes the Palace, the Chapel of Our Lady of Penha de França (National Monument), the Worker’s Neighborhood, the Theatre and the Museum. The Fountain of Carrapichel was integrated in the new building, with the embracing landscape of the Ria de Aveiro.
Key sites/activities in the area
The importance and diversity of Vista Alegre heritage allows to enjoy a wide variety of experiences, participate in ceramics’ workshops, to visit the Loja da Vista Alegre (Vista Alegre’s porcelain and cristal Store) and the Museum of the History of Vista Alegre, testimony of a long and rich journey of art and innovation during the last 194 years.
- Workshops, painting and ceramics courses
- Free entry on the Vista Alegre Museum and the Chapel of Our Lady of Penha de França.
Children dedicated area next to the Bar, with games and TV; to be used under supervision of parents;
- Number of suites:
2 suites in the new wing, 63 m2, view over river
Master Suite in the new wing, 146 m2, decorated with Vista Alegre’s collection objects a special table set
- Number of Luxury rooms:
6 rooms and 4 Suites in the Palace, each one with a different decoration and size;
- Number of rooms, (keys) in all: 82
Restaurants & Bars
- Restaurante Vista Alegre – 1 restaurant, mostly dedicated to national cuisine, Chef Cristina Almeida; it is possible to book half-board plan
- Bar Real Fábrica
- Swimming Pool Bar – Summer Season (June to August)
- Museum’s Coffee Shop
- Outdoor and indoor swimming pool
- Sauna, Steam Bath, Jaccuzzi
- Fitness room
Corporate & Celebration Events
Multipurpose room for 300 people (new wing), Meeting room with capacity for 80 people (new wing), Meeting room for 25 people (Palace), Meeting room for 12 people (Palace), Museum of the History of Vista Alegre with capacity for 250 people
Space for cocktails and events near the Ria, with capacity for 60 people
Number of employees