Nestled high atop a mountain with gorgeous views of the Douro valley. The rooms are definitely made for couples. The hotel has a nice pool and sauna area. It's fairly far out of the closest town so you definitely want to have the car as taxi rides are pretty expensive. The restaurant had great food and we could manage to do everything in the location.
Previous reviewers have probably covered everything, so I'll just add some things that comes to my mind. We were upgraded to a wonderful room, the service is amazing and very friendly, the hotel with the michelin star restaurant, big pool area, great terrace, wonderful small rooms and libraries, the entire castle-like building at the river - amazing! There was a big festival when we arrived, so I called the hotel and said I am not allowed to drive to the hotel (roads closed) - so they offered to meet us wherever we park, get us and the luggage to the hotel - and drive our car to the hotel when possible! And if you went to, say, France to a hotel like this you would probably be spending 5x compares to Casa de Calcada. We actually liked it so much that after we visited the Douro area we came back to this hotel!
HeGe from Finland
LOCATED IN THE HISTORIC HEART OF THE MEDIEVAL TOWN OF AMARANTE-OVERLOOKING THE RIVER TAMEGA- THE XVI CENTURY NOBLE HOUSE- …More
The hotel was terrific.. Our room overlooked the river and had a nice patio. The dining areas were great - outside and inside. Very nice ambience with trees and shade and lots of room between tables. Swimming area - great as well The little town is precious with a number of restaurants for lunch or dinner. We went on the half day river cruise and that was very informative because we just happened to be on the same cruise with a personal guide from Porto who was explaining so much about the area and the history to his clients. Terrific experience and fond memories.
The hotel is not terrible but would probably be more a 3 stars than a 4. The pool is small, there are not enough deck chairs for even half of the guests and nobody at reception knows anything about neighbouring vineyards, despite the fact that the hotel is nestled in the middle of the vinho verde region and literally surrounded by wine producers. The quality of the breakfast is risible and the staff is - apart from a couple of exceptions - quite unfriendly and with really basic English. The rooms are small and dark, the whole feel of the place is more of a ski chalet than a hotel for all seasons and it's also quite difficult to find. Honestly, I wouldn't go back.
Deborah from London
Here at the Douro Palace we invite you to enjoy our unique style of elegance and comfort. In this informal atmosphere, where …More
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