We spent 3 nights here on their out of season 3 nights for 2 offer which is an excellent deal. Along with most of the other reviews the building is outstanding. Clearly years ago Vidago was a place to go and been seen. There is an old, unused railway stn nearby. Several other elegant hotels all boarded up awaiting the money for restoration, but none as impressive. The golf course is beautifully kept and at 27euros midweek when we were there - very good value. It could be busy if the hotel was full of golf groups but actually for us it was v quiet.
Points are bathrooms excellent but beware superior rooms are very small. The first night we had lovely view but the large furniture in the room meant you could hardly negoiate round the bed. it was impossible to use the desk and get by so we changed to a deluxe room. These are all rear facing. Much better size but park view is nicer. There is some variation in size within category. The wifi in the second room stopped working and despite staff arrving to check it still didn't work on our departure.
Other point is when we arrived we were directed to the carpark and carried our bags from there which was hardly impressive, reception was horrified- gatehouse got phoned and made aware of their mistake, so make sure the gate house know you are checking in and drive up to the hotel- you will need to move the car once bags are unloaded.
Restaurant- There is a pianist but only on Fri and Sat nights. We tried the tasting menu, some dishes were very nice but others extremely odd- too many flavours or weird combinations- my partner really didn;t enjoy it at all. There is a big wine list and not all is expensive- we tried very reasonable local wine at around 20euros a bottle.
Breakfast room is lovely. Service varied depending on who served your table- one morning we had difficulty getting juice, coffee etc. Other mornings with different servers was much better.
Spa area is great.
There is a local restaurant check out TA only 5-8 mins walk away and absolutely excellent value
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Long-revered as a spa retreat among Europe's elite - who came to benefit from the famed mineral waters of Vidago - Vidago Palace is a legend reborn.First opened in 1910, Vidago Palace was created to provide its discerning clientele with rooms and facilities fit for a king. One hundred years later, after extensive restoration and renovations, the newly decorated Vidago Palace invites today’s traveller to be captivated by its Belle Epoque charm, championship golf course, state-of-the-art spa and 5 star hotel services.Surrounded by natural beauty, Vidago Palace is an outstanding luxury hotel in Portugal, the prefect venue for weddings and events and a proud member of Leading Hotels of the World.Among the most famous historic luxury hotels in Portugal, Vidago Palace is magnificent yet inviting, combining the grandeur of a palace with the warmth of a country home.Surrounded by mountains and 250 acres of mature woods and parkland, Vidago Palace enjoys a tranquil setting – perfect for a relaxing and restorative stay. The pure country air and lush grounds, artfully dotted with ornate mineral-water pavilions, provide visitors with a welcome tonic to the trials of modern life.Inside, the grand staircase, high ceilings, large reception rooms and sweeping views lend themselves to Vidago Palace’s magical atmosphere.A showcase for traditional craftsmanship, Vidago Palace is resplendent with hand-loomed rugs, elaborate tiling and hand-painted wall-coverings – all designed to respect and enhance the building’s illustrious past.The interior architects Jose Pedro Lopes Vieira and Diogo Rosa Là, in collaboration with renowned architect Alvaro Siza Vieira and with the support of the Palace’s owners, UNICER, worked diligently to recapture and surpass Vidago Palace’s splendour. ... more less
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