I've stayed in more expensive hotels but this is the best hotel I have ever stayed in!
The hotel is beautiful Belle Epoque. The rooms are modern with deep marble tubs and rain showers and french doors in the bathrooms. There's a tasteful collection of books to read in the room and throughout the hotel.
We had dinner two nights in the grand dining room. The food is delicious and plentiful. The staff is attentive but not intrusive. If you're a wine-lover, talk to the Sommelier (Vitor) who is a native of the Douro region and really knows his wines. The local Tras-Os-Montes wines should not be overlooked.
The breakfast is generous and also is open for 4 hours. You really don't need to eat much more during the day. We enjoyed walking on the grounds (they own the hill behind the hotel) and lounging at the bar and relaxing in the sauna and the spa. Our stay was perfect.
- 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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