Open since 1910 this is a kind of hotel that every seasoned traveler should try, at least once in its life.
At first one is overwhelmed by the sheer size of the facade and the beauty of the gardens, but once inside you really fell you came to a special place full of history and glamour.
The hotel has been completely renovated to its former glory with nice modern touches that never spoil the experience. Rooms have enough space to relax and the bed is top standard. Sleep quality was very good.
I stayed in the lower floor with a small area outside to lie down under the sun. The bathroom was very good with tub and huge shower with all the amenities one should expect.
As for breakfast, besides eating in a marvellous room filled with natural light all the products are of good quality and the choice is plentiful. A real pleasure to look for after a good night sleep.
The park around the hotel is beautiful and very enjoyable to go for a long walk. You can even try the mineral water straight from several springs, as this is a former thermal resort famous for its naturally carbonated waters.
The few minus in this otherwise perfect stay was the restaurant which is famous for the food but for me somewhat a disappointment. Too expensive and not distinctive enough to earn my approval. Although there were a lot of waiters around the dinner went from 8.30 pm to 11.30 pm! So much time to get our food and so little to eat in the end.
The barman at the lounge bar could also learn how to prepare the new gins. He just served it like a normal one which is not acceptable in today's standards.
Overall it was all memorable even more for the children. Fantastic space to ride a bike (available) as well as indoors and outdoors swimming pool.
- 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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