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#3 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Mesao Frio
Location
4.3
Cleanliness
4.2
Service
4.0
Value
3.9

See why so many travelers make Douro Scala their small hotel of choice when visiting Mesao Frio. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a luxury setting with an array of amenities designed for travelers like you.

Rooms at Douro Scala provide a minibar and air conditioning, and guests can stay connected with free wifi.

In addition, while staying at Douro Scala guests have access to a 24 hour front desk, room service, and a chapel. You can also enjoy a pool and free breakfast. Need a place to park? Free parking is available at Douro Scala.

Mesao Frio has plenty of Mediterranean restaurants. So when you’re here, be sure to check out popular spots like A Tasca do Zequinha and Restaurante Convívio, which are serving up some great dishes.

At Douro Scala, your comfort and satisfaction come first, and they look forward to welcoming you to Mesao Frio.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Game room
Hiking
Shuttle bus service
Wifi
Hot tub
Rooftop pool
Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Swimup bar
Billiards
Board games / puzzles
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Full body massage
Hammam
Massage
Steam room
Baggage storage
Chapel / shrine
Non-smoking hotel
Shops
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Soundproof rooms
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Minibar
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Non-smoking rooms
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Family rooms
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Mountain View
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Portuguese
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SamuFigu wrote a review Jul 2022
Porto District, Portugal153 contributions97 helpful votes
We spend 2 nights at this beautiful hotel. The location, the rooms and the inside pool are amazing. But there are some things that just don’t fit in a 5* hotel: Staff: only one member of the staff was apparently qualified to work here, is name is Joel. All the others were either unfriendly or not qualified to do his job. Restaurant: besides of the fact that there is no big variety, meals are expensive; wines are ok; staff at the restaurant don’t know how to present themselves and serve food; I wonder if they ever had been trained for working in a restaurant. Other things we claim and hope that the management can improve: water temperature in the outside pool is too cold, not enough sunshade, only few drinks in the bar, snooker room dirt… Resume: we expected much more for this type of hotel; it looks like a good 4* but with amazing location: in the middle of the wine yards.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Jo G wrote a review Oct 2021
Guildford, United Kingdom232 contributions186 helpful votes
I stayed 3 nights in this hotel with a walking group (Exodus). The location amidst vineyards is attractive but about 30 mins drive to the nearest town. Reception staff mostly spoke no English and were pretty unhelpful. The overall impression in the new wing where our rooms were was of an old people's home. The first room I was given was a disabled room with grubby tiles all down one wall, a disabled toilet and shower with no bath. I asked to move and was given a slightly better room with a bath but the decor was all dark brown and dark green so very dismal. Only the toilet was partitioned off from the room so it would certainly not be suitable for sharing with someone you didn't know very well. The long corridors (ramps) to the rooms are floored in stained grey plastic: very institutional. The old building was attractive and the restaurant was OK.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Daniel's trips logs wrote a review Sep 2021
Lisbon, Portugal930 contributions137 helpful votes
For less than 100€ per night, I think it was very well priced. It does not have a direct view over Douro river from the pool, but the river is very nearby. For lunch and dinner, we went to Mesao Frio and Regua (both 15 min by car) and we found very good restaurants. The pool is nice and the service was good a well. It's not a 5-star hotel, but it's for a rural hotel, so the classification is different. The vineyards are very nice to walk into and we took excellent pictures of the Douro river and valley.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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RD wrote a review Jul 2021
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My husband and I spent 3 nights in this hotel. We meant to have a romantic vacation, away from the kids. Upon arrival, we were pleased with the place. The views are amazing, the hotel is different and mixes old with new. The room was nice, not a 5 star room, but pleasant enough. We also enjoyed the dinner, food was great. The problem with this hotel was the service. We had some disappointing experiences that managed to downgrade the whole experience. 1 - there was no one to accompany us to our room upon arrival. 2- the bathtub and shower had mold. 3- I mentioned several times that my husband’s birthday was during our stay, and nothing was arranged by the hotel. 4- we were told we would have a welcome gift in our room, that turned out to be a water bottle and 2 oranges… 5 - when we asked for more shower gel to the cleaning ladies, we were looked with suspicion, almost like we were lying about not having any in our basket. And then the cleaning lady just suddenly commanded us to put on the face mask. That was our first really bad experience. 6 - the breakfast is until 11 am. But when we showed up at 10h30, there was already little food and the empty trays are not being refilled. If you stayed until after 11, you had the distinct feeling you were very unwelcome. 7 - on our last morning, we asked an employee for 2 cappuccinos from the expresso machine, and that was when we were faced in full with the lack of proper training. The reply we got was more proper from a corner bar than from a 5 star hotel. Not to mention we could hear the employees discussing private matters while we were eating. It was like we weren’t even there. 8 - the check out is to pay and leave. There was no “how was your stay”, nothing. To finish, I would say this hotel would be more deserving of a 3/4 star rating than a 5 star. The service we got was definitely not a 5 star service. The 3 stars I am giving are due to the place and dinner food.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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TravelExpert wrote a review Jul 2020
Zurich, Switzerland407 contributions211 helpful votes
This is ac charming hotel that was built in an old mansion, on top of the Douro valley, with a magnificent view. Very nice rooms, well equipped, splendid swimming pool with a view and nice restaurant with menu full of local dishes and a large wine menu. Very friendly local personnel.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Patrick F wrote a review Oct 2019
Battle, United Kingdom338 contributions142 helpful votes
We were doing a classic car tour of Spain and Portugal and arrived at the Douro Scala for a two night stay. I would like to say this hotel was great because it had some very nice aspects. However, the ultra modern design of the new part of the hotel put form over function. The bath and shower were in the room, there was a severe lack of storage space, no bedside tables and no drawers for clothes, which made it totally impractical as a living space. Clearly the designers had never had to use the room. On the positive side, we had an outdoor space, fantastic views and an excellent outdoor swimming pool. Service was good and we were given a glass of port on arrival and with our dinner on the first night. The dinner was good with wine included. We chose to eat in hotel on the second night and the food was very average as was the wine we were served with. Also, getting a drink before dinner was a challenge as there was no bar and the waiter had to disappear for 15 minutes to fetch us our drinks from some remote location. Breakfast was buffet with a good selection but the hot food options were inedible. So overall some very good points but spoilt by lots of negatives.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Stinde wrote a review Sep 2019
Tampere, Finland143 contributions37 helpful votes
This hotel is located perfectly on top of a hill, surrounded with winery fields and quietness. We stayed for one night in low-season. We were lucky; weather was amazing, pool was refreshing and they even arrenged a visit to Quinta de Valledo for the same day. At dinner we ate the Duck. It was fantastic! The portion was big enough for three. Wines were amazing and staff super helpful.
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Bruno M wrote a review Sep 2019
Mortagua, Portugal11 contributions13 helpful votes
The Hotel has great conditions. The people are fantastic, and trustable. The food of the restaurant is amazing and well decorated. All the hotel is amazingly cleaned and hygienic. The rooms are well equipped and the bed are very comfortable. Such a pleasant, calm and great view.
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Borges23 wrote a review Oct 2018
Roermond, The Netherlands16 contributions31 helpful votes
We find everything here Cleanest bedrooms Spa and massages But the service is the best Everyone is friendly Everyone says hello anytime every time Food with a premium chef but the waitress are simple the best
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dewitte M wrote a review Sep 2018
Maastricht, The Netherlands157 contributions23 helpful votes
This hotel has a beautifull view of the winelands and Douro river near Peso da Regua. Design rooms which are really nice but the curtains were destoyed (why not exchanged??) hotel was a little crowded by families with a lot of childern.
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Date of stay: August 2018
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$80 - $94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PortugalNorthern PortugalVila Real DistrictMesao Frio
NUMBER OF ROOMS
45
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Frequently Asked Questions about Douro Scala
Which popular attractions are close to Douro Scala?
Nearby attractions include Museu do Douro (3.0 miles), Miradouro Sao Domingos (2.9 miles), and Ponte Pedonal Metalica de Peso da Regua (3.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Douro Scala?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, a swimup bar, and free wifi.
Which room amenities are available at Douro Scala?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Douro Scala?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Douro Scala?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Douro Scala?
Conveniently located restaurants include Aneto & Table, Tasca da Quinta, and Restaurante Tio Manel.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Douro Scala?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Douro Scala have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Douro Scala offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Douro Scala?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Douro Scala offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Douro Scala?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Portuguese.