Lovely old palace with great public spaces. Our room was quite spacious and comfortable -- even had a large closet. Breakfast buffet was first rate, and of course the Michelin star restaurant was A+. How are they so creative?? I will note that if you stay on a weekend night you might experience noise from the bar down the road. Our room was mostly protected by a protruding corner of the building, but some of our fellow travelers didn't fare as well. The price you pay for being in the heart of the city is that . . . you're in the heart of the city. Adorable town, and the Douro region in general should really be on everyone's travel list of must-sees.
Right in the centre by the river but once inside the grounds all is an oasis of calm… the rear garden and pool are wonderful. The hotel has opulent furnishings with many antique items in the communal areas and rooms themselves. The staff were very helpful and the breakfast was very good. No complaints whatsoever and would highly recommend.
We stayed one night at this Relais & Chateau. The location is perfect and the property is superb. The rooms are a bit dated but still comfortable. The breakfast was excellent. The staff was professional and friendly. The main restaurant was closed during our visit.
This hotel exemplifies the value you can find in Portugal. Reasonable rates in an exceptional hotel. It is a beautiful old building in the heart of Amarante with a vineyard cascading up the hill on the property. Service was excellent and breakfast too. There is a peaceful pool set in the garden which is a nice place to spend the afternoon. Also, unlike most places in the Douro, this is in the heart of a beautiful town. And so you can walk to local restaurants and bars without driving long distances like other luxury resorts in the area. Strongly recommend.
The hotel is housed in a stylish old yellow building, located in the corner of a large property, in the center of Amarante. The garden areas are splendid and well-kept and the pool area is confortable, surrounded by a beautiful lawn. The interior is nicely decorated with classic furniture, golden chandeliers and old china. The location in Amarante is superb, right across the bridge, in the old town. The views over the Tâmega river are breathtaking. The check-in was effortless. I booked directly in the hotel website, because it was cheaper than the Relais & Chateaux website. I provided my R&C number in the comments, but the reservation did not show up in the R&C app and my profile preferences were not honored (twin beds). If this is important to you, book in the R&C website or provide all the details in the comments. Right after the check-in, we were quickly guided through a few shelves next to the front desk, which had some hotel products for sale. This was a bit awkward. We booked the cheapest room type, the Executive Room, on a promotion, for a 2-day stay, and therefore we were not really expecting the Presidential Suite. Nevertheless, we were not prepared for the quite underwhelming view of our room (see photo). Of all my stays in cheap and expensive hotels all around the world, this was, without question, the worst room view ever. Avoid room 208 at all cost! The breakfast was pretty average, particularly for a 5-star hotel. Most of the pastries were industrial, as the ones you have in 3-star hotels, but the mini-waffles were quite good. The variety and freshness of the laminated fruit was also a positive note. The service was a bit slow, due to the COVID-19 rules, but the waiters were really nice and attentive. Actually, the outstanding service, in face of all the constraints imposed by COVID-19, was the highlight of the breakfast service. Overall, it was a good experience, just tainted by the poor room view.…