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“Perfect hotel for relaxing with one of the best views in the world”
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Douro Scala
Ranked #2 of 6 Mesao Frio B&B and Inns
Reviewed November 2, 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, I've had my share of travelling, amazing experiences and enjoying hospitality, therefore I can easily say - this hotel is absolutely perfect. No need to measure my words. It's located in a gorgeous part of the World Heritage Douro Valley, with astonishing views over the vineyards. The architecture and design builds from the ancient wine estate and modernises it with taste and comfort. Rooms are exceedingly comfortable, service is top notch, ambiance is quality meets informality... I could not ask for anything else in a wonderful hotel. The immediate surroundings are quaint and beautiful, you can take a short walk to the main church in the village always with a view to beauty - the Douro vineyards. Within a short drive you have any amenity you may wish for. I didn't try the spa to its full extent (only checked the outdoor pool, but it all looked lovely). Great dinner service with an extensive wine list. The room had huge windows with wonderful views, Welcome is warm with complimentary Port wine... And the price was more than affordable! Just go for it!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

As the hotel is brand new some aspects may not be perfect, but for a 5 star hotel you should expect much more.
The design is excellent.
The inside and outside pools are good.
The SPA facilities are very poor for a 5 star hotels.
The options at the restaurant for lunch time are based on snacks and salads.
The sun shadows are not enough and without quality (they tend to fly with the wind!)
Don’t expect to have view over the Douro River because you will only get view to the Douro valley, anyway a great view.
Hope the service and some aspects can be improved because the location and the facilities deserve a lot better.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank CMorais
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

This hotel is new and good in many aspects, but there are several points that need improvement - is far behind of being a 5 star hotel.
The best of the hotel is the design (including restoring an old building) and the staff. The breakfast is good and varied, and the rooms are very comfortable (especially the bed). The location is very good and the views are great. However, I must warn the fact that there is a very narrow view of the Douro river (you can see just a bit in the second floor of the building). The pool area has no views of the Douro. They provide towels for the pool.

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1 - The pool is small and there are few sunbeds. During the afternoon the irrigation is turned on, watering people who are lying in close proximity.
2 - The staff is excellent and very friendly, but they need more training.
3 - The restaurant is overpriced and needs improvements; the suggestion menu of the chef is a bit weak. Probably the hotel should focus more on traditional food (of course, introducing innovations) and dropping some unsuccessful attempts of modernism.

In short, a hotel with potential needing improvements.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: February 2018, traveled with family
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Stayed: January 2018, traveled as a couple
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  • Stayed: January 2018, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Douro Scala

Address: Rua de Sao Vicente de Cidadelhe, Mesao Frio 5040-154, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Vila Real District > Mesao Frio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Mesao Frio
Price Range: $96 - $191 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Douro Scala 4*
Number of rooms: 45
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