We stayed for just one night at the Vidago Palace as part of a 10 day holiday in northern Portugal. The hotel has been tastefully restored and certainly has the "wow factor". We were a little worried at first that it might be too formal but the staff were all very welcoming, particularly the receptionist, and were pleased to show us the facilities. The dining room, breakfast room and staircase were all beautiful, as were the bedrooms (ours was small but perfectly formed!) and grounds. As a contrast to the period charm of the hotel, the modern pool and spa area was stunning. I was particularly keen on the large pool-side beanbags! We decided to eat dinner in the hotel, which was expensive but delicious. It was a shame there were so few other diners. Breakfast was also very good. Our only small complaint was that our room was too warm at night despite the air conditioning, but the weather was hot and humid. I would recommend this hotel.
- 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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