A joy to stay in this hotel. Like visiting old friends in their house. An excellent two star hotel but in Portugal it only has the rating of one star ?? The rooms which are spotlessly clean are not big but offer all comforts including air conditioning. Décor is classic Portuguese (see photos). The hotel is on the main street of the village and there is some traffic that passes. There are some trains (not many) that pass each day but they all seem to stop at the station so the noise is no problem. There doesn't appear to be any night trains. We opted for rooms on the street as they offered a splendid view of the river Douro. The windows are well sound proofed and sleeping for us was not a problem. However, if you are sensitive to noise and need total calm, I'd recommend taking a room at the back of the hotel but you won't have the view. The owners went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. We had the honour of having a dinner with local fresh products especially prepared by the mother of the owner (24 hours notice needed). What a treat! The town is a good base to explore inland and on the river. There are two hour boat trips from Pinhâo on the river Douro which are excellent. Inland you can visit the wine estates and caves (called Quinta). We were five people and used a big taxi for our trips inland. The taxi, like most things in Portugal, was not expensive; cheaper than hiring a car for our say. If you are happy with good quality and friendly but not expensive hotel accommodation which includes lots of family care from the owners, then look no further than the Hotel Douro in Pinhâo.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are in the Pinhao...Pinhao is a village from the Alijo County, located on the right side of the Douro River. This little town is also one of the most beautiful places of Portugal.The peaceful village has an area of about 300 acres.Pinhao is 17 kilometres far from the county seat Alijo and 38 kilometres from the capital of the district, Vila Real. The toponymy of Pinhao is justified by the fact that you can find there the junction of the Pinhao River, which is an affluent of the Douro. Pinhao is located on the very heart of the Upper Douro Region. It`s a village where the astonished landscape is dominated by the mountain, shaped in terraces all along the Douro River. The quality and the good reception of our house make the difference. ... more less