Casa da Calçada Relais & Châteaux
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes continental breakfast
- Riverside retreat set on lush grounds in the historic town of Amarente
- The hotel produces vinho verde wine at its own vineyard, a 15-minute drive away
What To Know
- Set in a 16th-century manor house
- The property can arrange a tour and tasting at its own vineyard
- The outdoor pool is open from June 1 to September 15
- The property is about a 40-minute drive from Porto
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In a 16th-century manor on the banks of the Tamega River, Casa da Calcada is a country retreat between Porto and the Douro Valley. Set on lush grounds, the 30-room property has a grand mustard-yellow façade and interiors that combine antiques, classic furnishings and gold-framed oil paintings. The family-owned hotel produces its own wine, including Portugal’s signature vinho verde, which is served at the restaurant alongside Mediterranean dishes. (Private dining is also available.) The elegant guestrooms have a country house feel, but they all feature contemporary bathrooms and most overlook the gardens. Hit the outdoor pool in the summer months or join a tasting tour of the hotel’s vineyard, a 15-minute drive away.
In the Area
Head to Amarente‘s stunning Igreja de Sao Goncalo, a monastery with Renaissance features and panoramas of the Tamega River, which flows through the town. Stroll along to Ponte de Sao Gonçalo, an 18th-century bridge with stunning views toward the distant rapids. After a day of exploring, enjoy a feast at Largo do Paco, a Michelin-starred restaurant that serves contemporary Portuguese cuisine. Farther afield, the vibrant city of Porto is less than an hour’s drive away.
How to Get There
We were planning a short City break to Porto, but at the last minute found Casa da Calcada so decided to take a chance an visit something a little more off the beaten track. We were not disappointed.
The 16th century hotel is situated in the centre of Amarante, a beautiful town on the banks of the Tamega River.
Our deluxe room was spacious (and very reasonably priced, especially as it included an amazing breakfast).
We dined in both restaurants. Canto Redondo was relaxed with a simple Portuguese inspired menu. carpaccio of cod and oven baked octopus were lovely. At Largo do Paço we tried the “Paths” tasting menu with the wine paring of all Portuguese wines. Both were exceptional.
All the staff were brilliant, but special mention should go to the lady who attended breakfast service, the young waitress (with braces) at Largo do Paço and finally Fabio (I think that was his name) the waiter in the pool area.
We’ve already recommended the hotel to friends and family and we will go back.
Hotel is perfectly situated overlooking river, bridge, and heart of picturesque town. Rooms are quite large and well appointed (though A/C seemed only to work when set at lowest setting). Didn't have a chance to use the pool, but it looked very inviting. Breakfast was quite well done. Ate at the Michelin-starred restaurant.
Service was generally quite warm and friendly, as we found throughout the country.
Our experience was marred by an oversight/misunderstanding. When driving in, we followed the sign to parking (there was no other sign indicating that the main entrance was elsewhere). We ended up in the parking lot at the back of the hotel & had to drag our stuff down several staircases and through back hallways to reach the lobby. Not what I would expect from a Relais & Chateaux property. The valet intercepted us before we got to the lobby & was incredibly helpful (more so than the front desk). The manager explained that the front gate is sometimes blocked by the city, but the sign could easily been amended to be more helpful (Another arrow indicating the main entrance).
This 5 star hotel is beautiful. The location is central to the area you want to walk around. Be sure to get a view of the river and the church. However the windows aren’t soundproof so you’ll hear the bells start ringing around 8am. The staff are very helpful. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The breakfast had more selection than any other hotel I have been to and it was a pleasure to eat while sitting on the terrace. Great value for the money and I would return to this hotel again.