5.0
Excellent 847 Reviews
Jetsetter Verified
This Hotel meets our standards
Our editors have been here and it has met our standards

What We Love

  • Buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
  • Jetsetter members receive a 20 percent discount on treatments in the minimalist spa
  • The bucolic surroundings, great for a true getaway
  • The chance to drink Vidago’s health-giving mineral water in the on-site pavilions
  • The Wine Cellar, which offers tastings of the region’s finest wines and ports
  • The Cameron & Powell–designed championship golf course, known for its mature trees and stunning views

What To Know

  • Vidago Palace is in a rural setting, a long way from the bright lights
  • There are a few good local restaurants serving regional food, but don’t expect international standards
  • The vineyards of the Douro Valley are at least an hour away
  • Weekends tend to get booked up, so golf and spa reservations are essential
  • WiFi is free in the common areas but costs approximately $5 per hour in the guestrooms

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Casino
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
Disclaimer: This content was accurate at the time the hotel was reviewed. Please check our partner sites when booking to verify that details are still correct.
Dining Drink Eat Historic chair restaurant home function hall mansion set

Overview

The Review

The Vidago Palace seems to have existed forever. Lying low and long amid 250 acres of mature parkland, it invites visitors into a vanished world of fairy tales, ballrooms and carriages. But it was actually built for King Carlos in 1910, and he often came to relax in the healing waters of this natural spa.

The retreat was transformed by a multi-million-dollar renovation under new owners, Unicer, one of Portugal’s leading breweries. Renowned hotelier Grace Leo Andrieu led the restoration with her signature impeccable taste. Hand-painted silk wallpaper from De Gournay lines the walls of the 70 rooms and suites, echoing the park outside thanks to the flower and cherry blossom motifs.{“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/editorialreviews/11085/pgal-34479-1311087474-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:null}

Guestrooms have every comfort and reflect a bygone era when good taste also meant restraint. I loved the Vidago embroidered pillows that made a great head rest while I read. The public areas are lavish, however, with gilded ceilings and hand-woven tapestries, parquet floors and custom-made lights. Leather walls furnish the bar and cigar room, and downstairs is the wine cellar, with a chef’s table for 12 guests.

In the gourmet restaurant, the Salão Nobre Dining Room, there’s a modern twist on traditional Portuguese fare, but all four restaurants are consistently good and place an emphasis on local ingredients, including chestnuts, mushrooms, truffles and game from the woods surrounding the property.

The minimalist spa, a new creation by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Alvaro Siza Vieira, contrasts beautifully with the Belle Epoque hotel. Cool and white, it has a 20 treatment rooms for relaxation and indulgence. I felt I lost 10 years in one afternoon.

How to Get There

Vidago Palace
Parque De Vidago
Chaves, 5425-307 Portugal

Reviews

Outstanding!
MayHutton2016

Staff and service are exceptional. Went above and beyond to make your needs were meet. Room and amenities are terrific. Loved French doors to open and sitting area to look out and enjoy. Breakfast room is gorgeous. Setting of hotel is beautiful and peaceful. Would definitely recommend it.

Opulence
F7638VCnickg

We stayed 3 nights in an excellent suite overlooking the entrance to the property
Staff extremely professional and courteous
Golf course challenging but a little tired and unloved in its presentation
Meals more than adequate but not exceptional
Wonderful feeling in the interior of the hotel
Grand staircase
Classic restored furniture
Very comfortable beds and seating arrangements
Old world charm and history engulfing the building at every turn

LUXURY
123ANN123

The hotel and grounds are impressive. Absolutely beautiful, with a good golf course.
The rooms are smaller but with small balconies. The service itself is superb.
The breakfasts are amazing. The fresh squeezed orange is alone worth the trip.
Met lovely people from Britain and couldn’t have had a nicer stay