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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
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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

5.0 Excellent 787 Reviews
A truly magnificent hotel.
Reviewed 1 month ago

If you don't have time to read the whole review, spoiler... It is amazing!
My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights as a post-Christmas getaway. This hotel has the sort of service I've only seen in films. On arrival, our luggage was taken to the room and the car was parked while we checked in. The place is not "palace by name" alone. It is palatial throughout. You get this from the hallways and bar to the guest rooms and the grand ballroom where we had dinner.
All that said, the headline is the service.
Firstly, if you get a chance, book the Douro trip. It seems pricey (€320 for 2 people), but it is 100% worth it. We were taken by Angelo (the hotel concierge) to DOC restaurant (I'll be doing a separate review for that) for a Michelin star 5-course lunch (with the wine included). Then we went for a 1 hour boat tour on the Douro, which is stunning. Followed by a Port tasting and vineyard/winery tour. The whole thing took about 7 hours and I can't recommend it enough.
We visited Pedras Salgadas and Chaves which gave us a picture of what Northern Portugal is like. You could easily get to Porto in 80 minutes in the car (and the motorways are eerily empty).
On our last full day we booked massages and used the spa for an extended period.
All in all, I'd say this is the best hotel we've ever stayed in.

A hidden Gem - quality at it'a best!
Reviewed 2 months ago

An amazing Palace with spectacular views, Vidago Palace did not disappoint. Room was spacious and clean and very modern, Restaurant were excellent, good food and main dining room very atmospheric. Staff were excellent, great service and extremely friendly. We were a party of 12 and were always accommodated. A 5 star quality hotel and service with a very relaxed and comfortable feel. Good value for money. Thank you!

A five star luxury hotel. Priceless.
Reviewed 2 months ago

We had a wonderful stay at this beautiful, luxury 5 star hotel. The high ceilings, decor and furnishings made it feel like a real palace. The rooms were rather small but the French doors opening to the Juliette balcony provided a view of the incredible grounds. The pool and spa area were first class. Being off season there were very few guests other than some American ladies on a similar Fleetway tour. Even with very few guests we were treated royally!
It was an easy walk to town where there was a great little market on the Thursday morning.
We found wonderful Portuguese restaurants in town especially the Fernando Pizzeria.
Our stay at the hotel was an incredible, unforgettable experience.

Nice hotel, great service but medium food quality
Reviewed 3 months ago

I stayed in December 2018 a weekend at the Vidago Palace Hotel. First the building is really impressive and in really great shape. Unfortunately they do not care that much for the outside area around the hotel.

Check-IN was really friendly and quick.

My room was on the 3rd floor was good of size but there were some minus points. The bed is just besides the entrance to the room so if housekeeping opens the door they can see directly at the bed, so unpleasent if you forget to put the "Do not dirsturb sign" out. Bathroom is nice but missing a floor heating system. Also in my point of view a little too much furnishing in the room for the actual size.

Hotel has a really nice spa! Breakfast was also great. BUt do not know why it is opening at 8 am, thats a little late I think.

But worst of all was the room service food, that was really of poor quality. The veal steak sandwich was more like beef and not veal, the bread was awful and the sandwich looked more like ordinary than 5 star. Also the dessert was just average. No bread or butter served with the order. This needs improvement!!!!

Excellent as long as they don't stick you in room 221
Reviewed 4 months ago

We spent 6 nights in this hotel in October and really enjoyed it.
Let me deal with the title first---They stuck us in room 221 (from memory) which is directly above the kitchen entrance. That means that when the staff and deliveries are arriving at 6am, or they are nipping out for a fag and chatting outside or going home at 1am, you get every word. I complained to the chap on the desk who said he would see to it, which obviously was impossible. So after 2 nights we moved to , I think, 211. I'm not sure of the numbers now. Now here's the question---why would they put us there in the first place? Is it to punish guests who have paid less through some deal or is it just to get rid of the worst rooms first?.
That aside, it was otherwise excellent. the place is grandiose, the grounds are lovely and the restaurant was OK+. Why only OK+----because they were very much up themselves with old fashioned ideas such as resisting providing a jug of water and then refusing to leave it on the table. There must be a line some 19th century etiquette manual on the subject.
Of course you must never pay the posted price, that is the one on the back of the door. though I can't imagine that anybody does.
Unfortunately (or fortunately if you are looking a for a quiet time) there is almost nothing else in the area though (that part which we saw of) Northern Portugal is quite beautiful