Hotels in Douro
Northern Portugal’s dramatic Douro Valley wine region now has a resort to match. Vidago Palace, an hour’s drive northeast of historic Porto, is located in a Belle Époque mansion with 70 guest rooms decorated with Portuguese embellishments (hand-loomed rugs; traditional cement tiles).
This hotel overlooks the Corgo River from steep terraces, many of which were shaped by hand 300 years ago.
From the Portuguese for "butterfly lavender", Quinta Romaneira offers a teak-and-fiberglass launch for a cruise between the grassy banks. The 1,000-acre domain is now owned by a French consortium and has two handsome manors halfway down adjacent slopes on a bend in the river.
Just south of the Douro Valley, Carmen and Paulo Romão have converted six stone structures into guesthouses with modern suites.
Great Value Near Douro National Park, a small inn that offers 12 comfortable rooms.
Great Value A 17th-century estate near Pinhão with six antiques-filled guest rooms. Doubles from $148, breakfast included.