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The Best Hotels in Northern Portugal

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August 27, 2021

Portugal may be small, but it has a lot to show and to xplore. The diversity of landscapes and traditional flavours is apparent in every region. The Northern region of Portugal is no exception, boasting unique characteristics which make it very inviting and a perfect destination for those seeking adventure or a relaxed getaway in nature.

The most well known city in Northern Portugal is Porto, considered Europe’s best destination in 2017.  But there is much more to Northern Portugal than Porto. There is plenty to see in the Minho and Trás-os-Montes regions.

Of any destination in Europe, Northern Portugal is the one place where splurging on a great hotel is money well spent. In many well known destinations (London, Paris, Rome) you spend the majority of your day out and about. But in Northern Portugal, it’s common for people to spend a good part of their holiday lounging on their deck while enjoying the breathtaking views over a glass of Port wine.

The northern region of Portugal harbors some of the most exclusive and beautiful hotels in Portugal and making this top list was a hard task, given the sheer abundance of extraordinary properties that dot the region. Nonetheless, here’s our selection of the best hotels in Northern Portugal, which all score high points for their mind-blowing location, design, ambience, and/or heritage.

The Yeatman

5 Star Hotel – Gaia

Member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux collection of hotels and distinguished with two Michelin Stars, The Yeatman Hotel is regarded as the best hotel in Porto. If you are looking for a classic luxury hotel with a stunning view then the Yeatman Hotel is the best place to stay in Porto.
Occupying a breath-taking position overlooking the Douro River the hotel has the best views you could get over Porto and one of the most memorable sunset views we ever experienced.

The hotel is an ode to wine , with an amazing Vinothérapie Spa by Caudalie, a decanter shaped swimming pool and vases filled with corks cementing the hotel and regular exhibits around the property related to Port wine.

You can’t finish your stay at Yeatman without getting a sense ofthe Gastronomic experiences at the many restaurants in the Yeatman, whether it is at their Michelin restaurant, Orangerie, or the Bistro Bar.

Yeatman is one of the most unique luxury hotels in the Porto area and we look forward to visit again.

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Six Senses Douro Valley

5 Star Hotel – Lamego

The Six Senses Douro Valley Hotel is an idyllic 5-star luxury hotel in a perfect location in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Douro Valley. It is a converted Historical house, dating from the early 19th century, merging elegantly with modern facilities. What adds a touch of magic to this wonderful hotel is the spectacular view to the impressive Douro river and the rest of the historic landscape.

The Six Senses Douro Valley features a spectacular and fragrant garden full of lush vegetation, a splendid clock tower, a swimming pool, vineyards and many places to sit, relax and enjoy a book or a soothing glass of locally produced Port wine in the over 8 hectares of property. There is also a Spa and wellness centre with an incredible indoor swimming pool and massage facilities.

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Six Senses Douro Website | Instagram | Booking


Vidago Palace Hotel

5 Star Hotel – Vidago

In the north of the country, this century-old palace, is a perfect example of the intersection of fine architecture and premim service. The hotel is located around 10-minute drive from the Spanish border and 30 minutes from the famous region of the Douro Valley.

The property features a beautiful palace of luxury within spectacular scenic and historical scenery. The interior of the hotel is elegant and classically authentic; high ornate ceilings, varnished  wood panels and flooring, a sweeping double sided staircase and some of the most beautiful wallpapers you will ever see in an Hotel.

On the ground floor you can find the Salão Nobre where we had the chance to experience a one of a kind cullinary experience. The dining area is beautiful and looks like a scene from Titanic.

Vidago Palace features a golf course, a winery, and a full-service spa. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include an indoor pool, a children’s pool, and a health club.

With such a legacy of wellness and that supply of precious iron rich mineral water still bubbling up from the spring, the spa is obviously one of the highlights of this 5 star hotel and the perfect getaway for those seeking a peaceful and relaxed experience in the Portuguese countryside.

The Vidago Palace Hotel is an unforgetable destination for anyone keen to find a five star luxury retreat away from the usual tourist hubs of Portugal.

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Vidago Palace Website | Instagram | Booking


The Vintage House

5 Star Hotel – Pinhão

Once a lodge for storing port wines in the 17th century, Vintage House Hotel is nowadays a stylish sanctuary in the quiet town of Pinhão. Located right by the banks of the Douro River, this member of Relais & Chateaux combines sophisticated accomodation with the best gastronomical pleasures and features an outdoor pool with panoramic river views.

Pinhão is a small charming village, which surroundings are classified by Unesco as World Herritage and we highly recommend to take one of the daily boat tours just from outside the hotel and enjoy the scenic views of the Douro region.

All rooms in te hotel face the Douro River receiving its magnificent lights which allow you to experience a marvellous sunset.

If you are a truewine lover, the hotel has a Wine Academy which offers different wine experiences, from wine courses to tastes.

We had a truly memoble and relaxing stay at the property and it was the perfect base to explore the surrounding area.

More Details and Booking

Vintage House Hotel Website | Instagram | Booking


Monverde Wine Experience Hotel

4 Star Hotel – Amarante

Opened in 2015, Monverde Hotel is the first hotel of its kind in the whole country. Monverde is located in the Portuguese countryside near the town of Amarante, around 45km from Porto.

The property houses a restaurant, a bar an outdoor pool, stunning vineyards and a luxurious vinotherapy spa.

The restaurant is all about modern Portuguese cuisine with a twist and it’s the perfect spot to enjoy some good local wine after exploring the region.

During our stay at Monverde, we stayed in one of the premium suites with private swimming pool and we had a truly memorable stay. The staff is friendly and always ready to help you plan your adventures in the region.

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Monverde Hotel Website | Instagram | Booking

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