Casa da Calçada Relais & Châteaux5.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
Although I expected a much better hard product for the rooms, the soft product is really good. Team provides excellent service to the Relais Chateaux standards, however the rooms are historic and sombre. There's a lack of colour and light inside the rooms. Granted, if you're looking for an experience that brings you back in time, you're in the right place. My biggest disappointment were the bathrooms. Although it is an older property, renovations should be done in the bathrooms in order to update. The shower/bathroom/sinks were aged and lacked character. The rooms decor was decent but also old. However, the price paid for a one night stay is quite low for the brand. But this is reflected in what you get as a hard product. There are only 30 rooms and suites at this property. The breakfast was the best part of our stay. The offering was great and the taste was amazing. The staff were extremely friendly and ensured that you had an enjoyable morning. This was definitely appreciated. Overall it is a decent property but definitely not a 5-star property. I would consider the rooms to be between 3-4 stars and the restaurant 5 stars.
The Casa da Calcada ranks right up there with some of our favorite places to stay in Europe. It has a lot going for it: a quiet location in an historic center; excellent service; well-appointed bedrooms; great food in a handsome, old world dining room; a delightful outdoor pool with lovely views to the nearby hills; its own small vineyard; reasonable prices (199 euros for B&B in a double room in August), given the quality; and much more. Several of our photos help to tell the story. We stayed in a "Luxury Room" (25 sq. m, with a marble bathroom) on the side of the hotel facing the river. Soundproofing made this a quiet spot. Also, there was plenty of space for storing bags, hanging up clothes, etc. The dining room was beautiful, and the food was some of the best we've had at a hotel. One night, the chef prepared a special vegetarian dinner for us upon request. It was terrific. We're not normally pool users, but the setting and views of the Calcada's pool made it a great spot for end of the day relaxing. Except for the tight squeeze through the front gate (even for an economy car), this was a great experience from start to finish. We're already looking forward to staying again in the future, and we highly recommend this wonderful hotel!
This property is located in Amarante which is about 1 hour drive from the Douro wine region... the hotel is very nice in a nice setting. We did arrive and it looks like a Relais Chateaux... we were welcomed and got a pretty nice room... decor is on the classic old style, and we were expecting that.... Our room had a balcony that overlooked the River and the Church that was quite nice.. Room, The bed could improve as well as pillows and duvet... they could also refresh the rug in the room... even thouhg there was a lot of fabric around, I did not smell anything odd, and I am VERY picky on odors... that could not be said about the corridors of our 4th floor... it did smell odd. Lighting in the room was defecient as most hotels and trying to charge your electronics was a nightmare... once you turned your lights out, it would cut the power of your devices as well, so we had to charge in the bathroom. Bathroom was on the ok side... shower was also on the good side. The bathrobe needs a replacement as it was harsh and over-used... Staff in the lobby could be nicer.... Breakfast in the dining room was very good... great service there! As for the restaurant, I will post a review of its own as it does deserve a star in the Michellin book!!! The gardens outside are quite nice... they needed some care though.. All in all, it was a good hotel and missing some details to maintain the R.C. status in my opinion.... Enjoy
My partner and I booked through the Hotel's website, so assuming they had no commission to pay to any booking agents expected the best. A glass of the hotel's sparkling wine was served when booking in. From there it was all downhill fast. The hotel lobby and common parts are decorated with many fake reproduction antiques and flower displays consisting of plastic/fabric flowers. This worried me - I have stayed in 3 and 4 star hotels which have real flowers on display. Our first room, an Executive, was 208, dark, dingy with a small window which faced a wall. The window opened to the noise of an extractor fan from what I supposed was the hotel kitchen below. Impossible to have the window open and the noise could still be heard with the window closed. The carpets were stained, the fabric headboard of the bed smelt of hairspray/perfume. I complained to the reception and was moved to room 310. I think this room was a slight upgrade but it made little difference - another dark room with stained carpets, a smelly headboard and a view of a road and parked cars through a rusty grill in need of painting. In both rooms some of the furnishings were shabby, the bathrooms were clean but very dated. Wifi was patchy. House keeping staff were noisy in the morning. Breakfast was served in the same room used for the Michelin restaurant which we were informed by email AFTER having booked we would not be able to eat in. The breakfast selection was huge but it was quantity over quality, more fake flowers on display and on every table! A very disappointing experience and I question the integrity of any hotel which books guests into the first room we was given.We could not wait to leave and nothing would drag us back there. One of the worst hotels we have ever stayed in.
Pretty old world hotel with a wonderful view. The room was a bit dark though. The wifi did not work in my room which was very inconvenient and it was never fixed during my 3 day stay. The young women at the front desk does not understand English as well as she should which resulted in when I thought something was getting done, it wasn't.
I stayed at the Casa da Calcada with a group of friends. On arrival we were warmly welcomed, offered a cold glass of bubbly and given a tour and history of the hotel. My room was exceptionally large with a comfortable bed and an amazing view across the Tamega river to the stone bridge and the church in the square. The bathroom was also large with white plush towels; I also liked the walk-in wardrobe. Staff were helpful and friendly, one night we were having drinks in the bar and although it was past closing time the gentleman behind the bar obliged and took our order for drinks. At breakfast there is a large table containing a good choice of yoghurt, fresh fruits, including baked apples and a wide variety of cold meats and cheeses. On a side table there was a hot plate with dishes containing scrambled egg, bacon/sausage and mushrooms. Unfortunately these dishes were not replenished and although breakfast was served until 10:30 by 9:30 most of these dishes were empty. After pre-dinner drinks on the hotel’s terrace our group enjoyed a very special and memorable meal in Largo do Paco restaurant, service and food were excellent. Highly recommended.
Really enjoyed our one night stay in this hotel. It is in a good and scenic location above the river opposite a lovely church, with great views. well decorated with lots of paintings and antiques. Our room was good, but probably worth paying for a river view. But the stand out was our evening meal in the restaurant. Best meal of the holiday, possibly one of my top 10 meals ever. Absolutely stunning. 4 chefs "moments" which were almost works of art in themselves. A seafood moment presented on a blue plate with coral was the most beautiful presentation I have ever had. All tasted lovely, even oyster which I normally hate. Main courses and deserts gorgeous too. Breakfast good too. There is a terrace for drinks pre or post dinner with views across the river and a pool area set on the hill with lovely views too. So recommend hotel and definately eat in the restaurant while there - it is 1 Michelin star but based on our meal deserves 2.
This is a grand hotel with lovely furnishings and elegant rooms. The staff is professional and friendly and the view from the window of the room really lovely as it looks over the old town. There is a Michelin starred restaurant in the hotel which we also recommend as it is excellent. I would definitely stay here again as we loved our holiday in Amarante and Porto.
Wonderful stay in this hotel and a memorable stay. The kindness and professional attitude of those who were there are remarquable. from the welcome drink to the history of the house, and of course a stop by the restaurant, everything was perfect. Great views of Amarante and of the church from our room.
After 3 days in Porto we travelled to Amarante for a relaxing time, & casa da calcada made outbreak a truly memorable occasion! Welcoming checkin with a cool glass of fizz which we took on the bar terrace as we were early & our room wasn't ready, we were offered another glass, before going up to the room! The room was impressive from the size, to the facilities to the views, all amazing & lovely touches like crystal glasses & a box of biscuits! The bed was huge, & very comfy, & toiletries were good quality & replenished every day! Turn down service another lovely touch! Breakfast was super, lots of choice-good variety of fruit, cereal & nuts, selection of bread, cold meats, smoked salmon & cheeses, pastries & hot food including eggs cooked to order. My routine became Buck's Fizz, yoghurt with berries & 3-4 fruit, followed by scrambled eggs & smoked salmon-wonderful every time! We booked the restaurant for my partners birthday & this was also fabulous! Other meals we took on the bar terrace & enjoyed club sandwiches or toasted ham & cheese! Staff were great here too & recommended different wines & port for us to try. The hotel has an outdoor pool with great views of the town & lovely garden areas. There are only 2 minuses-bad to reception & poor wi-fi, but these were minor inconveniences! We had a fabulous time & thoroughly enjoyed the old world charm of casa da calcada & would love to return soon!
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96% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 640 reviews