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Casa da Calçada Relais & Châteaux

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This is a beautiful hotel in a lovely setting. We were there off season so it was likely quieter than usual but everything was perfect. The staff is very helpful, friendly and extremely courteous . The food was wonderful. We went for walks around the town and drove along the Douro valley visiting vineyards , but really, we could have just settled in at the hotel and relaxed.

This hotel is lovely, the location is terrific and even better, the restaurant is phenomenal. Everything was perfect, from checkin to dinner to breakfast and checkout. We will be back. Well worth the drive and visit.

Lovely hotel and position and very pleasant staff. Disappointingly, we were one of only a small handful of guests and it seemed almost too quiet. Although as expected the pool had long since closed for winter, we did spend some time in warm sunshine in the gardens. There is little to see or to do that is of particular interest in Amarante itself. We took the hour long journey on the local bus to Porto in order to visit the tourist sights and Port cellars. The highlight of our visit was the simply wonderful dinner in the hotel restaurant on our first evening. It was surely worthy of more than the one Michelin star it has been awarded. The staff in the dining room that evening and again at our breakfast times were exceptional. Our room was very comfortable, well equipped and our only criticism was, like a previous reviewer, that the flowers were artificial. I would rather there were no flowers at all if that were the only choice. To our surprise, there was a beautiful flowered shop just yards from the gates of the hotel.

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.

Largo do Paco, 6 Amarante

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free valet and self parking
  • Onsite dining

Casa da Calçada Relais & Châteaux places you next to Ponte de Sao Goncalo and Igreja de Sao Goncalo. This 30-room, 5-star hotel has free breakfast along with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and free valet parking. Centrally located in Amarante, the hotel is also a short walk from Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Museum.


Dining

Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay. In addition to a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there's also a bar. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.


Rooms

All 30 soundproofed rooms feature minibars, free newspapers, and safes. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and bathrobes. Rooms also include phones.


Property features

Casa da Calçada Relais & Châteaux features a children's pool, free WiFi in public areas, and 5 meeting rooms. Free valet and self parking are available—or if you're not driving, take the airport shuttle (available on request) for EUR 99 per vehicle roundtrip. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include conference space, a seasonal outdoor pool, and a computer station.

Room options

Deluxe Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Superior Deluxe Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Suite

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

96% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 654 reviews