Best Hotels in the Douro Valley

Quinta do Vallado
Quinta do Vallado Hotel

The best hotels in the Douro Valley are located throughout the region. From Regua to Lamego, they are all great places to stay when you are visiting Portugal. Here are my top picks:

Quinta do Vallado
Quinta do Vallado hotel in the Douro Valley features a mix of contemporary and traditional styles. The guest rooms are spacious and well appointed, and the grounds and pool are beautiful.

The hotel also has a great restaurant that serves regional cuisine, and a cellar where guests can do wine tastings. That’s to say nothing of the excellent vineyard tours that Quinta do Vallado offers.

Quinta Nova
Quinta Nova is another of the best hotels in the Douro Valley. Located high on a hill above the Douro River, the hotel has a classic style and is surrounded by vineyards that guests can walk through.

Rooms are decorated in warm tones, and guests can enjoy dining al fresco in the warmer months. There are also cellar tours and wine tastings on offer.

Aquapura Hotel
Generally considered the flagship hotel of the region, Aquapura is certainly among the best hotels in the Douro Valley. Housed in a stunning historic mansion, the hotel features beautiful restaurants, gardens, pools, and tennis courts. It also has a well-known spa and great views over the surrounding vineyards.

Graham’s Port Wine Lodge in Porto

Port wine
Port Tasting at Graham’s

Graham’s Port Wine Lodge
Address: Rua Rei Ramiro 514, 4400 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Phone: +351 22 3776484/85

Graham’s is one of the best places to go Port wine tasting in Porto. Located in Porto’s across-the-river neighbour Vila Nova de Gaia, the lodge is an easy place to walk to while you are visiting Porto.

An established name, Graham’s is home to some of the biggest Port brands in the world. These include Dow’s, Warres, and Graham’s (of course), as well as still wine labels like Altano and the exclusive Post Scriptum wines.

Graham’s is housed in a beautiful building with great views over Porto. Works are currently underway to expand the facilities and add a restaurant, larger gift shop, and Port wine museum, which should make the visitor experience even better.

Visiting Graham’s Port wine lodge is possible year-round, and there are four types of guided tours that guests can take. Three are cellar tours with tastings of three Ports at the end (3 euros and 10 euros, depending on the tasting), and the fourth is a cellar tour with a tasting of three vintage Ports paired with chocolate (30 euros). Tours are offered in English, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Guides at Graham’s are knowledgable and passionate about Port wine. They take visitors through the Port making process while explaining the different types of Port and the regions where the grapes are grown in the nearby Douro Valley.

During the tour, visitors can view the lodge’s historic ledgers and bottles of vintage Port dating all the way back to the 19th century. Guides also give a slide show presentation during the tour, and there is an optional video component as well.

At the end of the tour, guests can enjoy a tasting in the large tasting room at Graham’s. It is adjacent to the gift shop, where bottles of Port, still wine, and Port-inspired souvenirs can be purchased.

Graham’s Port Wine Lodge Opening Hours: April to October: 9:30 to 18:00 (must book on Sundays), November to March: Monday to Friday 9:30 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 17:30

Infante do Sagres Hotel in Porto Review

Infante do Sagres Hotel
Infante do Sagres

Infante do Sagres Hotel
Address: Praca Dona Filipa de Lencastre 62, 4050-259 Porto, Portugal
Phone: +351 22 33 98 500

The five-star Infante do Sagres is one of the top luxury hotels in Porto, and has hosted celebrities and royalty from all over the world. Ideally located in the heart of the historic city centre, it is a great place to stay when you are visiting Portugal.

The hotel, which is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is housed in an unassuming building that belies its sumptuous interior decor. While the lobby features a somewhat bizarre mix of contemporary and neo-Baroque, the guest rooms are tastefully decorated in whites, reds or burgundies, and blacks.

Rooms at the Infante do Sagres hotel in Porto are a decent size, with comfortable beds, desks, chairs, and bathrooms with luxury Castelbel cosmetics. In the evenings, the turn-down service includes a small decanter of port and a traditional custard tart, which is a nice touch.

In addition to the rooms, the hotel has a contemporary restaurant called Book, a spa called Angkor Wat, and a lobby bar where guests can enjoy drinks.

The staff is not always the most friendly or helpful, which is one of the drawbacks of the hotel. But with persistence, you can get what you need from the front desk.

Room rates at the Infante do Sagres hotel in Porto start at 104 euros per night, including breakfast. There are often offers and packages available, for example a four night stay for 95 euros per night.