Palácio do Freixo
One of the classiest and most beautiful hotels in northern Portugal, the Hotel Palácio do Freixo, is considered a national monument. Once an aristocratic mansion, the stunning property is set within a baroque palace and the owners, the Pestana Group, have been able to preserve the original classic and opulent ambiences. A super relaxing swimming pool overlooking the Douro adds to the allure, as do the amazingly pretty restaurants and bars. The inhouse facilities also include a spa and indoor pool. Rooms are large and comfortable, in contemporary design and relaxing neutral tones. Service is flawless and hospitality is taken to a different level, as you would expect from a hotel in this category. It is the perfect location if you want to be a bit away from hustle and bustle, but still close enough to the city’s attractions. The hotel offers complimentary transportation to the city center, a ten minute drive away.