This is a review both of the hotel and the restaurant in its basement since we were there with a group of about 100 from a Viking River cruise on the Douro River. First, the hotel is high on a hill a distance from the river. It's a former convent that has been turned into a hotel, so it is very large and has a special atmosphere. The monks' rooms have been enlarged and I understand they are quite nice, though the cost is quite low--some where around $65 a night. Amazing for the type of facility this is. YOu enter through various reception rooms decorated in 18th-19th century décor. We were met by the "Countess" who owned the place in the 19th century. We were then ushered through several rooms and downstairs to a set of large dining rooms near the outside cloister.
Dinner was served mostly by the Viking dining staff, since this was an arranged meal, and we were entertained by a fado singer. Since this was all Viking-arranged, I can't say what the restaurant might actually serve, if it even does anything but breakfast for guests. But the atmosphere was wonderful.More