Douro Valley, Portugal


Rates per night from$134.79

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR121.70), via, using today’s exchange rate.


New world


River deep

The tiered, terraced Douro41 may be strikingly modern, but blends seamlessly into its Unesco-protected surroundings. This wineland wonder at times seems supernaturally suspended over its namesake river, with the pool and some of the rooms seeming to float freely above it. The valley views keep on coming, through huge floor-to-ceiling windows, on glass walkways and out on vast terraces. The super spa will make you want to spend an inordinate amount of time in your dressing gown, but tours and tastings at neighbouring quintas, vineyard strolls and superb Portuguese suppers await if you get dressed. 

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Need to know


61, including six suites.


Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm, also flexible.


Double rooms from $134.79 (€122), excluding tax at 6 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast.


The hotel has a monthly changing programme for guests, ranging from meditation and kayaking to pizza classes and painting lessons, with a cinema club (including a late-night one for insomniacs).

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, games room, gym. In rooms: air-conditioning, free bottled water, smart TV, Marshall speaker, Nespresso coffee machine, tea-making kit and toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Be sure to book a room with a full view of the river so you can fully appreciate its wide, whooshing majesty – bonus points for one with a terrace.


There are three pools at Douro41: a glass-flanked, river-facing one inside at the spa, one on the middle storey of the retreat, and one on the roof with a bar and two levels of sunloungers.


The spa has five treatment rooms for Portuguese favourite Spausa rituals such as hot-stone and four-hand massages. There’s a sauna, steam room and hydrotherapy circuit.

Packing tips

Your beginners' guide to grapes and clothes with elastic waistbands won’t go amiss.


Some rooms have been specially adapted for wheelchair users and are accessible by lift.


Small pets weighing in at under 10kg are welcome; beds and bowls will be supplied for €20 a night. See more pet-friendly hotels in Douro Valley.


All ages are welcome. Cots can be added, some rooms can have twin beds on request, and the suites can accommodate one or two children. Babysitting for up to two children is available with two days’ notice for €15 an hour.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

The riverside restaurant has some pretty spectacular scenery – go for a table near the window or out on the Douro-facing deck.

Dress Code

This may be a spa hotel, but best change out of your dressing gown and make at least a bit of an effort, to match the first-class food.

Hotel restaurant

Raiva pays tribute to the region’s cuisine, and its amazing produce: you’ll enjoy freshwater fish, kid and veal, with nods to noble Portuguese cooking traditions such as vinha d’alhos (meat cooked with wine and garlic) and lagareiro (oven-baked octopus and potatoes). Breakfast is a bountiful spread of local jams, wood-oven-baked bread, just-squeezed juice and honey from the hotel bees. 

Hotel bar

The A Terra wine bar serves cocktail classics, along with an impressive list of Portuguese wines and a series of fire-cooked food. There’s also the Porto Club, with a fireplace and library for peaceful port imbibing. Children are welcome at A Terra and there’s a dedicated menu. 

Last orders

The bar is open all day, from 11am until midnight (1am on Fridays and Saturdays). Raiva serves dinner every night from 7pm till 10.30pm.

Room service

A selection of salads, pastas and comfort dishes can be served in-room.


Photos Douro41 location
Estrada Nacional 222 km 41, 4550-631 Castelo de Paiva, Portugal

Douro41 is on the banks of its namesake river, east of Porto in Portugal’s wine region and close to the town of Castelo de Paiva.


Porto’s airport is a 50-minute drive from the hotel. Transfers can be arranged for €90 each way.


It’s 40 minutes by car to reach the centre of Porto. The hotel has a car park a short distance away, so drop your bags off first; if you want to see more of the area’s port producers, a car will come in handy – but then again, you’ll probably want to sample some, so it might not.

Worth getting out of bed for

This is the Unesco-approved Alto Douro region, so there’s a whole lot of ravishing riverine countryside out there. Before you hit up the local quintas and villages, make sure you check out the hotel’s spa and three swimming poolsPorto is roughly 45 minutes away by car if you fancy a day trip, otherwise the hotel can help arrange sails down the Douro, visits to vineyards, wine and port tastings and romantic walks

Local restaurants

The hotel’s own restaurant is the finest for miles, but the concierge can arrange trips out to a neighbouring quinta for lunch – including Quinta la Gracha, home of Churchill’s Port, where you can enjoy tastings and a tour of the vineyards and the 19th-century lodge before a meal in the orange grove.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this wine hotel in Portugal and unpacked their cases of port, a full account of their beverage-focused break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Douro41 in the Douro Valley…

An easy 45-minute drive east out of Porto – on your way into the heart of the Douro Valley – Douro41 is a perfect starting pitstop for a wine- and port-focused holiday (which, frankly, is the best type of holiday). The Unesco-protected Alto Douro region is home to some pretty spectacular scenery, and this daring design hotel reflects the terraces of the landscape in its tiered design. The pool is suspended over the water, and that floaty feeling continues in some of the rooms, thanks to their uninterrupted views and enormous terraces. Days here are spent out touring neighbouring quintas, tasting their output, being pampered at the spa or packing in the calories at Raiva, where you can eat first-class Portuguese produce in simple-but-stellar dishes. Now, where did we put the corkscrew? 

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