Because of my experience in the tourism sector and my many years with suitcases in tow, I have always been among those who think that the category of a hotel can serve as a guide, but it can lead us to error when choosing a hotel for spend a stay. Surely more than one of you, like me, has ever happened to you that a five-star hotel has disappointed you a little or left you with a bad taste in the mouth and conversely, lower-category hotels have surprised you very pleasantly . And this happens, in essence, for the people who work and run those establishments. The professionals who are in charge are to a large extent to blame for the success or failure of the hotel establishments. This maxim, for my joy and satisfaction, was given again this week at the Hotel Rural Vale do Rio .
This wonderful four star hotel, with fantastic facilities that I detail below, is managed by a splendid professional human group where your effort, education and service by and for the client is the essence of your success. Leading this wonderful staff is its director, Rita Alves , the great culprit that everything works like a Swiss watch. Hopefully many other hotels will take note of the management that is done at the Hotel Rural Vale do Rio .
The Vale do Rio is the only hotel in #Portugal capable of generating energy thanks to its water mill.
Reading room and games of the Rural Hotel Vale do Rio – Photo Elisa Tcach
The hotel is located in Oliveira de Azeméis, in the Central Portugal region, just 30 kilometers from Aveiro, the most well-known city and the main urban center of that area. To get there you need the GPS since it is nestled in a wonderful wooded area belonging to the hills of Palmaz. This hotel was built on an old mini-hydro of 1800 with what they have achieved that this recovered facility produces nergía hidroeléctrica, haciéndole autosuficiente para producir energía solar, fotovoltaica, biomasa y biodiésel, siendo el Hotel Rural Vale do Rio de este manera el único hotel de Portugal en generar energía . Un motivo más para elegir este hotel “ecológico” y cuidadoso con el medio ambiente y con una gestión sostenible.
Its facilities are divided into 3 buildings: the main one where we find the 30 rooms, the bar, the breakfast room and sports facilities such as the gym, the pool and the SPA; a large annex building for meetings and banquets; and a third where is the restaurant Hídrica do Caima, where they serve lunch and dinner.
All its facilities are modern, they are in an excellent state of conservation and all the common areas have everything necessary to make our stay perfect.
The decoration of the Hotel Rural Vale do Rio has been taken care of with great taste and all kinds of details – Foto Elisa Tcach
As you can see in the pictures below, the design and good taste prima in the hotel rooms. If we add to this the peace that surrounds us and all the services that we find and are at our disposal, I assure you that it costs to leave them.
Its 30 rooms are exterior with views of the Caima River or part of the forest and all of them have a furnished terrace, minibar, LCD TV with digital channels and premiere films. For those traveling as a family, you have the possibility to choose connecting rooms. Of course free wifi , but not only in the rooms, but in all the hotel facilities.
Standard room of the Hotel Rural Vale do Rio
There is the possibility to choose connecting rooms
Caidal Water Restaurant
With a modern and sophisticated design, the Hídrica do Caima restaurant is located in an annex building to the hotel, next to the mini-hydrological pool of 1800 that was recovered and energizes the hotel taking advantage of the strength of the Caima river, hence its name. Its large windows and spacious terrace give it a lot of light, creating a cozy and very pleasant atmosphere.
Its menu is not very extensive, but it stands out for having a selection of typical dishes from the north of Portugal made with traditional products and the region with avant-garde design, in the style of the most sophisticated international cuisine. To emphasize among its dishes the entrecot with rice caldoso; goat cheese with apple, honey and nuts; his grilled salmon; its delicious arroz de tamboril or, the one I liked the most, a spectacular rice with baked duck. Do not lose sight of their appetizers, too, such as the cheese au gratin with black pudding or its exotic salad.
Also noteworthy is its large cellar where Portuguese wines, from different regions, are the protagonists. For quality / price I would highlight the red Flor do Tua reserve of 2016 with DO Douro, awarded with different international awards and that is at a very reasonable price, only € 15.
Caidal Water Restaurant – Photo Elisa Tcach
Winery of the Caima Water Restaurant – Photo Elisa Tcach
The burger with homemade potatoes is one of the specialties of the Caima Water Restaurant – Photo Elisa Tcach
In the restaurant of the Vale Do Rio hotel, Hídrica do Caima, we started with this queijo de cabra with maça, mel and nozes. Delicious! Portugal
Other services of the Hotel Vale do Rio
In addition to the fantastic restaurant that I just commented, the Rural Hotel Vale do Rio has many other services designed to make our stay always falls short. In my case I spent three days enjoying all of them and I assure you that I would have stayed a week longer if I could. For sports enthusiasts at reception we can rent bicycles and go through many routes through the lush forest that surrounds us, ending our walk with a picnic, or get fit in your gym.
If what we want is to relax and drive away stress, nothing better than doing some of the treatments offered in your SPA and end up relaxing in your indoor pool while we have a cocktail or a juice prepared in the bar of your bar. You will not tell me that you do not want this plan at any time of the year.
At night, nothing better than to finish the evenings in your library with terrace and pool, where we can extend the day enjoying a good time of leisure.
The hotel’s indoor pool allows us to enjoy it throughout the year
SPA massage room
What to do around the Rural Hotel Vale do Rio
- Molinológico Theme Park : The Molinológico Theme Park consists of a 4-kilometer route along the banks of the Ul and Antuã Ygual rivers enjoying the natural landscape and the ancient water mills that have been used in the area for hundreds of years. In addition to enjoying a very pleasant walk through the woods up the rivers, we can also contemplate a mysterious Lusitano-Roman fort, considered one of the most important archaeological sites of the Council of Oliveira de Azeméis. Do not miss the opportunity to buy fresh bread (in the old style and with 100% natural products) in the first mill on the route located in Ul. Eating that delight will make you go back in time and remember when you made real bread and not what we eat now.
Molino de Ui – Photo Elisa Tcach
In this area of @CentroPortugal there are 10 mills as beautiful as this one of Ul (by the way, the town with the smallest name of #Portugal)