We stayed in Quinta da Marka recently for 3 nights. This property has the most breathtaking views. The room we had (no.4) has 2 large windows and it was very special waking up in the morning and being able to see the Douro Valley from the bed. The bathroom is large and includes a fantastic shower with rain head, fluffy towels and robes - all very luxurious.
Food: breakfast is fine, but basic. There is an extra charge for an egg (health & safety reasons given) or a cappuccino - this feels a bit out of character with the quinta which is quite up market.
Lunch & dinner: you can choose from the snack menu any time of day or order the evening meal by 4pm which you can enjoy from 7pm. In our experience the evening meal was lovely and worth trying. We enjoyed this on one of the evenings & opted for the snack menu on the others.
Cleanliness: this property is immaculately clean throughout. It has the perfect balance of old and new.
Service: an excellent and professional service is provided by Angela and the team. Guests are treated as individuals and your experience as a guest is of upmost importance here.
The pool: unfortunately this was a disappointment. The water is very cold but once you get in, you adjust. However the factor that really let it down was the amount of bugs and flies that are floating around in it. There are probably lots of good reasons for this but the bottom line is - its not nice. Also when accessing the pool you walk down a gravel slope which could be cobble locked or tidied up in some manner.
To do in the locality: there are many local quintas that you can do wine tasting in. E.g. Quinta Nova is about 8-10 minute drive away and it has beautiful views and a set menu for visitors to enjoy.
You can also travel to Pinhao and do a boat trip etc, which is very pleasant (1 hour or 2 hour trip - the 1 hour can get busy with day trippers from Porto).
We also went up to 'D'Origem' where they make olive oil and give a tour which was great. At the end of the tour you can taste 3 wines and a range of treats such as olive oil, honey, almonds and bread - divine 😊
Overall I would recommend Quinta da Marka - the views and personal service (especially from Angela) make it a very enjoyable experience.
We were welcome with Angela. She is really kind, professional and her English is perfect. She had good advices and places to visit. The bedroom is really big . The hotel and the room is super clean. The food was wonderful .
Thank you for everything !
I just loved the Douro Valley and this is a real gem. It is a winery and Bed and Breakfast. Our room overlooked the terraced hills and seemed like a photograph. Our hosts were very gracious and the other two couples we met were interesting and fun
Spent 4 days last week and LOVED this Quinta. Angela was off on maternity leave and left the management in the very capable hands of Diahantino who spoke excellent English. He and the rest of the staff were very attentive. As we didn't have a car, he picked us up at the train station and took us there for some excursions in Pinhao that we took the train to. He also arranged for a tour and lunch at the nearest other Quinta (Quinta Nova) that was out of this world, and even drove us there and picked us up! Note: there is nothing else around this quinta so without a car your dining options are limited. We enjoyed the continental breakfast each day (you can order for a cost additional items like eggs and bacon). We ate the full traditional dinner there the first night but was disappointed - overcooked ox tail and bits of duck in rice. One night there was a bar-b-que that was very good. There is also a "light" menu that you can order sandwiches and misc. dishes that we also used one night. The wine was excellent and we did a wine tasting that was fun on the upper terrace. The views everywhere are STUNNING, the place impeccably clean, the rooms were nice size with great modern bathroom. Room one even had a window seat to read in and enjoy the views down the river. Pool area was also very nice. Other than the inconsistency in the meals are stay was perfect!
I had been planning to visit Douro Valley for a long time but when it came to booking a hotel I was confused. Didn’t know the area well and didn’t know where was the best place to stay. I contacted a lot of quinta but didn’t get enough information I needed (if they ever reply). At last minute I booked Quinta da Marka with a low expectation and emailed the hotel. Angela was very good in responding to my email which gave me a level of comfort. As we didn’t plan to rent a car Angela offered to pick us up from the local train station.
From Ferrao station to Quinta da Marka is less than 2 minute drive. Once we arrived at the quinta I was amazed by how new and beautiful the place was. Pictures on the website simply don’t do any justice.
Location of the quinta is very quiet but this is, in my opinion, the better part of Douro. As some people said this area is bit isolated but for me that’s what I was in Douro for. It’s peace and quiet with stunning view. If you don’t have a car and would like to travel around by train, you might be put off by the infrequency of train time.
The quinta has 7 bedrooms. The room we booked was Vinhas Velhas. It is decorated in a more traditional way than some of the bedrooms but the bathroom was ultra modern which I appreciated. The room has two windows affording great valley view, and a separate small window in the bathroom. There were fluffy bathrobe in the shower which added a sense of luxury. As it’s not an urban hotel nor a large resort there was no aircon. That wasn’t a problem for me.
Public area: behind the reception there is a beautiful and cozy lounge where you can have a glass of Port or wine, and a dining rooms where breakfast and dinner are served. Outside the dining room is a large terrace with stunning panoramic view. Further afield there was a pool again with great view. The water was cold in late June but it didn’t stop me from enjoying a bit of sun.
Food and drink: we had wines/port/beers throughout the day. The price is so reasonable that you don’t hesitate when you order. During our two night stay we didn’t leave the hotel and had our two dinners there. As it’s not a large restaurant with high turnover you need to inform them the food choice by midday. Basically you can have everything – cod, sea bass, sea bream, octopus, pork, chicken, vegetable. It comes with a starter, salad, dessert, wine and port. The food was good – very down to earth home cooking with larger portion. Breakfast on the other hand is simple but sufficient. The fig jam was delightful.
Service: this is the highlight of the property. Quite often in a hotel where they sell the view you don’t get anything else. In Quinta Marka the service level was top notch. Angela is just like your personal butler who solves any issue you might have, in an informal way. Other team members we came across don’t speak as good English as Angela but everyone was very friendly and sincere which is what you get in Portugal.
This is probably the most relaxing hotel stay I’ve ever had, and for sure it won’t be long before I return.