“A luxurious, light-filled wine and spa hotel set high among the port lodges, with stunning views over historic Porto”
The 82 rooms and suites were themed by different Portuguese wine producers, giving unique touches throughout - photos, artefacts and wine memorabilia. Spacious and light, they all face the river, and have private balconies for soaking up the sun and the fantastic views of Porto.
In the Executive Rooms the furniture is classic and understated, while the colours are bold and contemporary - lime greens, yellows and oranges, picked out in the upholstery and curtains covering the floor-to-ceiling windows. The kingsize beds have superb mattresses and crisp white linen; we slept really deeply.
Bright bathrooms come complete with antioxidant-rich Caudalie Vinothérapie products, Portuguese ceramic-tiled showers and large tubs. If you open the Venetian shutters between the bathroom and bedroom, you can enjoy the views while you soak.
Superior Rooms have a larger balcony, while the Suites are even more capacious with walk-in wardrobes.
There are 4 Master Suites, which all have panoramic balconies, as well as separate living and dressing areas. For total immersion in the wine theme, the Taylor’s Suites have beds carved from enormous port vats; very cool. If money is no object, the vast open-plan Bacchus Suite, housed on the top floor, has a kingsize bed set on a rotating plinth (so you can swivel between city views and vast plasma TVs), a cosy sitting area with a dramatic feature fireplace, and a conservatory leading to a private terrace complete with sunbeds and a fountain!
Breakfast is usually eaten in the elegant Orangerie on the 4th floor with its sunny terrace and views over Porto or on your private balcony (room service incurs an additional charge). A big buffet awaits, with pastries, local cured meats and hams, smoked salmon, breads, yoghurts, set cooked creams and fresh fruit salad plus a vast cheeseboard and selection of hot dishes. It's a great way to start the day - we loved it.
For lunch, Dick’s Bar serves snacks and light dishes throughout the day and has a rotating wine menu that showcases a selection from the 25,000-bottle cellar picked by Beatriz Machado, the hotel’s Wine Director - the cellar is open for tours daily from 4-6pm. A family-style lunch is offered on Sundays, between 12.30-3pm, featuring traditional Portuguese dishes by chef Ricardo Costa. Or you can dine from a more limited fine dining menu (the Express Menu) in the restaurant.
Our dinner began with sunset cocktails (we tried their signature 'Pale', a refreshing mixture of white port, tonic and mint) on the dining terrace, with the twinkling lights of Porto as a backdrop. We then moved inside for the mouthwatering 7-course tasting menu. Michelin-starred Portuguese chef Ricardo Costa makes innovative use of regional produce, and we loved our meal, which included hot vichyssoise with a brandade of bacalhau, wild turbot, Aroquesa veal and Serra cheese with vintage port sorbet. You can also choose a 3-course selection from the Chef's selection; menus change frequently. As you'd expect, the food was accompanied by an impressive selection of Portuguese wines, including a fragrant Vinho Verde and a fruity Vinhas Velhas Santa Maria, and we rounded off with a sublime vintage port. The Yeatman regularly holds wine dinners focusing on a particular producer.
Porto itself is undergoing a culinary resurgence, so for a change of scene you'll be spoilt for eating choices. Try Dom Tonho set in the old walls of Ribeira, the Asian fusion menu at super-cool Restaurante Buhle in the upmarket district of Foz, or Shis Restaurante for great sushi overlooking the surf.
As a specialist spa/wine hotel, The Yeatman is not really designed for rambunctious children, but they are welcome. We'd say that if you're coming here for a short break with your young family and want to relax, it's an ideal set up. You can enjoy the city together (Douro river cruises and the Bolhão market are just 2 suggestions) then make use of the child-minding facilities to relax in the spa. Children will enjoy the heated swimming pools, summer or winter. The Kids' Club has a room of books, toys and games (although it is unsupervised unless on request), plenty of activities on offer in the holidays, and a round-the-clock babysitting service can be arranged with advance notice. One tier has a shared grassy lawn with some wooden animals made for playing on, plus an open sided tent covering some seating. And the hotel provides candy and colouring books as gifts for the kids on arrival - cute!
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years)
The Superior Rooms and Suites can all fit a rollaway bed for an extra child. Children over 2 years incur a small cost for the extra bed. We loved our Master Suite as it had heaps of space for the whole family and a vast bath plus private terrace giving onto the shared grassy lawn.
Round-the-clock babysitting available if arranged in advance. Pay by the hour (costs vary), see Rates.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Although it's generally unsupervised, the Kids' Club (Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm) is a great space for kids from 3 to 16 years, with activities on offer in school holidays such as face painting, games, crafts, films (with popcorn), and wine cellar visits.
Meals and bottle warming can be prepared by request.
Kids will need supervision when in both pools as they have deep ends.