“A luxurious wine and spa hotel with two-Michelin-starred restaurant set high among the port lodges, with stunning views over historic Porto”
The 83 rooms and suites were themed by different Portuguese wine producers, with unique photos, artefacts and wine memorabilia throughout. Spacious and light, they all have private balconies and face the river, perfect for soaking up the sun and fantastic Porto views.
The Executive Rooms have classic and understated furniture, but bold and contemporary colours are 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.
Superior Rooms have larger balconies, 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 top-floor open-plan Bacchus Suite 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!
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.
Our dinner in the two-Michelin-starred Gourmet Restaurant began with sunset cocktails on the dining terrace, with the twinkling lights of Porto as a backdrop. Star Chef Ricardo Costa makes innovative use of regional produce, and we loved our mouthwatering 7-course tasting menu, 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 Chef's selection; menus change frequently. The food was accompanied by impressive 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.
For lunch and breakfast, there's the relaxed yet elegant Orangerie Restaurant. Up on the fourth floor, its sunny terrace has lovely views over Porto. In the morning, a big buffet of pastries, local cured meats and hams, smoked salmon, breads, yoghurts and fresh fruit salad awaits - we loved it.
Porto itself is undergoing a culinary resurgence, so you'll be spoilt for eating choices. Porto isn’t short on cafés but The Majestic, built in 1921, is one of the most opulent, all leather banquettes, marble and chandeliers.
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) then make use of the child-minding facilities to relax in the spa. Children will enjoy the heated swimming pools, gardens and the Kids' Club. The hotel also 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).
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The Kids' Club is a great space for kids from 3 to 16 years, with a room of books, toys and games (Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm, unsupervised unless on request). There are also plenty of activities on offer in the holidays, such as face painting, games, crafts, films (with popcorn), and wine cellar visits.
Meals and bottle warming can be prepared by request.
There are heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools (year round). In the gardens, one tier has a shared grassy lawn with some wooden animals made for playing on, plus an open-sided tent covering some seating. During school holidays the Kids' Club runs treasure hunts, storytelling and painting.
Kids will need supervision when in both pools as they have deep ends.