The Yeatman

Porto, Douro & Minho, Portugal Book from Book from £199 per night

A luxurious wine and spa hotel with two-Michelin-starred restaurant set high among the port lodges, with stunning views over historic Porto
In recent decades, Portugal’s second city has undergone an architectural and culinary renaissance - and here is a hotel to match. Set on a hilltop in Vila Nova de Gaia - the traditional home of port - The Yeatman, member of the Relais & Châteaux, looks out over the River Douro and the jumble of red-tiled rooftops that make up Old Porto.

The hotel's terraced layers imitate the vineyards of the Douro Valley, but the wine theme doesn’t end there. There’s a fabulous decanter-shaped infinity pool (plus a second one indoors), and an enormous Caudalie Vinothérapie spa, where treatments include barrel bath immersions, merlot scrubs and other grape-infused luxuries. In the Gourmet Restaurant, now graced with a second Michelin star (the only one in Porto), neo-Portuguese cuisine is paired with regional wines from the vast cellar (25,000+ bottles). Imbibe cocktails alfresco in summer or around a cosy log fire in the bar in cooler months. Be sure to round things off with a vintage port, The Yeatman is owned by leading port shippers Fladgate Partnership, whose brands include Taylor’s, Fonseca and Croft.


  • Delightful Porto, a Unesco site with cobbled streets, skinny medieval townhouses, a pretty waterfront for river cruises and excellent eateries
  • Top-notch meals from a double-Michelin-starred chef - serious foodies and wine buffs will be in their element
  • Rooms have gorgeous river views from large balconies, kingsize beds and indulgent bathrooms with soaking tubs
  • Tasting Portugal's wines, with the guidance of the Wine Director. And the port warehouses of Vila Nova de Gaia are on your doorstep
  • The huge spa: we had a fantastic treatment from the highly trained Caudal therapists


  • With more than 100 rooms it's bigger than our usual i-escape gems, but they try extremely hard, and guest feedback is good for couples and families alike
  • It can be a long walk to your room, but you’ll be kept entertained by displays in the 'educational corridors' which feature subjects such as 'the history of cork'
  • The interior design lacks a coherent style - and some may not like features such as the naked Bacchus!
  • Can be tricky to find - make sure you take the Detailed Directions you'll be sent when you book through i-escape

Best time to go

The hotel is open all year but the best time to visit Porto is from late April to September, when it is usually sunny and warm. In June, people from all over the country flock to Porto’s historic centre for the Festival of São João, a street party with music, a massive fireworks display and people banging each other on the head with plastic hammers! The hotel balconies offer prime viewing spots for the fireworks. Wine Harvests take place in September.

Our top tips

Stroll down to the lively riverfront promenade of Cais de Gaia at sunset. Explore the open-air market, before taking in the fabulous views of the double-decker Dom Luis Bridge and historic Porto from the wooden terrace of the chic Bogani Café.

Great for...

City Style
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 109
  • Restaurants + bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pools
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Bicycles Available
  • Library/Smoking room


The 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; some face the river, perfect for soaking up the sun and architecture across the water, others face the garden with 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 with garden or city views, while Superior Deluxe Rooms have panoramic views over the Douro. The larger Suites have all this plus walk-in wardrobes.

There are three Master Suites, which have panoramic balconies, as well as separate living and dressing areas. For total immersion in the wine theme, choose one that has a bed carved from an enormous port vat; 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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • CD player
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • DVD player
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi


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 dinner daily (apart from Thursday evenings), there's relaxed yet elegant The Orangerie on the fourth floor, whose sunny terrace has lovely views over Porto. Think prawns with coriander and brandy or butternut squash with tomato confit for starters, goat kid with rice or grilled pork neck for mains. In the morning, a big breakfast 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.
Credit card details are required to guarantee your reservation in the restaurant.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children's meals
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu


  • Learn the difference between ruby and tawny on a tour of Taylor’s port wine lodge, one of the city’s oldest producers, just across the road from the hotel. You can also join the daily tour of the hotel's 25,000-bottle cellar
  • We spent a brilliant afternoon in the superb Vinothérapie® Spa. The Caudalie therapists are highly trained, and there’s a tepidarium, Roman bath, sauna and hammam
  • Visit the world-class Fundação de Serralves contemporary museum and catch a performance at the state-of-the-art Casa de Música (astounding acoustics and a ‘floating bar’)
  • Explore Ribeira’s steep cobbled streets, winding down to a waterfront lined with skinny medieval townhouses
  • Tour Old Porto, from the cathedral’s tiled cloister, to the views from the top of the iconic Clerigos Tower
  • Dating from 1906, Livraria Lello has been voted one of the world’s most beautiful bookshops, famous for its stained glass ceiling, wood panelling and scarlet staircase
  • Lively Bolhão Market stocks all manner of cheeses, meats and freshly caught fish, alongside Portuguese staple, bacalhau (salt cod)
  • Take a '6-bridges cruise' along the River Douro or wander along its banks and find shady parks, sandy beaches and panoramic views
  • In the evening, head to Clérigos and Galeria de Paris, where bar-hoppers spill out of ultra-modern venues housed in retro buildings until the early hours

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Port tasting
  • Shopping / markets
  • Wine tasting


As a specialist spa/wine hotel, The Yeatman is not really designed for rambunctious children, but they are welcome. We'd say that for a short break, 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 or book a babysitter while you dine in the Michelin-starred restaurant. 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!

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

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.


Babysitting available if arranged in advance (costs vary).

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Creche/Kid's Club:

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 school holidays, such as face painting, treasure hunts, storytelling, painting, games, crafts, films (with popcorn), and wine cellar visits

Children's meals:

Kids menu in The Orangerie (which has a terrace for outside dining and views over Porto) which has crowd pleasers such as fish fillets, pasta carbonara, pizza, homemade ice cream. Other meals and bottle warming can be prepared by request

Kids Activities on site:

  • Heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools (year round)
  • One tier of gardens has a shared grassy lawn with some wooden animals made for playing on, plus an open-sided tent covering some seating

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Douro river boat trips
  • Explore the lively Bolhão market and tottering Ribeira district buildings
  • Port cellar trips - really! They can inspire a bit of a Harry Potter-style adventure, while you enjoy the drinks...

Families Should Know:

Kids will need supervision when in both pools as they have deep ends


  • Airport 25 minutes
  • Hospital: 10 minutes
  • Nearest shop: 3 minutes
Kid Friendly:


The Yeatman is located in Porto with spectacular views over the UNESCO World Heritage city and the Douro River.

By Air
Fly into Oporto Francisco Sá Carneiro (20km). The hotel can arrange a transfer or you can hop in a taxi.

By Car
If you want to drive, see our car rental recommendations. The hotel has an underground car park.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book with

More on getting to Portugal and getting around


  • Oporto Francisco Sá Carneiro 20.0 km OPO


  • Beach 5.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.2 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 2 independent reviews from i-escape guests


The Yeatman is a very large hotel spread over many floors which involves long walks (and multiple lifts) to get to your room. However, it is surprisingly quiet and the rooms have stunning views. The public spaces are beautiful and the level of service is outstanding. All of the food and drink that we had was beautifully presented and delicious, our vegetarian needs were well catered for. Taylor's next door also has a stunning restaurant with outstanding views.
Our only criticism is that there is no re-enty to the hotel on a lower level, meaning a steep climb back up to the entrance at the top following a stroll into town!


Huge terraces outside rooms with the most spectacular views, rooms are big and extremely comfortable. Service was slow everywhere in the hotel. I liked the space and light but the colour schemes were rather old fashioned. Our room had lime green walls, mustard curtains and multicoloured stripes sheers. Overall, I liked it because the views and the light were what made it for me. Food is rather over fussy.


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