Okay, The Yeatman is not in the country. In fact, it’s just a short walk across the Dom Luis Bridge from the hustle and bustle of the historic old centre of Porto, Portugal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But arriving at this luxury wine hotel feels like walking into a grand country estate. Its location across the river in Vila Nova de Gaia gives it some breathing room (seven acres, in fact). That means there’s space for huge common areas inside the hotel and expansive lawns and gardens outside. And, of course, being across the river from Porto means Porto is the view – The Yeatman looks right down on the historic old Ribeira district, the Douro River, and the Dom Luis Bridge.
All of this makes The Yeatman feel like a magical place – one of those places you can’t quite believe is real, where you do a double take every time you look out the window. And the hotel is built to take advantage of that magic, with all 12 suites and 70 rooms (and the two restaurants and two infinity pools) facing the prime view.
Vila Nova de Gaia is the area in which Porto’s Port wine cellars are located, and The Yeatman is right next door to the Taylor Fladgate cellar. (The Yeatman and the Taylor Fladgate, Croft, and Fonseca port houses are part of the Fladgate partnership, founded in 1692). Guests can make a quick exit from the hotel’s hidden side door and be touring the Taylor’s cellars (and sampling their famous port) in just a few steps.
The Yeatman positions itself as a wine hotel, with the rooms named after the hotel’s Portuguese wine partners. The hotel boasts a 20,000 bottle wine cellar managed by Wine Director Beatriz Machado and hosts weekly wine dinners to spotlight various Portuguese wine regions and styles of wine.
The Yeatman also features two restaurants (the main restaurant, led by Executive Chef Ricardo Costa, has a Michelin star), a bar, and a Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa. It is a Relais & Châteaux property and since opening in 2010 has won numerous awards for its accommodations, spa, and wine program.
Rooms at The Yeatman start at 165 euros (about $250) per night, an incredible value for a luxury five-star hotel that exceeds expectations at every turn.
The writer stayed as a guest of The Yeatman.