My family was lucky enough to visit the Yeatman Hotel while we were visiting the Porto area of Portugal. We made our way to the hotel after arriving by train at the historic São Bento Station in Porto.
The hotel, perched overlooking the Douro River, is located in Vila Nova de Gaia, across the river from the Praça da Ribeira in Porto.
Ribeira – Along the Douro River Bank
The Ribeira is a popular area of narrow cobbled streets lined with restaurants and shops that tower over the river in a smattering of colorful history and life. Take a moment to look up and you’ll most likely spot an old woman watching the world go by from her balcony as the freshly cleaned laundry blows beneath her.
Street performers are plentiful and we saw a myriad of different types. Musicians, acrobatic groups and our favorite, a man making huge bubbles. We stood, entranced as he sent gigantic bubbles into the air, where they floated in long tubes reflecting the colors of the sunset and drawing out the laughter of children.
The Yeatman Hotel
The Yeatman Hotel is a five star wine spa boutique hotel that has won numerous prestigious accolades and is widely considered the best hotel in the Porto area. Their service includes a program of tastings, seminars and wine dinners. Their cellars are home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Portuguese wines. The hotel is named after the owners.
Taylor’s Port Wine
Frank Yeatman was a partner with Taylor’s Port Wine, which is located next to the hotel and makes for a lovely outing. We did the self-guided tour and then tried a few of their ports in their bright and cheery tasting room.
The spa at Yeatman Hotel is called Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa. They offer facial and body treatments using products sourced from the grape, which is not just a fun way of including the spa in the wine theme. Grapes are actually renowned for their powerful antioxidants.
Also, the do have a fully equipped gym. I have to admit with everything to see and do, I didn’t take the time to work out!
The Rooms at Yeatman Hotel
Dining at Yeatman
We were very disappointed to miss out, but plan on going on our next visit to Porto, so stay tuned!