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The Yeatman
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Vila Nova de Gaia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 8, 2012

The Yeatman is a hotel that still "smells new". It is located high on the hill above Villa Nova de Gaia offering a panoramic view over the River Douro and old Porto from the rooms and public areas.

The rooms were excellent, very clean and spacious. We had a private balcony/patio area with two sunloungers and a table and chairs. A good place to read a book and drink in the view.

The spa area was massive with a huge range of treatments, and was largely unoccupied while we were in there. It was like having your own indoor pool - with (again) those fantastic views out the full height windows.

The service in the bar area was attentive and the food there was good, pricey for the area but not for a luxury hotel. The restaurant offered fantastic food, with Michelin flourishes. Again, it was steeply priced for the area, but not for a top-range hotel.

The Taylors wine lodge (same owners) is just across the way and offered a fantastic lunch with, of course, great wines. We also toured a number of the other lodges. I hadn't heard of Churchills before but it was run by an extremely friendly woman and the tasting there was great.

We ate out on both sides of the river. I can't say the food was anything to write home about in either location, but the price was (of course) a fraction of that up at the hotel. The guidebooks to the area seem unnecessarily sniffy about the Villa Nova de Gaia side while talking up the Porto riverfront. This seems a bit odd, they were both much of a much, with good views. The town was quiet when were there, but I think it was the run up to a major festival, so maybe people were conserving their energy!

I'd definitely go back to The Yeatman. A great hotel in a stunning location in a European city that's easy to get to from London for a weekend break.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

The Yeatman is a relatively new and definitely upscale property located very close to the major Port shippers, most of whom are based in Vila Nove de Gaia, where the hotel is located, and not in the town of Oporto across the river. It's easy to take tours, especially at the loosely related Port house of Taylor Fladgate just down the street. The rooms are lovely - every one has a balcony and view of the Douro River, they are very well appointed and lovingly furnished. The restaurant on site is a bit pretentious and the cuisine doesn't justify the expensive menu, but the wine selection is outstanding and the staff will give you a tour of their cellar if you ask. In an effort to maintain an upscale feel registration and checkout are handled at concierge desks on the entry level. The downside to this is that the process is slow and can't easily cope with high volume periods so give yourself plenty of time for check out. Overall, I loved the property.

Room Tip: The Yeatman's bar is first rate and deserves a stop, especially to have a glass of white port, a...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

Owned by the Taylor's port people (the warehouse is across the street) and they have spared no expense. The hotel is barely a year-and-a-half old, large, sleek and modern. Our room had a stunning view of Porto across the river, as I believe most rooms do. Walking down the steep cobble-stoned streets to the waterfront is fun, climbing back at the end of the day maybe not so much.
The restaurant has a well-deserved Michelin star, we enjoyed an excellent dinner there with local wines and a selection of Portuguese cheeses to cap it off.
Pools both indoor and out, the outdoor one seems a popular meeting place for lots of seagulls. Large gym, in fact everything about this place is vast, brand-new and very clean. Helpful staff, nice buffet for breakfast every day, loved the pastries. Wife loved the spa; they do wine-themed treatments using a lot of grapes. Unique.

Room Tip: Get a view of Porto
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 4, 2012

Have just returned from a three night stay. First trip to Portugal and this was one of three hotels we stayed in. All were good but The Yeatman was the best. Our experience was excellent from the moment we stepped into the entrance to the moment we left. All the team were happy and helpful, rooms were good (we were on the first floor in room 101 - as others have commented if you want a really good view you may want to avoid any ending in 01, 02 or 03).

Both pools were good and the spa facilities excellent. The hotel has a massive footprint and you may find it slightly spooky even when the place is busy you can wander and never see anyone else!

Breakfast was great as was food in the bar. Not 100% convinced that the restaurant is Michelin
quality but for now it has a star and I wish them luck as they are working hard. I'd suggest they loose the pre-starters as they were not that good (blood sausage macaroon anyone?) and some of them were an inferior copy of things you get at Fat Duck.

Stay here if you want to be next to the Port lodges, don't stay here if you want to be in the middle of town.

Room Tip: If you want a fantastic view avoid rooms that end 01, 02 or 03. The views are still good but not as...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

Although the hotel is a really beautiful hotel as the decoration and space I never felt this bad in a 5 stars hotel. the service and staff was not kind or helpful at all. we arrived at the hotel and had to wait 4 hours or more to receive our room. nevertheless to say that we booked one of the top suites in the hotel.

As far as the restaurant I didn't find it was worth a michelin star the food wasn't as good and you have to wait quite a while for the servie.

This is my first time writing a bad review, but I decided to do it because I would not like to see another person having the same TERRIBLE experience I had for such a HIGH price.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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11  Thank Duquen
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

I agree with the review mentioning the Yeatman as one of the best hotels in Europe. It is brand new but, also, it has a very high service standard and attention to details. Additionally, the hotel has the only Michelin starred restaurant in the Porto area and the biggest wine cellar in Portugal (which, as a guest, you have the right to visit, by appointment).
Rooms are large and with a magnificent view of the Douro river, the city of Porto and the bridge, which is the local landmark.
Even if you are not into wines, the hotel is still very upscale, classy and luxurious. Nice place to enjoy good food and wine (which are sold with an honest mark-up). Swimming pool area is gorgeous.
One of the best hotels I have stayed in terms of quality of service and, most importantly, with a consistent quality in all professional levels: the bellman, the lady in the bar, the wine director, guest services and all the staff.
Certainly my preferred place to stay in Porto area.
Note: when using a GPS, be careful with the names of the streets in Porto (and Portugal), as several streets may share the same name. In my case, I drove to a place 20 minutes away from the hotel, directed by the GPS, as "Rua do Choupelo" (so better using "Santa Marinha" street).

Room Tip: Most of rooms are sponsored by wine partners (currently, around 60 of the 80 rooms have wine partner...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

I had high expectations for my one night stay at the Yeatman, but I left a bit disappointed. The hotel has a lot of strong selling points, the view of Porto being the obvious one. It truly is breathtaking to a point I would think guests actually visiting the city after watching it from the hotel will feel underwhelmed. Such an exquisite vantage point comes hand in hand with a hedious location. Poorly indicated, finding the hotel amidst the maze of steep Gaia roads is quite dificult. I can't imagine what it might be like to explore the wine cellars in Gaia by foot and returning to the hotel. Not for the faint of heart, that's a given.

The cascading building is quite large and you would think it has 250 rooms from the cheer size of it's public rooms, and the amount of walking you have to do to get to anywhere inside the property. Oddly, it's just a 80 room property. The abundance of space comes of course at a loss of charm and cosiness. I did enjoy the interior design, high end furniture, beautiful art, a British colonial feel to it all. But again, the cavernous space made it all feel a bit lost, and the colour palette, too vivid to correctly emulate the traditional British interior, didn't help.

Service is attentive, friendly and correct, but a bit overdone. I had the longest check-in experience of my life. The receptionist just wouldn't stop typing all the info on my id card, credit card, etc... Then she explained everything we would have to pay extra: the breakfast, the parking (which I found preposterous given the semi-isolated nature of the property), the visa authorization, the room service charge, etc... After that we were shown our room, and the gracious employee gave us an overly detailed tour of the room. Things started to get a bit out of hand when he pointed to the bathrobes and said "these are the bathrobes". But all in all a courteous, friendly staff.

The room was beautifully appointed, very spacious, had all the expected amenities, with a very large delightful terrace and lots of books and magazines.

One thing the room didn't have was a shower. It did have a tub, and a hand held shower, but nowhere to hang it. Thus you had to stand in the tub, hold the shower with one hand and wash with the other, while flooding both the bathroom and the bedroom (the bathroom comes with the infamous window-with-bedroom-vistas feature). This is unacceptable for a 200 Euro room. Beyond reasoning, absolutely inexcusable. I complained to the front desk, that recommended a superior room for my next stay. That was also the wrong thing to say in a situation like this.

The outdoor pool area boasts the dreamy view, but the bar seriously needs some rethinking.

I didn't have dinner at the hotel, but lunch by the pool was quite acceptable. The in room breakfast was nothing short of excellent and impeccably served.

Would I recommend the Yeatman... ? Well, it is a world class property, a very good hotel by any measure even bearing in mind its unresolved issues. if you are looking for some sense of heritage, absolutely need an outdoor pool and don't mind being far away from Porto, or are there just for the port tastings, then fine, the Yeatman is better than the Palacio do Freixo. Otherwise, and given the hefty price tag (executive room+parking+lunch+drinks+breakfast= 400 Euros) you should probably stay somewhere else and perhaps have dinner or a glass of port here.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank PortoTraveller
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Address: Rua de Choupelo, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400-088, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Vila Nova de Gaia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Vila Nova de Gaia
#1 Family Hotel in Vila Nova de Gaia
#1 Romantic Hotel in Vila Nova de Gaia
#1 Luxury Hotel in Vila Nova de Gaia
#1 Business Hotel in Vila Nova de Gaia
Price Range: $238 - $617 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Yeatman 5*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Yeatman is a luxury wine Hotel and Spa in Porto, Portugal, set amidst the Port wine lodges in the beautiful historic district of Vila Nova de Gaia. The Yeatman nestles on a hill, with panoramic views overlooking Porto and the River Douro. The Yeatman's 82 spacious bedrooms (4 Master Suites, 8 Suites and 70 bedrooms) all face the view of Porto and the river offering a high level of comfort and a private, spacious terrace. The Michelin star restaurant provides a creative fine dining experience where local ingredients are privileged and presented with contemporary flair. ... more   less 
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