5* Luxury in Porto with stunning views
Posted 04-May-2016 on Hotels
This is a wonderful hotel for a treat, especially if you love wine. After a very friendly welcome and walked to our room by the receptionist, the room itself was lovely, and the view is spectacular. I believe every room has a view of the Duoro river which is beautiful, it particularly comes alive at night when Porto old town twinkles over the water. Spa facilities are excellent, and the pool has amazing views, but it was a shame that a gauze was covering the glass for building works. It would have been nice to remove this whilst the work wasn't happening so swimmers could have still enjoyed the view. This was March though, which we appreciate is probably off-season. We dined in the Michelin Star restaurant and it was an excellent meal with great wine matching. Another pleasant surprise was free port tasting at Graham's wine lodge courtesy of the hotel, and it was the premium too - a lovely touch and very enjoyable. If you are fully fit it is about a half hour walk winding through cobbled streets - you'll need google maps but you'll see some interesting old buildings on the way. This is one thing I would note: the location is not the easiest to get to on foot, get a taxi to the hotel otherwise you will be dragging your cases up steep cobbled hills, but once you are free of luggage the walk down to the riverside is nice. There is a very good selection of restaurants down there including an excellent sushi place. We will definitely return to the Yeatman some day.