Luxury abounds at The Yeatman, a stately property with magnificent views that sweep over the city of Porto, Portugal. Designed, owned and operated by the Yeatman family since the 1990s, the hotel reflects their family history in the Port trade. Careful design details pay tribute to the family’s love of wine and port, from the decanter-shaped pool to the world’s largest cork (which kids are allowed to sign). Despite the nod to wine culture at every nook and cranny, the staff and service level assure that the property is not only gorgeous, with 5-star service, but family-friendly for the little ones.
The Yeatman sits on a hill overlooking the city of Porto from across the river — arguably the best seated hotel in town. A taxi, a short cobblestoned walk down the hill with impressive street art guiding the way, a walk to cross the iconic Old Iron Bridge or even a gondola ride down to explore the old port wineries are the tourist’s path to the treasures of Porto. We tried all four modes of transportation and enjoyed many of the sites this amazing city has to offer.
But the highlight of The Yeatman is the views. Every room has a vista overlooking Porto. At night when the city is lit up, families can sit on their room’s balcony and admire the display of lights, or walk to the restaurant and enjoy dinner with the skyline just beyond.
Accommodations at The Yeatman are roomy and well laid out, with incredibly comfortable beds in every size. Even the cot brought in for our 13-year-old was luxurious. All rooms and suites have individually chosen decor, as well as private terraces for enjoying the views.
There are two onsite infinity pools (one indoor, one outdoor) for splashing and sunning, as well as a full-service spa.
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The Yeatman houses two amazing restaurants, including one that is Michelin-starred and offers a selection of tasting menus (it’s open for dinner only). Breakfast, served in the more casual restaurant, is family-friendly, with freshly squeezed juices, a buffet of fresh fruits and cheeses and traditional Porto breakfast dishes like the sweet egg custard tarts called pastel de natas. And again, the views even from breakfast are noteworthy.
Food at both at the Yeatman and in the town of Porto will appeal to kids. Because the city is so walkable (albeit with a few steep hills), families can stumble upon alley cafes or restaurants overlooking the river with live music. We dined on delicious hot meals of meats, fish, veggies and stews that were simply prepared enough to support the palates of young and picky eaters. Since Portuguese cuisine is making a name for itself in the travel world, it doesn’t hurt to be in an area known for its wines.
TIP: Taking a wine tour down the nearby Douro Valley? The Yeatman has a kids’ club that can be booked in advance. While you are off tasting wines, the staff can create a juice tasting experience for your children.
One of our favorite days in Porto included a stop at the world-famous Lello bookstore. If your child is a Harry Potter fan, this is a must-see stop, as its claim to fame is a grand staircase that inspired J.K Rowling’s Hogwarts. You will want to prepurchase your ticket (the cost can be applied to a book purchase) and carve out some time to linger. Check the website for age-appropriate storytimes that will engage the littlest ones, and then head to Majestic Cafe afterward for a renowed brunch experience.
Editor’s Note: Amy received a media package to review The Yeatman for families. As always, our opinions are our own on Ciao Bambino. Photos by Amy Annis except where noted.
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