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We at Original Travel have known about Porto as a perfect Big Short Break destination for years, but always baulked at recommending it due to one crucial factor – the lack of a decent hotel. No more.
The Yeatman, owned by the family behind Taylor's port, is in Vila Nova de Gaia, the area packed with port warehouses that also happens to offer the most iconic panorama of the river, bridge and old town. As a result, every room and suite has wonderful views, and even from the bathrooms when the ingenious shutter wall is opened up. Breakfast on your private balcony is a must, and the award-winning chef at the hotel is seemingly single-handedly determined to belie any reputation Portugal might have for uninspiring cuisine.
The whole booze theme even continues in the spa thanks to the Caudalie Vinothérapie treatments that use the restorative by-products of the wine making process as at another firm favourite of ours - Sources de Caudalie in Bordeaux. Other activities on offer include - funnily enough - wine and port tastings, tours of the warehouse region and talks on the port-making process itself.
Why we love it
Teetotallers should note that the alcohol theme is all pervasive here, from the wine glasses in the hotel logo to the decanter shaped pool and the bed in one suite made from an enormous port wine barrel.
Kate L, Original Traveller