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When the Yeatman opened in September 2010 on a hill in Vila Nova de Gaia, the port-producing district on the south side of the Douro River, it was the first luxury property "on the other bank," and the only one with direct vistas of Porto's beautiful skyline from every room. The purpose-built "palace" set on extensive grounds is spread over five floors sloping down the hillside. Each of the 82 spacious rooms and suites has a large private balcony and a path leading to the decanter-shaped infinity pool. The interiors are plush but ever so slightly kitsch—easily forgiven for those knockout views. Guest rooms, each named after a different wine producer, have vibrant color schemes in turquoise or yellow; traditional Portuguese ceramic tiles; and airy bathrooms with Caudalie toiletries, heated floors, and louvered shutters. The Yeatman restaurant focuses on creative pairings of food and wine (such as mussels on the rocks with grilled cucumber rice, crispy green tomato skin, and seafood curry sauce, washed down with a glass of Fiuza); the pool lounge serves snacks and light meals; and Dick's Bar has the air of a private club. A highlight is the Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa, which offers treatments such as barrel baths and crushed cabernet scrubs.—Anja Mutić
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Perched on a hillside overlooking Vila Nova de Gaia (where most of the old-line port merchants are located) and the Douro River, the luxurious 82-room hotel gets its identity from the local wine trade. The genteel decor takes its cues from the quintas (farms) of local wine grandees, and each room features photographs and accessories contributed by a different Portuguese winemaker. If the low roofline of the six-story building is also inspired by the local architectural vernacular, it stands out as the region's chic new address with a stunning Caudalie spa and an infinity pool with breathtaking views of Porto across the river. The traditionally decorated rooms have thick wool carpeting, beds with gold-stenciled black-painted wood headboards, and cushy settees and armchairs upholstered in tufted, jewel-toned velvet. Built-in bookcases are lined with titles about the Portuguese wine trade, and spacious bathrooms feature louvered wooden shutters by the tub. In addition to an excellent restaurant, there's a cozy bar and a cigar lounge, plus a gorgeous indoor swimming pool and a children's club. The Yeatman runs an inexpensive shuttle down the hill to Portoa welcome service since this is not an easy city to drive in. 2011 Hot List
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