Once a seedy, downtrodden part of the city centre, Bairro Alto is now hipster HQ. The streets are a meandering maze of pokey bars, with hordes of partygoers spilling out onto the cobbled streets. Thankfully the hotel is just on the southern perimeter of the neighbourhood, making it far enough away from the bars not to be disturbed, but close enough to have all the action within sight. The hotel is also a short stroll or tram ride from most of Lisbon’s major attractions, restaurants and shopping.
The 55 rooms are splashed in tones guests will find upon looking out of their window – the white of the pavements and streets, the yellow of the trams, the terracotta of the roof tiles and the blue of the river. Bathrooms are design-slick with discus-sized showerheads, marble surfaces and dark wood flooring. The plump, cloud-sized beds demand afternoon siestas, which you’ll need if you’re staying in this party-orientated part of town.
The marble-floored lobby is the beating heart of the hotel, while dimly lit corridors maintain the smooth vibe.
Eating and drinking
Fine dining options are found in the ground floor Flores Restaurant. I’ve also had a few fun evenings sipping early evening cocktails while the pianist tinkles the ivories in the ground floor piano bar. Or, for sundowners, head up to the comfy couches on the roof terrace bar. From here you can see the city’s rooftop shadows yawn out as the sun dips elegantly over the estuary and beyond.
Guests have access to a small (slightly pokey) gym and a spa offering massage therapies.
Seamless, slick-haired bellboys whisk around the grand building, all donning a uniform of black suits and black and gold trainers, to blend in with tones of the swish hotel interiors. Nothing is too much trouble for the guests.
Who stays there
The party-loving European jet-set crowd.
There are deals to be found during the week and on Sundays.
- Celebrity spotting
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Super cool vibe
- Doorstep access to all the best bars
- A few of the rooms can get street noise