Bairro Alto

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Address: Praca Luis De Camoes 8, , Lisbon, 1200243, Portugal

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.6

The coolest hotel in town is a splash of luxury in Lisbon's bohemian Bairro Alto district.

Opened in 2005 to a big song and dance, the restored 19th-century building is an elegant blend of Old World charm mixed with 21st century glamour.

Location
4.9
90%
Eating/drinking
4.3
90%
Leisure facilities
3.3
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
4.2
90%
Public areas
4
90%

Location

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Public areas

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.

Leisure facilities

Guests have access to a small (slightly pokey) gym and a spa offering massage therapies.

Service

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.

Price advice

There are deals to be found during the week and on Sundays.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Singles
  • Celebrity spotting
  • Great views / scenery
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Trendiness

Pros & Cons

  • Super cool vibe
  • Doorstep access to all the best bars
  • A few of the rooms can get street noise
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