Boutique comfort in the heart of Lisbon
Bairro Alto Hotel is a privately owned boutique property set in one of Lisbon’s most fashionable and lively areas. It has a quirky charm that is effortlessly luxurious and welcoming because of its small scale and personalized service.
Set on a corner of Camões Square, and with Lisbon’s famous yellow trams passing right by the lobby door, the hotel is on the doorstep of the vibrant Bairro Alto area that gives it its name.
The building itself goes back to the 1600s. In the 19th century, it was made into L’Europe Hotel, and many original features have been preserved to help create the treasure before you today.
Our Inspector’s Highlights
• The location of the Bairro Alto Hotel is perhaps its greatest asset. It rests right in the heart of the action of Lisbon’s trendiest city center neighborhood, close to a number of must-experience attractions (see: famed 28 Tram and the Brasileira Café) and excellent high-end shopping options, including Hermès.
• The top-floor, open-air terrace bar, Terrace BA, has some of the finest views in Lisbon. The vistas over the city, the Tagus River and the 25th April Bridge are the perfect backdrop for a casual breakfast, lunch or dinner.
• Because of its scale, service at Bairro Alto is truly personal. The hotel’s team of staff quickly gets to know you and everyone does their utmost to cater to any specific needs.
• Welcome amenities can include fresh pasties de nata (Lisbon’s famous custard tarts) and a glass of ginginha (wild cherry liqueur) in every room. These treats set the tone for a stay in one of Lisbon’s most characteristic areas.
What to Know
• If you book directly with the Lisbon hotel, you’re offered a free walking tour of the trendy Bairro Alto and Chiado neighborhoods. Get the lowdown from a local guide on these historical (but now very hip) areas of town.
• There are seven mansard-styled rooms built into the building’s attic space on the fifth floor. Although the slanted ceilings and wooden beams make these rooms a cozy option for a romantic weekend, they are not for anyone who likes things more roomy.
• If you arrive on a Sunday (for a minimum two-night stay), you’re eligible for a special discount on a room rate, whatever category you opt to stay in.
• The boutique hotel has just 55 rooms, including in six different categories that range from single rooms and suites to the Mansard rooms in the attic. No two units are exactly the same size.
• Each of the five floors, planned by interior design studio Atelier Bastir, is decorated differently in a style that harks back to Portuguese colonial times. The aesthetic makes use of wicker and dark wood furniture and every room has its own unique bird painted on the wall.
• Suites are either adorned in warm shades of red or a cool blue. They are located on the corners of the building and overlook the busy square and the quieter Rua do Alecrim side road. They feature a living room, bedroom and bathroom with an old-style clawfoot tub and separate shower.
• Deluxe rooms, decorated in antique blue, have extensive views over the city. They have walk-in wardrobes and are equipped with a coffee and tea machine.
• Superior rooms look out over the city while the Prestige rooms offer a peek at the calmer Rua das Flores.
• Café Bar BA is open for casual lunch and dinner before transforming to a funky night spot with a live DJ from Wednesday to Saturday nights. The café has a door directly onto the street and is a regular hangout for locals and guests.
• A mezzanine above the lobby is a relaxing area for early arrivals to sit while waiting for rooms to be serviced, or to kick back and read a magazine after a spot of sightseeing.
• The luxury hotel’s ground-floor Flores do Bairro is a buzzing, unpretentious venue for meals throughout the day. Cool orange bucket chairs and patterned retro fabrics give the space a contemporary vibe. The menu is traditional Portuguese with a modern twist.