Barrio Alto Hotel, Lisbon

There's no doubt that Bairro Alto is one of Lisbon's most luxurious hotels.

There's no doubt that Bairro Alto is one of Lisbon's most luxurious hotels. Named after the lively and fashionable Barrio Alto district in the heart of downtown, the boutique hotel is overlooks Luis de Camões - Lisbon's main square - in a restored 19th century building resplendent in primrose yellow, with wrought iron balconies and stunning views of the Rio Tejo. The location is ideal for exploring Lisbon's creative district; nestled in a central spot, it's the perfect place from which to discover the rest of the city. The arty neighborhood of Bairro Alto is a pretty jumble of cobbled alleyways, home to countless galleries, trendy restaurants and live music spots.

Inside, the hotel's décor is a juxtaposition of glamorous urban style with traditional architecture and furnishings from Portugal. The spacious rooms and suites are full of light and colour; our favourite rooms are the Mansard rooms in the fifth floor, making use of the unique attic space with slanted ceilings and wooden beams: perfect for a romantic getaway. Beautifully outfitted in Ralph Lauren wallpapers, the Mansard rooms have Virginia Mota watercolours and Nuno Cera photographs adorning the walls. In total there are 55 spacious guestrooms, including four suites. For the ultimate peace and quiet, we recommend the rooms that face onto sleepy Flores Street.

On the top floor a breezy terrace peers down over the city with fantastic views across the red rooftops. It's the perfect place to relax with pre-dinner cocktails. The sophisticated atmosphere of Café Bar has become a hot spot for locals with live music and DJ sets at the weekends; each of the bar's three floors has a different personality, from cosy and intimate Mezzanine, to the cosmopolitan ground floor and the relaxing Igloo Lounge. Located on the ground floor is the highly acclaimed Flores Restaurant, a typical bairro kitchen specialising in traditional Mediterranean cuisine. Light lunches, sandwiches and snacks, including the famous Caesar Salad, can also be enjoyed at the terrace.

Why we like it

  • Luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Lisbon
  • Located between the bohemian Bairro Alto and cosmopolitan Chiado districts
  • Amazing city views from the top floor terrace, over the Rio Tejo
  • A stone's throw from the area's famous theatres, churches, museums and bakeries
  • Tram 28 handily stops right outside the door

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