Bairro Alto Lisbon – Portugal
Hotel Type: Family owned 5* boutique retreat in Lisbon.
Location: Located in the heart of Lisbon, in an iconic neighbourhood. It is wonderfully located to discover this vibrant city, between the elegant and cosmopolitan Chiado and the bohemian Bairro Alto. There isn’t a better place in the capital to feel Lisbon’s true soul and to be surrounded by its authenticity. It is about a 15-20 minute’s drive from the airport.
Style: Cosmopolitan fused with bohemian
Rooms: 87 rooms & suites
Our Favourite Room: Gemma’s favourite is the Prestige Chiado, it has an amazing city view looking out over Rua das Flores!
Ideal For: A sophisticated stay whilst exploring Lisbon before heading to the coast or the beauty of rural Portugal.
Dining: There is a large food focus here. Head to the 5th floor to experience BAHR where there is a modern and informal atmosphere and a wonderful terrace. The head chef here is Chef Nuno Mendes whose well-established portfolio that includes a Michelin star and a published book. They also have their own pastry shop and 18.68 new gastro bar opening soon.
Activities: Head out and visit the sites of Lisbon; Churches, historic buildings, museums and even places for wine tasting. Watch the sunset on the hotels private roof terrace with views over Lisbon and the Tagus River, cocktail in hand. Go shopping. Take a day trip to one of the local beaches.
Spa: No spa as such but they do have an excellent health and fitness centre. There is a sauna, sensory shower and dual treatment room. There is also a gym with the latest Technogym equipment and a personal trainer can be organised for you.
Children: Children are welcome.
Accessibility: The Bairro Alto, Lisbon has great wheelchair facilities. They have specific rooms which bathrooms have emergency cords, as well as grab rails. The hotel also has ramped floors and lifts.
Low Season Price From: €285 per night for a Double Room and includes breakfast.
High Season Price From: €375 per night for a Double Room and includes breakfast.
Open: All year round!
Named after the fashionable district in which it stands, the Bairro Alto looks out over the strikingly beautiful Praça de Camões, right in the heart of the city. Tradition jostles with luxury, with elegant architecture all around and some of Lisbon’s finest restaurants, galleries and boutiques just a short walk away. Built in the 1700s, historic and modern design have been cleverly entwined, with a very strong sense of Portuguese heritage. You’re greeted and looked after by utterly charming staff and when you’re not out exploring, you’ll find sophisticated menus in the restaurants and bars, with the rooftop dining giving you some of the best views over the city. The first boutique hotel in Lisbon, it’s definitely the place for a long weekend, or the top or tail of your stay by the sea or on a quiet rural estate.
Decorated in rich fabrics and bold painted walls, each room and suite is filled with a mix of quirky modern furniture and antique pieces, individual prints and paintings on the wall, with a delightful esoteric attention to detail. Choose a room with views of the square or over the rooftops towards the Tajus River and the bay, to soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful city. Rooms start with the Single, which can interconnect with a Suite, making them ideal if you’re travelling with a child. The Classic Chiado are large doubles, which can also interconnect with a Classic Chiado Twin. Elegantly furnished, and with marble bathrooms, they are an extremely comfortable choice for a city break. For a bit more space and sumptuous décor, the Classic Chiado Corner and Classic Tejo rooms are sophisticated and very colourful. The Prestige Chiado and Prestige Tejo are amongst our favourites, with a seating area, beautifully styled bathrooms and views out across the city. These can also be interconnected with other rooms and suites for families. The design detail in the Suites makes for a very memorable stay. On the top floor with a balcony, the Signature Alecrim is light filled and very stylish, whilst the Junior Suite looks out over the Chiado district, with an extremely comfortable living area and enormous walk-in shower. Looking out from the top floor over the capital, the Deluxe Junior definitely has a penthouse feel to it, while the Chiado and Tejo Suites are at the most luxurious end of the scale with spacious living areas and panoramic views of the historic capital.
Native chef Nuno Mendes has returned from London to create the vibrant BAHR restaurant on the 5th floor. With an open kitchen celebrating Portuguese dishes with international influences, the emphasis is very much on flavour and the dining experience. Dinner out on the terrace overlooking the water is something you won’t forget. There’s all day dining at Rooftop with a deliciously fresh menu – perfect for a midday snack or late lunch. And don’t forget to have a cocktail at the 18.68, which also has a tempting menu of contemporary dishes.
Many of the rooms interconnect, giving families a lot of options. However, this is more of a grown-up hotel – perfect for a little treat away.
Meander slowly through the streets of the Bairro Alto and Chiado districts, and savour the atmosphere of this distinctly cosmopolitan capital. Frequented by artists, writers and artisans over the centuries, these quarters are now full of restaurants, bars, museums and galleries – perfect for browsing. Lisbon is a great city for walking, or take a tram if you want to venture further afield. The hotel has a small wellness centre with gym and a treatment room if you’re after a soothing massage after a day exploring.