Reopened in February 2013 after extensive renovation that included refurbishment of every room and all public spaces, this 55-room boutique hotel has already earned a reputation of one of the finest and trendiest hotels in the city.
The hotel is located between Chiado and the bohemian Bairro Alto neighborhoods, which is perfect for exploring the most vibrant part of Lisbon with its historic churches, café life, buzzing bars, restaurants and shopping.
The old, the new
Housed in a lovely ocher-colored 18th-century mansion the hotel gracefully blends an Old World charm with a 21st century glamour.
The interiors use avant-garde art, antique furnishings with modern touches, moody light and the colorful azulejos (Lisboan ceramic tiles) to envelop guests in an ambience of calm—in contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city.
From the marble-floored lobby, dimly-lit corridors lead to the individually decorated rooms, done-up in hues emblematic of the Portuguese capital: the yellow of the trams, the ivory white of the pavements, the blue of the Tagus river and the terracotta of the roof tiles. The overall effect is subdued and elegant.
Rooms have some lovely extras, like clawfoot tubs, hand-painted wood panels adorning walls, Ralph Lauren wallpaper or Nuno Cera photos. Slick bathrooms wow with a great combination of marble surfaces and dark wood flooring.
Eating and drinking
On the ground floor, the gem-size Flores do Bairro restaurant is a gathering point for trendy Lisboetas—together with the Café-Bar, a multi-level space where cosmopolitan DJs and live bands play regularly.
But the highlight at Bairro Alto is the wonderful rooftop terrace, with sophisticated atmosphere and the comfy couches. With a most gorgeous city and river views, it’s the ground zero for coolness in Lisbon.
Hotel Bairro Alto is member of the Leading Hotels of the World.