Boutique hotel with an excellent location
Praça Luís de Camões 2 351-21-340-8288 bairroaltohotel.com
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At a Glance
This charming boutique property in Lisbon’s best neighborhood is tucked away enough to feel cozy but centrally located near all the top spots to shop, dine, drink and explore.
- The location in the center of the Chiado district within the Bairro Alto neighborhood, the most elegant and happening area in Lisbon
- The rooftop restaurant with incredible views of the city and the Tagus River
- The excellent spa therapists
Located in the heart of the most charming area of Lisbon, between the bohemian Bairro Alto and chic Chiado neighborhoods, the hotel Bairro Alto has been a favorite retreat and watering hole for decades. It reopened in late summer 2019 after a multi-year renovation, during which two adjoining buildings were added to the original ones that face the Praça Luís de Camões. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Eduardo Souto de Maura masterminded the merger of the four historic 18th-century buildings, which now feature 87 guest rooms and multiple suites.
The design respects historical elements but adds refreshing nods to today’s Portugal. Fabulous embroidered panels with swans (birds are of the hotel’s motifs) line the hallways, and the wood-paneled Mezzanine bar features mid-century furniture that evokes a private Lisbon apartment. An incredible handmade wall hanging that spans multiple floors is displayed in one of the interior stairwells.
The fifth-floor rooftop restaurant, BAHR, has views to the Tagus River and a menu curated by well-known chef Nuno Mendes, whose Chiltern Firehouse has been one of London’s hotspot restaurants since it opened. There is also a pastry shop off of the lobby that serves traditional Portuguese pastries and coffee, and another restaurant, 18.68, will open shortly on the square facing Palacio Chiado.
While the staff is still working out some of the service issues of a new hotel, the spa therapists are earning raves, and the hotel is already the place to stay for those who believe in the old adage: location, location, location.
- Melissa Biggs Bradley