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“Lisbon’s first boutique hotel, recently re-opened to a well-deserved fanfare of acclaim, including the addition of a restaurant by Nuno Mendes, the first outpost of the London-based chef in his home town. Sweeping views of Lisbon and the Tagus from the roof terrace make this a stylish city break.”

“Lisbon’s first boutique hotel, recently re-opened to a well-deserved fanfare of acclaim, including the addition of a restaurant by Nuno Mendes, the first outpost of the London-based chef in his home town. Sweeping views of Lisbon and the Tagus from the roof terrace make this a stylish city break.”

Hotel Review

Behind its ochre-coloured façade which stands on one of Lisbon’s prettiest squares, the Bairro Alto hotel brims with a sense of place.  Interiors, by Atelier Bastir, draw on Portuguese brands, local artists, antique and vintage pieces, overlaying them on Portuguese tiles and marble. The building housing the original hotel, which opened in 2005, has been skilfully woven by Pritzker-prize winner Eduardo Souto de Moura to fit seamlessly with the three new adjoining buildings (all dating from the 18th century) which now form the whole, offering a total of 87 rooms. The crowning glory is the roof terrace where at BAHR, Nuno Mendes and Chef Bruno Rocha deliver dishes that pay homage to Portugal such as wild turbot with chickpeas and smoked ham or grilled squid with runner beans, turnip tops and seaweed. 

Bedrooms are joyful – think walls of duck egg blue with a red leather desk, wooden floors topped by a black, white and red rug, the colours of which are echoed in the tiled floor of the bathroom.  Or, as in the original hotel bedrooms, wallpapers of hand-painted birds. All rooms display the attention to detail which makes this hotel what it is – even down to a supply of postcards and stamps for your use.

There is a small fitness and wellness centre and a massage room which uses the Suzanne Kauffman product range.

Recommended for
  • City Style
  • A charming hotel in Lisbon's arty district, with classic chic decor, hand painted frescoes and amazing rooftop bar.
  • Roof terrace
  • Sweeping views of Lisbon and the River Tagus
  • Romantic Break
  • Foodies
 

Written by Mary Lussiana

Recommended For

  • City Style
  • A charming hotel in Lisbon's arty district, with classic chic decor, hand painted frescoes and amazing rooftop bar.
  • Roof terrace
  • Sweeping views of Lisbon and the River Tagus
  • Close to nightlife
  • The hotel sits on the border between the towns trendiest districts Bairro Alto and Chiado, packed with bars and clubs.
  • Sights nearby
  • Right in the centre of town on Lisbon's main square Praça Luís de Camões, within walking distance of the castle.
  • Hotel Entertainment
  • The slick rooftop bar fills up with a young lively crowd on weekends with live DJ sets and late night dancing.
  • Cycling
  • Make the most of the bicycles avaliable to rent at reception, an ideal way to explore the city.
  • Great walks
  • The hotel offers two hour free English-speaking walking tours of the hip neighbourhood.
  • Designer Shopping
  • Within walking distance of the nearby fashion disctrict, impossible to resist!
  • Romantic Break
  • Foodies
  • Restaurant
  • BAHR under the supervision of Nuno Mendes and Chef Bruno Rocha
  • Views
  • Panoramic views of Lisbon and the Tagus River.
  • Child friendly
  • Babysitting services are available.
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Family Suites
  • Good wine list
  • Full of character
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Conference facilities
  • Gym
  • Chic
  • Historic
  • Landmark
  • Boutique
  • Spa
  • Beach nearby
  • Downtown
  • Intimate
  • Luxury
  • Disabled access
  • Townhouse

Facilities

  • Roof terrace
  • Sweeping views of Lisbon and the River Tagus
  • Restaurant
  • BAHR under the supervision of Nuno Mendes and Chef Bruno Rocha
  • Parking
  • Parking is available on site for EUR 21 per day.
  • Views
  • Panoramic views of Lisbon and the Tagus River.
  • Child friendly
  • Babysitting services are available.
  • Airport transfer
  • Surcharge is applicable.
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Car not required
  • Bar
  • Family Suites
  • Shops
  • Walking distance restaurants
  • Outdoor dining
  • Good wine list
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Private dining room
  • No pets
  • Meeting Room
  • Sauna/Steam
  • Wifi
  • Safe
  • Conference facilities
  • Room service
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24 Hour room service
  • Business Centre
  • Satellite / Cable TV
  • Concierge
  • Suites
  • Disabled access

Activities

  • Close to nightlife
  • The hotel sits on the border between the towns trendiest districts Bairro Alto and Chiado, packed with bars and clubs.
  • Sights nearby
  • Right in the centre of town on Lisbon's main square Praça Luís de Camões, within walking distance of the castle.
  • Hotel Entertainment
  • The slick rooftop bar fills up with a young lively crowd on weekends with live DJ sets and late night dancing.
  • Cycling
  • Make the most of the bicycles avaliable to rent at reception, an ideal way to explore the city.
  • Great walks
  • The hotel offers two hour free English-speaking walking tours of the hip neighbourhood.
  • Designer Shopping
  • Within walking distance of the nearby fashion disctrict, impossible to resist!

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Bairro Alto Hotel

"On the fringes of the Bairro Alto neighbourhood, with its cobbled lanes and lively bars, this cool, stylish Lisbon hotel combines period and modern features and offers an excellent dining experience in its ground-floor Flores Restaurant."

Originally published by The Telegraph (view article)