Like the captains of ships sailing the waters of Portugal many years ago, we know that location is important for trading goods. The same rules apply for today’s traveler; location is everything. The five star Bairro Alto Hotel is ideally situated in the heart of historic downtown Lisbon, Portugal. Open the hotel front door and guests are steps from the chic Chiado city center or bohemian Bairro Alto district of Lisbon.
Bairro Alto is for the birds
Bird lovers will see that each room has a different bird, hand painted, on the hotel wall. From my random Facebook poll, we think the bird featured in my room is a Finch.
My understanding is that the Bairro Alto district was once home to an abundance of birds. There are four color schemes in the bedrooms of Bairro Alto Hotel; red represents the wine of Portugal, white represents the Portuguese floors, blue represents the Tajo River in Lisbon and yellow represents the cheerful tram cars seen around the city.
Bairro Alto Hotel
The 55 room, boutique hotel opened in May of 2005. With single rooms, superior rooms, twin rooms, deluxe rooms and suites, there is lodging to fit every traveler’s needs. All rooms are non-smoking and come equipped with DVD, cable television, iStation, air conditioning, safe, minibar, cable and wifi (extra charge), as well as a pillow menu, bathrobes, flipflops (to take home with you) and Miller Harris shampoo, shower gel and body lotion.
The hotel offers a business center, massage room (advance reservations required), fitness center and parking.
I loved the monogrammed, fluffy white bath towels; perhaps that’s because the Bairro Alto Hotel and I share the same “B” initial? Believe me when I say that I thought about stuffing one of their towels in my suitcase. I also loved the marble used throughout the bathroom. Families take note that some rooms, such as mine, offer adjoining rooms.
Bairro Alton food and beverage
The Flores do Bairro Restaurant is on the ground floor, with Cafe Bar BA on the first floor, Igloo Lounge on the second floor and the not-to-be-missed Terrace BA on the sixth floor. The Terrace is the place to watch the sunset over Lisbon. Of course, room service is available 24 hours daily at Bairro Alto Hotel.
Need to know
Hot breakfast for two is included in the price of the room. Breakfast is served from 7:00- 11:00 a.m. Lunch served from 1:00- 3:00 p.m. and dinner is available from 7:30 – 11:00 p.m.
My Queen Superior room, #401, rented for 270 euro per night. Check the website below for details.
Check in: 2:00 p.m.
Check out: 12:00 p.m.
The first 30 minutes of Internet access is free, with a code. Going forward the wifi charge is five euros for one hour.
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Article written by and photos courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. I was a guest of Lisbon Tourism, Portugal Tourism and SATA Airlines. Bairro Alto Hotel is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.