Lovely Lisbon! This lively city in Portugal is a favorite of Europeans and US visitors. Whether visiting this port city overnight or for several days, you’ll want to stay where the action takes place. This five star hotel meets the needs of young hipsters and baby boomers on holiday.
Step outside Barrio Alto Hotel and you step into Lisbon’s bohemian Barrio Alto district and stroll to shopper’s paradise in downtown Chiado. This fashionable boutique hotel offers 55 rooms, all with unique hand-painted birds on the hotel room walls.
With four distinct color schemes in hotel rooms, guests will notice the blue of Lisbon’s Tajo River, white in the walls, floors and Portuguese marble featured in the bathrooms, yellow, representing the Lisbon trolleys that pass by the hotel and, of course, red for the Portuguese wines.
All hotel rooms are non-smoking, refreshing for this American who was shocked when diners lite up in the restaurants I visited in Sao Miguel, Portugal.
While the hotel offers room categories from single to twin, deluxe and suites, my room was a queen superior and had the option of an adjoining room – good for families or couples traveling together.
Room amenities include cable tv, dvd player, iPhone docking station, air conditioning, mini bar, safe, Miller Harris bath toiletries, bathrobes for use and a pillow menu. There is an additional charge for wifi, but your first thirty minutes are on the house.
Restaurant Flores do Bairro, located on the ground floor, offers breakfast, lunch and dinner – some hotel packages include buffet breakfast. I ate breakfast at the restaurant every morning and it was excellent; high quality food and attentive service.
The highlight of my stay was the rooftop terrace. Head up to the BA Terrace with a good book and enjoy the excellent views of Rio Tejo or sip a glass of Portuguese wine while you watch the sunset over Lisbon.
Bairro Alto Hotel review and photos by San Francisco-based travel, food, and wine writer Nancy D. Brown. Top photo courtesy Bairro Alto Hotel. I was a guest of Bairro Alto Hotel.