Bairro Alto Hotel

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Bairro Alto Hotel
© Manuel Gomes da Costa

The decor of this boutique hotel, opened in 2005 in what was once the Grande Hotel Europa, recalls that establishment’s 19th-century heyday – when opera divas and thespians such as Sarah Bernhardt stayed here between performances at the nearby Teatro de São Carlos – but with modern touches. The rooms (including four suites) are in tones of blue, red, yellow or ivory, with hand-painted designs of native birds; all have plasma TVs and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms are done out in bourgeois style; those in the suites have freestanding tubs.

There’s a small gym on site. The rooftop bar and terrace have fine river views and are popular with locals, while the ground-floor Igloo lounge is a cosy refuge and the Flores do Bairro restaurant serves authentic Portuguese snacks and light meals in a sophisticated but informal atmosphere. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, this prize-winning place dances to an international beat – sometimes literally, thanks to the house DJ.


Venue name: Bairro Alto Hotel
Address: Praça Luis de Camões, 2
Transport: Metro Baixa-Chiado.
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