Hotel Review: Bairro Alto Hotel Lisbon

Bairro Alto Hotel Lisbon Sunset

When I travelled Portugal last December, it was an absolute must for us to visit the old town of Lisbon. Due to that, the Bairro Alto Hotel seemed to be the perfect choice. While some things were very good at the hotel, we were kind of disappointed by the rooms. After leaving I had a mixed feeling, a good basis to review the hotel in detail!

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When we arrived at the Bairro Alto Hotel, we had enjoyed some days at the coast over in Cascais. We expected nothing special after the lovely hotels with spacious rooms in the holiday region.

  • Classification: Five Star
  • Room Category: Superior Room
  • Month of Stay: December

Anyway, it was kind of a surprise that the Bairro Alto Hotel was that small.

The exterior and the location of the Biarro Alto Hotel is really nice (Image Source: The Leading Hotels of the World / lhw.com)

The exterior and the location of the Biarro Alto Hotel is really nice (Image Source: The Leading Hotels of the World / lhw.com)

It is located right in the center of the “upper town” (what means “Bairro Alto”), the party district of Lisbon. Right across the street you’ll not only find bars but also nice restaurants. The historic tram is also departing right in front of the hotel, so you’ll be able to jump on for a ride! But let’s come back to the luxury hotel.

Very small rooms at the Bairro Alto Hotel

The check-in went smooth even though it took some minutes. The receptionist of the Bairro Alto Hotel told us to just have a little glens of the room and instantly rush to the rooftop terrace afterwards. We had a choice of two rooms and were asked which we preferred. None of them was really convincing but we decided for the bigger room and didn’t think about the rooms too much at the moment.

This is exactly how our room looked like (Image Source: The Leading Hotels of the World / lhw.com)

This is exactly how our room looked like (Image Source: The Leading Hotels of the World / lhw.com)

Some hours later, we had a closer look and did really feel hemmed in the room. It may sound pathetic because the room (not the lowest category) offered 25 square meters but because it was also dark, it seemed even smaller. Moreover, the bathroom was really small.

You can have different views. The front side (pictured) is much nicer but way more loud (Image Source: The Leading Hotels of the World / lhw.com)

You can have different views. The front side (pictured) is much nicer but way more loud (Image Source: The Leading Hotels of the World / lhw.com)

You were not even able to turn around without kicking something down. The little welcome greeting we got (chocolate and some port wine) was really nice though.

Enjoying beautiful views over Lisbon

When visiting the Bairro Alto Hotel, you should never miss the amazing rooftop terrace. In my opinion, this one is the most amazing places in the center of Lisbon and the best part of this luxury hotel. Even though it is very small (we didn’t even get a table or a chair at first), the view is more than just breathtaking.

The view from the terrace of the Bairro Alot Hotel is by far the best in Lisbon (Image Source: The Leading Hotels of the World / lhw.com)

The view from the terrace of the Bairro Alot Hotel is by far the best in Lisbon (Image Source: The Leading Hotels of the World / lhw.com)

You can watch the sunset over Lisbon and enjoy a good cappuccino or any other drink of your choice in style. You’ll moreover get nuts or some other complimentary snacks. Sadly, the service was a little slow.

Amazing dinner at the Bairro Alto Hotel

Not so at dinner. That was another very positive aspect about the Bairro Alto Hotel I want to stress in this review. The dinner really was high class, even though the restaurant is very small. We choose a very well-cooked meat and assorted vegetables. The starter as well as the dessert were amazing, too.

The restaurant is pretty cozy, dinner was amazing, breakfast nothing special (Image Source: The Leading Hotels of the World / lhw.com)

The restaurant is pretty cozy, dinner was amazing, breakfast nothing special (Image Source: The Leading Hotels of the World / lhw.com)

Sadly, the breakfast was one of the smallest ones I’ve seen in a time, so the choice was not really what I was used from other luxury hotels. Anyway, they organized most of the things I opted for and the service was good, so the overall experience was positive.

Questionable prices for a solid luxury hotel                                   

If you are searching for a hotel in Lisbon, you’ll see that most places are not really cheap. You won’t get a good hotel for less than a 100 euros, but the Bairro Alto Hotel usually charges more than 200 euros. In my opinion, the value for the money is really questionable in this regard. Remember: There is neither a real fitness studio (only a few machines) nor a real spa (a room for massages) nor a pool nor a big choice to have dinner.

There is a fitness room but there are not many machines in it (Image Source: The Leading Hotels of the World / lhw.com)

There is a fitness room but there are not many machines in it (Image Source: The Leading Hotels of the World / lhw.com)

Also the rooms are too small for a luxury hotel in my opinion, even though they tried their best to make them comfortable (you may opt for one of the better categories to get a really nice room). The service is very good, so is the location. Food is something I want to stress very positive as well, but apart from that, my experiences were not too positive considering the high prices.

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6 Comments on “Hotel Review: Bairro Alto Hotel Lisbon

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    • Thanks a lot! The Bairro Alto is awesome, so is the rest of Lisbon. The city is my top 5, the culture and the history are just really amazing 🙂

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