I could just as easily titled this review "5 Star service at a Bargain" because it really does represent a wonderful value for such an exquisite property.
The Bairro Alto is truly a Magnificent hotel with exceptional service in a fantastic location and with very reasonable prices compared to other 5 Star Hotels. No detail is overlooked from the decor to the turndown service or the amenities. In fact, my stay at the Bairro Alto hotel was the highlight of an already amazing three week stay in Portugal. Great country, great city and great hotel.
Let me start with the hotel itself. The Bairro Alto is a 5 Star boutique hotel located in heart of the Bairro Alto district, which is to say near everything in the heart of the city. Lisbon is a vibrant historical city that is best seen by foot and the location of the hotel allows easy access to all this wonderful city has to offer from sight seeing, shopping or night life. Of course after visiting your room, you may not wish to leave. The rooms are tastefully appointed and quite spacious. Most of the rooms have tubs and the decor is romantic and warm.
The service is superlative and provided by a extremely competent staff that are fluent in a variety of languages yet intimately familiar with Lisbon and the local area. Whether assisting with luggage, arranging for a tour of the city, making a dining recommendation or even renting a car, the hotel staff were always willing to help. The expert local knowledge of the concierge was one of the aspects of my trip that made it so enjoyable. Through his recommendations, I were to experience several unique outings that I might otherwise have missed.
The hotel offers a bevy of other services and amenities to include fitness room and a complete menu of spa services. The staff massage therapists are absolutely amazing. There is a wine bar on the first floor that offers refreshment after a long day of sight seeing or shopping. Of course, no one can visit the Bairro Alto hotel without watching the sunset from the rooftop lounge. The Terrace bar is open daily from 12 noon till 10 at night. This in my opinion is the finest location in the city to enjoy a glass of nice Port and watch the sunset over the Tagus river.
The absolute crown jewel of the hotel though is the restaurant. Many hotel restaurants are simply an after thought, or provided simply for convenience. Not so with the Flores restaurant. I went out to eat at several other more expensive restaurants during my stay in Lisbon. All were quite a bit more expensive and most were not nearly as good. The convenience of not having to leave the hotel is a plus a well. The restaurant Flores is simply exceptional. The atmosphere is cozy and romantic, the service is exceptional, the prices unbelievably affordable and the food is superlative. I was even delighted by a personal visit from the chef who provided some of his expert opinions on food pairing with the local Portuguese wines.
This level of personalized service is rare, but is a common thread woven through every aspect of my stay at the Bairro Alto Hotel. I have traveled the world extensively and visited many hotels. Most are average, some exceptional and a select few that are simply legendary. The Bairro Alto hotel is easily one of the finest hotels that I have ever stayed at.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the fashionable Bairro Alto district, the traditional heartland of intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries, Bairro Alto Hotel is Lisbon's first contemporary boutique hotel.Capturing the indomitable spirit of exploration that pervades Lisbon, a city long associated with explorers, traders and settlers, Bairro Alto Hotel both embraces the Portuguese architectural tradition, while respectively turning it on its head. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Bairro Alto
- Bairro Alto Lisbon