Bairro Alto Hotel

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

Praca Luis de Camoes 2, Lisbon, Estremadura, 1200-243, Portugal

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Bairro Alto Hotel
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 108% more than similarly rated 4.5 star hotels

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    Wonderful Boutique Hotel with Central Location


    I originally only booked the hotel for one night since they were full for the remainder of my stay in Lisbon. But I very much enjoyed my stay and the staff was very cooperative to help me extend my reservation when other cancellations made a vacancy.

    The staff was exceptionally helpful and courteous. Within a day, they all knew me and offered every service. The rooms are all equipped with modern furniture, large beds, sofas, desk, etc. I recommend one of the rooms on the top guest floor (5th floor) since you'll have the best view and the rooms have more character due to the shape of the roof.

    Despite being right in the middle of a popular night district, the rooms are very quiet and offer great sleep.

    The 6th floor Terrace Bar offers an excellent view down the hill, of the river and the 25 April Bridge. Drinks and light menu is offered.

    Unique Quality: The rooms have adjustable dimmer lighting, radio speakers in the bathroom, WiFi (must pay an hourly/daily fee). Valet parking is available for 20Eur/day.

    Breakfast buffet is included. It is a relatively simple selection, but high quality ingredients. Cereals, eggs, meats, fruit, yogurt, juices, breads, lox, etc. It can be served in your room for an extra fee.

    Work out gymnasium is included. Massages available upon request.

    DVD's are available at reception for free.

    Directions: Immediately across from the statue in the Plaza Luis de Camoes. In one of my email confirmations, they gave me GPS coordinates- Lat: 38.71027 & Lon: -9.14333

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by travelmad478 about Hotel Bôtanico

The Hotel Bôtanico is a tourist-class hotel, with small but clean rooms, air conditioning, phones, and local TV. Breakfast is included with the rate. The staff spoke English and were helpful with making restaurant recommendations, providing directions, etc. This hotel's main advantage was its location, just up the hill between the Av. da Liberdade and Bairro Alto. It was a very easy walk up to Bairro Alto and down to Baixa.

The Imperial

by keeweechic

The Imperial is an inexpensive hotel overlooking Praca Dom Pedro IV. Basic but cheap and there is no elevator to its upper storey location on the top floors of a 6 storey building. If you are not looking for airconditioning or extras, the hotel is in a great location to the Bairro Alto and the Baixa districts. There are varying sized rooms, some with a shower and toilet, some with only a sink and bidet.

Pensão Residêncial Camões

by shellseeker about Pensão Residêncial Camões

I paid 5.000 Escudos for a double room. They also have single rooms but they were full. It was low season. I chose to stay in this small pension because of a good tip found on the “timeout” homepage. This is a budget 2 stars restaurant in a small lane in the very cosy Bairro Alto.
The rooms are very clean, not really big and have a small bathroom with a tub, a sink and a toilet.
I think that those small lanes can be very noisy during the summer time when all the life is in the streets, not like in February when it was a rather quiet accomodation.

wonderful and inexpensive little pensiao

by Faracy about Residencia Nova Avenida

This is a wonderful, friendly, clean little place near Avenida da Liberdade and about a 5 minute walk from Bairro Alto. I loved the room I had on the 3rd floor, with the little balcony.. number 333... a lucky number indeed. You look out to people doing laundry with flowers hanging from their windows..
Its pretty plain, but you will like the location, and the staff is very helpful.. some speak English.
It is near Plaça da Alegria, which will make it easier for your cab driver to find.. mine got lost many times. Its on a little street near many main streets. I liked the view, and the high ceilings.. and the plants.. it seemed too nice to be as cheap as it was.

Good value hotel in central Lisbon

by barryg23 about Pensão Residencial 13 da Sorte

Pensão Residencial 13 da Sorte (Lucky 13 Hotel) is a good option for visitors looking for budget accommodation in central Lisbon. It's on rua do Salitre, a street off Avenida da Liberdade, very near Avenida metro station.

The staff are very friendly and welcoming and they all speak excellent English. We had a room on the fifth floor with nice enough views of the Botanical gardens and the Bairro Alto. The room had television, refrigerator, shower and toilet. The bathroom was a little bit small but otherwise everything was fine.

There is a nightclub next to the hotel but we couldn't hear any noise, maybe because we were on the fifth floor. The room cost 45 Euro per night for a double with breakfast included. I doubt you'd get better for this price in such a central location.

Hotels, Hostels, Camping and Boarding houses.

by Pedralho about many

I lived here a long time, so my knowledge of accomodation is 'general'.
Accomodation is not difficult in Lisbon. You have hotels, hostels and boarding houses (pensao), all with different prices and a different offer. Some boarding houses have common WC, others have private WCs (or a lavatory only, ask first). Boarding houses usually have no breakfast.
In East Lisbon, and in Bairro Alto one can find hotels for Gay/Lesbians. Qualities depend on the hotel. Some can be noisy, others unconfortable (I hate not having a private WC).
The real question here, and it goes for all countries, is that accomodation doesn't meet the demand for cheap travel. You can find a ho(s)tel with a room with bed, tv and loo, and a common area for food with a microwave oven and kitchen sink/fridge.

Good pensão to stay at Lisbon

by Maria_80 about Pensão Globo

Pensão Globo in Lisbon, Bairro Alto, has a great location. The staff is very friendly and helpful and rooms are nice and clean.

Casa de Sáo Mamede - Hotel

by boeing_777 about Casa de Sáo Mamede - Hotel

Tastefully converted seventeenth-century town house with moderately priced rooms near the botanical gardens and Bairro Alto nightlife.

An Angel of a Little Hotel

by SOLODANCER about Hotel Anjo Azul

Only the really savvy and well-heeled traveller to Europe knows that one of the best finds there in so far as best bargains overall - is the remarkable city of Lisbon. Where else could one purchase a bottle of good wine for 3 Euros, a cup of fantastic coffee for .60 cents and dinner at a typical Portuguese restaurant for 12 Euros which includes half a caraffe of house wine and delicious home-made dessert? Or wander into a first class museum for a fee of a mere 2.50 Euros.

And as for accommodation at a very decent respectable and clean hotel in a nice neighborhood, this too can be had for a price that would startle a most die-hard skeptic as a prisoner would seeing a skylight tucked way up in his cell.

But then again you have to be a savvy and resourceful traveller to find these things. And yet in Lisbon one need not do too real hard work, researching or leg-work to discover the true bargains. They're mostly known and also well sign posted.

So, pointing back to inexpensive accommodations in the city, Lisbon is littered with highly affordable ones. Boutique-type hotels and B&B's are everywhere and are springing up at each turn.

One of the newer ones I can recommend here is the Hotel Anjo Azul (Blue Angel Hotel) in Lisbon's most colourful and bohemian of neighborhoods - the Bairro Alto. It is the neighborhood uphill from the Baixa and facing across the other ancient district of Alfama.

The Anjo Azul is a charming three-story hotel of a former turn of the century apartment building perfectly situated in the midst of Bairro Alto's astonishing warren of snaking narrow streets and alleyways. The building is of course totally renovated presenting each individual room with modern comfort and amenities such as gleaming bathrooms and bath tubs. If I'm not mistaken, there are only four rooms/bedrooms on each floor with the exception of the ground floor bedrooms which occupy the back of the building while the front as one comes in is reserved as a reception area. To me, the best rooms are the single ones on the ground floor level which happen to have each a big patio with a feeling of almost a secluded privacy. And these rooms being single are the most affordable at about 65 Euros per night. The second and third floor bedrooms are for double and triple occupancy which definitely cost more but only a tad higher starting at around 80 Euros. Also, the upper floors both facing the little street as well as those situated in the back have the views over old apartment buildings and the open sky of Lisbon. At these economical prices one pays for these type of great comfort, it definitely is a good bargain.

The Anjo Azul also owns the Pensao Globo, a B&B, which is just as likable and comfortable but with smaller rooms but also in a very old building and even quieter street close to the stop of the funicular Elevador da Gloria and next to a still functioning abbey, in case you inquire and would find out the Anjo Azul being at full capacity. And as luck would have it, the Pensao Globo is even more inexpensive than staying at the Anjo Azul (actual room prices can be inquired at Anjo Azul).

Bairro Alto

by schielen

A glimpse of the wide Tejo at the bottom of the hill.

The symbol of Lisbon, a ship with two crows, here in use as a lamppost.

Statue of Luis de Camoes.

Just one of the many narrow streets.

And just one of the many blue-tiled buildings.

On the long stairs leading from the Largo Coelho back down to the Rossio there are many restaurants with terraces.


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Hotels in the Bairro Alto area

by brito79

I will be coming to Lisbon at the end of february and would like a hotel near the nightlife,which I believe is mostly situated in Barrio Alto- can anyone suggest a reasonably priced hotel in this area?

Thanks for your help!


Re: Hotels in the Bairro Alto area


Try Pensao Globo. A small clean comfortable and very reasonable pensao in Bairro Alto on a tranquil little street off Rua Dom Pedro V as you come up the Elevador da Gloria (funicular) from the lower part of Lisbon. The hotel is a corner away from the Port Wine Institute and the lookout Miraduoro de Sao Pedro Alcantara.

Accommodation with a Pool in Bairro Alto

by Roannab

Does anyone know of somewhere affordable to stay in Bairro Alto that has a pool? Ive done a rather extensive search and cant find anything with a pool...!

Re: Accommodation with a Pool in Bairro Alto

by cubsur

The Barrio is one of the oldest districts of Lisbon and I have never seen a pool there!

I found a list that might be useful at

you will need to check the locations and details of each of one on the list.

Re: Accommodation with a Pool in Bairro Alto


I just actually returned from a trip to Lisbon and am not sure if depending on your travel date to there this information would still serve any purpose to you.

Try and check out the V.I.P. Hotel Eden on Praca dos Restauradores by the sprawling Avenida da Liberdade in the lower part (Baixa district) of Lisbon. It's a self-catering apartment hotel framed by a massive remnant of a neo-classical facade, it's got a medium-sized pool right atop with magnificent views of the castle and of the city. The hotel itself is just at the bottom part of hilly section as you climb up to Bairro Alto. The funicular elevator (Elevador da Gloria) is conveniently located just outside the hotel to its side which transports both locals and visitors alike up to Bairro Alto and back down. The main tourist office is also right next door housed in the elegant Palacio da Foz where you can get maps and answers to practically all your questions about Lisbon and Portugal. Happy trails.

Bairro Alto - getting to the beach!

by Roannab

Ive been told to stay in Bairro Alto for the night life, quaint streets, shops etc and because I will be there late Oct - but am also wanting to head to a beach at some point. Is this easy to do from here and what is the best beach to go to? Im hoping to get away without hiring a car. Also does anyone know how to get from Lisbon airport to Bairro Alto - i.e Taxi, bus etc?

Re: Bairro Alto - getting to the beach!

by geoveo

Reaching a beach from Bairrio Alto in Lisbon city is easy, there are buses, trams and trains that will take you along the coast to Cascais. Beaches all the way.
To reach Bairrio Alto from the airport take the city bus (cost 3 euros) direct to Rossio and depending on where you are staying it's walkable from there.

Re: Bairro Alto - getting to the beach!

by Maurizioago

You'd better take an elevator to reach Barrio Alto. The streets to that area are very steep.

Read some transportation tips about Lisbon on VT to have an idea of how Lisbon looks like.

Re: Bairro Alto - getting to the beach!

by J_Antunes


I would say there are 4 types of beaches in the area of Lisbon:
1) Guincho to Peniche (1 to 2 hours away) - These are foggy and rebel sea beaches. Surfers like them particularly. Some of this beaches are extremely beautiful. Many of them are only accessible by car but you can always take a bus to Ericeira or go to Sintra and then pick local buses.
2) Urban Beaches (15 - 45 minutes away) - From Cascais to Oeiras there are many nice beaches along the way and with relatively calm sea. They are normally part of a small town. I think São Pedro (very protected beach if there is wind) and Carcavelos (the biggest) are probably the best. Water quality is ok and getting there is really easy by train from Cais do Sodré (not far from Bairro Alto).
3) Costa da Caparica Beaches (40-55 minutes away). Beaches from Costa are probably the best to go for a swim. Getting to Costa is easy from Praça de Espanha area where there are plenty of buses. However you shouldn't stay in the city centre. Instead you should take the small train and head south to where the beaches have more sand and are more secluded. Costa has a good sand area, water quality is excelent and although the sea has waves it is not very dangerous (exception in the beaches of the town due to the sea protection that create weird currents).
4) Arrabida (1h30 away) - Arrabida is a very nice natural park. Beaches are very nice, water crystal clear and extremely calm. However it takes longer to get here. You need to go by Train or bus to setúbal and then get a second one. The place has another problem. At the end of the day the mountain shadows the beaches so it gets cold early.

Take care and have a nice trip!


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Address: Praca Luis de Camoes 2, Lisbon, Estremadura, 1200-243, Portugal