Bairro Alto Hotel History
represents the fusion of old and new. After intensive research, the chosen designers decided to honor the architectural and design styles of Portugal throughout the years, including exotic influences from the early colonies, blended with contemporary materials from other countries, such as England, France, Morocco and Italy. Portugal´s past is also meticulously noted in the use of original materials and in the application of various styles.
In what was his first hotel project, decorator José Pedro Vieira and his creative partner, architect Diogo Rosa Lã, from the Atelier Bastidor, Interiors and Design of Porto, took on the renovation of the hotel´s interior, widening their previous experience in private-home projects to include this very personal interpretation of Lisbon.
While bringing the urban feeling of Lisbon inside, through materials, textures and colors, every detail from furniture to lighting was carefully studied to also create a sense of surprise for BA Hotel visitors, counterbalanced by a familiar feel of nostalgic comfort.
Bairro Alto Hotel is located in the plaza that houses a statue and the name of Luís Vaz de Camões, the soldier poet who told the story of the Portuguese discoveries in the epic poem "The Lusiads". Today, Bairro Alto continues to be synonymous with creativity and revolution, the plaza having been the site of the People´s Revolution on April 25, 1974.
More recently, Bairro Alto has become a destination for alternative shopping, popular among bohemians seeking different apparrel and innovative design, away from the more popular shopping areas. More and more new designers and artists are moving into this neighborhood, thus contributing to the creative and economic regeneration of the district.
In the reinvigorated Chiado area, with its famous bakeries and neighborhood shops, you´ll find a mix of new brands, which are both trendy and chic. The area includes theaters, museums and the University of Fine Arts, which increasingly attracts Lisbonites and tourists eager to drink in all the culture that this historic district has to offer.