Hotel: Bairro Alto, Lisbon, Portugal

It’s stylish and it’s plush. It beckons you off the street with its cheery yellow exterior. But perhaps the best thing about the Bairro Alto is the hotel’s choice location on Lisbon’s main square, Praça Luís de Camões. This central spot would make its poet namesake proud: serene by day, the square is home to a number of Baroque churches and historic cafés, with easy access to the nearby fashion district. At night, it becomes a hub for exploring the local clubs and watering holes that overflow onto the side streets through the wee hours of the morning.

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Travel Tunes: Playlist For Distant Longing

  • “I Miss You” by Matti Roots
  • “The Broken Places” by Moby
  • “Holy Holy” by Wye Oak
  • “Last Few Years” by Nayo
  • “I Will Remember You (Live)” by Sarah McLaclan
  • “Pyramid Song” by Radiohead
  • “Spectra” by Fuji Kureta
  • “Coming Home” by Royksopp
  • “Ice” by jj
  • “To Let Myself Go” by Ane Brun
  • “Someday Soon” by KT Tunstall
  • “I Mind” by James Blake
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