What We Love
- The gorgeous rooftop pool, with heart-stopping views of the city
- Browsing the living room library
- Depending on your room, you might luck out with views of Alfama and the Tagus River
What To Know
- Don't bring the kids: this hotel is adults only
- Rates include the breakfast buffet
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
This boutique sleep, tucked away in the quiet, cobblestoned hills of Alfama, feels like a discovery—that’s because it is. Behind its whitewashed, 19th-century façade lies one of the city’s most attractive stays: think muted taupe and gray palettes in all 42 streamlined rooms, exposed brick walls, and designer chairs—a definite departure from the neighborhood’s Moorish lean. By day, it’s a casual affair, where distinctly Portuguese breakfasts consist of traditional pastries and house-made cakes and guests, more often than not, are found browsing the living room library. By night, the mood picks up at the sleek rooftop lounge, where the city’s style set gather around a red-tiled lap pool (in the summer) or fire pit (during the winter) to clink glasses and witness spectacular sunsets over the neighborhood’s rusty rooftops and Tagus River.
In the Area
Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest district, is home to a handful of the city’s most notable attractions including São Jorge Castle and the twin-towered 12th-century cathedral, just down the road. The hotel is also within walking distance of Conserveira de Lisboa, an ever-crowded (but worth the hassle) culinary specialty store where you can buy retro-packed tins and other delectable finds. For those looking to strike out a bit further, the shopping district of Chiado is about a 20-minute walk from Memmo, home to landmark cafés like Royale and shops including House of Madeira. (Remember to pack comfortable walking shoes.) Day trippers: an hour’s drive outside Lisbon, you’ll find the fairytale-like Pena National Palace, the former summer residence of the royal family now open for tours.
How to Get There
Memmo Alfama is a lovely little design hotel in the heart of Lisbon's Alfama district. You can tell no detail was overlooked in the design of this hotel. We had a Alfama Superior room. Which was still pretty tiny, but has amazing views - especially if you get up early enough to catch the sunrise. Don't bother trying to to find a better location to catch an Alfama sunrise than your room or the terrace (We tried several popular spots and the views from the hotel were much better). Breakfast was very good and the terrace/pool area is a great area to relax at the end of the day. The location is decent but the closest public transportation is Tram 28, nearly impossible to get on in the summer months. Also despite the "superior room" it still felt cramped. All in all, I'd stay here again.
This is the second time we have stayed in this hotel. The staff are friendly and helpful. This trip we booked the large bedroom which turned out to be, for other hotels, a very small double bedroom. Very disappointing. It was a cold winter's day. The room was cold and we had to work hard to get the staff to sort out the problem and for the room to be warm. It came with a triangular balcony which was tiny. A person certainly couldn't stand on it comfortably. Also people walk, up and down, outside the room and, therefore, can look in.
There are no hot drink making facilities (kettle, cups, tea bags etc) provided and a hot drink, outside of breakfast, can only be bought from Room Service.
The bathroom had a huge, mosaic tiled rectangular bath which took about 15 minutes to fill. This bath was sunken and one had to climb down two steps to get into the bath. There was no handrail to help one get in or out of the bath. There was only a hand shower which if not careful sprayed over the bathroom floor.
All in all a disappointing stay compared to the first stay.
Perfect and absolutely perfect. But, next time we will have a bigger room. It was very small. Breakfast was very good. You have a small walk to everything. Friendly staff and I will be back again soon.
Great hotel in a good location and friendly staff who look after you and nothing is too much trouble for them, offering excellent service. Comfortable well appointed rooms. Good buffet breakfast served in the dining room or on the terrace. Relaxing bar for pre dinner or after dinner drinks. Lovely views.
I wish I could live here.
Everything about this hotel is amazing, from the architectural detail (it's a converted monastery) to the infinity pool with a breathtaking view of the Alfama to the awesome breakfast crepes.
It's right in the heart of the Alfama, which is the best place to be in Lisbon. If you have luggage, take a taxi from the train station, as it's quite a bit of a hike up the hill. However, being perched on a hill gives you a spectacular view of the whole Alfama, and even cruise ships docking, especially from the rooftop pool & bar. Oh yes, there is a rooftop infinity pool, and it's even better than I can describe. This is also where you'll be eating the delicious breakfast.
And then there's the design. The renovation of this architectural beauty is perfect. You can still feel the soul of the building, yet it's abundantly hip and modern down to every detail. Some rooms have patios, others have balconies. The bathrooms are beautiful and offer every modern amenity you could need.
And finally, the service is great too. Everyone was friendly and made me feel very welcome to be there.
I honestly wouldn't change a single thing about this hotel. Except for maybe the part where I can't afford to live there full-time.