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
This charming hotel is tucked away down a long driveway in the Alfama neighborhood. The staff is welcoming, friendly and super helpful. The rooftop bar has stunning views of the city. No better place to enjoy a port tonic. They will bring you blankets if the air gets chilly. The service can be slow when more than a few tables are occupied. The pool is tiny but pretty. The rooms are very small.
My husband and I have just returned from a four night stay at Memmo Alfama hotel. We have had a great time. We found the location of the hotel just ideal and have walked for miles looking at the various sights. Our room No. 08 was a Superior Room and had a great view as well as being very quiet. I was initially a bit traumatised when I saw the limited amount of wardrobe space vis-à-vis the large suitcase I had brought crammed with clothes. However, we managed and it wasn't a problem.
We found the hotel staff very helpful, pleasant and accommodating.
Breakfast was very well catered for and there was plenty of choice.
The bed linen was lovely and crisp and the towels plumb and fluffy. The toiletries were very nice. Also the shower was fabulously efficient/powerful and the water was always nice and hot.
We took up the offer of the free walking tour on our first full day at the hotel and we found it extremely interesting and helpful in understanding the history/sites of Lisbon, especially as we knew nothing about Lisbon's history.
We enjoyed a pre-dinner drink each evening in the roof top bar, which again was very nice and afforded a lovely view.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Memmo Alfama and would, if we were in Lisbon again, stay again, although I'd probably pack fewer clothes!!!
With under 50 rooms Memmo Alfama is the perfect boutique hotel in Lisbon. Located in the historic hills of Alfalma this converted bread factory boasts the best rooftop deck/bar/pool in Lisbon with views of red tiled roofs, historic buildings, and the port of Lisbon. The staff is always helpful and the breakfast buffet is excellent. Coming home from whatever you do during the day to a relaxing glass of wine on the rooftop is the perfect finish. Being in a walkable location to some of the more historic areas of Lisbon is a real plus as well. We will definitely go back if we return to Portugal
This is a good, but not a great hotel. Excellent location for sightseeing, possibly the best hotel terrace in Lisbon, nice room...but despite all that, I can’t get too excited about it. Hard to put ones finger on it, but I guess it felt a bit bland and lacking in any charm. Anyway perfectly pleasant and no real complaints. Service pretty good though.
Beautiful hotel in the charming Alfama District. Fantastic view from rooftop restaurant/bar. Terrace room was perfect and the hotel staff outstanding.
Wonderful restaurants within walking distance. The staff is the best, provided service above and beyond.