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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
It is the third time we went to Memmo Alfama and we still love it. This hotel has just everything you need. The staff is always kind and helpful. The view from the terrace is stunning. We have read that the rooms are small. You can argue about this but I would rather recommend you to spend most of your time in the beautiful city of Lisbon. Nevertheless in your room you will find everything you need. In addition Memmo Alfama has some tasty snacks at the terrace bar (and of course great wines).
We spent four nights at this hotel after travelling from Porto.
The young reception staff were enthusiastic but seemed a little inexperienced. The hotel was bursting at the seams with guests and appeared to be overbooked.
The rooms were clean and although small were pleasant to stay in. The location was great with everything nearby and it was very quiet.
The rooftop bar had a great view and was also modern and trendy.
The drinks were very overpriced and getting a table in a nice position was like playing musical chairs!
My husband was asked if we were guests of the hotel after we had been there for a while which annoyed us. They allow non guests in to drink and eat and we were asked to move from a table so they could sit there. After this we never returned to drink or eat at the bar!
The staff working there were all very pleasant but seemed stressed and overworked.
The breakfasts were nice but the system of ordering was not explained well and guests seemed confused. Once again it was very busy.
Overall, a nicely decorated hotel in a great location but it felt impersonal and as if they were trying to make a lot of money by asking non guests in for drinks at the expense of guests.
We had spent the first few days of our trip to Lisbon in the Bairro Alto neighborhood and, on our way back home, managed to book at Memmo Alfama for a night. Tucked away in the absolutely charming and delightful Alfama neighborhood of Lisbon, it is a side street away from the hustle and bustle of other tourists scampering to Castelo de S. Jorge, which has spectacular views of the city. But, when you have views as wonderful as those from the deck (with pool) of the Memmo Alfama, why go anywhere else?
Hotel: The hotel itself is slightly off the main drag, which offers solitude in an otherwise bustling city. For those looking to check off all the Lisbon sites, it is not particularly central, which may or may not be a concern depending on your style of travel (ours is typical frenetic, trying to see and do all the things). The hotel itself is lovely with high-quality finishes throughout as one would expect from a hotel of this class.
Room: Our room was nice, though by far the smallest room we encountered during our travels in Portugal. There was a small window with a little view over the Tagus River, but everything else read as "standard luxury hotel amenities". All else being equal, the room was expensive for what it offered.
Staff: The staff were all incredibly friendly and helpful.
Other Amenities: The deck with pool were fantastic and that is probably a very good reason why you might choose to stay here. With views of the city and the river, this oasis is certainly somewhere that you would do well to retreat after an exhausting day of city exploring. It is popular though and so, with limited space, securing a spot may not be easy.