Memmo Príncipe Real
What We Love
- Hermes toiletries in all bathrooms
- Limestone flooring, a nod to Lisbon’s many palaces
- A mosaic-tiled terrace pool with views of the city’s trademark red roofs
- You can whip up the hotel’s signature drink, a Porto Tonic Café Colonial, from a cocktail station in your room
What To Know
- The hotel offers a complimentary 90-minute walking tour of the stylish surroundings
- Two of the guest rooms have outdoor fireplaces
- The property is one of the first five-star hotels to grace the neighborhood
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Surrounded by the crumbling 19th-century mansions of Príncipe Real, this geometric four-story building, the work of architect Samuel Torres de Carvalho, breathes some much-needed modernism into Lisbon’s famed Moorish district. While its interiors do pay elegant homages to Portugal’s glamorously Gothic capital by way of hand-carved stucco walls, hand-painted tiles, and locally sourced glass lamps (your bedside lighting), the 41-room property isn’t stifled by its regal heritage. 21st-century splendor reveals itself through modern art by Miguel Branco and Barahona Possollo, a young and enthusiastic staff (known to eagerly offer shopping recommendations and restaurant reservations), and sleek rooms, not counting the occasional faux-fur throw. But perhaps no single spot exemplifies the hotel’s classic-meets-contemporary soul better than the Colonial Café, a velvet sofa-clad expanse with chic black marble tabletops and inimitable city views. The menu brilliantly mashes up flavors that take cues from the voyages of renowned Portuguese seafarers, fusing age-old Japanese, and West African and Goan ingredients with of-the-moment techniques.
In the Area
Once Lisbon’s main antique district, this leafy bairro, just north of the city’s bohemian center, though still mostly residential, is slowly becoming a shopper’s paradise: the luxe British clothing label Barbour recently set up an outpost here. But the real neighborhood darling is Embaixada, a revamped 1877 Neo-Arabic palace (part of a larger urban revitalization project) complete with stained glass windows and frescoes that now serves as a gallery for a number of beloved local brands. For a glimpse at the area’s past life, make your way to nearby Jardim do Príncipe Real, a green plaza with an alfresco café and 200-year-old cedar tree.
How to Get There
I am torn how to rate this hotel.
The location is splendid and deserves a 5.
The design and vibe are dry appealing and deserve a 4.
The rooms are a disappointment. Our superior room had the size of a shoebox. The air condition made the air in the room so dry that we woke up in the middle of the night, completely dried up. The worst however, are the beds. The double room which we booked for a romantic hideaway weekend had two narrow (90 cm wife) single beds pushed together - cuddling up was no option here. Combined with low quality mattresses this made us very unhappy and I have to rate the room with 1 point only. This is not at all what I expected from a five star luxury hotel, which as many told us is supposed to be the best in Lisbon.
Service is average at most. Shower gel was used up and not replaced in our room during a three day stay. Breakfast staff friendly but not too attentive and some of the ham was old (and stayed that way for three days although we pointed it out).
Generally, it has to be mentioned that the hotel does not have a gym, or a spa. The pool is for show only since there is no space to lay down, and the entire restaurant is looking at everyone taking a swim.
We had a wonderful stay at Memmo Principe Real, the service was great, food really delicious, room wonderful and super clean, and the view was amazing. We had our baby with us and the staff were wonderful with him, they had a baby chair, baby cot and they could also organize transport with a child seat. I’m really looking forward to returning to Memmo one day!
We were blown away when the taxi turned into what looked like a tiny alley and we arrived at the hotel which had views of almost the entire city of Lisbon. We spent three days here in November and cannot say enough about the beautiful hotel and the great staff at the hotel. We had not had time to do much planning for our time in Lisbon, but they came through for us. First, the hotel offers daily free walking tours of the surrounding area with a professional guide. We did this the first night with a guide who explained so much about the history of the country that all of the rest of our visit made so much more sense. They also offer free guided tours at their sister hotel in the Alfama section of Lisbon and you are welcome to join that one as well which we did the next morning. Our dinner needs were taken care of with restaurant recommendations and reservations for places that were exactly what we were looking for. We wanted to visit the town of Sintra for a day -- you can get there by train, but the hotel arranged for a guide with a car who was so interesting - he loves the town of Sintra and made our visit so fascinating. We stopped at great places on the way there and back as well. Breakfast was included in our room price and it was delicious. We cannot wait to go back.