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Memmo Príncipe Real is a sleek and warm five-star boutique hotel in Lisbon located in the heart of Príncipe Real, a fashionable neighbourhood.Memmo Príncipe Real is a sleek and warm five-star boutique hotel in Lisbon located in the heart of Príncipe Real, a fashionable neighbourhood.
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A five-star contemporary boutique hotel with an old-world soul, in the fashionable district of Príncipe Real in Lisbon.

Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool
Restaurant
Restaurant
Historical Centre
Historical Centre
Design Pieces
Design Pieces

Memmo Príncipe Real is a sleek and warm five-star boutique hotel in Lisbon located in the heart of Príncipe Real, a fashionable residential neighbourhood.


It is also the latest wonderful creation of the Memmo hotel collection designed, once again, by Portuguese architect Samuel Torres de Carvalho.

There are 41 exquisitely elegant and comfortable bedrooms with four Exclusive Rooms featuring an outdoor fireplace on the terrace.

The interiors are decorated in luxurious and warm tones of green velvet, local limestone, oak floors and chandeliers from Santa & Cole. Not to mention the artwork from contemporary Portuguese artists honouring the neighbourhood’s noble heritage.

Awesomeness

You will be a stone’s throw away from colourful mansions, tranquil gardens, buzzing restaurants, cool bars and concept stores.

Complimentary DIY Port and Tonic cocktails in your room. Yes, please.

The indulging orange-scented Hermes toiletries.

Perfect a la carte breakfast with plenty of healthy choices. And a cake stand with delicious bread, pastries and custard tarts.

Bear in Mind

The terrace doesn’t get too much sun during the winter, while the pool is best suited for cooling off on a hot summer day.

Rooms are on the small side but impeccably designed.

The hotel offers a private garage at €30 a night.

Best suited to adults, but children are welcome.

Memmo Príncipe Real is a sleek and warm five-star boutique hotel in Lisbon located in the heart of Príncipe Real, a fashionable neighbourhood.Memmo Príncipe RealMemmo Príncipe Real
Interview

A Conversation with Rodrigo Machaz about Memmo Príncipe Real

A Conversation with Rodrigo Machaz about Memmo Príncipe Real
“At Memmo Príncipe Real we want you to feel like royalty.”
– RODRIGO, DIRECTOR

Congratulations on the third venture from the Memmo collection. Can you tell us a bit about it?

Memmo’s mission and goal is not to create a hotel chain but a collection of authentic and memorable hotels. So, by definition, a new Memmo will always be different from the others while sharing the same core values: hospitality, contemporaneity and originality in all details.

We knew from day one that Memmo Príncipe Real would have the potential to become Memmo’s premium offer. It’s not about stars but about positioning. If at Memmo Alfama, we wanted you to feel at home, at Memmo Príncipe Real we want you to feel like royalty.

The entire Memmo team was involved in the process of making the hotel special and charming in all its details.

What makes Memmo Príncipe Real a special hotel?

I think what makes Memmo Príncipe Real a special is the blend between a contemporary style with the heritage of the classic Palace Hotels.

A sleek four-story geometric building. Unifying the design aesthetics of the three Memmo properties, the Memmo design team, coordinated by João Corrêa Nunes and architect Samuel Torres de Carvalho, set out with a challenge to create a new build that would house a mix of modern elements using classic materials and details.

We really enjoyed our dinner at Memmo Príncipe Real, the colonial-inspired menu blends perfectly with the whole concept of the hotel. Can you tell us a bit more about it?

Our restaurant, Café Príncipe Real, is a celebration of the roots of Lusophony through Portuguese and international dishes that reflect the influences of Portugal around the world, and especially in Brazil, Africa and Asia.

We wanted to deliver international cuisine with an authentic flavour. Under the supervision of our young but already well-known Chef, Vasco Lello, whose aim is to provide local and traditional food with a contemporary twist. Be ready for a delightful journey through some of the most desirable flavours.

We also wanted to invite the local community to be part of the Memmo Príncipe Real atmosphere. With this in mind, we have promoted Café Príncipe Real as a place for conversation, creating a sense of community and a feeling of being in a melting pot of Portuguese heritage around the world.

“M’ FOR ARTS”. In a 42-series of drawings made for Memmo Príncipe Real by Miguel Branco, an interior of a restaurant is suddenly populated by monkeys that are scattered on the tables.

You previously commissioned street artist Vhils to create a fantastic mural by the entrance of Memmo Alfama. You have now invited Barahona Possolo, another Portuguese artist, to create a bespoke artwork, an impressive oil portrait of Príncipe Real D. Pedro V. Is this something you plan to do with all of the Memmo hotels?

We promote Portuguese artists in all Memmo hotels. The “M’ FOR ARTS” program is the main part of Memmo hotels’ identity. It fulfils our commitment to provide our guests with enriching interactions and cultural experiences from high-quality local artists that, like our hotels, bring creative flair and imagination to everyday life.

Inside the hotel, the entrance is overlooked by the royal prince D. Pedro V himself, represented in a big oil painting by the artist Barahona Possollo that balances with the timeless and contemporary architectural style of the space. Exclusive pieces designed by the architect live side by side with other classic vintage furniture.

That, together with the sublime and contemporary paintings by Miguel Branco and a special piece by Iva Viana, make the interior design of the hotel incredibly special and unique.

“The interior design of the hotel is incredibly special and unique.”
– RODRIGO, DIRECTOR

What’s your favourite object in the hotel?

The portrait of the royal prince at the hotel entrance is my favourite object. I think it reflects the hotel’s soul! At first glance, it’s a very classic and aristocratic oil portrait, full of heritage and history. But if you look closer you will find details that show the contemporaneity of the portrait.

The existing views of the hotel and the Memmo symbol (the chameleon) on the prince’s neckless are just two examples. In the portrait, you will find more details that will take you from the past to the present. On the other hand, I love to see our prince at the entrance as the first guest and guardian of the hotel!

As the name would suggest, the Royal Prince plays an omnipresent role at the hotel. Mounted stoically at the entrance, The Portrait of the Eternal Royal Prince (D. Pedro V) by Carlos Barahona Possollo is a re-interpretation from Winterhalter’s original dated 1854.

As a family man living between Sagres and Lisbon, it must be hard to get time off, but if you had a full day to enjoy Lisbon how would you spend it?

Although I was born and brought up in Lisbon I'm not much of a city guy. If I had a full day in Lisbon I would enjoy the outdoors. The mornings are perfect for a bike ride.

The new bike track that takes you from the city centre Marquês de Pombal Square to Monsanto Park is simply amazing. Then you can head downhill to Belém through a scenic track along the river to the “Praça do Comércio”. In the afternoon, when the wind usually starts to pick up, I love to take my boat and sail the Tagus.

At night, I would go for dinner with friends at Pinóquio. They have a great outdoor sitting area as well as the best shrimp and beer in town. That to me sounds like the perfect day in Lisbon!

“I would go for dinner with friends at Pinóquio. They have a great outdoor sitting area as well as the best shrimp and beer in town.”
– RODRIGO, DIRECTOR

Last time we spoke you were going on holiday to a surf hostel in Morocco with some friends. Any trips planned?

For 2018 I would love to take my family to Bali. We have friends living there and I would love to show the kids a new culture and go deep into the island.

There is a beautiful part of Bali, less touristy and more authentic, that I would like to explore with my wife and kids. And of course, there’s are always some good waves to surf for me and my kids!

Memmo now has three hotels under its belt. What’s next?

It’s a little bit unpredictable at this stage. We are sure the next venture will be in Portugal. And definitely in an authentic location. It will have to be a hotel that will add something to our Memmo collection.

Thank you very much for this interview Rodrigo.

Thank you too!

The first boutique hotel in Lisbon from the Memmo collection is also on JO&SO, check it out. We truly love both offers - if you want to be steps from all the cool action stay at Príncipe Real, if you want romantic alleyways and fado stay in Alfama.
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Memmo Príncipe Real
Rua D. Pedro V 56J
1250-094 Lisboa
Portugal

Location

Memmo Príncipe Real is a boutique hotel located in the heart of the residential and fashionable Príncipe Real neighbourhood in Lisbon.

By Air

The closest airport is Lisbon Portela Airport. From there you can take a taxi, the metro or hire a car – or the hotel can arrange a transfer for you.

Lisbon (LIS) – 9km
Porto (OPO) – 328km
Faro (FAO) – 276km

By Train

Santa Apolónia train station is a 15-minute drive from the hotel, connecting to the major Portuguese cities.

By Car

We highly recommend using the well-served public transport and by foot but be aware that Lisbon is a city of steep alleyways and tricky cobblestones. Memmo Príncipe Real has a private park at a cost of 30€ per night.

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