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.
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.
“At Memmo Príncipe Real we want you to feel like royalty.”
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.
I think what makes Memmo Príncipe Real a special is the blend between a contemporary style with the heritage of the classic Palace Hotels.
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.
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.
“The interior design of the hotel is incredibly special and unique.”
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!
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.”
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!
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 too!
The restaurant Café Colonial, headed by up-and-coming chef Vasco Lello, draws its inspiration from flavours of the old Portuguese colonies, with Brazilian, African and Asian influences.
Don’t miss the hotel’s exclusive complimentary guided walking tour, every day at 5 pm.
The lovely staff at Memmo Príncipe Real will be able to provide you with many great tips tailor-made for your needs.
Watch the video above which we did with Condé Nast Traveller. In it we talk about Foz do Douro - the seaside neighbourhood in Porto where we grew up. check out the Full article on their website.
For traditional food, we very often end up at classic Pinoquio. Well known by locals for its shrimps and pica pau, which many say is the best in town. We also love the oysters and the massada de garoupa which we top with their homemade pirpiri.
Memmo Príncipe Real is a boutique hotel located in the heart of the residential and fashionable Príncipe Real neighbourhood in Lisbon.
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
Santa Apolónia train station is a 15-minute drive from the hotel, connecting to the major Portuguese cities.
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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