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Memmo Alfama opens in Lisbon's oldest quarter

The narrow streets of Lisbon’s oldest district, Alfama, are lined with references to its Roman and Arabic past while Portuguese tradition, old and new, takes centre stage. Housed in an ancient courtyard, Design Hotels™ newest member property, Memmo Alfama, harmoniously blends the city’s old town aesthetic with contemporary design.

The 42 room property has been dressed with woods and warm tones, housing authentic regional cuisine and music to create the warmth and ambiance of a lively Portuguese home. Set among the winding passageways of weather-worn hues and freshly hung linen, Memmo Alfama’s philosophy of neighborhood integration is at the forefront.

From local tours offering an insight into the heritage of the area, to a space in the hotel dedicated to providing guests with information on Lisbon, Memmo Alfama is a portal into Portuguese flavor that you will never forget.

Upon entering Memmo Alfama, a cozy living room greets visitors in lieu of a traditional front desk. Check-in can take place anywhere in the hotel, from the bedrooms to the hotel bar, encouraging guests to feel ‘at home’. Books are available to borrow from the Living Room Library and an honesty fridge offering beverages is open 24-hours. The breakfast room is a stylish and comfortable space where guests gather around a communal table and help themselves from the fridge, emphasizing the home-away-from-home feeling of the hotel. Guests can also opt for a late breakfast, recommended if the previous evening was spent indulging in the local Vinho do Porto.

The hotel blends seamlessly into the surrounding buildings in perfect harmony with the neighborhood’s tradition and history. A mural by the renowned young Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils graces the side of the building, setting the stage for the Memmo Alfama’s earthy and subtle design approach. Madrid-based architect Samuel Torres de Carvalho – who also oversaw the restoration of the hotel’s sister property Memmo Baleeira – led the re-design of this 19th century structure. Together with João Corrêa Nunes, Carvalho conceived of a design concept for Memmo Alfama that emphasizes tactile and long lasting materials. Abundant use of wood and warm tones create a soothing, homey ambience that balances the authentic with the contemporary.

With their high-quality linens, natural woods, and a rich sandy palette accented by cool grays, each room is a study in simple sophistication. Subtle details round out the experience of each room from blackout shutters that ensure a restful night’s sleep to intuitive touch lighting. The Memmo Alfama’s crowning architectural highlight is the hotel’s terrace that offers sweeping views over the red rooftops of Lisbon and the Tejo River.

Those staying at Memmo Alfama can look forward to experiencing a side of the Portuguese capital usually reserved for locals. An intimate space in the property has been dedicated to Lisbon and its rich culture. ‘Lisbon story by Memmo’ offers a window into the soul of the city. For those who want to get to know the Alfama neighborhood more intimately, the hotel also offers ‘Living Alfama by Memmo’. The guide is a mixture of personal recommendations from local residents and staff of the hotel, providing a unique insight into the area by the people who make up this distinct neighborhood.

Dating back to the fifth century Lisbon is the oldest city in Western Europe. The city is made up of five distinct districts, each bursting with charm and old-world allure. Memmo Alfama is set within the traditional winding alleys of the oldest neighborhood, Alfama. Nestled between the Castle of São Jorge, a Moorish citadel dating back to the sixth century, and the Tejo River, the hotel is located in the historical center of the city. With its narrow streets, stairways and viewpoints, Alfama transports visitors back to a bygone era.

Rates from EUR 145

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