Located in Lisbon’s historical centre of Alfama, the hotel Memmo Alfama may be the perfect place from which to take in the sights of the city’s old town, such as the cathedral and the São Jorge Castle, and it’s certainly the perfect place to enjoy spectacular views of the bay – that is quite a vista from the rooftop terrace.
Although of a modern design, the Memmo Alfama’s location required a sympathetic treatment from Samuel Torres de Carvalho Arquitectos and João Corrêa Nunes. A nearby mural from young Portuguese-born street artist Vhils (whose plaster-peeling works have gained international acclaim) shows the area is open to intervention if it is well done, and that definitely applies to this hotel, a member of the Design Hotels portfolio. Subtlety is the watchword here, with a heavy emphasis on white and natural tones of wood and undyed linen enlivened with occasional surprises of colour. The ambience is laid-back, with a living room rather than a check-in desk greeting visitors through the front door. The hotel prides itself on giving a locals-eye view of the city, with a dedicated area packed with insider info from both staff and residents. Staying closer to home, there are books available to borrow from the library, and a 24-hour honesty snack bar for the midnight munchies.