Lisbon, Portugal

Memmo Principe Real

Rates from (ex tax)$250.18

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR225.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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Style

Fresh Prince

Setting

Secret mirador

Sleek, modernist and irreproachably chic, Memmo Principe Real cuts a fine figure amid the concept stores and trendy eateries of the neighbourhood it takes its name from. A sibling to two celebrated Memmo boltholes in Portugal, this Lisbon outpost ticks all the right boxes for a stylish urban stay with a see-and-be-seen pool, tastebud-tingling Portuguese fare and sultry city-view rooms.

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The hotel's signature cocktail, a Porto Tonic Café Colonial, for each guest

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

41, including four suites.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $250.18 (€212), excluding tax at 6 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.00 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR225.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include an à la carte breakfast of breads, pastries, cold cuts, fresh juices, crêpes and cooked-to-order eggs, as well as an in-room welcome drink.

Also

There may be a time and a place for gin, but Portugal is all about port and tonic: mix your own welcome tipple from the copper cocktail set in your room.

At the hotel

Swimming pool, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, cocktail station, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, Hermès toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Cleverly blending the old (hand-painted tiles) with the new (floor-to-ceiling windows), rooms are decked out with wooden floors, large inviting armchairs and teddy-soft fake-fur throws; all but two have entrancing panoramic views of the city below. The living room in Executive Rooms opens onto a private balcony with St George Castle vistas. We love the oval bath tubs in some of the Premium City View Rooms. Exclusive Rooms have an outdoor fireplace on the terrace – wrap yourself up in a blanket and commandeer the chaise longue to sip on something stirred from your own cocktail station.

Poolside

Slim, sleek and chic, the hotel’s heated terrace pool isn’t designed for serious laps, but rather for leisurely soaks with sweeping views over Lisbon’s red roofs and tree-dotted hills.

Packing tips

Bring a good book – the oversized pillows on the beds call for an hour or two of languid page-turning.

Also

One ground-floor Superior City View Room has been adapted for wheelchair users.

Children

Set on the side of a steep hill, the hotel's best suited to grown-ups, but kids are welcome. Executive Rooms have space for an extra bed.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Grab one of the sofas if you’re dining with friends, or make a beeline for the terrace for a romantic tête-à-tête.

Dress Code

Keep things stylish but casual – a little black dress and some understated sandals will do the trick.

Hotel restaurant

All velvet sofas, marble-topped tables and theatrical lighting, Café Colonial is a jewel box of a dining space, framed by a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows and soul-stirring city views. Up-and-coming chef Vasco Lello is making a name for himself with his fresh take on Portuguese cooking. Piri-piri, soy and São Tomé chocolate playfully rub shoulders on the unpretentious menu of sharing starters and hearty mains inspired by the country’s globetrotting past.

Hotel bar

The cocktail bar lines one side of the restaurant. Perch on a stool to watch the mixologists at work – they make a mean mojito – or take a bottle (something crisp from the Douro Valley, perhaps) out on the terrace to put the world to rights.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 7am–11am, lunch 12.30pm–3pm and dinner 7.30pm–10pm (11pm Thursdays to Sundays).

Room service

Light meals can be whisked to your room round the clock.

Location

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Address
Memmo Principe Real
Rua D. Pedro V, 56 J
Lisbon
1250-094
Lisbon
Portugal

Planes

A 20-minute drive from the hotel, Lisbon Airport (www.aeroportolisboa.pt) serves flights to many destinations in Europe, particularly in the summer months from June to September.

Trains

Trains to the picturesque hilltop town of Sintra stop at Rossio station, a five-minute walk from the hotel. Santa Apolónia station is a 10-minute drive away; it serves CP (www.cp.pt) trains to major Portuguese cities such as Oporto, Coimbra, Aveiro and Faro.

Automobiles

There’s plenty to discover on foot in the neighbourhood, so you may not need your own set of wheels – if you’re willing to tackle a few steep hills, Lisbon is well served by public transport. If you’re planning on exploring further afield, the hotel’s parking costs €30 a night including valet service.

Worth getting out of bed for

Lisbon’s boho-chic vibe is best experienced on foot; the hotel runs free 90-minute guided walking tours around the neighbourhood at 5pm every day. Nearby, a 19th-century palace is now home to concept store Embaxaida. Its new-Arabian dome and minarets are as much a reason to visit as the treasure trove of Portuguese fashion and design names inside. Home to rare and endangered plant species, the Botanical Garden is an atmospheric setting for a stroll. Head down to the river through the buzzy neighbourhoods of Bairro Alto and Chiado, which come alive at night with bars and restaurants that spill out onto the street. Pick up fresh produce at Mercado da Ribeira or raid the food court at next-door Time Out Market for bifanas (pork sandwiches), plates of Alentejo ham and silky custard tarts. Further afield, Sintra’s forested hills and pastel-hued villas and palaces are worth a daytrip. Don’t miss Quinta da Regaleira, a Unesco-protected palace surrounded by romantic gardens where visitors can get lost among the waterfalls, fountains and grottos.

Local restaurants

It may be housed in a hostel, but The Decadente is anything but basic: take a two-minute stroll down the hill to sample vibrant, seasonal fare inspired by the best of Portugal’s produce. A taste of Lisbon’s legendary prego (steak sandwiches) is de rigueur; O Prego Da Peixaria’s take on this everyday classic is served alongside fish burgers in squid-ink buns. It’s worth a trip to A Cevicheria for the giant octopus dangling from the ceiling alone; book ahead, or sip on a pisco sour in the queue with in-the-know locals while you wait. Zero Zero’s pizzas are the real deal; raid the deli for an antipasto platter while you wait for a table.

Local cafés

Take a break from a shopping spree at one of the oudoor cafés in Jardim do Príncipe Real and indulge in a spot of people-watching. If you don’t fancy the pilgrimage out to Belém for a taste of the very best custard tarts in town, there are plenty of other options. Chiado’s Manteigaria churns out fresh-from-the-oven tarts throughout the day.

Local bars

Strategically located near hill-perched miradors and shaded parks, Lisbon’s kiosks make a handy resting spot for night owls; order a cold beer or a deftly mixed caipirinha should you stumble upon one. For something a little more traditional, settle in for a night of melancholy and heartstring-tugging beneath the arched ceilings of Clube de Fado.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this view-blessed hotel in Lisbon and unpacked their sun hats and custard tarts, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Memmo Principe Real…

The measure of any city hotel worth its salt is how good a job it does at getting you to stay in all day. At Memmo Principe Real, the devil is in the details: beds are plump, swathed in fine Egyptian cotton and adorned with piles of enormous pillows. The restaurant’s plush velvet sofas and black-marble-topped tables spill out onto the terrace, an invitation to linger over a meal. Inspired by Portugal’s colonial past, chef Vasco Lello whips up unexpected flavours from the country’s market-fresh produce. The pool may be small, but, heated all year round, it’s a rather special spot from which to soak up some of Lisbon’s best vistas. Right at the top of a hill, the hotel seems to levitate over the city; should you manage to tear yourself away from the view, you’ll find Principe Real’s tranquil squares, desirable shops and must-try eateries just a stone’s throw away.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Memmo Principe Real’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The staff: lovely people and very helpful. The location. Nice area outside but close to the more commercial downtown. 

Don’t expect

Curtains in the bathrooms. We were told guests liked the sunlight through the full length glass windows. Wasn't clear how guests dealt with the evenings when the neighbors had full visibility.

Rating

Stayed on 25 Aug 2017

We loved

Swish hotel, lovely pool and seperate sun deck, great breakfast, lovely views, proximity to town.

Don’t expect

A spa, or to be walking out in high heels.

Rating

Stayed on 10 Jun 2017

We loved

Very friendly staff, excellent location, very clean modern rooms, good breakfast and restaurant. Carpark bar for sundowners.

Don’t expect

Loved all of it.

Rating

Stayed on 27 Apr 2017

We loved

The location. Well designed and appointed rooms.

Don’t expect

A well oiled machine. The hotel has been open for a year and they are still getting the kinks out.

Rating

Stayed on 23 Apr 2017

We loved

Views from the hotel and our terrace. The hotel does a great walking tour each afternoon at 5pm. We ate at a fabulous restaurant called Alma, suggested by the hotel.

Don’t expect

A big indoor bar area.

Rating

Stayed on 2 Apr 2017

We loved

Location, friendly staff, modern decor. Excellent "Chinese Bar" with amazing collections of toys and artificers on display is within 100 yards.

Don’t expect

Gourmet food.

Rating

Stayed on 12 Feb 2017

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