Memmo Príncipe Real Lisbon
Approached via a passageway between the 19th century palatial facades which are characteristic of the region, the resort is perfectly positioned to appear right across town into the Tagus River. Surrounded by fresh concept restaurants and stores, Lisbon’s main sights, like the Praҁa do Comércio, are within easy walking distance. The airport is a 15-minute cab ride away.
Style & personality
Produced by architect Samuel Torres de Carvalho, who was also in charge of its preceding Memmo resorts, the total character is just one of modern elegance suspended in Portuguese tradition. Drawing on local substances from hot limestone to outdated hand-painted tiles, contemporary artwork by Miguel Branco, Barahona Possollo and Iva Viana as well as handmade hats from an older, recognized, neighbouring shop, Memmo Príncipe Real combines the region’s past having a decidedly 21st century kind of luxury.
Service & amenities
Service is exceptional with youthful, neighborhood, staff eager to make certain you enjoy their town, surprising you with dinner reservations or purchasing hints. A free one hour walking tour, every morning, stops first in the appealing Príncipe Real gardens nearby. A long, slim, swimming pool, lined with green mosaics, is put to the patio outside.
The 41 rooms, all but two of which overlook the town, change in size and contour whilst having comparable décor of hardwood floors topped with a moss-green carpeting and white linen clad beds using a faux fur throws, clarifying the imperial beyond of this district. Bedside lights of hand-blown glass throw hot tones across the chambers. Ingredients to get a Hawaiian cocktail welcome beverage await a tray that you mix yourself. A fantastic working surface runs across one wall, upon which is a Bang & Olufsen tv.
Many rooms have balconies, others terraces, two with outside fires. Sliding, smooth, slatted-oak displays separate off the baths. Big, rectangular limestone basins arrive with magnifying mirrors that light as you approach and slipping oak shelves under. Premium Rooms include oval tubs in addition to rain showers; the others all have rain showers just. Amenities are Eau d’Orange Verte from Hermés.
Food & beverage
The Colonial Café has floor to ceiling glass windows with magnificent views across town. Decorated with moss green velvet sofas and black marble tables that the whole is dominated by many circles of dangling lights. The Bar outlines one side of this open plan space. The brief menu from youthful and obviously gifted Chef Vasco Lello is inspired by flavours from the older Portuguese colonies as well as the journeys of the terrific Portuguese navigators. Dishes include a delightfully delicate black cod with miso butter, and a mousse of chocolate in São Tomé using a banana mousse and a sour, peanut praliné. Wines are Portuguese.
Value for cash
Doubles from $226 (#197) in low season; and out of $261 (#228) at large. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
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