A trip to Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood, with its steep, narrow streets and the rickety yellow “Tram 28” is always a good idea, but even better is to stay in this colorful district — and Memmo Alfama is a great choice if you are looking for a chic boutique hotel.
Alfama area is full of sights that bring to mind the old-world Lisbon. Its cobbled streets zigzag up and down, along with the houses with colorful façades, weathered murals spelling FADO abound and fresh linens sway in the breeze, strung between buildings. Below, the old-fashioned yellow tram whizzes by.
The hotel of its neighborhood
Memmo Alfama has a contemporary vibe that lives in a masterful harmony with the local tradition and history. The hotel’s 19th-century building blends into surroundings, whilst the architecture and design enhance historic frames with a sleek style.
There is also a specially designed area at the hotel dedicated to Lisbon and its culture, providing guests with a wealth of information about the city.
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Simple, earthy and subtle, the design reflects local sensibilities in utilizing high-quality linens, natural woods, and applying a sophisticated palette accented by cool greys. Splashes of cherry red liven up the cozy vibe. The bright color is used in some furniture pieces, in pool umbrellas and—unusually and boldly—in the color of the pool.
The contemporary approach of Memmo is apparent in some other innovative ideas, like in the lack of a traditional reception with check-in desks. Instead, the hotel proposes a lounge, styled like a living room—though check-in can take place anywhere… for example at the bar.