Design Travel explores the interplay between design and travel. It might be a new hotel for business travellers, an airline collaborating with a world-renowned architect or a product designed specifically to enhance the travel experience. Our brief is to make you want to be there and inspire you to seek out incredible design examples when you travel, or in your own city. 

Stephanie Williams, is an interior designer,  writer and travel communicator. Stephanie was the first editor of Qantas epiQure and her work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, television and online.  She also has a love of fashion design, borne while working for Comme des Garcons

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LISBON WEEK: Part Three, memmo Príncipe Real​​​​​​​

LISBON WEEK: Part Three, memmo Príncipe Real​​​​​​​

Today we bring you the third and final in our series of Lisbon's best hotels from local writer Emily McAuliffe. One of the latest design hotels to hit Lisbon is the memmo in the hip neighbourhood of Príncipe Real. The 41-room hotel joins the memmo group’s Baleeira in the Algarve and Alfama Lisboa, but in line with the memmo’s ‘chameleon’ concept, the building design incorporates clean lines and modern finishes to blend in with its chic surroundings.


It’s common for hotel construction efforts to be constrained by heritage building regulations in Portugal, but the former structure on the memmo Príncipe Real site was damaged beyond repair. This meant architects had the freedom to work from a clean slate and develop a contemporary space not commonly found in central Lisbon.

The design still integrates traditional Portuguese elements however, such as limestone flooring, while the handmade oak trims, sofas and marble tables were made in Portugal.


The hotel’s artwork also draws subtle influence from Portuguese heritage. The plaster wall hanging behind the reception, for instance, is modelled off Portugal’s traditional stuccoed ceilings, and a painting of the country’s former king Pedro IV welcomes guests at the entrance.

The Príncipe Real neighbourhood’s elevated position allows for exceptional city views, so the hotel has been designed to capitalise on its privileged position on the edge of one of Lisbon’s seven hills. The majority of the superior rooms face the sprawling, sunlit city, while those that don’t are compensated with extra space and an outdoor fireplace.

Chef Vasco Lello

Chef Vasco Lello


Views are also maximised on the poolside terrace, where smooth tunes create a chilled vibe and a DJ spins lounge music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Images supplied by memmo hotels.
Rua Dom Pedro V 56J, 1250-094, Lisboa, Portugal
+351 219 016 800


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