Yasha Wallin

Memmo Principe Real

  • Where:Lisbon, Portugal
  • Why:Girls gone wild.
  • When:July 2017
  • Who:Me and three BFF's
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The James Bond-like hotel exterior.

Classy lobby vibes.

Obligatory selfie. Don’t judge my iPhone 5.

Not pictured: the many mojitos enjoyed on this perfectly landscaped terrace.

Unmade mornings.

Summer still life at the terrace pool.

The urban tropics.

Highs & Lows

  • Impeccably designed. Super sleek while remaining incredibly cozy—a tough balance to pull off!

  • Drinks on the terrace. People, I cannot recommend this pastime enough.

  • The little details, like having fresh Pastel de nata left on our bedside table, the beautifully designed signage, and the Hermès soaps now holding court in my apartment bathroom (sorry, swear I’ll pay for them!).

  • The hotel is a little James Bond: you would never know it’s there, but walk down a long driveway and all of a sudden you see this beautiful façade almost built into the mountain.

  • The female staff wear these adorable color coordinated scarfs adding to their already off-the-charts charm.

  • Limestone bathrooms. Making toilet culture great again.

  • I’m not still there.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 49/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Chic, sleek, down-to-earth luxury.

  • Vibe

    Contemporary Portuguese Paradise.

  • Location

    Not sure there’s a spot in Lisbon better. In the heart of Principe Real, yet down a hidden, secluded driveway with crazy city views.

  • Rooms


  • Music

    Yes, very good if I remember correctly.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Architect Samuel Torres de Carvalho and João Corrêa Nunes.

  • Pool/Gym


  • Restaurant

    Café Colonial. I just had the amazing complimentary breakfast, but I heard a rumor about their homemade salted caramel praline ice cream.

  • Bar

    Great terrace bar with a pool, perfectly bearded staff, and oh my god, those mojitos.

  • Minibar

    Who needs a mini bar when waiting in your room is pastel de nata, chocolates and a welcome drink??

  • Children

    Saw some around, but it’s more of a singles/couples vibe.

  • Price

    If there was ever a hotel to splurge on (or to expense) this would be it.

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