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Architecture & Design: Samuel Torres de Carvalho & João Corrêa Nunes
Tucked away on a narrow street in the Alfama district, Memmo Alfama is one of Lisbon’s hidden treasures. The hotel blends seamlessly into the surrounding buildings in perfect harmony with the neighborhood’s tradition and history. A mural by the renowned young Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils graces the side of the building, setting the stage for the Memmo Alfama’s earthy and subtle design approach. Madrid-based architect Samuel Torres de Carvalho - who also oversaw the restoration of the hotel’s sister property Memmo Baleeira - led the re-design of this 19th century structure. Together with João Corrêa Nunes, Carvalho conceived of a design concept for Memmo Alfama that emphasizes tactile and long lasting materials. Abundant use of wood and warm tones create a soothing, homey ambience that balances the authentic with the contemporary. With their high-quality linens, natural woods, and a rich sandy palette accented by cool grays, each room is a study in simple sophistication. Subtle details round out the experience of each room from blackout shutters that ensure a restful night’s sleep to intuitive touch lighting. The Memmo Alfama’s crowning architectural highlight is the hotel’s terrace that offers sweeping views over the red rooftops of Lisbon and the Tagus River.