Lisbon is riding high as Europe’s coolest capital and Príncipe Real is the city’s most fashionable neighbourhood. In August 2016 the first boutique 5-star hotel will open in this vibrant district. 

The creative brainchild of renowned Portuguese architect, Samuel Torres de Carvalho, the hotel is a combination of contemporary design and traditional Portuguese influences. Tucked away through a narrow archway, steps from the bustling cobbled street Rua D. Pedro, memmo Príncipe Real is a haven of tranquility in this happening area. 

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of this new boutique property is the 180° view over Lisbon from the private rooftop terrace. The same stunning outlook of cathedral towers, terracotta roofs and St George’s Castle can be enjoyed on the terrace where sun loungers surround the pool, and guests can sip a cocktail on the terrace with hip locals late into the evening. 

At the heart of the hotel is Cafe Colonial, a restaurant where the dining is rooted in Lusophony (meaning a community culturally and linguistically linked to Portugal), where Portugal’s diverse heritage, history and global influence is celebrated. Head Chef Vasco Lello’s dishes draw inspiration from Portugal’s own cuisine as well as that of Brazil, Africa and Asia. 

The 41 rooms and suites are chic, fresh, and minimalist but with some uniquely Portuguese design elements. There will be vintage furniture alongside modern works of art by the likes of Miguel Branco, Barahona Possollo and Iva Viana. Unusually for a city centre hotel, many rooms feature terraces complete with loungers and outdoor fire pits.

 Until now, this charming leafy suburb was something of a hidden gem; a residential enclave of shady garden squares surrounded by 19th century mansions, a reflection of the royalty that once lived here. In more recent times the area has become a trendy haven of antique stores, galleries and a hub for independent designers and clothing boutiques.  Old buildings are being renovated, a design-savvy crowd is moving in and it is fast becoming one of the liveliest areas of the city with the best bars and eateries.

 Morning is the perfect time for visitors to enjoy the city’s unique light, colour and ambience. Guests of the hotel can enjoy a complimentary walking tour each morning with the first stop being the nearby romantic Príncipe Real Garden with its gigantic parasol-like cedar tree; this garden square is also home to the neighbourhoods farmers’ and craft markets. For those wanting to venture further afield, the city’s famous yellow tram stops close by. The hotel is close to Bairro Alto - Lisbon’s nightlife hotspot, and Chiado, an area filled with theatres, bookshops, museums, restaurants and Portuguese fashion houses.

Rooms will cost from £220 per night including breakfast

Paul Charles

The PC Agency, 99C Talbot Road, London, England, W11 2AT