The Annual Members Conference


September 20–22, 2017



Lisbon, Portugal


Register Here

Despite being one of the oldest countries in Europe, “Portugal,” as its president recently noted, “is becoming young again.” This visually stunning Old World country is newly driven by a creative spirit of rebirth and reinvention that has never before existed here. The forward-looking government now prioritizes entrepreneurship and supports the start-up field; as a result, Portugal today is multicultural, tolerant, and thinking globally, which enables it to build bridges where others build walls. The statistics may still suggest an indebted economy facing austerity measures, but look beyond the financial reports and you’ll discover a thriving business environment led by innovation, small businesses, and a new cosmopolitan generation. According to Monocle’s recent Portugal Survey publication: “Portugal hasn’t found oil. It found itself!”

The country’s capital city of Lisbon offers an enticing mix of history, culture, and a glorious cityscape featuring wide boulevards, river views, and Moorish alleys bathed in a comfortable Mediterranean climate. Traditional yet modern, this future-oriented European capital, with its creative new born-from-crisis vibrancy, is our setting for inspiring talks with creative leaders and social gatherings among our peers. Our annual members conference Arena* is augmented by casual get-togethers and encourages participants to discover new industry trends as well as share their experiences and learnings with each other in a stimulating environment.

Design Hotels™ looks forward to welcoming you in Lisbon!


Be sure to plan your travel now, as September is a very busy time for Lisbon. Unfortunately, the special Arena* rates offered by our member hotels are already sold out!

Memmo Alfama


Experience old-world Lisbon in an 1800s neighborhood with unmatched views of the city and Tagus River. Learn more


Arena* rate no longer available.

Memmo príncipe real


Set right in Lisbon’s trendiest neighborhood amid gardens, tranquil squares, and a vibrant social scene. Learn more


Arena* rate no longer available.

Altis Belém Hotel & spa


A gateway to old and new Lisbon, the Altis Belém offers an enchanting mix of exotic journeys and cuisines. Learn more


Arena* rate no longer available.

September 20, 7:30pm – midnight

Welcome Cocktail
at Memmo Príncipe Real

Set in the heart of Lisbon’s trendiest neighborhood, Memmo Príncipe Real captures the city’s grand history and its surging new vitality through a contemporary style. Add to this a stunning city view from the hotel’s terrace and you have the perfect spot to kick off this year’s Arena*.


September 21, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Conference Day I
at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos

Day one of our get-together will take place at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos. One of Lisbon’s most impressive structures and a living historical treasure, this landmark, serves as Portugal’s premier opera house. It’s also as dazzling an introduction to a city as one could hope to get.


September 21, 7:30pm – 3:00am

Dinner & Party
at Bica do Sapato

With actors/restaurant owners John Malkovich and Catherine Deneuve setting a stage overlooking the Tagus River, Arena* attendees will gather here for what is sure to be a memorable night of impressive views, authentic food, and a boisterous party.



September 22, 9:30am – 4:00pm (at the latest)

Conference Day II
at Museu Nacional dos Coches

Located in the Belém neighborhood, the Museu Nacional dos Coches exemplifies Italian neoclassical design that was created by acclaimed Brazilian architect and 2006 Pritzker-Prize-winner Paulo Mendes Da Rocha. Here, in a new ultramodern space, Arena* attendees will get an up-to-the-minute look at modern-day hospitality.