The best hotels in the Azores
The Nook is a modern, functional and well-decorated hostel – we wanted to use the word “lovely”, but we thought it was too much. It’s located at the bluest of buildings at the centre of Ponta Delgada, it has double rooms with a shared bathroom and economic dormitories where you can listen people from all over the world snore. It also includes the essential common areas – kitchen and living room – for you to strike the usual small talk “Where are you from? In which part of the island have you been?”.
A bed in a shared room costs 18€ per night and a double room costs 45€.
This estate on São Miguel’s northern coast has been many things throughout history: a military fort, an orange farm and a tea plantation. But it is its past as the home of sculptor Luísa Constantina that has left the biggest mark. The cottages double as artistic residences and have welcomed the likes of musician Thurston Moore, of Sonic Youth. The estate is a prestigious piece of the Azores’ tourism scene and offers two types of accommodation: apartments or lofts.
Apartments (2 people) are priced at €118 a night, breakfast included; while lofts (2 people) cost €128.
This villa is located on the west coast of São Miguel, next to the Ferraria baths and halfway to Lagoa das Sete Cidades, in a quiet village far from the beaten path. Peace will not be lacking in this mansion surrounded by palm trees, which looks straight out of a period film. It has four bedrooms for a maximum capacity of eight people. The kitchen and living room are shared areas. Price upon request.
There are many beautiful and mysterious spots close to Lagoa das Furnas, but the west coast is one of the most intriguing. There, you can find the Senhora das Virtudes hermitage, the José do Canto forest, and Casa dos Barcos, a 19th century nordic-style building and the old pavilion where aristocrat José do Canto’s family kept its boats.
Prices range between €300 a night (6 people) and €120, depending on the season.
A stay at the most beautiful house in Sete Cidades, next to one of the Azores’ most beautiful lakes, is priceless. Or is it? Casa Grande, built in 1853, has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and can accommodate up to 10 guests. A palace that can be yours for a mere €300 a night, with one small detail: the house is only available to rent for a minimum of seven nights. Get your friends and family together and live like kings for a week. Look up “Casa Grande” on Airbnb.
It sits on the island’s largest sandy beach and has a swimming pool facing the sea, with submerged sun loungers (you read that right!). The four-star Santa Bárbara Eco-Beach Resort is one of the most recent and luxurious hotels in the Azores, with 14 villas: seven one-bedrooms and seven two-bedrooms.
The price per night varies according to the typology and season, but ranges between €280 (one-bedroom) and €370 for the deluxe villa.
The best hotels in the Azores
Charming Blue hotel, in Vila do Porto, was inaugurated in 2016, and is a great starting point from where to explore the island. It has a good restaurant, Mesa D’Oito, and can arrange snorkelling trips and bike rentals.
This house, which boasts sea and mountain views and looks similar to Algarve-style homes, is ideal for those looking for calm and privacy. It can accommodate two people for €60 (low season) or €75 a night (high season).
Pousada da Horta is part of the luxury chain Pousadas de Portugal (run by the Pestana group) and is located within the Horta Fort, a national monument.
The opposite option: a small residence in the middle of the city. Maybe it should be called a hostel, but this trend hasn’t yet reached the island: it’s very much still a residence - homey, clean and friendly.
There are various rural tourism options on the island, so have a look at Casa do Capelo’s holiday house listings.
It is the Faial unit of Grupo Bensaúde, the Azores’ main hotel chain. Conventional, but with stunning views of the Faial-Pico channel and Pico mountain - who could resist?
It has the name of a rural tourism venue (Bougainvillea’s corner), but the aspect and conditions of an apart’hotel, with a rustic touch. One and two-bedrooms are available at prices between €55 and €155.
Spending a night in the Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo nature reserve is an unforgettable experience. We recommend booking your stay at Casa da Caldeira in advance.
We recommend Aldeia da Fonte, six volcanic stone houses sitting on a cliff, which will certainly make you feel closer to the island’s whaling tradition than to its winery. The setting is charming and the views of the mountain will take your breath away.
Pocinho Bay is a little, tasteful oasis with six bedrooms, a villa, a vineyard around it and Faial right in front of it. Special, even by Pico standards.
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