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The best hotels in the Azores

Traditional or modern; luxury or homey; in the middle of nowhere or close to everything. Trust us, these are the best hotels in the Azores

Santa Barbara Resort
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By Luís Leal Miranda |
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There are nine islands and we have 21 suggestions. Sleeping in one of these hotels is in itself an Azores experience not to be missed. Have you already decided where you’re going to sleep after all this walking and swimming?

The best hotels in the Azores

The Nook Hostel
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Hotels, Hostels

The Nook Hostel

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€.

Pico do Refúgio
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Hotels, Boutique hotels

Pico do Refúgio

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.

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Villa Várzea
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Hotels, Boutique hotels

Villa Várzea

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.

casa dos barcos
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Hotels, Boutique hotels

Casa dos Barcos

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.

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casa grande
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Hotels, Rental apartments

Casa Grande

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.

Santa Barbara Resorte
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Hotels, Luxury hotels

Santa Barbara Resort

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

Quinta do Martelo
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Hotels, Boutique hotels

Terceira: Quinta do Martelo

The oldest and most comprehensive rural tourism development in the Azores was born of the passion of one man, Gilberto Vieira. It counts several types of accommodation, a restaurant, a grocery store and art workshops.

Casa da Serretinha
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Hotels, Rental apartments

Terceira: Casa da Serretinha

Check the availability at Cada da Serretinha, a local lodge with a pool and an incredible view located in Porto Judeu, on the island’s south coast.

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Terceira-Mar
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Hotels, Boutique hotels

Terceira-Mar

It’s in competition with its neighbour, Hotel do Caracol (also good), but it has the best terrace in the nine islands, and as such, couldn’t be left out of this list. Located in Baía do Fanal, close to the entrance of Angra, the hotel has a great view on Monte Brasil and the sea, and offers comfortable and modern rooms, with good service.

Praia Marina
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Hotels, Boutique hotels

Terceira: Praia Marina

Overlooking the marina at Praia da Vitória, this is a modern and functional hotel, with splendid views on the sea and Serra do Facho. You’re forbidden from taking pictures of the old ladies that meet there every Saturday night to play canasta.

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Graciosa Resort – Biosphere Island Hotel
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Hotels, Boutique hotels

Graciosa Resort

The island’s touristic crown jewel - and one of the best hotels in the Azores - goes by the long and pretentious name of Graciosa Resort - Biosphere Island Hotel. It has a gym, a sauna, a swimming pool and small houses that can be rented alone.

Aldeia da Cuada
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Hotels, Boutique hotels

Flores: Aldeia da Cuada

Staying at Aldeia da Cuada is like having a sleepover in an ethnographic museum, a postcard or a time capsule: it’s a village made of stone houses, abandoned in the 1960s and masterfully restored by the duo Carlos Silva and Teotónia. Founded sometime in the 17th century, the village reached a maximum occupancy of 120, divided in just 20 houses.

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Pirate's Nest
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Hotels, Residential hotels

Corvo: Pirate's Nest

There’s only one official guesthouse, but don’t worry, there are alternatives. The Pirate’s Nest is one of them: local accommodation, very close to the beach.

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