While the Azores Islands are commonly
overlooked by travelers, there are nonetheless plenty of Azores lodging options.
The Azores accommodations vary from island to island, and some of the islands,
such as Corvo, are devoid of hotels entirely. The three islands that boast the
most Azores lodging options are Sao Miguel, Terceira, and Faial, though you
can find a few good hotels on some of the other islands as well. On Pico Island,
for example, Pocinho Bay hotel aims to please with its relaxing setting and
lovely rooms. The hotels in the Azores Islands are comparable to the mainland
Portugal hotels in terms of price, which means that they are relatively affordable.
For those on a budget, staying with a local family or booking a stay at the
Youth Hostel of Ponta Delgada is a good way to go. You can get help finding
a room at a local residence at any one of the archipelago's tourist offices.
The tourist offices can also help you find a room at one of the more standard
Azores hotels if you are in need of suggestions.
The island of Sao Miguel is where many visitors choose to look when searching for Azores accommodations, partly because of the fact that the island is home to the archipelago's main airport. Of all the Sao Miguel hotels, the Hotel do Colegio might just be the best. Located right in the heart of Ponta Delgada, which is the island's main city, this gem of a boutique hotel has you ideally situated for everything that Sao Miguel has to offer. The Azores might not boast the best Portugal beaches, but there are some good ones here, most of which are found on Sao Miguel's southern coast near Ponta Delgada. One of the best things about the Hotel do Colegio is its character. A nineteenth-century building houses the hotel, and hints of the building's past use as a school and then a music conservatory are spread throughout. There are 55 total guest rooms here, and all of them are clean and relatively spacious. The furnishings are somewhat modest, though the overall décor is pleasant. Whether you book a room or a larger suite, the amenities that you can expect include a mini bar, cable TV, air conditioning for the summer, heating for the winter, a safe, and internet access. Outside of the rooms and suites, a bar, a restaurant, a swimming pool, and a gym figure among the facilities. Room service is available if you want to dine in your room.
One of the other top Azores hotels that can be found on the island of Sao Miguel
is the Caloura Hotel Resort (pictured). Unlike the Hotel do Colegio, the Caloura Hotel
Resort is not found in Ponta Delgada, but it's a short distance away if you
want some urban exposure. You'll find a small and inviting beach near the hotel,
and the nearby port is usually full of colorful fishing boats. Fishing is one
of the top things to do in the Azores. There are 80 rooms at the Caloura Hotel,
and all of them are keen on amenities. Amenity highlights include ocean views,
satellite TV, a safe, a mini bar, heating, air conditioning, a safe deposit
box, and a hair dryer. As for facilities, there is an attractive outdoor swimming
pool for guests to enjoy, as well as a gym, a tennis court, a sauna, and a conference
room that can handle up to 80 people. Meals can be enjoyed in the onsite restaurant,
which offers fantastic sea views, and the hotel even boasts a PADI scuba diving
center if you want to dive during your visit.
Terceira is one of the best places to look for hotels in the Azores Islands,
especially if you are looking to enjoy some golf. There is only one course on
the island, but it's a good one. While Terceira Island doesn't boast as dramatic
a landscape as some of the other Azores Islands, it is richer than most when
it comes to things like architecture and festivals. It also features some good
beaches. Should your search for Azores accommodations take you to Terceira,
the Quinta da Nossa Senhora das Merces is worth keeping in mind. As is true
of most of the quintas in Portugal, the Quinta das Merces doesn't have a lot
of rooms. There are only ten rooms here, in fact, so booking ahead during the
peak summer season is recommended. Quintas are essentially manor houses that
have been converted into bed and breakfasts, and they are always worth considering
when it comes to Portugal hotels in general. The delightful owners of the Quinta
das Merces aim to keep their guests happy with good service, so don't be timid
when it comes to asking for recommendations on things like restaurants, hiking
spots, and nightlife. You'll enjoy stunning ocean views from the hotel's oceanfront
perch, and the cozy rooms are hard to find fault with. The décor is charming
in the guest rooms, and amenities include cable TV, a hair dryer, air conditioning,
heat, and internet access. The hotel facilities include a swimming pool, a bar,
a restaurant, a library, and a garden.
You can fly directly from Lisbon to the island of Faial when visiting the Azores, which is something that some visitors do. Should that be your goal, you might choose to stay at the Pousada de Santa Cruz, which is easily one of the more interesting Azores hotels. Overlooking the harbor in the small city of Horta, this magnificent hotel enjoys an excellent location. Originally a sixteenth century fortress, the building that houses the Pousada de Santa Cruz is overflowing with character. Modern amenities and facilities counterbalance the age of the building, and while the rooms aren't luxurious, they are well presented and offer a satisfying array of amenities. There are eight standard rooms, eighteen superior units, and two larger suites to choose from, and standard amenities include cable TV, a telephone, internet access, a mini bar, a hair dryer, a safe, and complimentary bathrobes. International food and local specialties are on offer in the Pousada de Santa Cruz's restaurant, and you can always grab some drinks at the bar if you prefer. Other facilities include conference facilities and an outdoor swimming pool. One of the best hotels in the Azores Islands, the Pousada de Santa Cruz should not be overlooked when making your vacation plans.