To help you prepare your trip to the beautiful Portuguese archipelago of Azores, I’ve made a list of the three best hotels of each category and I took into consideration the many points of interest in this area. Discover what are the best Azores hotels so that your trip to this region becomes memorable!
What were the selection criteria when choosing the best Azores hotels?
I’ve chosen hotels with more than 120 reviews and a score higher than 8/10, with free Wi-Fi. Then, I’ve chosen the hotel according to price, services and location.
Top 3 of the best Azores hotels with * (Hostels)
1. Pousada de Juventude de Santa Maria 8.7/10 (Vila do Porto – Santa Maria Island)
Located in Vila do Porto, Santa Maria island, the Youth Hostel of Santa Maria is one of the favourite places for those visiting this island of the Azores archipelago.
Just 4 km away from Santa Maria Airport and a few metres away from the harbour, this hostel has a 24-hour open reception and an outside pool is also available for guests; private and shared rooms are also available and the bathroom is shared as well.
2. Pousada de Juventude de São Jorge 8.4/10 (Calheta – São Jorge Island)
With a spectacular view over Pico Island, where you’ll find the biggest mountain in Portugal, the Youth Hostel of São Jorge is the perfect place for those who want to relax.
If you stay at this hostel with male and female dorms and private rooms, take the opportunity to enjoy the surrounding area, go for a hike or ride a bicycle; activities such as spearfishing and whale and dolphin watching can be booked at the reception which is always available.
3. Pousada de Juventude do Pico 8.2/10 (São Roque do Pico – Pico Island)
This youth hostel stands out from many others because it is located at the island with the biggest mountain in Portugal, Pico mountain. Some of the rooms offer privileged views over this mountain making your stay one to remember.
Another aspect that I must point out about this hostel is the fact that it is located at a completely refurbished convent from the 17th century. Here, you can take the opportunity to enjoy the library and the beautiful cloisters; you can also go for a hike in the surrounding area or even dare to climb to the top of the mountain – definitely, a unique experience!
Top 3 of the best Azores hotels with **
1. Hotel Arcanjo 9/10 (Lagoa – São Miguel Island)
Located on the south side of São Miguel Island and 14 km away from the airport, Hotel Arcanjo offers to its guests a great stay at an affordable price. Thanks to its privileged location, know that you can easily visit several points of interest such as Ponta Delgada and Lagoa do Fogo since they’re just a few quilometres away.
At this hotel, located in a 19th century refurbished building, you can enjoy the comfortable rooms (some with ocean views) or book some activities at the reception such as whale watching, horse riding and even scuba diving.
2. Hotel Vale Verde 8.6/10 (Furnas – São Miguel Island)
Hotel Vale Verde is another great hotel for you to spend your holidays in the Azores and, more specifically, at São Miguel Island. Take advantage of the hotel’s location to explore this part of the island and enjoy the surrounding nature.
We can find this hotel on the east side of the island, some kilometres away from several points of interest. On foot or driving, discover places like the Lagoa das Furnas, the (chapel) Capela de Nossa Senhora das Vitórias, among others.
3. Hotel Ilha 8.3/10 (Angra do Heroísmo – Terceira Island)
The Hotel Ilha is located at the beautiful historic centre of Angra do Heroísmo, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1983.
Taking advantage of its great location, the guests can easily explore the city on foot. It’s only a few metres from the Hotel Ilha to some points of interest – discover unique locations like Alto da Memória and the (forest reserve) Reserva Florestal de Recreio do Monte do Brasil.
Top 3 of the best Azores hotels with ***
1. Vila Nova Hotel 8.5/10 (Ponta Delgada – São Miguel Island)
Located in Ponta Delgada, one of the most beautiful cities in the Azores, Vila Nova Hotel offers to its guests great amenities so that they can have some unique and unforgettable holidays. Some of the things that stand out are the outside pool, the game room and the comfortable rooms with spacious bathrooms and beds.
Whoever stays at this hotel, they can take the opportunity to visit the beautiful Fort of S. Brás, located only 220 metres away; Ponta Delgada Airport is just at an approximate distance of 4 km.
2. Hotel Canadiano 8.4 (Ponta Delgada – São Miguel Island)
Hotel Canadiano is another excellent option for those who want to visit the beautiful São Miguel Island and, more specifically, the city of Ponta Delgada.
The guests that stay at this hotel can be sure that they’ll find all the amenities they’ll need to enjoy a marvellous stay. Apart from that, they can also try one of the amazing meals at the hotel’s restaurant or have a fresh drink at the hotel’s bar.
3. Hotel Os Moinhos 8.4/10 (Velas – São Jorge Island)
Located on the central group of the Azores archipelago, more specifically at São Jorge Island, Hotel Os Moinhos has an outside pool and all the rooms offer unique views over the mountain, the Atlantic Ocean and the “neighbour” Pico Island.
If you stay at the Hotel Os Moinhos, know that you’ll have at your disposal spacious rooms with a living area and a bathroom with a whirlpool bathtub; you’ll also find a great restaurant à la carte where you can try the most typical Portuguese dishes.
Top 3 of the best Azores hotels with ****
1. Atlântida Mar Hotel 9.1/10 (Praia da Vitória – Terceira Island)
Located on the east side of Terceira Island and only a few quilometres away from Lajes International Airport, Atlântida Mar Hotel is an excellent place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of this island.
If you book a room at this four-star hotel, know that you’ll have at your disposal amenities such as an outside pool, jacuzzi and a gym where you can keep in shape; the rooms are very comfortable and have an attractive and modern design.
2. Pousada de Angra do Heroísmo 8.8/10 (Angra do Heroísmo – Terceira Island)
Pousada de Angra do Heroísmo Castelo de S. Sebastião is one of the favourite hotels for those that want to spend their holidays in the Azores and, more specifically, in the Terceira Island. This hotel is located at an old fort from the 16th century and is part of the historic centre of Angra do Heroísmo.
Among other amenities at this hotel, you’ll find two outside pools (one for adults and another for children) and the rooms offer amazing views over the Atlantic Ocean.
3. Azoris Faial Garden 8.6/10 (Horta – Faial Island)
This four-star hotel is located in the only city of Faial Island, in the central group of the Azores archipelago. From here, you can explore the rest of the island and its points of interest, such as Monte da Guia, the Lighthouse of Ponta dos Capelinhos and the Caldeira.
Concerning the amenities of this hotel, know that you’ll find an outside pool and an interior pool, a fitness centre, jacuzzi and sauna; from the hotel you can also admire the beautiful Pico Island.
Top 2 of the best Azores hotels with *****
1. Azor Hotel 9.3/10 (Ponta Delgada – São Miguel Island)
Considered as one of the favourite hotels by those visiting the Azores archipelago and, more specifically, São Miguel Island, Azor Hotel is facing the Atlantic Ocean and offers some of the most wonderful views you’ll find on this island.
This five-star hotel offers to its guests all they could ask to have their dream holidays. Among other characteristics, here you’ll find an outside pool with amazing views, a fitness centre and comfortable rooms; you can also take the opportunity to enjoy a magnificent meal at the hotel’s restaurant or a drink at the bar on site.
2. Pedras do Mar Resort & SPA 8.8/10 (Fenais da Luz – São Miguel Island)
Opened since 2016, Pedras do Mar Resort & SPA soon became a hotel of reference for those visiting São Miguel Island. Located on the north side of the island but only 15 km away from Ponta Delgada, this hotel has an enormous tourist potential and presents itself in perfect harmony with nature.
This five-star hotel has all it takes to make your holidays ones to remember. Here, you’ll have at your disposal an outside pool and an interior pool, a spa and wellness centre, a fitness centre and a game room – definitely one of the best Azores hotels.
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