21 Best Hotels in The Azores, Portugal

Aldeia da Fonte Nature Hotel

$ | Caminho de Baixo, 9930-177, Portugal

Within the lush surroundings of this sprawling complex are six lava stone structures housing the guest rooms, a well-regarded restaurant serving local cuisine, a cliff-top swimming pool, and direct access, down rather steep stairs, to a rocky swimming area by the sea. Good-sized country-style rooms have wood embellishments, while suites have their own fireplaces. 

Pros

  • A small gym and sauna on-site
  • Wonderful swimming pool
  • Popular restaurant

Cons

  • Rooms need a refresh
  • No air-conditioning
  • Steps to climb
Caminho de Baixo, 9930-177, Portugal
292 679 500
hotel Details
40 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Alma do Pico Nature Resort

$ | Rua dos Biscoitos 34, 9500-333, Portugal

Though you can’t expect luxury, these simple wooden cabins in the woods make a peaceful getaway. The Italian owners pride themselves on their extremely personalized and friendly service, taking time to suggest the best things to do around the island. In either butterfly or larger turtle configurations, the cabins have kitchenettes as well as breezy verandas. There’s an inviting outdoor pool with mountain and water views, as well as a yoga room where yoga is led by the owners.

Pros

  • Popular restaurant serves Italian cuisine using local ingredients
  • Quiet accommodations with plenty of space to spread out
  • Individualized travel suggestions

Cons

  • Rooms are extremely basic
  • Odd shower controls
  • No air-conditioning
Rua dos Biscoitos 34, 9500-333, Portugal
914 231 436
hotel Details
14 rooms
Rate Includes: Restaurant closed Tues. and Oct.–Apr., Free Breakfast

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Azoris Angra Garden

$$ | Praça Velha, 9700-201, Portugal
Not only does this comfortable, contemporary hotel have a prime position in the center of Angra’s old town and welcome amenities like an indoor pool, fitness center, and roof deck with fabulous views of Monte Brasil, it also backs onto the lovely, peaceful Duque da Terceira Garden. (About half the rooms come with garden views.) The mod-style lobby isn’t quite reflected in the more modest rooms, but the beds are heavenly and the garden views can’t be beat. The bright and airy Garden Restaurant serves regional dishes for lunch and dinner, while the Plaza wine bar offers drinks and light bites.

Pros

  • Wellness options include a steam room, whirlpool, and massages
  • Location in the center of town
  • Good variety at breakfast

Cons

  • No on-site parking available
  • Street noise in some rooms
  • Gym open limited hours
Praça Velha, 9700-201, Portugal
295 206 600
hotel Details
118 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Azoris Faial Garden

$ | Rua Consul Dabney, 9901-856, Portugal
This collection of pale pink buildings, formerly part of the undersea cable company and perched up the hill from Faial’s harbor, is a little dated, but the lovely and extensive grounds include lots of amenities: an outdoor infinity pool with harbor views and a poolside bar, an indoor pool with a whirlpool, sauna, and gym, and balconies off of some guest rooms with prime views of Mt. Pico. Though the hotel is removed from the center of Faial, it’s only a short stroll down the hill to restaurants and bars.

Pros

  • Spacious guest rooms
  • Great mountain views
  • Inviting pool area

Cons

  • Restaurant gets mixed reviews
  • Rooms are in need of a refresh
  • Lackluster service
Rua Consul Dabney, 9901-856, Portugal
292 207 400
hotel Details
131 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Casa Hintze Ribeiro

$ | Rua Hintze Ribeiro 62, 9500-049, Portugal
If you want an easy stroll to the major sights of Porta Delgada, you can’t do better than this cozy boutique hotel on one of the town’s most charming pedestrian streets; as a bonus, the friendly staff is eager to help with recommendations on what not to miss. Good-sized rooms with hardwood floors are decorated with basket-woven chairs and a carpet showcasing writings from the Azorean-born poets Natália Correia and Antero de Quental; some also feature inviting outdoor spaces for lounging. A small gym is available to guests, along with a sauna, steam room, and whirlpool tub, and there are two compact outdoor pools, one for adults and one for kids.

Pros

  • Central location puts you close to just about everything
  • Some rooms have expansive terraces
  • Inviting outdoor pools

Cons

  • Odd layout means little privacy in bathrooms
  • Breakfast buffet on the simple side
  • Rooms facing street can be noisy
Rua Hintze Ribeiro 62, 9500-049, Portugal
296 304 340
hotel Details
22 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Furnas Lake Forest Living

$$$$ | Estrada Regional do Sul, 9675-090, Portugal Fodor's Choice

On the edge of lovely Lake Furnas, this collection of freestanding cedar villas standing on pillars on a reflective pond is set in a former cattle farm, and the mix of peaceful surroundings and contemporary Scandinavian decor attracts those looking for a quiet, nature-filled getaway. Rooms are light and airy, with wood floors and gray, white, and green accents, and come with kitchenettes. If you don’t want to cook, you can dine at the in-house restaurant, which serves Azorean dishes with their own beef as well as veggies and herbs straight from the hotel garden. Every room opens onto a communal grassy area where guests can relax and admire the views, or opt for a dip in the narrow saltwater pool. A two-night minimum stay is required during high season.

Pros

  • Unique and charming property
  • Short stroll to Lake Furnas
  • Eager-to-help staff

Cons

  • Bathrooms are basic
  • No spa or gym
  • Restaurant not open every day
Estrada Regional do Sul, 9675-090, Portugal
296 584 107
hotel Details
14 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Grand Hotel Açores Atlântico

$$$ | Av. Infante Dom Henrique 113, 9500-770, Portugal
The decor at this aptly named grand hotel overlooking the marina was inspired by the Insulana Navegação shipping company, which sailed between Lisbon, Madeira, the Azores, and the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries; elegant guest rooms and public areas featuring shipping photos and maps further evoke the nautical theme. Some of the comfortable rooms include balconies with water views; bathrooms feature wood details and brass fittings. The sophisticated bar serves lunch and dinner, while dinner is available in the Balcony restaurant. Guests have access to a small gym and a large-sized indoor swimming pool, and can stroll along the waterfront to the center of town.

Pros

  • Unique maritime design
  • Extremely helpful staff
  • Lovely marina views

Cons

  • Some rooms on the small side
  • Can hear street noise in lower-floor rooms
  • Wi-Fi can be iffy
Av. Infante Dom Henrique 113, 9500-770, Portugal
296 302 200
hotel Details
140 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hotel do Canal

$ | Largo Doutor Manuel de Arriaga, 9900-026, Portugal
This somewhat old-fashioned hotel makes up for any shortcomings with a prime location across the street from Horta’s marina, good-sized rooms with comfortable beds, and a staff ready to help when you need it. Since the sea views are the highlight here, book a room with one if you can. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the in-house Clipper restaurant, and guests can order drinks on the terrace while gazing out at the water.

Pros

  • Sauna, whirlpool tub, and Turkish bath
  • Location in the center of town
  • Free parking

Cons

  • Limited breakfast choices
  • Gym needs an update
  • No swimming pool
Largo Doutor Manuel de Arriaga, 9900-026, Portugal
292 202 120
hotel Details
103 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hotel Verde Mar & Spa

$$ | Rua Dr. Jose Nunes Da Ponte, 9600-525, Portugal

This modern, if generic, property just a short walk from the center of Ribeira Grande offers comfortable and sharply designed rooms, large indoor and outdoor pools, and views of Monte Verde Beach from some guest rooms, the restaurant, and the bar. The Terracota Restaurante & Bar offers an extensive breakfast buffet and an eclectic menu for the rest of the day. If you’re in need of more relaxation, choose from an array of relaxing treatments at the spa or try out the well-stocked fitness room.

Pros

  • Some rooms include nice patios
  • Lovely outdoor pool with water views
  • Spacious, comfortable lounge area

Cons

  • Hotel feels somewhat impersonal
  • Rooms facing the street can be noisy
  • No separate showers in most rooms
Rua Dr. Jose Nunes Da Ponte, 9600-525, Portugal
296 247 710
hotel Details
152 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Octant Furnas

$$$$ | Av. Doutor Manuel de Arriaga, 9675-022, Portugal Fodor's Choice

A fine choice for a relaxing vacation in the thermal mecca of Furnas, this modern design-focused hotel offers guest rooms with exceedingly comfy beds and a top-notch restaurant leading to a cool indoor/outdoor lounge perfect for enjoying a cocktail. It also features two thermal pools: an enormous indoor pool topped by a glass cathedral ceiling and a lovely outdoor pool overlooking the forest, both accessible to guests 24 hours a day. Cozy and contemporary guest rooms have dark teal walls and brown leather accents; some include private terraces and plunge pools. The spa also includes a sauna and Turkish bath, as well as a well-stocked gym open to guests any time. Should hunger strike, À Terra restaurant is open all day for snacks and meals.

Pros

  • Relaxed vibe
  • 24-hour thermal pools and gym
  • Extremely helpful service

Cons

  • Street noise in some rooms
  • Restaurant gets mixed reviews
  • Only accessible by car
Av. Doutor Manuel de Arriaga, 9675-022, Portugal
296 249 200
hotel Details
55 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Octant Ponta Delgada

$$$$ | Av. Dr. João Bosco Mota Amaral 4, 9500-771, Portugal Fodor's Choice

This design-focused hotel—the hippest place to stay in Ponta Delgada—offers all sorts of decadent amenities: ocean-facing rooms with balconies, a local cheese and wine selection near the lobby, and one of the only full-service spas in town. Sleek wood-paneled guest rooms have splashes of color and mid-century modern furnishings. The in-house À Terra restaurant wins rave reviews for its modern take on Azorean cuisine. Guests have two pools to choose from: a heated one in the spa and an unheated one on the rooftop, surrounded by views of the ocean and city.

Pros

  • Well-equipped fitness center
  • Lovely rooftop pool and bar
  • Bountiful breakfast buffet

Cons

  • Can hear noise in some rooms
  • Some guests find the roof pool too cold
  • A hike to the center of town
Av. Dr. João Bosco Mota Amaral 4, 9500-771, Portugal
296 249 900
hotel Details
123 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Pestana Bahia Praia

$$$ | Praia de Água d'Alto, 9680-365, Portugal
Located about halfway between Ponta Delgada and Furnas, this expansive hotel close to the charming village of Vila Franca do Campo is chock-full of amenities, including tennis courts, a playground, and an outdoor pool area, to name a few. It sits right on one of the nicest beaches in São Miguel, Praia de Áqua d’Alta. A tad old-fashioned, the spacious guest rooms offer ocean or garden views; all include private balconies. The outdoor pool, though not heated, has a pool bar offering drinks, plus the restaurant includes an outdoor terrace where guests can dine all day long.

Pros

  • Spacious rooms with the right amenities
  • Extensive breakfast buffet
  • Steps to the beach

Cons

  • Not many attractions in the nearby area
  • Small and outdated gym and spa
  • Restaurant could be better
Praia de Água d'Alto, 9680-365, Portugal
296 539 130
hotel Details
102 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Pico do Refúgio

$ | Roda do Pico 5, 9600-095, Portugal

An interesting blend of a rustic farmhouse setting and contemporary furnishings, this unique boutique hotel created out of several 17th-century buildings hosts artists for five months out of the year, with the wonderful results displayed throughout the property. Three apartments and three slightly larger lofts are located in the former tea factory at the bottom of the hill, while two lofts are a short drive or hike up to the top of the hill, near the owner’s house; though all differ in design, many have beamed ceilings and fireplaces, and all have their own kitchens. For a small fee, a hearty breakfast in a basket is delivered directly to your room.

Pros

  • Dive school with entry-level classes
  • Lots of modern art on display
  • Spacious accommodations

Cons

  • No on-site restaurant
  • Two-night minimum stay
  • Extra charge for breakfast
Roda do Pico 5, 9600-095, Portugal
910 529 752
hotel Details
8 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Pocinho Bay

$$$ | 9950-154, Madalena, Portugal Fodor's Choice
Owners Jose and Louisa, former sociologists from Lisbon, have transformed their summer vacation property into a truly unique place to stay, with a collection of six elegant volcanic rock cottages and two sophisticated two-bedroom villas, all decorated with artifacts collected during their extensive travels around the world. Just outside are a vineyard, walking trails, and a swimming pool. Every room is different, though all are a mix of the traditional (beamed ceilings and stone walls) and the modern (carefully selected furnishings from South America, Southeast Asia, and elsewhere). All guests get a lovely breakfast with homemade products, and there’s an honesty bar with drinks available. The owners also produce a limited amount of their own Pocinho Bay white wine.

Pros

  • Beautiful grounds just outside your door
  • Natural rock pool sits nearby
  • Personalized service

Cons

  • Somewhat isolated location
  • No restaurant or bar
  • No fitness center or spa
9950-154, Madalena, Portugal
292 629 135
hotel Details
6 rooms, 2 villas
Rate Includes: Closed Dec.–Feb., Free Breakfast

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Pousada Forte Angra do Heroísmo

$ | Rua do Castelinho, 9700-075, Portugal Fodor's Choice
From the outside, you’d never know that a modern hotel sits inside the walls of a 16th-century fort perched on a hilltop overlooking the sea on the edge of Angra (but only about a 10-minute walk into town); beyond the historical significance, the cool, contemporary guest rooms, outdoor pools and bar, and sea views make the Pousada a great place to spend the night. Some of the guest rooms, with gray walls, wood floors, and modern art on the walls, have patios with chairs or small balconies; all look out onto the sea. The restaurant serves local cuisine, and offers a Sunday evening fado night with live music and a four-course meal with wines. There’s also a bar that opens onto the courtyard; though it’s not always staffed, someone at the reception will be happy to help when asked. On the grounds you’ll find one pool for adults and one for kids, as well as a Jacuzzi.

Pros

  • Highly atmospheric place to stay
  • Spacious rooms and bathrooms
  • Quiet location

Cons

  • Very small TVs in rooms
  • No gym
  • Steep walk up and down the hill to town center
Rua do Castelinho, 9700-075, Portugal
295 403 560
hotel Details
29 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Pousada Forte da Horta

$$ | Rua Vasco da Gama, 9900-017, Portugal Fodor's Choice

Located inside a 16th-century fort perched directly on the harbor’s edge, this atmospheric hotel offers rooms with balconies overlooking the military cannons positioned next to the fort’s walls. There’s a good-sized outdoor swimming pool with the same gorgeous views from the lounge chairs. Modern rooms are comfortable but a bit on the small side; the sea view rooms are the way to go. The on-site restaurant Sal & Pico serves lunch and dinner, and guests are also a short walk away from a large choice of tempting places to dine in Horta itself.

Pros

  • Sleep in a nationally recognized treasure
  • Chock-full of historical details
  • Wonderful scenery

Cons

  • No fitness center or spa
  • Staff could be more helpful
  • Parking can be an issue
Rua Vasco da Gama, 9900-017, Portugal
210 407 670
hotel Details
28 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Dec.–Feb., Free Breakfast

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Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort

$$$$ | Estrada Regional N0 1-1a 1º Morro de Baixo, 9600-219, Portugal

While this beautifully designed resort sitting between the mountains and the waves of Praia Santa Bárbara is ideal for surfers, nonsurfers will also appreciate the sleek and contemporary guest rooms (some with their own pool or Jacuzzi), the saltwater swimming pool, and the extensive wellness offerings. The modern accommodations come in several sizes, from spacious studios to one- and two-bedroom villas; all have their own kitchenettes. The restaurant and bar overlooking the sea are open all day long and, in season, the hotel operates a beach club serving up drinks and light snacks.

Pros

  • Lovely contemporary design
  • Spacious guest rooms
  • Tasty regional dishes

Cons

  • Service seems standoffish at times
  • Beds too firm for some guests
  • Difficult to get there without a car
Estrada Regional N0 1-1a 1º Morro de Baixo, 9600-219, Portugal
296 470 360
hotel Details
30 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Senhora da Rosa

$$ | Rua Senhora da Rosa 3, 9500-450, Portugal Fodor's Choice

On the lovely grounds of an 18th-century farm, this boutique hotel just east of Ponta Delgada offers thoroughly modern comforts including an outdoor pool, spa with sauna and Turkish bath, and pilates reformer room. Good-size guest rooms feature large-scale photographs of Azorean nature and a soothing brown-and-green color scheme; many have terraces or balconies. The delightful Magma Restaurant incorporates local ingredients into its Portuguese dishes, including fruit, vegetables, and flowers grown at the hotel. You can also take a dip in the hotel’s heated plunge pool, tucked inside a greenhouse filled with pineapples.

Pros

  • Thoughtful design details
  • Fun kids’ club programs
  • Peaceful location away from urban noise

Cons

  • Not walkable to town
  • Wi-Fi doesn’t always work
  • Not enough umbrellas near the pool
Rua Senhora da Rosa 3, 9500-450, Portugal
296 100 900
hotel Details
35 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Terceira Mar Hotel

$ | Portões de Sao Pedro 1, 9700-291, Portugal

The fabulous grounds at this pleasant hotel on Angra’s western edge are reason enough to stay here—all rooms have balconies overlooking the sea, Monte Brasil, lots of greenery, and a large-sized saltwater pool—plus the inside amenities are not bad either, including what might be the best hotel gym in the Azores. Fresh cream and green guest rooms with hardwood floors have a modern, understated look, though bathrooms feel a bit old-fashioned. Besides the gym, which includes a sauna, Turkish bath, and Jacuzzi, there’s a lovely indoor swimming pool, plus two tennis courts. The spacious indoor/outdoor bar is perfect for an evening drink, with very friendly, if sometimes slow, service. It’s only about a 10-minute walk to town, and a promenade with sea access makes the stroll even more scenic.

Pros

  • Wonderful setting
  • Amazing fitness center
  • Extensive breakfast choices

Cons

  • Wi-Fi doesn't always work
  • Bathrooms don’t feel as modern as rest of rooms
  • Staff could be more helpful at times
Portões de Sao Pedro 1, 9700-291, Portugal
295 402 280
hotel Details
139 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Terra Nostra Garden Hotel

$$$ | Rua Padre Jose Jacinto Botelho, 59675-061, Portugal Fodor's Choice

While the art deco decor is extremely pretty and the service as friendly as can be, the main reason to stay at the Azores’ first hotel (opened in 1935) is overnight guests’ complimentary after-hours access to the namesake botanical garden connected to the hotel, which includes round-the-clock use of the hot springs pool and two thermal Jacuzzis, all without the hectic daytime crowds. Guests have the choice of staying in either the original Art Deco wing or the Garden Wing added in the 1990s, which features similar rooms (mainly green- and tan-colored with leaf patterns on the carpets) but with lovely garden views; some also have private balconies or terraces. Every room comes with a gray bathrobe and towels that can be brought to the garden pools. There’s also a small spa with indoor pool, sauna, and Turkish bath if you choose to stay in. Though several restaurants are within walking distance, the in-house Terra Nostra Garden Restaurant is one of the best, and the outdoor Gardener Bar serves up tasty cocktails and snacks with terrific garden views.

Pros

  • Unique and lovely garden setting
  • High-quality, extensive breakfast buffet
  • Fantastic attached restaurant

Cons

  • Can feel crowded with tourists during the day
  • Often has two-night minimum stays
  • Not enough parking spaces during busy periods
Rua Padre Jose Jacinto Botelho, 59675-061, Portugal
296 549 090
hotel Details
86 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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White Exclusive Suites & Villas

$$$$ | Rua Rocha Quebrada 10, 9560-420, Portugal Fodor's Choice

You’ll get a taste of modern Azorean volcanic style when stepping inside the sleek black-and-white rooms and chic public spaces in this exclusive 10-room boutique hotel created out of a cluster of 18th-century manor houses perched above the ocean. All rooms feature macramé objects created by local artists and mini kitchens with stoves; some rooms contain working fireplaces, and all upstairs rooms include balconies. The sea in front of the hotel is a bit rough for swimming (though snorkeling tours are offered upon request), but the gorgeous heated saltwater infinity pool beckons. There’s no buffet here: a full breakfast with local products is served to guests, who can also opt for a good selection of fish, meat, or veggie dishes for dinner in the charming in-house restaurant (also open to a limited number of outside guests).

Pros

  • A 15-minute drive east of Ponta Delgada
  • Unique design for the islands
  • Staff willing to go the extra mile

Cons

  • No gym
  • Can hear outside noise in some rooms
  • Not very child-friendly
Rua Rocha Quebrada 10, 9560-420, Portugal
296 249 153
hotel Details
10 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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