Hotels in The Azores
Hotels in the Azores range from stylish boutique accommodations to sprawling resorts, as well as charming bed and breakfasts and beautifully restored historic buildings that embrace the culture of the Azores without sacrificing comfort. Prices tend to be fairly reasonable at even the swankiest Azores hotels, but be advised that rates may surge during peak seasons, particularly in the summer when tourists flock to the islands' first-class whale-watching.
Some of the best hotels in the Azores include the Furnas Lake Villas on São Miguel, where 10 villas are nestled amidst the island’s stunning greenery; Adegas de Pico on Pico, where traditional stone houses are scattered throughout the volcanic island; the restored abandoned village of Aldeia da Cuada, which provides comfortable accommodations and easy access to the rest of the island of Flores; Hotel do Colégio on São Miguel, a former music academy turned trendy hotel where each room is named after music from the Azores; and the Pousada de Santa Cruz on Faial, a 16th century fortress that has been beautifully revived as a comfortable hotel.
On this westernmost European archipelago, an abandoned 18th-century village of tumbledown stone cottages was renovated into a folksy rural getaway—lace curtains; iron beds with homemade quilts—against a jaw-dropping landscape.