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Bed and Breakfast in Azores
Bed and Breakfast in the Azores
Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the Azores is fairly new and still under development. In the Azores bed & breakfast generally refers to rural cottages and houses run by families, though many guest houses, “pousadas” or pensions include breakfast in their price. Bed and breakfasts in the Azores are a charming and inexpensive option and give you a chance to get close to authentic Azorean life. Prices start at around 20-30€ per person per night.
Chalets in Azores
Chalets in the the Azores
Chalets, holiday houses and cottages are great for family or group holidays in the Azores. Renting a chalet, house or cottage in the Azores is fairly simple and can be done online or via telephone just like booking a hotel. Holiday villas, chalets and cottages are fairly common throughout the Azores, but may be booked up well in advance during peak season, so make sure you book early. Prices range from 35-100€ per night in the off season and up to 200€ for a luxury house in the peak months.
Apartments in Azores
Apartments in the Azores
Apartment accommodation in the Azores, or “aparthotels” cost about as much as a 4 star hotel, which is around 100€ per night during low season and 150€ during high season. Recommended apartment hotels in the Azores are Praia Marina Aparthotel in Praia da Vitoria on Terceira, and Antilla Apart-hotel and Hotel Gaviota, both in Ponta Delgada.
Hotels in Azores
Hotels in the Azores
The Azores have a decent selection hotels in the 2-4 star range. These all tend to fill up during peak season (July-September) so it is advisable to book months in advance. 4 star hotels are around 80-110€ a night in low season and 100-165€ during peak season, while 3 stars will cost 60-100€ for low and 95-120€ for high. 2 star hotels round out at about 40/90€ low/high. Manor houses which operate as hotels fall somewhere in the middle, while prices at rural hotels and pensions can often be negotiated in advance.
Hostels in Azores
Hostels in the Azores
The Azores currently has three youth hostels, or “Pousadas de Juventude” on São Miguel (Ponta Delgada), Terceira (Angra do Heroísmo) and Pico. The Pico hostel is in the Convento São Pedro de Alcântara sec. XVII on Rua João Bento de Lima. Prices for beds are 11/14€ (low/high seasons) and 31/41€ for private double rooms with WC. Ponta Delgada’s hostel on Rua São Francisco Xavier is priced only slightly higher and is in the center of town. The hostel in Angra do Heroísmo has similar bed prices and also offers private cottages for 46.50/56.50€ a night.
Resorts in Azores
Resorts in the Azores
The Azores has only a few resorts, with two of them on the island of São Miguel. They are priced quite reasonably, starting at only 67€ for a double room in low season and 110€ during high season. Caloura Hotel Resort, 17 km from Ponta Delgada, provides beautiful ocean views and a surrounding nature full of stunning volcanic rock hillsides covered in trees and flowers. The resort also is also equipped with a PADI Scuba Diving Center. The other resort on São Miguel is Hotel Bahia Palace in Água d'Alto, which boasts a lovely beach front location in a stunning and serene setting, and is the more expensive of the two. Terceira’s only resort is the Terceira Mar Hotel in Angra do Heroísmo, which features spa facilities, a Turkish bath, an infinity pool and spectacular views. It is located only 500 meters from the historic city of Angra do Heroísmo.
Self Catering Accommodation in Azores
Self-Catering Accommodation in the Azores
Self-catering lodging in the Azores ranges from hostels with shared kitchen facilities to serviced aparthotels and houses. Several options can be found online and if you are planning to stay in self-catering accommodation in the Azores during the months of July-September, make sure you book a few months in advance, as these months are particularly busy for the islands’ limited lodging facilities. Prices vary depending on the season and the nature of the accommodation.