The Portas da Cidade and the clock tower of Sao Sabastian church through the arch, Azores Portugal

Ponta Delgada, on São Miguel Island, is the capital of the Azores archipelago of Portugal and, as such, has some super places to stay. Based on my experiences of staying in this pretty city, here is my selection of Ponta Delgada hotels and other accommodation, including apartments.

I’ve handpicked a range of properties to suit most tastes and budgets, taking into account their price-quality relationship, location, sustainability practices, charm and service levels. By using these suggestions, you’ll save time trawling through all of the possible places to stay in Ponta Delgada and feel confident about your decision.

All of these accommodation picks are no more than 5 km (3 miles) from the centre of the city and are ideal for exploring the biggest island in the Azores.

For accommodation in other locations around the rest of the island, take a look at my Which Is The Best Hotel In São Miguel, Azores? article.

Why stay in Ponta Delgada?

Well, in addition to having a wide choice of restaurants and activities, it’s also a handy base if you intend to do any small group tours or use public transport to get around the island as you’ll have lots more options.

View of Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel showing church and harbour
View of Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

Wherever possible, I choose accommodations that follow sustainable practices, as indicated by the number of leaves (3 is the top score). No leaf simply means that I can’t verify their current efforts regarding sustainable travel but I love the property.

5-star Ponta Delgada hotels

This gorgeous hotel is beautifully decorated throughout and boasts a rooftop pool where you can gaze out over the city. There’s a spa and wellness centre and the rooms are open and light, with comfortable, well-sized beds. See photos and your room now.

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Facing the marina is this Grand Hotel. Its position means that depending on which room you choose, you’ll have views of either the bay, ocean or city. There’s an indoor pool and an à la carte restaurant with great views of the marina. The rooms are stylish and comfy and it’s a great base to explore the sites of the city. Check for availability.

A view from the bedroom at Grand Hotel Acores Atlantico
A view from the bedroom at Grand Hotel Acores Atlantico

4-star hotels in Ponta Delgada

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Green Sustainability leaf for hotels

Everything at this nature hotel is set up for a relaxing time, from exploring the large garden to experiencing the plunge pool surrounded by pineapples! The rooms are nicely decorated with an emphasis on nature murals above the beds. For those with a car there’s also free parking at the hotel. See photos.

Forest scene on wall behind the bed at Senhora da Rosa, Ponta Delgada
Bedroom complete with forest scene at Senhora da Rosa, Ponta Delgada
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The charming Hotel Talisman is located in the historic centre of town overlooking a park and with a small rooftop pool. The interior of the hotel is fascinating, with elements of Azorean architecture blended with Art Deco, (I can’t decide which is my favourite area-the swirling staircase in reception or the ceiling in the dining room). Rooms are spacious, bright and clean. See available dates.

Receptionist working in Art Deco reception area, Hotel Talisman, Ponta Delgada, São Miguel island, Azores
Art Deco reception area, Hotel Talisman, Ponta Delgada, São Miguel island, Azores

3-star Ponta Delgada hotels

Just a few minutes walk from the centre of Ponta Delgada is this boutique hotel. You can choose from a range of bright, clean rooms all with comfy beds. Note that rooms on the upper floors can only be reached by stairs. Read reviews and book your stay.

Special guesthouses in Ponta Delgada

Green Sustainability leaf for hotels
Green Sustainability leaf for hotels

All of the rooms at Casa da Ilha have a contemporary design with lots of wood and light. You can choose between a balcony with garden view or inner courtyard or even a sea view with one of the double rooms. The staff are extremely helpful and breakfast is very good. Slightly outside the city centre, it’s still within walking distance and there’s free parking. Book your room now.

Relax in this sustainable guesthouse with a garden and terrace set in a historical house. Many of the rooms are filled with an assortment of colourful artworks and interesting nik-knacks; you could certainly lose track of time discovering new things. Rooms have a contemporary feel, often nicely offset with bold Portuguese headboards. Breakfast is excellent with lots of locally-sourced goodies. Check for dates.

Casadacidade living room with paintings and ornaments, Ponta Delgada
Casadacidade living room, Ponta Delgada

Apartments in Ponta Delgada

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These practical apartments are stylish and modern with lots of space. It’s on a quiet street in the old town so all facilities are within walking distance. There’s a cute outdoor pool in the garden area which, when lit at nightime, is lovely. Book your apartment now.

Choose between one and two bedroomed apartments at Santa Clara 1828. Apartments are modern, fresh and bright and some come with a terrace or garden view. It’s a quiet area and very handy for shops and restaurants. Check details.

An apartment at Santa Clara 1828 showing bed, sofa and cooking area, Ponta Delgada
An apartment at Santa Clara 1828, Ponta Delgada
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This eco-village is a beachfront property with a terrace, rooftop pool and a hot tub. There’s a whole range of apartments to choose from, some with a balcony and garden or sea views. Kitchens come fully equipped and if yoga is your thing you can take a class inhouse. It’s a couple of miles from the historical city centre so you’ll probably need tansport unless you intend to just chill out here. Choose an apartment to suit you.

Quinta das Camélias

Choose a spacious, modern apartment with sea or garden views at this expansive Quinta. There are lovely views from the terrace and pool and the hosts are friendly and helpful. The garden is a delightful place for a stroll and to re-charge those batteries. A car will come in handy as this is also a few kilometres from the city centre. See availability.

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1 Comment

  1. Love reading your blog Julie! I live in the US but travel to Portugal every year. Next summer I plan to spend 2 months in the Azores. I only plan on a rental car for day trips. Beside Sao Miguel what other locations do you recommend for extended stays? Checking out your apt. recommendations!
    Thank you!

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