Even though it is one of the most visited countries in the world, there are still an abundance of affordable hotel rooms in Portugal for travellers to choose from.
Similar to all other European countries, hostels are the best choice for cheap hotel rates in Portugal. Hostels can be found in the major cities, coastal towns and inland villages of Portugal. If a hostel is not your style, there are many mainstream (think Choice Hotels, Holiday Inn, Best Western) and independently-owned economy hotels throughout the country as well.
Bed and Breakfasts are another fantastic budget-friendly option. Owned and operated by local residents who have a passion for their culture and heritage, B&Bs are great value for your money. Breakfast is included daily, plus the owners can provide you with off-the-beaten-path details of the local area. While B&Bs can be more expensive than your average hotel, they will include a full home-cooked breakfast made with local ingredients which will save you time and money on eating breakfast out.
In the major urban areas such as Lisbon and Porto you will find an assortment of luxury boutique properties, located in popular and trendy neighbourhoods. Similarly so, the coastal towns of the Algarve have an array of lavish hotels.
When researching hotel reservations in Portugal you may come across the word ‘Pousada’ time and time again and begin to wonder what they are. A very popular lodging choice, Pousadas are a type of exclusive and often historic hotel located throughout Portugal. Currently Portugal has 40 Pousadas.
Characteristically each Pousada has its own restaurant that serves regional and local cuisine coupled with wines from the neighbouring areas. Pousadas are unofficially divided into four categories including:
- Historical Pousadas: these are located in historical buildings, convents,
castles, fortresses and palaces.
- Historical Design Pousadas: are Historical Pousadas whose design has been enhanced
by distinguished and renowned architects.
- Charm Pousadas: boast an abundance of local charm.
- Nature Pousadas: as the name suggests are in areas of immense local
In general Pousadas, sometimes referred to as historical hotels, are generally a more expensive accommodation selection. On occasion, you may be able to secure a discounted
rate for a stay in a Pousada – such as a discount for longer stays as well as discounts for seniors aged 60+ staying between Sunday and Thursday.
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