The sunny Algarve is a bucket-list destination for anyone desiring beaches, world-class golf, a vibrant nightlife, or peace and quiet. Also close to colorful cliffs and picturesque fishing villages, these hotels in Portimão are perfectly situated to help visitors explore the region’s dreamy southwestern coast.
From spending an active holiday rolling in the waves of Praia da Rocha to staying central amid the Algarve‘s different locations and landmarks, Portimão, halfway between Lagos and Albufeira, is a popular choice, offering a range of different accommodation options.
NDS Prestige Guesthouse and Suites - Urban Chic Concept
Terrace at NDS Prestige Guesthouse and Suites | Courtesy of NDS Prestige Guesthouse and Suites/Hotels.com
Black-and-white photography and a monochrome palette add an urban vibe to this six-suite guesthouse. NDS Prestige Guesthouse and Suites is located a couple of blocks from the Arade River and close to downtown Portimão, making it perfect for visitors who want to explore more of the local culture. There is a terrace and a garden that guests can enjoy when the weather is nice (which is nearly always) and the hotel offers childcare services for families.
Boho-chic touches, like macrame wall hangings and earthy tones, brighten the 150 contemporary guest rooms at Juniper Marina Hotel. Comfortable and spacious, they also offer privileged views of Portimão, the Arade River, and an inner courtyard. This romantic spa hotel is perfect for couples but also an excellent choice for adults who want a relaxing vacation in the Algarve. Juniper Marina Hotel is home to Facho Restaurant, serving Portuguese and Mediterranean-inspired dishes, and a full-service spa center. The rooftop pool is a favorite among guests.
People from around the world have started traveling to the Algarve for the golfing and at Morgado Golf & Country Club, the highlight is arguably the two 18-hole golf courses (there are lessons for novice players). While playing on the emerald green courses, guests can enjoy views of the Serra de Monchique. Morgado Golf & Country Club boasts 98 guest rooms, a hotel restaurant, and two bar lounges, so there is little need to leave the resort. Although 12 kilometers (seven miles) from the closest beach, there are two adult pools surrounded by lounging chairs and two children’s pools. Set in a calm environment, it is a peaceful, family-friendly retreat.
Tivoli Marina Portimão offers guests a “home away from home” vibe, with their 196 modern apartments, complete with a living area and kitchenette. Each apartment also comes with a terrace. Located close to the beach, the hotel enjoys views of the marina. Additional perks of the Tivoli Marina Portimão are the free breakfast, hotel Deck restaurant with terrace service, two bars, and an outdoor pool, in addition to other basic 4-star amenities.
This contemporary 5-star hotel is perfect for those seeking the tranquil countryside instead of the coast’s energy (it’s still less than a 20-minute drive from the nearest beach). It’s also designed for families, and each room (some are adjoining) includes complimentary access to go-karting. The Pestana Algarve Race boasts a spa center, hotel restaurant and bar, a fitness center, and an arcade room for the kids. Room views take in the Serra de Monchique range.
Set inside an early 20th-century mansion on Praia da Rocha, Bela Vista Hotel & Spa is a romantic and regal choice for luxury-loving travelers. Attention to detail includes the cool color palette, reflecting coastal tones and matching the seaside views, and traditional azulejo accents. Bela Vista Hotel & Spa is also home to the Michelin-star Vista Restaurant, blending Portuguese and Mediterranean cuisines. Spa services, a rooftop terrace, and an outdoor pool make the experience even sweeter.
Next Inn is for travelers looking for a bargain price. Renovated in 2014, it offers 24 bright guest rooms, comprised of singles to triples and group rooms, accommodating four to five people. From the rooftop terrace, guests have a bird’s-eye view over the center of Portimão and toward the mountains. Cozy armchairs fill the hotel’s common room and an additional reading room.