When visiting the Algarve, chances are that you’ll spend more time exploring the surroundings than inside a hotel, so why not book a room on a budget? If you’re looking to cut financial corners, here’s our pick of the best cozy-yet-cheap hotels around.
The sparkling seaside is one of the main reasons to visit the Algarve, and the bright, budget-friendly Hotel Atismar is conveniently around the corner from the main beach in Quarteira. Depending on the season, guests can check into a single room or double (with a full bed for a couple or two twin beds for two people) for as low as €20 (USD$24.50) per person per night, and the deal includes breakfast.
Just a six-minute walk from one of Albufeira’s beaches, Auramar Beach Resort is as perfectly situated for a coastal getaway as it is cozy, also boasting on-site restaurants, bars, pools, and lounges. Prices for twin rooms start from around €21 (USD$25) and rise to €54 (USD$66) per night with everything included (like breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as mentioned on their website).
Praia Sol is a budget, three-star hotel located in Quarteira, near a golf course, and a short distance from trendy Vilamoura, where many of the Algarve’s locals and visitors meet for sophisticated dinners and nights out along the marina. Depending on when you want to visit, twin and double rooms can be available for €25 (USD$30.60) and €35 (USD$43) per night respectively, perhaps freeing up some euros that can be spent enjoying the area. If you’re into golfing, check out Praia Sol’s special rates for visiting the nearby golf course.
Casa d’ Alagoa has everything that guests can expect from a cozy hostel, from the excellent prices to the welcoming ambiance (including home cooked meals). The villa, although renovated within the last ten years, is more than 200 years old, adding an old-world charm and traditional touch to a stay in the sunny Algarve. Book a private room with your special someone for as low as €25 (USD$30.60) per person per night, or consider one of the dormitories with beds ranging from €16-19 (USD$19.60-23.30) per person per night depending on the size of the room.
Are you planning to travel with a small group of friends? Get the biggest bang for your buck by booking an apartment suite sleeping four people for as low as €51 (USD$62.50) per night. The price for the junior suite for two, on the other hand, ranges from as low as €30 (USD$36.75) per night. The Clube Maria Luisa in Olhos de Água is a hotel with 23 apartments on site, plus extra amenities like an outdoor pool, and it’s a short, few minute walk from the coast and local beach bars and restaurants.
Lagos Charming Villas offers comfortable and budget-friendly accommodation with terraces perfect for sunbathing and a jacuzzi to soak in after long days discovering everything Lagos has to offer. Prices start from around €22 (USD$27) per night for two people, and apartments that fit three people can be booked from as little as €32 (USD$39.20) per night.
Fancy staying in a beach-style bungalow or studio with a private kitchen for approximately €30 (USD$36.75) per night? Algarve Gardens is that and more, located a block from the beautiful cliff-rimmed Falésia Beach.