The Best Hotels for First Time Visitors in Portugal

Where to Stay on Your First Trip to Portugal

Coimbra, Portugal Coimbra, Portugal

If it's your first trip to Portugal for the activities and sightseeing, then you're in for a treat. But the biggest question is often where to stay for a first time visitor to Portugal. With so many amazing hotels to choose from, it can be tough to make a decision to make the most of your first trip here. That's where we come in! In this comprehensive guide, we'll help you find the best hotels for first-timers in Portugal. After analyzing all of the hotels based on price, location, amenities, ratings, and more, we have come up with our list of the best hotels in Portugal for first time visitors. We'll cover everything you need to know about these hotels, including the amenities, location, prices and ratings. So, whether you're traveling solo, with family, or as a couple on a romantic getaway, you'll find the perfect hotel if you've never visited Portugal beofre. So check out these terrific hotels, many of which have sparkling swimming pools, delicious restaurants, and top-notch amenities, along with the perfect balance of comfort, location, and affordability. So, let's get to it and discover the best hotels in Portugal for your first trip!

(Prices are listed in U.S. Dollars.)

Terra Nostra Garden Hotel

Furnas, Portugal
4-star Hotel with prices starting at $238 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for Your First Visit to Portugal
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.

Located at Rua Padre Jose Jacinto Botelho, Terra Nostra Garden Hotel has great rooms from $238 (before taxes). It offers an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, a fitness center, and scuba diving. It has a terrific 9.40 rating out of 10 from previous guests who have stayed here. Only a short distance from the city center, first time visitors will especially love snorkeling, a bar, breakfast, hiking, and mountain views at this relaxing hotel. Nothing says relaxation like having room service delivered.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Snorkeling
  • Breakfast included
  • Free breakfast
  • Spa
  • Child pool
  • Indoor pool
  • Horse riding
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hiking
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Fishing
  • Tennis
  • Coffee shop
  • Breakfast in the room


Hotel Casa Palmela

Setubal, Portugal
4-star Hotel with prices starting at $177 (before taxes) - See All Prices
A Good Stay for Your First Trip
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.

A great place to stay is Hotel Casa Palmela which has nice rooms starting at $177. Offering an outdoor pool, a pool bar, room service, a restaurant, and scuba diving, it also has a great guest rating of 9.10 out of 10 from many previous guests. It's located at Quinta do Esteval - E.N. 10, km 33,5. This convenient hotel is also nice because it offers snorkeling, a bar, a kid-friendly buffet, breakfast, and hiking which visitors will enjoy. Also, it's just a short drive from the city center. Everyone loves a nice pool, and you won't be disappointed with this one.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Snorkeling
  • Breakfast included
  • Kitchen
  • Free breakfast
  • Horse riding
  • Airport shuttle
More Great Amenities
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Hiking
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Pets allowed
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Fishing
  • Family rooms
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Saltwater pool
  • Luxury


Terceira Mar Hotel

Angra do Heroismo, Portugal
4-star Hotel with prices starting at $56 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for Your First Time in Portugal
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 4-star hotels.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Beach
  • Heated pool

We found Terceira Mar Hotel to be a great place to stay, and the price starts at $56. We loved that is has an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, a fitness center, and scuba diving, and it also has a terrific guest rating of 8.90 out of 10 from previous guests. It's located at Portoes de Sao Pedro 1. You'll also find snorkeling, a bar, parking, breakfast, and outdoor tennis which travelers will love. And this fun hotel is just a quick trip from the center of town. The heated pool is comfortable, relaxing, and fun for everyone. It's a great value, too, because it's less than the average price for first time trip hotels.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Snorkeling
  • Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Free breakfast
  • Indoor pool
  • Horse riding
  • Beach
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hiking
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Heated pool
  • Coffee shop
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Saltwater pool


Quinta de Nossa Senhora das Merces

Angra do Heroismo, Portugal
Guest House with prices starting at $115 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for First-Timers
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Beach

With terrific rooms from $115, Quinta de Nossa Senhora das Merces, at Caminho de Baixo - Sao Mateus provides an outdoor pool, skiing, a pool bar, room service, and a restaurant. Its terrific guest rating is 8.80 out of 10 from previous guests staying here. New visitors will really like this amazing hotel which also offers a fitness center, scuba diving, snorkeling, a bar, and a kid-friendly buffet. It's located just a short distance from the city center, too. The service at the restaurant is terrific, and so is the food.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Skiing
  • Room service
  • Snorkeling
  • Breakfast included
  • Kitchen
  • Free breakfast
  • Spa
  • Horse riding
  • Beach
More Great Amenities
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Hiking
  • Kitchenette
  • Laundry service
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Table tennis
  • Bicycle rental
  • Fishing
  • Family rooms
  • Private pool
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Infinity pool
  • Saltwater pool


Sintra Marmoris Palace

Sintra, Portugal
Guest House with prices starting at $310 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Among the Best Places to Stay for a First Visit to Portugal
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Heated pool

Sintra Marmoris Palace has a great guest rating of 9.60 out of 10, and offers an outdoor pool, a pool bar, room service, scuba diving, and snorkeling. The great rooms here start at $310 before taxes and depending on the season. It can be found at Quinta dos Cedros. Furthermore, it also offers a bar, a kid-friendly buffet, breakfast, hiking, and mountain views, which is nice for first time visitors. Just a short drive from the city center, this fantastic hotel is a terrific choice. Everyone loves a nice indoor pool, and the one here does not disappoint!

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Snorkeling
  • Breakfast included
  • Free breakfast
  • Indoor pool
  • Horse riding
More Great Amenities
  • Pool bar
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Hiking
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Heated pool
  • Tennis
  • Coffee shop
  • Breakfast in the room


Sao Miguel Park Hotel

Ponta Delgada, Portugal
4-star Hotel with prices starting at $102 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect Hotel to Make the Most of Your First Visit
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 4-star hotels.
  • Beach

The great guest rating of Sao Miguel Park Hotel is 8.60 out of 10. This place has an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar. Prices for the terrific rooms are from $102, and it's located at Rua Manuel Augusto Amaral. We also love the a kid-friendly buffet, breakfast, mountain views, child care, and laundry services which are great for visitors. And since it's just a quick trip from the center of the town, the location is great, too.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Breakfast included
  • Free breakfast
  • Spa
  • Child pool
  • Indoor pool
  • Beach
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Coffee shop
  • Playground
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Kids' club


Vila Nova Hotel

Ponta Delgada, Portugal
3-star Hotel with prices starting at $70 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Great Hotel for First Time Visitors
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 3-star hotels.
  • Beach
  • Family-Friendly

A cool place is Vila Nova Hotel because it has great rooms that start at $70. It has an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, scuba diving, and a bar, it also earned a great guest rating of 8.60 out of 10 from people who have stayed here before. It's found at Rua Joao Francisco Cabral ,1-3. Only a short distance from the city center, travelers will especially love parking, a kid-friendly buffet, hiking, mountain views, and child care at this convenient hotel. It's also less than the average price for first time trip hotels, so it's a great value.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Parking
  • Horse riding
  • Beach
  • Family-Friendly
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Hiking
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Game room
  • Bicycle rental
  • Fishing
  • Family rooms
  • Coffee shop
  • Refrigerator
  • Breakfast in the room


Acores Atlantico Grand Hotel

Ponta Delgada, Portugal
5-star Hotel with prices starting at $130 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for Your First Visit to Portugal
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 5-star hotels.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Beach
  • Heated pool

Acores Atlantico Grand Hotel offers room service, a restaurant, a fitness center, scuba diving, and snorkeling which we really like. The terrific rooms here start at $130 (before taxes). It's located at Avenida Infante Dom Henrique 113 and has earned a guest rating of 9.40/10. This fun hotel is also nice because it offers a bar, parking, breakfast, hiking, and child care which new visitors will enjoy. Also, it's just a short drive from the city center.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Room service
  • Snorkeling
  • Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Free breakfast
  • Indoor pool
  • Horse riding
  • Beach
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hiking
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Bicycle rental
  • Fishing
  • Family rooms
  • Heated pool
  • Coffee shop
  • Breakfast in the room


Quinta da Abelheira

Ponta Delgada, Portugal
3-star Hotel with prices starting at $185 (before taxes) - See All Prices
A Good Stay for Your First Trip
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Beach
  • Family-Friendly
  • Heated pool

Located at Pico da Abelheira 17, Quinta da Abelheira has great rooms from $185 (before taxes). It offers an outdoor pool, a pool bar, room service, a restaurant, and scuba diving. It has a terrific 9.40 rating out of 10 from previous guests who have stayed here. You'll also find snorkeling, a bar, a kid-friendly buffet, breakfast, and hiking which first time visitors will love. And this amazing hotel is just a quick trip from the center of town. Don't forget to spend some time at the terrific pool bar where you can unwind and relax.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Snorkeling
  • Breakfast included
  • Horse riding
  • Airport shuttle
  • Beach
  • Family-Friendly
More Great Amenities
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Hiking
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Free parking
  • Fishing
  • Family rooms
  • Heated pool


Casal do Frade

Sesimbra, Portugal
3-star Hotel with prices starting at $105 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for Your First Time in Portugal
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Beach

A great place to stay is Casal do Frade which has nice rooms starting at $105. Offering an outdoor pool, a restaurant, scuba diving, snorkeling, and a bar, it also has a great guest rating of 9.40 out of 10 from many previous guests. It's located at Casal do Frade-Rua do Casalinho-Aldeia Do Meco. Visitors will really like this fantastic hotel which also offers breakfast, outdoor tennis, hiking, rooms with kitchens, and rooms with kitchenettes. It's located just a short distance from the city center, too. Having a kitchenette is a nice way for you to have some meals in the room, too.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Snorkeling
  • Breakfast included
  • Kitchen
  • Free breakfast
  • Spa
  • Indoor pool
  • Horse riding
  • Beach
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hiking
  • Kitchenette
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Pets allowed
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Table tennis
  • Bicycle rental
  • Fishing
  • Family rooms
  • Coffee shop
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Infinity pool
  • Saltwater pool


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How much do hotels for first-time visitors cost in Portugal?

Portugal Average First Time Trip Hotel Price
$101

After analyzing 2005 first time trip hotels in Portugal, we found the average first time trip hotel price to be a remarkably economical $101. Naturally, this destination has many fantastic first time trip accommodation options with a variety of prices. The price will vary by the hotel's amenities, available dates, and the general location. If you're interested in more information about hotels here, see our guide to hotel prices in Portugal.

The average prices of our suggested first time trip hotels by star rating:

  • 5-star hotels: $205
  • 4-star hotels: $108
  • 3-star hotels: $88
  • 2-star hotels: $64


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