A real favourite of ours, the Hotel do Colegio is a friendly family-run hotel, right in the heart of Ponta Delgada.
The building was originally constructed as a grand townhouse in the early 19th Century, when the lucrative orange trade between Sao Miguel and Great Britain was at it’s height. When the island’s orange crop was devastated in the 1850s (by the same ‘Great Blight’ that almost laid waste to the wine industry across mainland Europe), the house became a successful music school (hence the name ‘ Colegio’), before being sympathetically converted into a hotel. Much of the original basalt stone architectural features have been retained – the décor feels minimal but comfortable, and since the recent refurbishment (in 2017), there’s a really nice balance between city hotel and ‘traditional Azorean’.
There are 57 en-suite rooms (45 standard and 12 superior) and 2 suites; all the rooms have a bathtub with a shower, TV, hairdryer and air conditioning, and free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. The outdoor pool is set in the original quadrangle at the centre of the building – next door to the breakfast room / restaurant and the residents’ bar.
Being the largest island, Sao Miguel has the most variety of things to see and do - our guided jeep tours take you to some of the most iconic crater lakes in the Azores.
The Colegio is the ideal location from which to explore the narrow, cobbled streets of the Azores' capital city: Ponta Delgada. The town's main marina is a short walk from the hotel; your stepping-off point for whale and dolphin watching.