Portuguese people love to gamble and the small Southern European country has more than a dozen casinos in mainland Portugal as well as on the islands of Madeira and the Azores.
Some of these also function as hotel resorts. So, holidaymakers who enjoy a bit of gambling in the evenings can hit two birds with the same stone when they book into one of these resorts.
In this article, we asked Portuguese iGaming expert Victoria Oliveira (check profile) to tell us more about these resorts.
Hotel Algarve Casino ★★★★★
Sun holiday seekers—locals and foreigners alike—like to hit the Algarve during the summer months. Hotel Algarve Casino is located in Portimao, one of the top beach holiday destinations in the Algarve.
The resort overlooks the sandy stretch of Praia da Rocha where guests can spend the day sunbathing and doing watersports.
Hotel Algarve Casino is a 5-star hotel featuring standard and family rooms and suites, all providing a sea view. The casino is spread out over two floors and it offers a wide range of table games as well as 355 slot machines. The resort features a snack bar, several bars, and two restaurants.
This casino is not the only casino in the Algarve region but if you can’t find any in the vicinity of your accommodation, you can always play online. Check out casinos online autorizados em Portugal to see which online casinos offer their services to Portuguese players.
Pestana Casino Park ★★★★★
Many Portuguese hotels are run by the Pestana group. Pestana Casino Park hotel is located in Funchal, Madeira. Madeira is often referred to as the Hawaii of Europe and once you set a foot on this magical island you will agree!
The hotel is set on a magical spot, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with Emparess Sissi’s statue right in front of it. Discover Madeira during the day—go canyoneering or doing some of the famous Levada walks—and spend your evening at the hotel’s casino.
Pestana Casino Park features an awesome infinity pool, a spa, a fitness centre, stores, and restaurants. The hotel’s casino offers 200 slot machines and a selection of table games including blackjack, roulette, and Texas Hold’em.
It’s not available 24/7 though and the casino is rather small compared to international venues. The doors open at 3 pm and stay open till 3 or 4 am depending on the day of the week.
Troia Design Hotel ★★★★★
This 5-star boutique hotel is rated at 9.1 on booking.com. It is located on the Troia Peninsula, about 30 kms south from Lisbon. It features deluxe rooms and apartments with an absolutely amazing view.
Take a stroll around the marina, relax in the hotel’s spa and enjoy one of the hotel’s dining options. Troia Hotel’s casino is of medium size, featuring 200 slot machines and 15 gaming tables. The casino floor has a glamorous setting and includes a bar and a stage where multimedia animation is provided by DJ’s.
Casino Estoril is not set in a hotel resort but we couldn’t omit it from this list as it is the best casino in Portugal. It is also the biggest casino in the whole of Europe!
Even though you cannot rest your head here, quality entertainment is guaranteed! You can eat and drink in several of the casino’s bars and restaurants and when it comes to gaming you won’t find a better place in Portugal.
There are more than 700 slot machines and many table games including blackjack, roulette, Caribbean stud poker and baccarat.
Hotel Casino Chaves ★★★★
Nature-lovers will be pleased with this hotel’s location as it is set between two national parks. Hike during the day in Geres National Park and hit the two casino floors to unwind in the evening. 300 slot machines and a good range of table games, including a Portuguese dice game, awaits patrons here.
Azor Hotel ★★★★★
This 5-star hotel is situated in Ponta Delgada, on the Azores. These volcanic islands have incredible landscapes and great hiking opportunities.
However, in the evening you will appreciate the luxury the hotel can provide. It features a spa, a fitness center, a panoramic outdoor pool and a small casino with around 40 slot machines, a roulette table, and a blackjack table.
Casino-lovers have plenty of hotel choices when they visit Portugal. Portugal casino hotels are found both on mainland Portugal and on its islands.