On the Azores you have one of the strangest hotels I have come across in a long life of travel. A massive 5 star hotel that has been abandoned almost from the day it was build.
Hotel Monte Palace was build in the 1980’s on the crater rim of a volcano on the Azores in the middle of the Atlantic. The hotel has one of the best views you will ever get from a hotel and I’m quite sure that this was the reason why it was build in the first place. But the place went bust almost before it got started and it has now been abandoned for more than 25 years and you can walk freely around this giant ghost thing if you are visiting the island of Sao Miguel on the Azores. It’s located right above the village of Sete Cidades at the view point called “vista do rei”.
Why did Hotel Monte palace go bust?
In theory, the idea of building a 5 star hotel on the islands most famous spot with fantastic views over two famed lakes at Sete Cidades sounds fantastic, but I think the idea to build the hotel was made by a non native who came there on a sunny day. In reality, the viewpoint is covered in clouds most of the time and there is little fun in paying hundreds of dollars a day to sit in a hotel that is inside a cloud, with damp weather and rain more than 200 days a year. Building a luxury hotel up there is simply so idiotic that it screams to the heaven it’s placed in. You can place a shelter for hikers up there, but not a 5 star hotel.
I have some of the unpaid bills from the hotel.
A few years ago the broken windows of the hotel was starting to pose a danger to peoples safety, so the authorities decided to take them down and that gave free access to Monte Palace and you can still enter if you like. I happened to come by the same week they broke the windows and I walked straight in to the hotel managers office where many papers were still sitting on the shelves and I took a binder with some unpaid bills, just for the heck of it and I still have them back on my shelve in Denmark, but I do not plan to pay the bills 🙂