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Portugal golden visa hotel investment: Can you buy a hotel?

portugal golden visa hotel investment

The Portugal golden visa hotel investment is the best option if you want to apply for the golden visa and don’t want to deal with all the responsibilities of a residential property.


With options starting from €280,000, investing in a hotel will put you on the pathway to EU citizenship.


Portugal’s golden visa is famous for offering the right to reside in Portugal in return for making a qualified investment.


The Portuguese government offers you several ways to invest in the country, but the most chosen route is the real estate investment – some of the properties with guaranteed rental income.


The Portugal golden visa hotel investment is aimed at those who want a hands-off investment: investing in commercial property such as a hotel or resort.

This option typically means purchasing a share in a hotel or resort that’s being built or renovated.

Portugal golden visa hotel investment overview:

Why invest in a hotel?

There are major benefits to investing in hotels, especially hotels you like. 


As an investor, you get complimentary nights every year that you can personally use every time you need to stay in Portugal to maintain your residency status or that you spend with your closest friends, family, or business partners.


What makes us so confident about hotels? Diversified tourism.


Meaning the country is less risky and volatile than other countries. 


According to Wikipedia, Portugal received around 24 million tourists in 2019 and was the 9th most visited European country.

Portugal golden visa hotel investment

Usually, the hotels have management in place, possibly a major brand tasked with filling the rooms and maintaining or increasing the hotel’s revenue per available room (RevPAR).


They’ll oversee marketing, maintenance, guest relations, and operations. Your only job is to watch the revenue roll in.

Advantages if you invest in a hotel

Low barrier of entry

Whereas other commercial real estate assets may start in the multi-million price range, Portugal’s golden visa hotel investment starts at €280,000.

Access to the upscale property

The luxury hotel market has proven over time to be more resistant to recessions than mid-market or budget hotels.

Passive investment

With professional management on the job, hotels represent an opportunity for true mailbox money, and management-free real estate investment.

Potential tax advantages

Commercial real estate often enjoys privileged tax treatment compared to residential real estate – when you invest in a hotel, it is one of the least expensive ways to buy commercial real estate.

Unlock the possibility of investing in larger cities

If you choose to invest in a hotel you gain access to properties in regions where the residential properties are no longer qualified for the golden visa. Such as Lisbon, the Algarve, and Porto.

In short, there’s a lot to consider and find out about your investment decision, especially if you’re starting to consider investing in commercial properties.


For that reason, taking the plunge can feel like a major event!


Owning a hotel or having access via investment brings a different reward from that of investing in an office or housing complex.


If you’d like to learn more about commercial property investment for the Portuguese golden visa send us an email or schedule a free consulting call.


Golden Port Visa has a proven track record of creating value for our clients and we can help you find your ideal property in Portugal.

  1. Good day, if I invest into a hotel, how do I return on investment and what are the resale options down the road?


    1. Hi Igor,

      Thank you for your question.
      Is your question about how to receive a return on your hotel investment? If so, it will be agreed upon with the hotel developer as to how you can receive the returns. There are a few ways that you can receive it, such as upfront or monthly passive income. Regarding the resale options, it will depend on the property invested in, as some have buyback options and others are freehold, so we would have to evaluate on a case-by-case basis.

      We hope this answers your question. In case you need more details, please feel free to contact us or give us a call.

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