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Pousada Forte da Horta

#2 of 5 Hotels in Horta
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Rua Vasco da Gama, Horta, Faial Island 9900-017, Portugal
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I stayed at Sao Miguel for the first week of our holiday at the fantastic Quinta Do Mar in Caloura so maybe we are expecting high standards? We had booked a double sea view room via Archipelago Choice and the stay in Horta coincided with our wedding anniversary so we wanted a special location to stay. When... More 

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Manager_StCruz, Gerente geral at Pousada Forte da Horta, responded to this review

Dear Lynn L, Firstly we would like to thank you for sharing your feedback about your stay at Pousada Forte da Horta - Historic Hotel and we are glad you were able to appreciate our Hotels central location. We value all of our guests comments as an opportunity to continually improve our services and facilities and strive daily to provide... More 

Madalena, Portugal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed three nights in this hotel. The place and the view to the harbor is very good. All the rest is average and I' m wondering about the statement that this is the best hotel in Horta. If this is correct, then I'm worry about future tourist visits in Horta.

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Manager_StCruz, Gerente geral at Pousada Forte da Horta, responded to this review

Dear mags567, We would like to thank you for taking the time to share your review. We are very sorry that we did not live up to your expectations and we regret that you left our hotel disappointed and not feeling you had a special stay with us. Our goal is to ensure that each one of our guests leaves... More 

Orlando, Florida
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

The hotel (pousada) is located in the historic fort in Horta with a very central location for walking the area and harbor. The location looks out to sea. Excellent service and great staff who were very helpful ensuring that our stay was both memorable and a truly enjoyable experience. The restaurant on site served well prepared food with an emphasis... More 

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Manager_StCruz, Gerente geral at Pousada Forte da Horta, responded to this review

Dear Pamelathetraveler, It is wonderful to read the generous feedback you shared on Tripdavisor regarding your recent stay at Pousada Forte da Horta. I am extremely happy that you enjoyed all aspects of your stay with us and you had an extremely memorable experience. Best regards, Ricardo Gomes. More 

Kiel, Germany
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

My sister an me really enjoyed our stay at Poussada for 8 nights so much! All staff members were very friendly and helpful, so we felt really welcome. The location in the harbour with the view to Pico is great. There are many nice restaurants in the surrounding area, also the ferry to Pico can be reached easily. The breakfast... More 

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Manager_StCruz, Gerente geral at Pousada Forte da Horta, responded to this review

Dear Kiel15. Thank you so much for choosing Pousada Forte da Horta on your recent visit to Faial and of course for your positive feedback. It’s always a great pleasure to have such a positive comments from our guests. Thank you for your kind remarks about our staff, as we know that they work hard to ensure our guests feel... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We spent 2 beautiful nights at the Pousada Forte Hotel - Luisa at reception was very welcoming and provided us with light refreshments on arrival (as we had missed lunch). Our room was spacious, clean and had an amazing view over the harbour, loking across to Pico.We ate in the restaurnt both nights - The food was fantatsic, as was... More 

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Manager_StCruz, Gerente geral at Pousada Forte da Horta, responded to this review

Dear Ellechim2013, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with other Tripadvisor readers. It's with great satisfaction that I acknowledge that you enjoyed our Pousada very much and that we were able to keep up with your expectations regarding our service. I will be sure to pass your comments down to the rest of the team, especially... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Although being working during the day, it was refreshing knowing that at the end of the day I would be returning to this very pleasant place. The hotel is located in a very nice place, after dinner I suggest to go for a night walk along the coast. This fortress gave me the peace and relaxation I never experienced in... More 

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Manager_StCruz, Gerente geral at Pousada Forte da Horta, responded to this review

Dear Hugo o, Firstly I would like to thank you for your original review and kind comments regarding our hotel. I am glad to know that we were able to make you feel at home after a day of work and that our fortress helped you "defend yourself" form the "modern-day pirates" and relax. We truly hope you will visit... More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

A chain hotel, but so perfectly located in central Horta you are no more than a stone throw from not only the shops but also all the whale watching trips and so forth. Reasonable service, although we found things missing in the room (e.g. a bottle opener). By no means a show stopper that, but the hotel didn’t feel necessarily... More 

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Manager_StCruz, Gerente geral at Pousada Forte da Horta, responded to this review

Dear Brother_Cadfael, I would like to thank you very much for your feedback regarding your stay at our Pousada. We are pleased to learn that you found our location perfect and you have enjoyed your stay. I am suprised to read that you didn't always find the front desk manned, I assure you that these aren´t part of our standards... More 

East Yorkshire
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104 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Hotel is very well located to walk to all the local attractions and restaurants. We arrived by ferry and although you could walk its a bit far with luggage. Room was a bit small however the balcony overlooking the garden, pool and out to sea and Pico gave the room more space. Room had everything we needed including a fridge.... More 

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Manager_StCruz, Gerente geral at Pousada Forte da Horta, responded to this review

Dear KevanEastYorkshire, Thank you for taking the time to give us a detailed review of your experience. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and the amenities offered. I apologize for the minor mishaps that you encountered, but I am pleased to know that we were able to resolve some of these issues during your stay. I... More 

Konstancin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

When we stayed at this hotel it was almost empty until the day the Prime Minister arrived for one night and then it was completely full. In both cases the staff was super. Even when stressed by lots of dignitaries and security they found time to do little extras like wash and dry our shoes after a muddy walk in... More 

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Manager_StCruz, Gerente geral at Pousada Forte da Horta, responded to this review

Dear TravellerPoland, I am thrilled to hear you had such a fantastic stay with us. For us, all our Guests are VIPs and we do our best to make you feel at home. Thank you for sharing your experience with us and I hope to welcome you back to our Pousada. Kind Regards, Ricardo Gomes More 

Brussel
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25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The hotel is in the center of Horta, near the coastline. Don't expect a 'touristic' center here :-) Good location to explore Faial island. We had garden, sea view and swimming pool view (water is cold). Free wifi in the reception area. Nice breakfast.

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Manager_StCruz, Gerente geral at Pousada Forte da Horta, responded to this review

Dear SunnyCityHopper, Thank you for this review. I am very happy to see that you enjoyed your experience at Pousada de Sta. Cruz and our great location. I hope to welcome you back soon for another great stay. Best Regards, Ricardo Gomes. More 

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