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Caloura Hotel Resort
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua do Jubileu, Agua de Pau, Sao Miguel 9560-260 , Portugal   |  
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Ranked #3 of 41 Hotels in Sao Miguel
Birmingham
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Probably the best on the island”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

If you want to stay outside of Ponta Delgada, and I suggest you do, you probably won't be able to do better than this but you'll need a hire car (unless you intend to spend a fortune on taxis). The location is lovely, the rooms are very nice and the restaurant is satisfactory (but not adventurous). There's a nice walk (2.5 miles) to the local harbour where there is what looks like a nice, if busy, fish restaurant (we visited the harbour but didn't eat) and the hotel location gives you easy access to tours around the rest of the island. Small grumble - no tea/coffee making facilities in the room. Buffet breakfast was OK (why can't Europeans cook do nice sausages?) and we had a evening meal once when it was a Mexican themed (!) serve yourself buffet at 30 euros each. Again, OK

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Karlsruhe, Germany
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Sao Miguel doesn't have many hotel and this one is probably one of the best choice as a base to visit the island. Between Ponta Delgada and Vila Franca, the hotel is in a very nice and quite area, with a beautiful view and a nice small black sandy beach very close. The name resort is a bit exaggerated. There's a nice pool and a diving school, that's all. The breakfast is very good, nice bar wiht a nice view. We had dinner once in the restaurant and it was ok, even if it wasn't anything marvellous and it was quite expensive for Sao Miguel. But that happens in many hotels. The rooms are ok, with a bit old tv but quite big and with nice balconies and see views.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

My partner surprised me for my birthday and it was more than I ever hoped for... the views were SPECTACULAR overlooking the sea! I couldn't get enough of the beauty. The complimentary breakfast was excellent! You definitely need a car if staying there. The room was pretty basic, but very clean. I would definitely go back and enjoy more of the most lovely island of San Miguel and stay at the Hotel Caloura!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

This was our second holiday in The Azores and the last having been in 2005 - so we knew a fair bit about the island itself and what to expect.
We were impressed by the fabulous new roads, throughout San Miguel and these make travel so much easier. Especially after dark.
The Caloura Hotel was suggested by my UK Travel Agent and in fairness I was not bowled-over by the photographs in the brochure. These do not do the hotel justice and upon arrival I was so relieved to enter an immaculate lobby and to be greeted by two smartly dressed and welcoming members of staff.
We were very fortunate to be allocated a large, modern room with its own terrace and fabulous views of the atlantic ocean: whatever anybody has written about this hotel - Be assured that it is in a wonderful setting.
The staff at Reception proved to be indicative of the standard throughout the hotel and without exception every member of staff we met was smartly dressed, well groomed, polite and attentive.
The standard of food was good - we tried the evening buffet, a la carte menu and room service.
We took breakfast every day and the range on offer was certainly to our liking.
The hot drinks machine could have been more user friendly -I can't drink coffee and tea making
meant obtaining milk from the other end of the breakfast area: But I am really picking!
Room service was very affordable and the surcharge being 3 euros - Not bad at all for delivering two courses, up three flights of stairs.
The hotel bar was similarly well-priced and complemented by polite staff and occasionally with a live acoustic guitar player providing background music.
The largest contingent of guests during our one week stay were german and we did meet some Dutch guests. There were very few children present -But we did stay outside of the school holiday period.
Some UK guests might be a little wary -but after the first breakfast session many people gave one another the 'familiar' nod and others just got stuck-in to the food.
In good faith: The middle-aged German traveller is a demanding client and the hotel seemed have no problems in satisfying their needs.Although the smiles took a little more coaxing.
We did not use the pool -but could see that it was clean, smart and in good repair.
We did however try the sauna and that was fine. There is also a gym, with a range of torture machines, for the more 'motivated'.
I note a number of other reviewers have commented on the rooms as being 'dated' or 'tired'?
Our own accommodation was untypical -But we did visit another room and with my 'Trip Advisor' head-on I noted that it was also very clean and well presented - But might benefit from more modern lighting. Decor is a subjective and the rooms seemed to reflect a more typical Portuguese approach, rather the northern european -But hey! When in Lisbon.
Overall - Highly Recommended, by me (and my lover!).

Room Tip: During our stay the poolside was quite and as would be expected by the average age of guests and gen...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
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125 reviews 125 reviews
125 hotel reviews
Reviews in 104 cities Reviews in 104 cities
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Beautiful surroundings, very quiet to unwind. We visited this hotel some years ago and rooms were already showing signs of ageing. The large private terrace outside the room was a real paradise with constantly changing lights and great sunsets.
There are several aisles in the hotel. One faces the swimming pool and may be noisy during the day. The eastern aisle faces a cliff and is definitely much quieter.
Great base to explore the beautiful island.
Breakfast very poor quality but this did not spoil our stay.

Room Tip: Chose a room on top floor not facing the pool for maximal privacy and calm
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Oak Lawn, Illinois, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

My wife and I stayed four nights during a walking tour of three islands with CW Adventure tours (an exceptional company). The coastal location is lovely. We experienced a couple of gorgeous sunset views while having dinner. The hotel is modern with comfortable spacious rooms, a lovely outdoor pool and lovely landscaped grounds. Both the buffet breakfasts and dinners were excellent with a large number of choices. The location is not walking distance to any of the islands attractions but via taxi or auto one can easily experience the whole of São Miguel.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ipswich
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Stayed here for 7 nights mid September, the views, the pool, the gardens were spectacular. the staff were very friendly and helpful and the food in the restaurant (buffet style) was tasty with enough choices to cater for most people.
The room was a little dated but very comfortable, we overlooked the swimming pool at ground level but didn't find this intrusive. Previous reviews mention the small TVs but we didn't go to the Azores to watch TV so this wasn't a problem for us. The room sadly lacked tea/coffee making equipment which is something we would have expected for a 4 * hotel.
We had a great time, the island is beautiful with spectacular locations and viewing points overlooking volcanic craters and scenery that was inspirational. The whole island was clean, neat and well kept.
A rental car is to be recommended, we managed to see most of Sao Miguel in the week we were there.

Room Tip: Higher floors if privacy is a big issue for you
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rua do Jubileu, Agua de Pau, Sao Miguel 9560-260 , Portugal
Location: Portugal > Azores > Sao Miguel
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Sao Miguel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Caloura Hotel Resort 4*
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