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“Very nice place on a budget” 4 of 5 stars
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Youth Hostel of Ponta Delgada
Rua Sao Francisco Xavier, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel 9500-243, Portugal   |  
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“Very nice place on a budget”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We were 15 young people staying at this place for a week, and of course for small money you cannot expect very much, so that is why my rating is average. You pay small money and you get what you pay for. First of all the staff are very nice and friendly, excellent service, the house looks gorgeous, good location etc. There is nothing to complain about really. I really liked my stay there and I slept well.
But when you pay little money there is always minor issues that does not really matter much, but still is a part of the whole stay. Like lightbulbs not working in the common bathroom, the showers does not function properly, the soap dispenser above the wash basin was out of soap for a week, some of the rooms did not have lightbulbs on all the lights....
The breakfast is just bread with jam, and you can buy extra eggs etc for small money- make sure you book a day in advance. There is only one computer with internet, and no wireless yet- which is a major drawback in a place where young people would be staying..
But still I would gladly go there again.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2008

I believe the hostel is part of HI (Hosteling International).
This place was very easy to find! Right next to the Antonio Borges Garden where there is a very tall tree making it easy to locate the hostel from far away in town. the parking was free.

Our party (2 f in early 30's) stayed at this hostel in June. The location was very convenient. After over 1 week of camping around the island, we were planning to rest at the hostel for a day but we liked it so much that ended up staying there for the remaining of our stay.

Our (4 pers. dorm) room was very nice and clean. The restrooms and shower area were large enough to accommodate large groups, and very clean as well.

It was a pleasure every morning to get to the sunshiny cafeteria area and grab some great breakfast (fresh bread, juice, cereals, etc).

While I am used to hostels with a kitchen area, in this particular hostel, we had to ask for a key to a very small kitchenette at the back of the building in order to cook our food or even eat during lunch or diner hours. Since the hostel was far from crowded, we had no problem getting the key at all times.

A very quiet place, felt quite safe too. It reminded me of a convent!
I would definitely recommend this place.

  • Liked — cheap, beautiful, quiet, well located
  • Disliked — no kitchen area to cook our own food
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2007

This hostel is part of the Hostelling International (Portuguese Pousada da Juventude network) and is certainly the cheapest way to spend a comfortable (to budget standards, of course!) night in Ponta Delgada. [It was the cheapest part of my whole trip in fact!] It is located toward the back of the city and up the hill a bit. Such a location yielded a perfect view from my 4-bed dormitory window -- the city spread out down to the port below and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. It is also located next to the pretty Jardim António Borges/public gardens. The building itself is an idyllic former church or monastery framed with hydrangea bushes with a newer back wing for more guests. The ex-monastery effect creates charming hallways and reading nooks. The price includes a simple but plentiful breakfast of bread, cereal, coffee, milk, juice... Clean and peaceful with a helpful staff. Overall a very pleasant experience!

  • Liked — Low price and great quality
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rua Sao Francisco Xavier, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel 9500-243, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Azores > Sao Miguel > Ponta Delgada
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Ranked #8 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Ponta Delgada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 21
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