Stayed here August 2011. The Hotel has seen better days but still was nice and reasonable. The rooms were very large (suites with multiple rooms). You could not ask for more in the rooms. They were clean and I would say above average, but not luxurious. Pool area was ok but no staff. No one at the bar area or asking for drinks etc. In fact, to get pool towels you have to check them out at the front desk. But one day when we asked for towels at 11 am we were told they were out…”we should have gotten there sooner!”. Er, ah, a so called resort hotel running out of beach/pool towels at 11 am? Come on! and internet? wow. 3 Euros an hour (2 for a half hour)…with no start and stop rights. So if you want to check your emails in the morning, and again say afternoon and again in the evening, well that will cost you three times! And it only works in the lobby area! I thought some of the staff was accommodating and nice, and others were just, well, rude.
Food was just ok. They have one restruarant for breakfast buffet and lunch, and another for dinner. Lunch place was basic and reasonably priced. Dinner was just ok, and high priced for what you could get elsewhere. Towns in either direction, 10-15 minutes, are a better bet.
I would say photos you see on Tripadvisor, Expedia etc are accurate.
The location is good. Central on the island. Easy to get everywhere from there in an hour or so. I would agree with the other reviews that you should stay here rather than in the hotels in Ponta Delgado or other big towns.
Beach is a short walk from the hotel. It’s a decent beach. Sandy not rocks or pebbles. You can go in the water, but the break is to sharp to body surf etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pestana Bahia Praia is a 4-star hotel located on the Azores Archipelago, on São Miguel Island, with direct access to the Baia de Água d'Alto Beach and with fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean. São Miguel Island is the largest of the archipelago and has strong links with the sea and nature. Throughout your entire stay, you will be able to enjoy an external fresh-water swimming pool, two restaurants and a bar. In your free time, play a game of tennis on one of the two courts, play in the game room or stroll through the expansive garden which features a chapel from the 17th century. The rooms are spacious, were recently remodelled, feature modern furniture and each is equipped with a flatscreen TV and Wi-Fi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Bahia Palace
- Pestana Bahia Praia Vila Franca Do Campo, Azores - Sao Miguel