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Pestana Bahia Praia
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Ponta Delgada, Portugal
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51 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

This is 4start hotel located 15min drive from main city (Ponta Delgada) on S.Miguel island. Getting to my opinion on some of the features:
Location: Good, but distant from city if you do not intend to rent transportation. View to the ocean, 1min walking from a very nice beach.
Product: You will be able to find all facilities required on 4star hotels, room are very big, spacious, following the old "rich" style that tries to transmit. Serving Continental breakfast in the morning. Nothing out of normal.
Price: This is not the cheapest product you may find. If you manage to get price down on via any channels than great.

Generally I would say yes for couples that want a bit of privacy and paradise view.

Room Tip: Sea view rooms are a must.
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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

Travelled to the Azores in July and must say it was great. The island of Sao miguel was beautiful. The hotel was very nice and the location stunning right on the ocean but unfortunately the customer service was lacking. The hotel is about 20 minutes from the capital city of Ponta Delgada and there is local bus service at the main entrance. It is easy to drive the island and a much nicer way to see everything as well. Make sure you check out pricing on rental cars cause the hotel tends to charge more than the local companies. The easier way to get information is to go into the tourism office in the city, we found the hotel staff wasn't forth coming with information or just didn't know. The food at the hotel was just ok nothing great. There wasn't much fish of any kind on the evening buffet which usually constisted of about 3 options for main dish. Overall I would go back to the Azores but I do believe I would stay in a hotel that provides a little more customer service.

Room Tip: most rooms have sea view there are some that face the parking lot so make sure to ask for seaview.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Deventer, The Netherlands
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Reviewed September 13, 2011

Well, this hotel is situated nearby Vila Franca do Campo, but you need a taxi or a car to go there. There are no sidewalks or bike trails at all, only a small and quite busy road. But... it's such a nice hotel! Large rooms, balcony and a nice helpfull servicedesk. It's very quiet also. The breakfast is ok and instead of all the complaining about the diner: this is very good (ofcourse it depends on your choice, but the mixed fish f.i. was very nice). We've there 8 days, had a car for 3 day's and drove +400km over very nice and good roads! It's such a beautifull island! The beach is not very good, but there is one nearby the hotel, even a nice swimming pool situated at a nice garden with sea view! It's not very touristic, we liked that.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

This hotel gave us a very comfortable week on Sao Miguel island. OK some of the public areas could do with a bit of freshening up. Stairway and hall carpets were badly worn dirty and stained, and the terrace outside the restaurant was a bit shabby, and some of the pool loungers were broken. But our room was huge - a junior suite with separate dressing and lounging areas - and reasonably clean apart from a red wine stain on the carpet - least I hope it was red wine!)
Reception, housekeeping and restaurant staff were mostly friendly and helpful.
The biggest drawback is the evening buffet food - not the most edifying spectacle you could wish for, but we usually managed to find something we could eat. (On holiday, anything not prepared by ourselves is good - some reviewers seem to expect Egon Roney standard everywhere they go!)
The hotel sits alongside a great beach on which there is a great little cafe that serves very cheap snacks all day. There are no other restaurants within walking distance
but a €7 taxi fare takes you into the little town of Vila Franca do Campo where there are one or two.
If you want to hire a car in August book it as soon as you can before you go - there were none available during our stay. Instead we took a full day jeep safari round one half of the island - highly recommended for seeing the sights from off road locations. The hotel has a daily free minibus into Ponta Delgado (departs 10.30 return 16.00).
There is a sauna but you have to prebook it at reception.

Room Tip: Rooms on the side of the hotel entrance have a view of the tree lined hills. Rooms on the opposite s...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed August 26, 2011

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.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Varnamo, Sweden
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Reviewed August 14, 2011

We stayed one week in this hotel. Had read some reviews and didn't have too high expectations about the food. So we got really surprised about the breakfast. Beside different kind of bread, cereal, bacon & eggs there were different kinds of fresh fruit every morning as well. The buffet at evening was OK, but one could long for something else sometimes. The a la carte menu wasn't big, but when one thinks about the number of tourists you couldn'g expect a large menu either. The room was spacious and the beds comfortable.
Perfect position nearby the beach and the garden around the hotel with its beatiful swimmingpool was also nice. We rent a car for two days to explore the island and walked up to the nearest village Vila Franca do Campo, a walk of about 45 minutes. There is bus stop nearby the hotel. If you like quiet surroundings, being near the seaside/beach this is a perfect location.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed August 9, 2011

I must start by saying that if you go to Sao Miguel do not stay in the bigger villages or Ponta Delgada, stay near the ocean and nature. The hotel exceeded our expectations, room (junior suite) was really spacious, own balcony with beach/sea view, fridge tv, bath, shower, everything and the room was cleaned every day. As hotel guest you could freely play tennis, billiard and pingpong or enjoy the siming pool. The gym was quite old-fashioned but you could do upper body excercises. At swimming pool mattresses, sun shades and towels were free and the swimming pool was big enough for longer swims too. There was lower end for children too. About the food we had HB and enjoued the dinner buffet every evening. They had 4-5 different salads to start with, daily soup (mainly vegeterain ones), fish, meat, warm veggies and potatoes/rice to go with the main dishes. The dessert table was amazing and really delicious. There were 5-6 different desserts from whitechocolate mousse to fruits and pies. The breakfast was also good they served different fresh fruits, youghurt, bread and croissants, cereals, cheese, ham, bacon etc. all the basic stuff and you could eat it outside at the terrace. In daytime you could order snacks like fires and hamburgers from the restaurant and buy ice cream. Evening time the Bar American was open and you could enjoy cocktails for 5€. There's only 150m to the nearest beach ("praia") which is one of the best ones in Sao Miguel. There's really nice beach bar where you can buy snacks (toasts, baguettes, fries etc.), drinks (Fanta 1€, beer 1-3€, cocktails 2,5-3€), ice cream and sun lotion. They have really friendly staff but sometimes little shy to speak English. The beach bar was open until 11 p.m. About grocery shopping, the hotel isn't far from Vila Franca do Campo but the terrain is tough to walk and roads bit narrow in some points. It took 45min to walk to nearest market Sol Mar which is in Vila Franca do Campo. Taxi from Vila Franca do Campo to the Bahia palace cost 6€ and from Ponta Delgada to the hotel 16€. There's also free hotel bus on weekdays to Ponta Delgada, it leaves the hotel 10.30 a.m. and comes back 4 p.m. Local buses don't run very often but there's a bus stop near the hotel and you get the schedule from the reception. I do recommend hiring a car and go around the island with your own pace but the hotel staff also helps you to book excursions. Roads are in very good condition and the landscapes are amazing, sometimes a bit narrow but very easy to drive and there are at least 100 viewpoints along the way :) One nice curiosity was a small chapel outside of the hotel, where a wedding was held during our stay. And one tip for water activity lovers, it was difficult to find bodyboards or swimming mattresses, so bring your own if possible. The waves at the nearest beach were amazing to ride when it was more windy for couple of days and Vila Franca do Campo's beach is crowded with bodyboarders. You will definitely enjoy this region!

Room Tip: Ask room with beach view!
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pestana Bahia Praia
Address: | Praia Baía de Água d’Alto, Vila Franca do Campo, Sao Miguel 9680, Portugal (Formerly Hotel Bahia Palace)
Location: Portugal > Azores > Sao Miguel > Vila Franca do Campo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Vila Franca do Campo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Pestana Bahia Praia 4*
Number of rooms: 101
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on São Miguel Island, with direct access to the beach "Baia de Água d'Alto" and with clear panoramic view to the Atlantic Ocean, you can find here the harmony and peace that you need for your holidays. São Miguel is the largest island of the archipelago, where more than half of the island's population lives at. Together with Santa Maria Island, São Miguel forms the Eastern Group of the Azores Archipelago. Whether for its proximity to the ocean, as well as for its large outdoor freshwater swimming pool. Every single area of this 4-star hotel was exhaustively planned in order to ensure the communion between elegance and good taste with the environment. The rooms have a balcony and a panoramic view over the ocean, along with the hills. Save some time to admire the exquisiteness that surrounds you. All the spaces were carefully planned in order to make good taste and elegance prevail in a classic and refined atmosphere, in synchrony with the surrounding beauty. This is a resort with a strong affinity to water. This Hotel has at your will a wide range of facilities that include Junior and Senior Suites, restaurants, bars, swimming pool, conference rooms, games rooms, library and reading room, saunas, gym, gardens and areas reserved for banquets, marriages and baptisms. ... more   less 
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