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Whale'come ao Pico
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

We stayed here for three nights. The building is charming and the room was spotless. The rooms are nicely renovated and it was very comfrotable. Excellent location to Espaco Talassa (where we took a while watching tour). Also there is a parking lot across the street that makes for easy parking. Very happy with the location. The hotel is not 'staffed.' You will have to go into the Espaco Talassa store (next door) to let them know you want to check in. Not really a big deal...but sign at the reception desk stating this would be helpful.

We stayed in Room 1. It is right off of the staircase. Every noise is amplified because of the accoustics. Also, the kitchen door is by the stair case, so you can hear everything. Perhaps a room farther away from the stair case is quieter. Otherwise, bring a pair of ear plugs.

Even with the noise, I would not hesitate to stay here again. Excellent location, very clean rooms...just a great little place!

Room Tip: Away from the stair case!! It amplifies noise.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank avertie
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

Despite the strained name, this is not really properly described as a 'hotel', it is really more of a dormitory for the adjacent whale watching outfit, Espaco Talassa.
The rooms are right above its restaurant terrace - or refectory for the whale watchers - whose every choice of food and conversation in every aspect of its respective aroma (i.e., odor) and volume (i.e., loudness) is thus practically right in your room, from early in the morning until late at night ... plus, when you finally think you might enjoy a little privacy and relaxation in 'your' room, some employees have another go at it, discussing their day in extenso right there under your window -- so do not count on any sleep before well past midnight.
Consequently, this 'hotel' being a bit of a misnomer, there is never ever anyone at the reception, and i mean never ever, no matter what day or time of day. Address the notedly otherwise very friendly employees of the restaurant, they are too busy feeding the whale watchers to answer any questions (and why should they, they are waiters, not hotel employees).
And then comes the real hurdle: If you figured out that the building next to the so-called hotel houses the owner of the joint, the before-mentioned whale watching enterprise Espaco Talassa, try your luck there: Any question not related to the booking of a €49 three hour whale watching excursion (that being the most economic offering for the rank and file) or the purchase of whale-themed merchandise is met with displays of either dismay or ignorance, or both, or - this by far the wordiest variation of the sampled responses - a detailed explanation as to why questions not having to do with whale watching are really an imposition here (e.g.: 'could you get a taxi for me?' 'i can give you a number to call, the taxis we work with are busy with our transfers' ... pause, turns to a whale watcher ... 'well, what's the number?' 'oh, you want the number? i'll have to look for it. but you can go to the hospital up the street, there are usually taxis there.' i have been to a couple of hundreds of hotels in my life and i can't remember ever having had such a surreal conversation in one ever).
Now, maybe one should stay away then, if whale watching is not part of one's mix ... but, as an unsuspecting customer booking a hotel room, how is one to know? A warning sign 'For Whale Watchers Only' was not detected, not before-hand online nor on the actual spot.
Finally, in a new variation of the 'injury-insult'-theme, while all sorts of cautions are on display here on what is good for whales (my favorite: 'Kill a Cow, Save a Whale'), some may not mind to be lectured, but the use of Palmolive soap, the Ikea furniture, the sale of Nestlé and The Coca-Cola Company products does make one wonder how informed these advices are, even if they only cater to starry-eyed whale lovers (and then again, even then, oceans full of chlorides, sulfates, polymers, genetically manipulated food ingredients, aluminium cans, plastics, to name just a few of the environmental trimmings offered by Colgate-Palmolive, The Coca-Cola Company, Ikea and Nestlé, are not not good for whales and dolphins?).
So, stay here for a whale watching experience free of too much sleep and unencumbered environmental pose. Otherwise, the word 'hotel' is just a tad bit little misleading here ... I for one would rather be swallowed by a whale than ever again have to go through this very bad 'hotel' experience, ever again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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6  Thank DirkDotzenreuth
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

We stayed here for a week, and it was perfect. Simple accomodation, Great locally produced food, Helpful staff and amazing sea views. I would stay here again.

Room Tip: All rooms are good, this is a very quiet town
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Lyds_bb
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Reviewed March 25, 2012

I was on a whale research trip with MICS last spring, and all 7 of us stayed here. Food was excellent, we held "mini-meetings" in the restaurant, and Serge really catered to our needs. Next time I'm in Lajes, will for sure stay at Whale'come ao Pico! Since we were pre-paid including boat travel, the staff really worked with us on timing to head out to sea, weather/sea conditions being foremost concerns. Some of us stayed at the house on the hill, which was a little inconvenient, but also a beautiful location with view over the harbor.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank JillHein
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Reviewed September 9, 2011

This was our 5th year in a row to stay at Whale'come ao Pico. It is the only place to base yourself when staying on Pico island. We always find it to be clean, comfortable and excellent value. The staff are so kind and friendly and are always happy to help you. The rooms are big enough for what you will need. The food choice is excellent compared to anywhere else on the island. I am vegetarian and very fussy at that. There is always something for me to choose and they will adapt meals if I ask. We would also recommend that during your stay there you book a whale watching trip with the company next door 'Espaco Talassa', you won't regret it. We're bringing our friends to Pico next year and we will be staying with Whale'come ao Pico, guaranteed!!

Room Tip: It is worth booking a room with a sea view, you should be able to see Pico mountain when yopu wake up to every morning
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Maria W
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