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Hotel S. Jorge Garden
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Velas
Reviewed July 31, 2013

My wife and I spent four nights at this hotel as part of a walking group. It is does not look too promising as you enter the lobby, but it proves to be friendly and welcoming. The rooms are all arranged facing the sea and have great views across to Pico. They are comfortable and have a small balcony. There is a small swimming pool and garden area from where you may be lucky enough to see Cory's Shearwaters coming back to their nests (depending on the time of year). Breakfast is adequate and drinks at the bar inexpensive. Some reviews mention mozzies but we kept our patio windows shut at night and the air conditioning on - result no problem.

Room Tip: Choose a first floor room (rather than ground floor) for the best views.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

We found this hotel when we were staying at a nearby Residential which did not provide bath or heating so we asked for a deal at the S. Jorge and stayed for the rest of our time here. The weather was uncharacteristically bad during our trip so we needed warmth. Rooms have excellent and efficient new air conditioning/heating units by Samsung. There was a bath, shower and bidet in the bathroom. A bath was important to us after walking in the pouring rain!
The rooms were on the Premier Inn size and kept very clean. All had sea views with balconies overlooking Pico (on a good day!).
Breakfast was an excellent buffet each day. We had scrambled eggs, lovely bacon and sausage. There was a variety of breads, ham, cheeses, cereals, fruit, yoghurts, cakes, biscuits and croissant. No members of staff were in attendance during breakfast and we appreciated this.
All staff around the hotel were friendly and helpful and our ignorance of Portugese was not a problem at all. They put our wet walking gear in a drying room overnight so we were ready for the next walk each morning.
It is a pity they don't have a restaurant but we enjoyed finding places for an evening meal. We heartily recommend the fish dinners at the Yacht Club down at the harbour, particularly when you come out afterwards to the wonderful cries of the Sheerwaters.

Room Tip: All the rooms faced the sea and had balconies.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

The fantastic view across the sea to Mt Pico makes this a special hotel memory. The room was comfortable with a little balcony. Lovely swimming pool and nice garden area. Breakfast was fairly basic. Staff were pleasant.
I would very happily stay here again if I ever venture back to the Azores.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Stunning views of Pico from balcony. Swimming pool was closed. Room clean. However, we were stupid enough to sleep with the patio door open on the first night - and have never had so many mozzy bites in one night! No restaurant, so evening meals taken elsewhere.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Harry4Sammy
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

We stayed here because we were trapped on Sao Jorge and SATA was putting us up in a hotel. They had arrangments with Sao Jorge Hotel so that is where we stayed. The room was nice, had a great view of Pico Island and the pool looked quite nice. It had a convenient location near the car rental (and airport shuttle) plus easy walk to the center of town. Not sure what the value is since we did not see the cost of a room.

Breakfast was standard with hot coffee.

We agree with other reviewers about the internet limitations/ cost. I imagine if you are paying a decent amount for the room that internet should come free.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

I stayed here as a member of a walking group, so all we needed was somewhere to sleep and have breakfast, for which it is ideal. The view from my bedroom on the first floor was fantastic, over towards the island of Pico and its proper volcano shaped volcano! Breakfast was fine (although the coffee could be better), and my room was spacious, comfortable, with working air conditioning (essential). The pool looked pleasant, although there was a more exciting sea-bathing area just a few minutes away. No problems with TV. The siting is fine, with the town of Velas a few minutes walk down the road with a couple of satisfactory restaurants.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

this 3-star hotel is very nicely located near the town of Velas. The rooms are nice, spacious and comfortable, and the view of mt. Pico that we could enjoy from our room was really amazing. Breakfast was ok, as well as the swimming pool. Internet connection was not free.

What we didn't like was the lack of mosquito nets at the window. We noticed that several other customers before us had the same problem, judging from the "corpses" smashed on the walls and the roof of our room. After our first day, our arms and legs were itching like crazy, making our stay a bit of unpleasant. Make sure you have some insect repellent!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank OminoDiGhisa
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Address: Rua Doutor Machado Pires, Velas, Sao Jorge 9800-548, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Azores > Sao Jorge > Velas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Velas
Price Range: $74 - $113 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel S. Jorge Garden 3*
Number of rooms: 58
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