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“Historical Base in Ponta Delgada-solid Value”
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Hotel do Colegio
Ranked #9 of 23 Hotels in Ponta Delgada
Montreal, Canada
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260 reviews
39 hotel reviews
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“Historical Base in Ponta Delgada-solid Value”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

This classic, privately run hotel is an oasis of calm with easy walking access to all points in Ponta Delgada by walking, local mini-bus or bus service to island's sights. The design respects the original school and the staff are most helpful. This is not your modern glitzy anonymous box, but a gem of value and consideration. Wonderful breakfast with Azorean traditional tastes. Easy walking to a wide variety of restaurants as well as cultural sights.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Knokke, Belgium
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Reviewed May 24, 2014

The hotel is located in the center of Ponta Delgado. Rooms are fine but not outstanding. I would say the biggest plus of the hotel is the location. The breakfast was ok but when some items were gone there was no refill. Don't like the dining room, dark and no atmosphere. The food was reasonable.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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Reviewed May 21, 2014

The Colegio has a fascinating history and a wonderful location. The public rooms and the pool area are lovely. Some of the rooms are quite nice, with antique furniture, and some very boring and pedestrian. The restaurant is very good, but expensive. The breakfast buffet is quite good, but the dining area for the buffet is small and you want to choose the right time for breakfast. Check at the desk; they will tell you when the tour groups will eat so you can avoid them. The proximity of the hotel to the harbor and the walking parts of town is great.
One caveat---if you rent a car, and want to park in the city, get the smallest car you can. The roads are very narrow, and, while the hotel has parking, you need to drive your car into a TINY car elevator that then descends to the wine cellar level where you leave it for the night. Don't plan on going in and out very often!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Aylesbury, Bucks
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Reviewed May 4, 2014

Overall, a good experience but agree with some of the reservations of other reviewers. The location is very good, just a short walk from most of the local attractions, although the walk can be interesting since the street is very narrow and cars squeeze by - I was brushed by a wing mirror. The room we had was facing the inner court with swimming pool and was large enough and quiet. The bed was particularly hard. The bathroom was more than adequate. The hotel bar was fine. The breakfast offering was very limited although what was provided was of good quality. The buffet got very crowded if more than 2 people tried to access it at any one time. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Certainly more interesting than staying in a bland concrete tower.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

We stayed here our first 2 nights in Ponta Delgada and we wish we had stayed longer! It's walking distance to everything, including the big shopping mall that's a little further north. Our tour guide recommended we try the restaurant that has a similar name closeby (27 Colegio) where they serve sushi by a sushi chef! Unfortunately we didn't get to try it. The room was clean however a little damp but I think that's because all of the island is pretty humid. There were some water stains on the carpet but nothing disgusting. Our shower was a little wonky where it would spray to the other edge of the tub and then drip onto the floor - that would probably be my only real complaint. A fridge was also available for use, which was nice for chilling our white wine! Wifi was only available at the lobby, not in the rooms, but that's not a big deal. Breakfast was good as they had hot and cold options.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Eglin AFB
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

Loved the quaintness of this hotel. Beds weren't incredibly comfortable but a great hotel for the value. We would definitely stay here again and while we didn't come with our kids this time, I see a kids play room and think that this would totally work for families too. Could easily walk to restaurants. Very happy with our choice.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

Main floor is nice, although some walls and ceilings are suffering from humidity and are badly in need of repairing. Restaurant is good (see separate review). Breakfast so so. Only place I have seen in Europe where they would charge extra for an espresso at breakfast. Limited selection of fruit and cheese/ham.

Hallways smell of humidity, but rooms are OK in that respect. Rooms are rather Spartan, with cheap furnitures. Internet only in the lobby. But price was right.

Situated in a narrow street, difficult to navigate the various one way streets to get there. But within walking distance of everywhere.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel do Colegio
Address: Rua Carvalho Araujo 39 | 9500-040 Ponta Delgada, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel 9500-040, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Azores > Sao Miguel > Ponta Delgada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Ponta Delgada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel do Colegio 4*
Number of rooms: 59
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel do Colégio is a boutique hotel run in a manor house, built on the 19th century, during the golden age of the trade of orange between Ponta Delgada and England. With a privileged location, in the historical city centre, we are a unique hotel, that combines the charm of the time it was built with all our modern comforts. In 2017, we started a new cycle and present you a renewed hotel, with a better environment, image and decoration, as well as the excellence service we've always put an effort to provide. ... more   less 
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Do Colegio Hotel
Do Colegio Ponta Delgada
Hotel Do Colegio Ponta Delgada, Azores - Sao Miguel

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