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“Not a brilliant hotel, but nice people”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Talisman

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Hotel Talisman
Ranked #2 of 23 Hotels in Ponta Delgada
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Canada
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233 reviews
74 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Not a brilliant hotel, but nice people”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

It's a mix of good and bad.

First the good. The desk staff was super-helpful, with very good English, and giving us excellent ideas of where to go and what to do. The location is good for the city (though on the waterfront would've been even better). The breakfast was fine, and the dinner we ate at the hotel was good.

The layout of the rooms is bad: ours was one of many whose window overlooked internal pieces of the hotel; I like to think that my window might help me not die if the hotel caught fire, for example, and the restaurant is extremely loud. I also think the prices were a bit high.

The internet is terrible: the password-covered internet did reach the room, but wouldn't draw down any content, while the public internet was slow and unreliable.

The hotel has no parking, but this turned out not to matter much because we were primarily in Ponta Delgada on the weekend.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

Our room in this hotel was rather dark, not spacious and looked out to a rather functional roof area. The carpet was stained and had clearly seen better days. The room was clean and the bathroom was fine. The room was fairly quiet which was a plus, as other residents said they were disturbed by street noises.
Breakfast was fine, a reasonable choice. We were on a group holiday and dinner buffet was part of our deal. I am not a fan of buffets but this hotel had a decent choice and was better than the buffets at two other Azores hotels. It was never very busy, so there was no competition for food!
Staff dealing with us at dinner (pouring water and wine etc) were ok but not particularly friendly, perhaps this was due to language barrier.
This was an average experience, nothing to particularly dislike and nothing to particularly like about the hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Bonniebraes
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Manager609, General Manager at Hotel Talisman, responded to this review, October 8, 2012
Dear Sir,
Thank you for the time to review our Hotel.
Best Regards
Manager
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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

Very clean hotel in the historic center of Ponta Del Gado. Hotel was very clean and the staff was friendly. The food in the hotel was good and there are many restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. It rained a good deal of the time that we were here. It's a great place to visit .

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank srh7009
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Southeadstern Mass
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Talisman for 4 nights and I was very satisfied with the location and the hotel. The rooms are clean,the breakfast was always very good to start you out on your day and the front desk folks are warm and helpful to those of us who do not speak Portuguese and are trying to navigate the surrounding area. Also, we appreciated when something wasn't working or had a problem, they took care of it immediately. My sincere thanks to Raquel ,Chantal,and Roberto for your professionalism and care. My only small request is that check into the weak signal for internet on the 3rd floor and invest in some new pillows.
Sincerely ,Jim and Carlene B

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank adventurer26
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Manager609, Manager at Hotel Talisman, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Dear Sir,
Thank you for your review.
We appreciate your suggestions and promise to
do our best to improve the situation.
We hope to see you again in Azores and at Hotel Talisman.

Best Regards
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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

Very nice and beautiful, with a very good location. Has a nice Terrace... Relaxing the Azores Islands are very interesting and don't forget to go to the local market and try the Cheese, it is yummy and their passionate fruit Juice Kima. Sea food is an excellent choice at the marine :)

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Thank R_Jassy
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Sussex
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2012

Hotel Talisman is really well situated in Ponta Delgada for the shops, restaurants, historic centre, sea front and the various activities on offer. I like the way the hotel has been set out and although the bedroom was not huge it was very clean and perfectly adequate.The breakfasts were not outstanding but offered a reasonable selection of different foods both hot and cold, and there was enough there to vary what you had to eat over the week. We also ate from the buffet and the a la carte menu in the evening a few times. The food was very good and the waiting staff helpful and friendly. I would definitely recommend this hotel and would have no hesitation about staying there again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank JennieWSussex
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Warren, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2012

Just got back 14 Aug 2012 from Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal. We stayed at Hotel Talisman in Ponta Delgada and loved it. It was in the heart of the city with a 2-3 minute walk from the waterfront to the south, Igreja Matriz to the east or the Fortress to the southwest, Great local shopping just a 5 minute walk away and a modern shopping mall about a ten minute walk away. The rooms were updated and clean, as was the rest of the hotel. The setting is right next to a public park, and has an outdoor seating area attached to the hotel cafe which makes the full complimentary breakfast buffets even better. We ate at the hotel restaurant twice for our evening meal and it was very good and never crowded. The hotel was very quaint and well decorated. The best part was the hotel staff, who were very friendly and accomodating, especially Racquel, Jenny and Shantel at the front desk. I would highly recommend anyone visiting Sao Miguel to stay here as the location, service and price are excellent.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Talisman
Address: Rua Marques Praia e Monforte 40, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel 9500-089, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Azores > Sao Miguel > Ponta Delgada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Ponta Delgada
#2 Family Hotel in Ponta Delgada
#2 Luxury Hotel in Ponta Delgada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Talisman 4*
Number of rooms: 57
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