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Hotel Talisman
Ranked #2 of 23 Hotels in Ponta Delgada
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 16, 2013

We spent a week in this very quaint hotel which is full of character and has a superb central location in the old town of Ponta Delgada. It is situated at one end of the Main Street so is close to shops and restaurants. We were in one of the old rooms and although I have to admit it was quite small, it certainly was adequate, clean and there was plenty of storage space - in fact I have been in much bigger hotel rooms with much less storage space. Our room overlooked the Main Street and a couple of nights there were a few noisy revellers obviously enjoying themselves but it was not a problem as far as I was concerned. The staff were more than helpful and friendly. The breakfast was very good and although I appreciate there was space restriction, I would have liked a greater selection or even a variation from morning to morning.
I certainly would recommend this hotel to anyone going to the Azores.
The restaurants were all excellent and it was very cheap to eat out. We ate in O'Corsico, Nicola,
Mercado do Peix, Aliance, 100 Espinhas, and also in a Sushi and Noodle cafe in the shopping mall. We had exellent meals in all of them. We ate in little cafes on the Main Street at lunchtime - the best value one cost us 3.60 euros for 2 large cheese baguettes, a coffee and a glass of red wine - unfortunately I cant remember the name of the cafe! But they are all of similar price.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

A nice hotel with charm as it seems to be one of the older hotels in town. However hotel has been kept in a good standard. Had breakfast included and restaurant had a fine choice of dishes. Pool area was not that interesting and fitness area had many machines out of function. Room was nice and of acceptable size. Had small balcony towards the square. Some noise from traffic in the morning mainly due to the cobble stones.
Service from the front desk was very helpful. However, used them to book a car which when it came was very old and used

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Langejan
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

First, I do want to say the staff is extremely nice and tried hard. We also liked the convenient location.

But I found too many things lacking to think it deserved this number of stars...like no facial tissues in the room; hot water kettle with tea packets only (cups & spoons but not napkins); a 'mini-bar' with a note saying you can ask to have it stocked (I turned it on myself and used it as a fridge); a 1 Euro charge/day to have use of the in-closet safe; an unchanging breakfast buffet offering CANNED peaches?; hallways with motion-detector light, some of which don't go on until you've walked a good distance in the dark; and chronic over-booking. (we were lucky, but saw and met quite a number of people who were sent elsewhere, many having just arrived off planes from other countries). We were put in a 'suite'; the entry livingroom had 2 love seats and a chair, but no TV (an empty TV cart faced) or desk, so it really didn't serve an purpose. And the all-wood floor were cold and unappealing with not even one area rug near the hard-as-a-rock beds.

Room Tip: We had read on this site of noise from the pub at the back of the hotel; has live music on weekends...
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ninaslove
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

This is truly a lovely hotel in a great location. The rooms are big & staff very accommodating but beware, they tend to over book so make sure your reservation is tripled checked before you leave. You don't want to get bounced as we did for 1 night!

Boston, MA

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank susan g
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

Typical European hotel, the food and beverage where very good the staff was friendly and efficient. If you want hot water do not stay here they are very eco however the only way to get hot water was to run the sink also....
$10 Euros for the beach towel?

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Mark R
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for a week and this is a lovely hotel in a great location. The staff are friendly and more than helpful and also English speaking which was a great help. We had a small but quaint room with a balcony over looking the park. The breakfast was very good but the restaurant for lunch or dinner was even better. We found even if it wasn't on the menu often they would make it for us anyway. The food was very good, service great and all guests get a 15% discount in the restaurant if they are staying in the hotel which was an added bonus, and they also had special offers where two could dine for 22E. So glad we got the chance to stay here and would definitely come back again.

Room Tip: See if you can get a room overlooking the park
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Claire J
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

The room we had was spacious but had no view at all,breakfast was good en the location excellent.The staff was very friendly,but like all hotels on the Azores they have lessons to learn about the expectations of nowadays tourists.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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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 Luxury Hotel in Ponta Delgada
#2 Family Hotel in Ponta Delgada
Price Range: $67 - $145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Talisman 4*
Number of rooms: 57
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Hotel Talisman Ponta Delgada, Azores - Sao Miguel

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