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Quinta das Merces
Folsom, California
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Old into New”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

We stayed 3 nights here at the beginning of a 11 day swing through the Azores Islands. We were surprised when we were told that the renovation of this 17th century building took 4 years to acquire the permits and 1 1/2 years to complete. As other have commented, it feels more like a bed and breakfast than a hotel. It seemed like the staff all seemed to be part of the owner's family. The hotel is situated on the edge of Angra, next to the small fishing village of Sao Mateus. It's not often that one can stay in a hotel that has it's on chapel, and a beautiful one at that. This was our first trip to the Azores and we will be back, and stay at this hotel when we return.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

We just returned from our 10 day visit to the Azores. We stayed 2 nights at Quinta das Merces.
We had read other reviews for this hotel and they were quite pleased. It really is the most beautiful "home". It has 11 rooms so it is kind of like a bed and breakfast but large, very large.
The home was built in the 18th century and it gorgeous. You need to rent a car I think as it would be at least a half hour walk to Angra and sometimes the sidewalks disappear. We walked into Sao Mateus a couple of times it was about a 20 min walk. You could stay right in Angra but it is like paradise at this hotel with a beautiful view and pool area is lovely.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Janice H
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Vienna, Austria
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52 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

i like place with character. this one has everything it takes.
The only improvement required: Provide easier to follow instructions to find the location.
the pool area is fantastic. if we come back to Terceira i would definitely come back to this beautiful mansion.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank leohauer
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Portugal
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57 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2012

Being in the Azores is always being close to paradise, much more so at an accommodation such as Quinta das Mercês. This country house/farm has an exquisite architecture, dating back to the 17th century, a beautifully restaured chapel, large, comfortable and well decorated bedrooms, and an unsurpassable family hospitality. The owners make you feel really welcome and try to give you the best of times. The house faces the sea, has a great pool and an amazing garden much better described as a forest with all sorts of exotic plants and fruits. It is very peaceful, ideal for relaxing and enjoying the area. It's within walking distance of the lovely fishing village of São Mateus and a short drive from Angra do Heroísmo.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2012

Great hospitality in an old manor house from the 17th century, complete with small chapel. Small number of rooms, no stairs. Lovely breakfasts in the enclosed courtyard, clean pool with view over the sea. We walked from here to Angra do Heroismo or to São Mateus (for the Beira Mar restaurant), but throughout the Azores pavements are narrow and people walking are few. After a few days we succumbed and hired a car. Anyway, we want to go back and there is no better recommendation that that.

Room Tip: Four of the rooms (I think rooms 1 to 4) have a small private garden with table and chairs, as ours...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Atlanta, GA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2012

We only had the opportunity to spend one night at Quinta das Merces, but it was one of our best. You must have a car or willing to cab it all over to be able to stay here and enjoy everything Angra and the island have to offer, but it is worth it! The location and grounds are beautiful and it is a very peaceful location with well appointed common areas and rooms. Spacious and comfortable beds, but it is even better to choose one of the several sitting rooms or to relax on the beautiful patio. The breakfast was a buffet, which included some delicious fresh fruit and some of the better coffee we had during our time on the islands.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Culver City, California
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360 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2012

I spent three wonderful nights at Quinta das Merces and enjoyed it tremendously. Initially I'd hoped to stay in the center of Angra do Heroismo - but, as it turned out I was glad to spend the day in Angra .... and then retreat to Quinta das Merces in the evening. The husband and wife hosts are fantastic - recommending local restaurants and making sure your stay is enjoyable. The rooms are quiet - and I think I got my best sleep in the Azores in this establishment. The continental breakfasts are great. And I can't say enough about the furnishings at Quinta das Merces. You kind of feel like you are a guest in someone's home. The antiques in the public rooms are beautiful. And - as I said - after a busy day sightseeing, to return to Quinta das Merces, sit on the front deck and watch the sun set, drinking a Portuguese beer and talking with guest from various countries is a perfect way to end a busy day. I can see why Quinta das Merces has regular guests who return year after year.

Room Tip: No room really directly face the ocean, but if you ask for an ocean view view - the hosts will try t...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Quinta das Merces
Address: Caminho de Baixo | (also known as Quinta de Nossa Senhora das Merces), Angra do Heroismo, Terceira 9700-559, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Azores > Terceira > Angra do Heroismo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Angra do Heroismo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Quinta das Merces 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quinta das Merces - A secret place at the Atlantic Ocean. The Country House - Quinta das Mercês is ideally situated in the protected area of Mount Brasil, in Island Terceira, Azores. It grows from the sea line through the interior within an area of about 35,000 square meters. It gathers the ocean influence with a dense extension of Atlantic woods wrapping an architectural set of great historical and cultural value. The farm roots go back to the XVIth century when the actual farm tenant’s house was built. In the XVIIth century was raised the Manor House to which, in the same century, was added the chapel in all alike a small church. The House and the Chapel are the nucleus of one of the last examples of the Feudal Architecture on the surrounds of the city of Angra do Heroismo. The outside space, with deep connection to the sea, was valorised through a careful landscape architectural project witch faithfully kept the original line of the land, implementing selective areas of leisure. It is a multifaceted space directed to an exacting and qualified tourism demand. The interaction with the sea allows practicing numerous sports in the open wide Atlantic and the dense woods invite to share a relaxing environment. The Country House Quinta das Merces is a unique space where nature perfectly combines with a rich historical patrimony, giving the pleasure of an unforgettable experience. ... more   less 
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Quinta Das Merces Terceira/Angra Do Heroismo, Azores

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