The Azores consists of 9 islands in the Atlantic Ocean between Lisbon and America, belonging to Portugal. Sao Miguel is in the Eastern Group and is the largest of the islands, with the largest town being called Ponta Delgada. Even though the islands are volcanic they are all blessed with plenty of plant life and Sao Miguel is called the Green Island. This was our second visit to the Azores and our first hotel stay this time was in Ponta Delgada at the 4 star Atlantico Hotel opposite the Marina and on the east edge of the town, although described as being located in the heart of it! Admittedly a short walk along the front and you soon reach the shops and cafes. The airport is about 4Km from the town.
The hotel is designed to look like a ship with decking on the pavement and supports to give a ship like feeling. It has 184 guestrooms and is made of volcanic stone. Some of the rooms facing the sea have balconies and there are 2 lifts in each section of the hotel. There is parking under the hotel if you have a hired car.
The reception is large and airy and a tray of iced tea is always available for guests. There is a small room near the lifts with computers and you can buy time from reception. There are toilets on both sides of reception with conference rooms on the side nearest town and a lounge, bar, shop and restaurant on the east side. During the first weekend a man was playing a keyboard near the bar. Snacks can be ordered at the bar. A mezzanine floor reached by the lift or stairs from the lounge provide more seating and gives a better view out over a swimming pool toward the newish cruise liner terminal and cafes. The sofas and chairs were very comfortable and there was a baby grand although we didn't see it in use.
Our first bedroom was a family room and on our return a twin room, both decorated in similar colours. We had a view of back gardens of houses opposite the rear of the hotel and a road, and could see up to a lovely church on the hill which was illuminated at night. The window was quite small, but did let some air in.
A dark brown silky cover with a pale blue panel covered the white bed linen edged with pale blue and the curtains had wide stripes in blue and brown, and a narrow stripe on the carpet. There was a long dark brown dressing table with drawers and a fridge/mini bar, with a mirror above. There was a leather stool, armchair and plenty of lights. Pictures on the walls were of old yachts, the bin was separated for recycling and there was a phone on one of the bedside tables. The wardrobe area was near the bathroom giving plenty of space when selecting clothes. There were shelves, drawers and a digital safe within the wardrobes. There was a TV with some cable programmes and air conditioning. The large bathroom with a window letting in plenty of light and fresh air had a great hairdryer, over bath shower and bidet, toilet and wash basin with ample room for all the free toiletries and our toilet bags on the marble surround. The towels were of reasonable quality and changed every couple of days unless you wanted them changed more often.
A good size with tables arranged to suit all sizes of groups, with a buffet in one part. The windows over look the road and sea and had blinds which were automatically activated when the sun was strong at breakfast time. The breakfast buffet had a great assortment of food, the usual cereals, fruit and yogurt. Cold meats and wonderful cheeses, bacon, eggs and fabulous breads including local varieties plus cakes and pastries to die for! Fruit juices, tea and coffees and champagne if you wanted to celebrate!
At dinner time soup was waiter served and then you could help yourself at the buffet to salads, pasta, fish, meat, and vegetables. A lot of the dishes were local and very enjoyable. About six choices of dessert and always fresh fruit salad plus tasty cheeses, biscuits and quince jelly. The local wines were very reasonable with the white being my favourite, the red was a bit rougher than I like. Bottled still water was provided free of charge. They did a special offer for Saga guests with 2 beers or 2 glasses of wine for Euro3.50. I think dinner with drinks was about Euro25 if you weren't on half board.
We were so busy doing things and going places that we didn't try out the leisure facilities, but there is an indoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna plus massages are available if booked in advance. It is necessary to wear a cap when swimming.
The staff were all very friendly and spoke English, although a Bom Dia or Boa Tarde was appreciated as was Obrigada by way of thanks. The majority went out of their way to help in any way they could.
Would I recommend?
Yes definitely if you want to stay in the town, when we went before we were a long way out of Ponta Delgada so it was good to be within walking distance to enjoy all the facilities, visit the churches, fort and gardens etc. It is a modern hotel and frequented by business men and women and families as well as tourists. Rates vary from about Euro74 a night.
It would have been better if there was somewhere to sit outside apart from the few tables by the bar.