Trip Report: Portugal
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TL;DR: Convenient location and helpful amenities, but head-scratching hotel room design.
From Lisbon, we took a cheap Ryanair flight to the Azores, a set of islands off the coast of Portugal. More specifically, we spent our time in Sao Miguel, the largest of the islands. We spent four nights at the Azor Hotel, which is located in the central city of Ponta Delgada.
We pulled up to the hotel and parked outside while we checked in.
Azor Hotel is part of SPG’s Design Hotels, but given the lobby decor, I’m not really sure what the “theme” is.
The lobby also had an espresso bar and kitchen with wine and cheese for sale:
Azor Hotel offers free parking in the basement, secured via keycard gate. In the evenings, it was mostly full but there were always a few spots available.
We took the elevators to the 5th floor; each floor was full of light due to floor to ceiling windows.
Our room, 503, was close to the elevators and had a balcony facing the water.
Upon entering the room, there was a closet on the right that had a fridge, safe, coffee machine and closet. The hotel always left us bottled water as well.
The bathroom was on the left. It featured super glossy black doors, and the hotel left us a welcome message when we first entered the room.
The bathroom featured a single sink, shower and separate toilet area.
It came with green park amenities.
The room itself had a queen size bed, desk area, and a chair.
There was a TV facing the bed and I have to talk about how stupidly designed this is. The TV provided the room’s wifi, so the TV had to be on in order to have wifi. If you did not want to watch TV, but still wanted wifi, you could put the TV into the poorly named “sleep mode,” where the TV had a dark blue screen (so still emitted light and therefore would not be conducive to sleep).
Additionally, when you first turned the TV on, the volume would always be on. So you would have to turn the TV on, mute it, put it into sleep mode, just to use wifi.
Scenarios in which this is not user-friendly:
- Your partner is taking a nap but you would like to use the wifi
- You would like to keep the wifi on overnight (while sleeping) so your phone can update apps and sync photos to the cloud
But the remote is clean, so at least I got that going for me.
Breakfast was included with our hotel rate, and it was amazing. There was plenty of space to sit with the same views of the water as the hotel room. I believe it was served until 11am. There was freshly made cheese, fresh fruit, cook-to-order omelet station, hot items, deli meats, pastries (including egg tarts!), and champagne. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:
I didn’t use the gym, but it had a good variety of equipment, including Pilates mats and ball, free weights, resistance-weight machines, treadmills and bikes.
Pool + Rooftop Bar
The hotel rooftop featured a raised platform pool, indoor and outdoor seating, and a bar.
It was a nice place to hang out in between sightseeing and dinner time.
The staff gave us two cards to redeem for pool towels, which was super convenient. We went hiking and into waterfalls pretty much every day, so we got fresh towels every morning and it was so nice to not have to worry about it.
Amazing breakfast and convenient location. Once this hotel fixes its stupid wifi situation, it will truly be perfect.