We stayed for three nights in September in a second floor room (first floor in Europe) with a balcony overlooking Horta with a direct view of Pico mountain on Pico. The rooms are spotless and spacious and the balcony provides wonderful outdoor access. The only thing better than the spectacular view is the gracious hostess, Yvette. She makes you feel right at home, serves a perfect breakfast of cereals, fresh fruit, eggs and yogurt, and is a wellspring of suggestions for traveling on Faial. She helped us book a swim-with-dolphins trip, arranged for a car rental and provided very good restaurant recommendations. When we needed to convert dollars to euros (not easy in Europe these days) she directed us to her personal bank, where we received a rate better than any exchanges in the U.S. We cannot recommend a more helpful host or a better place to stay. The view is spectacular but the hike to the hotel is a little strenuous if you are not used to hills. We found the walk down to Horta very scenic and enjoyable but opted for an inexpensive taxi ride back up before we picked up our car rental.
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- Also Known As:
- Vila Belgica Horta, Faial Island, Azores