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“OK, but not great”
Review of Quinta de Santana

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Quinta de Santana
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Bernalillo, New Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
213 reviews
73 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“OK, but not great”
Reviewed 24 May 2009

I would disagree with previous traveler's reports. But first, I do want to commend the owners for their hospitality. They are wonderful people who go the extra mile to help visitors. They are the best.

We did not feel that this property was a good value as compared to other places we stayed on the island. The location is in an area where a lot of new development is being done in a very cheap and ugly manner. We did not like the immediate area at all! The price was quite expensive as compared to other places we stayed on the island. The apartment had very garish colors, hot pink, red, yellow, etc and was not at all in keeping with the lovely Azorean decor we'd seen in other lodging.

Also disappointing to us was the condition of the gardens which were in need of tending and loving care. Other places, with far less rates, had much better tended gardens and views. Sorry, won't be back, and just can't recommend at least at these prices.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Madison, Maine
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Reviewed 15 July 2008

I agree with the previous post. This is a fantastic home base for a stay. The property is lovely, the owners will give you as much or as little attention as you like and are the epitome of warmth and hospitality. Our accommodations were wonderfully rustic and comfortable with local tile work everywhere you looked. Breakfast was simple but with a variety of offerings and perhaps the best coffee I had anywhere on the island. The property has been had a slow growth over the last 12 years with new buildings for accommodations being built and scattered over the sizable acreage. There is plenty of room to get lost in your thoughts and find quiet moments or room to run and play in the sunshine. On a return trip, I would not have any question about where to stay. 100% I would be back at Quinta de Santana.

  • Liked — Location, comfort, safety, hospitality, convenience, price, beautiful property... who can pick one?
  • Disliked — No Complaints.
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with family
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Espoo, Finland
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49 reviews
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Reviewed 15 March 2008

My husband and I had a wonderful stay at Quinta de Santana! Family Galvao is running these very well kept apartments and small houses surrounded by tranquile gardens. Little kitchenette, spacious room and high standard bathroom, as well as own terrace were very comfortable and clean. Breakfast was good, with fruit from their own gardens, and if you let them know in the morning, they cook you dinner too. Do not miss the traditional cozino - it was absolutely delicious!

The pool was closed in February, and the flowers not yet in full bloom, but we enjoyed the birds singing, and the peaceful atmosphere. It must be just beautiful later in spring and in the summer.

Even though this is in the middle of farming land, there were two excellent restaurants within walking distance: Pescador with good fish and an amazing place owned by local farming association - you would never find it if you did not get instructions, but they had the best steaks, good wines and service of a 5-star restaurant!

Maria, Joao and their children and staff were all so friendly and helpful creating a very special atmosphere at the Quinta de Santana.

  • Liked — Friendly staff, the gardens and peaceful location, good food
  • Disliked — Dampness, humidity in February.
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Quinta de Santana

Property: Quinta de Santana
Address: Canada de Meca 4, Rabo de Peixe, Sao Miguel 9600-160, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Azores > Sao Miguel > Rabo de Peixe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Rabo de Peixe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Quinta de Santana 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quinta de Santana - Tourist Apartments are surrounded by gardens providing a quiet and relaxing environment. The apartments (T1 or T2) are equipped with air conditional, telephone and television and have complete bathroom, kitchenette and living room. They are carefully decorated guaranteeing a comfortable and familiar atmosphere. Our guests can delight themselves in the most varied palate in the kitchen of Jo o, restaurant that unites typical and traditional essence to the most exotic international flavors. ... more   less 
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Quinta De Santana Rabo De Peixe, Azores

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