Pros

  • Set in the gorgeous Terra Nostra Botanical Park, a lush oasis rife with flora
  • Within walking distance of several restaurants
  • Natural geothermic pool, plus two outdoor thermal water whirlpools and an indoor pool
  • Chic guest rooms have private furnished balconies, minibars, and flat-screen TVs
  • Suites have sitting areas and separate soaking tubs and rainfall showers
  • On-site restaurant and bar serves traditional Azorean fare
  • Free daily breakfast with made-to-order hot items
  • Spa with saunas and steam rooms
  • Small fitness room
  • Free Wi-FI throughout
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Cons

  • Fitness room is small and not well equipped
  • Restaurant is pricey
  • Car is necessary to get around
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Bottom Line

One of the main draws of this upscale hotel is its location in the stunning Terra Nostra Botanical Park, which encompasses 31 acres of gorgeous gardens studded with different species of flowers and trees. Guests have free access to the garden's geothermic pool, and other on-site wellness features include two outdoor thermal whirlpools, a lovely indoor pool, and a spa with saunas and steam rooms. There's a restaurant on-site that serves tasty (but pricey) Azorean fare -- and breakfast is included in the room rate. The hotel dates back to the 1930s and its chic interiors and 86 guest rooms reflect an Art Deco style. All rooms have private balconies and flat-screen TVs. For an alternative, the four-pearl Furnas Lake Villas offers modern Scandi-style bungalows with kitchens and living rooms. 

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Pets Allowed
  • Pool
  • Spa

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Terra Nostra Garden Hotel

Scene

Upscale Art Deco-style hotel set in stunning gardens

Set in a beautiful 200-year-old garden that spans 31 acres, the Terra Nostra Garden Hotel offers a gorgeous, tranquil retreat in atmospheric surroundings. The upscale vibe coupled with a lush setting makes for a relaxing and refreshing getaway, and the property's focus on wellness means that many guests come here to recharge. Opened in 1935, the hotel is composed of two buildings: the original Art Deco Wing and the Garden Wing that was later added in the 1990s. Interiors are sleek and stylish, with an Art Deco and modernist feel to the chic spaces. Decor favors neutral hues as well as sleek wooden furnishings and wooden details like floors and wall panelling. Large windows overlooking the lushness outside can have a calming effect. The atmospheric interiors coupled with the stunning gardens makes for a memorable experience and encourages many guests to return.

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Location

Beautiful location in a botanical park, within walking distance of dining options and thermal pools

The hotel is located in Furnas Valley on São Miguel Island, an area famous for its thermal baths. The property is set within the gorgeous Terra Nostra Botanical Park, which spans 31 acres of beautiful gardens that are dotted with ponds and streams, and feature a rich variety of plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees, including rare species. There's a geothermal pool in the gardens that's free for guests to use, plus guests can visit Poça da Dona Beija, another pool site that's a 10-minute walk away. The Lagoa das Furnas is another popular nearby destination that's also home to thermal pools, and it's about a 10-minute drive from the hotel. There are several restaurants within walking distance of the property, though a car is advised to explore the island further. Ponte Delgada Airport is about a 45-minute drive from the hotel.

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Rooms

Chic, Art Deco-style rooms have furnished balconies, flat-screen TVs, and minibars

Like the rest of the property, guest rooms feature a chic Art Deco style. A tasteful color palette of calming neutral hues is paired with sleek wooden furniture, including small desks and night stands. Suites add living room areas with seating. Framed botanical prints adorn the walls as a stylish nod to the garden setting, and some rooms have lovely sepia-toned photo murals that also depict botanical details. Standard amenities include flat-screen TVs, minibars, electronic safes, telephones, and free Wi-Fi. Sliding glass doors open onto private furnished balconies, which fill the spaces with natural light; most have lovely views over the gardens, but some overlook the street.

Bathrooms are sleek and modern, outfitted with walk-in rainfall showers and magnifying mirrors. Suites feature soaking tubs and separate walk-in rainfall showers. Toiletries and hairdryers are provided in all rooms. 

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Features

Access to geothermal pool, two outdoor thermal whirlpools, lovely indoor pool, spa, and on-site restaurant and bar

Beyond the magnificent Terra Nostra Botanical Park that the hotel is set in (guests get free admission), one of the highlights here is the garden's geothermic pool. Though it's yellowish color might be off-putting, guests enjoy soaking in the warm, healing waters (temperatures range from 95 to 104 degrees) that are rich in minerals. There are also two outdoor thermal water whirlpools, as well as a lovely indoor pool that's surrounded by chic padded loungers. Other wellness features include a fitness room, but it's small and only offers a handful of machines. There are sauna and steam baths, as well as a spa offering a range of treatments.

The on-site restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and serves Azorean fare, including a furnas cozido experience, a traditional meal that's cooked underground with natural volcanic heat from the hot springs. Breakfast is included in the room rates and hot items are made-to-order. There's also a bar. Some guests have noted that the restaurant is pricey for lunch and dinner.

Wi-Fi is free throughout the property, and there's a business center for guests' use. There are also some meeting and event space that's available to rent. Parking is free on-site.

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Babysitting Services

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Business Center

  • Cable

  • Children's Pool

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Gameroom / Arcade

  • Golf Course

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pets Allowed

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

  • Supervised Kids Activities

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