Pros: The property is beautiful and well appointed. Our room had air conditioning which was very handy as it was warmer than expected when we visited.
The property is generally unstaffed although someone was available by phone at most times. Communications with english speakers was not easy but greatly appreciated.
The location is beautiful but remote from Velas.
Cons: This property was not where it was advertised to be as shown on booking sites. It's well on the other side of the airport from Velas.
Our room, having stone walls was somewhat damp and had a bit of a odor. This bothered my wife more than me but was noticeable.
The property is accessed via three separate keys, two of them are very large bladed keys for the front and back doors of the main building and one for our external room. These were difficult to use and very uncomfortable to carry. The keys and doors themselves were difficult to operate and open.
At the foot of the São Jorge Mountains, Hotel Solmar is less than 329 feet from the coastline. Its air-conditioned rooms overlook the Atlantic Ocean, Calheta Harbour or mountains. Featuring wooden furniture, each room provides a cable TV, desk and private bathroom with free toiletries. Breakfast is provided and can be taken in the room. There are a few restaurants in the village and the property has a bar and lounge area with armchairs and tables and chairs. Free WiFi is available in all rooms. Velas harbour, offering ferries to others islands in the Azores is a 30-minute drive. Silveira Park is 9.9 miles from Solmar Hotel and Sete Fontes Park is 15.5 miles away. São Jorge Airport is 11.2 miles away from Hotel Solmar and on-site parking is free.