For ten years or so guards were employed to keep an eye on the place (hence why it's still in such 'good' keep). Azoreans told us great stories about trying to break in as teenagers and then being chased by guard-dogs!!
But this is part of the reason it feels so weird (I think). It's from the 80s, but was kind of kept in a preserved state for over ten years, and so the damage from the nature is still pretty new.
HOW TO GET THE BEST PHOTO OF SETE CIDADES LAKE
Pretty much all the rooms on the north side have fantastic views of Sete Cidades (I bet they were the most expensive).
But to get the best views of the Sete Cidades lake head up to the roof.
Now turn around and feast your eyes on this:
Best views in the house!
You can easily rent a car in the Azores or do what we did and hitch-hike in the Azores (click that link for a full guide). Hitch-hiking is easy in the Azores. Taking a bus is not. They basically don't even have buses there, trust us we tried.
HOW TO GET TO THE AZORES
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