We stayed for a week from 30 Nov 2012. The hotel is small, clean and basic ( no bar / restaurant ). Our room was clean on arrival, cleaned daily ( + clean towels ) Rooms not huge, but big enough, bathroom and shower fine, though you had to be a bit careful with the shower curtain otherwise you ended up with water on the floor. Not a problem once we realised what was needed. Desk appeared to be manned 24 hrs, staff very friendly and helpful. Just as well because on the way back from eating one night ( about 2130 ) my wife snapped our room key off in the lock. The man on reception could not fix it, but he called someone in and the lock was changed by 2230. Interesting experience given that we speak no Portuguese and he spoke no English.
TV in room, but we never turned it on so no idea what channels available. WiFi also available.
Not all rooms have balconies, worth making sure you get one with, even in early December we could sit out on the balcony until midnight ( though we did have to put a fleece on later )
The location is brilliant, opposite the main market ( Fruit, veg and fish ) Very central, within a few hundred metres of city centre, cable car, sea front, bus stations, restaurant area of old town. Good selection of small bars / cafes very close for breakfast / coffee.
Nice to watch the locals from the balcony, overlooks a busy street but noise was never really an issue.
For the price you would find the Residencial very hard to beat, its not a luxury hotel but its not charging their rates either.
We spent most of the week walking levadas. Brilliant, mostly flat, easy walking. Stunning views and no navigation problems. Getting to / from the levadas was generally cheap and easy by local bus. There are however about 6 different bus companies, and we never managed to find a timetable with more than one of the companies routes so a bit of research needed each evening to work out the next day, Taxis plentiful, and not a lot more than the bus for a group of four like us.
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- Also Known As:
- Residencial Funchal Hotel Funchal
- Residencial Funchal Madeira