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“Tranquil apartment with a lovely view” 4 of 5 stars
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Quinta Mae Homens Apartments
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   39 Rua Mae dos Homens, Funchal, Madeira 9050, Portugal   |  
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Argyll, Scotland
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4 hotel reviews
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“Tranquil apartment with a lovely view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We spent 2 weeks in November/December 2012 in this lovely and well situated apartment in Funchal at a very reasonable rate for the quality. Unfortunately the weather was mixed so we didn’t use the pool which was very tempting. Lovely clean pool area and terrace with views of Funchal and the port. Interesting to watch the cruise ships coming in and out on a daily basis.
The apartment had nice gardens and was very quiet apart from the school to the rear – but that didn’t bother us too much.
Our one bedroom apartment (in Alto Lagar) was spacious with a lovely corner terrace and good views (if you have a front facing apartment). Bedroom could have done with more drawer space. Wardrobe good with plenty of hangers.
Lounge area – comfortable but don’t expect a lot of stations on the TV. Inwinter you may require to hire a heater.
Kitchen – very small and lack of workspace (this could be fitted out better). Also very basic equipment level.
Lovely clubhouse next to the pool area with tv, books and sofa, etc to relax. Wifi available here but not in the apartments.
Roni, the receptionist was extremely helpful on our arrival and gave us a lot of information regarding local buses, shops, etc. (important – as the apartment complex is situated up steep hills and walking up and down for some could be taxing!!) Not very suitable for push chairs or people who don’t like walking.
A few local shops for food – but you have to walk up and down hills! You can do a big shop in the Funchal supermarket Pingo Doce, Anadia, in the main street.
The local small bus tours were very good, reasonably priced and cover most of the island. We would not recommend hiring a car unless you like small twisting roads.
We liked the situation of the apartments as they are above the old town – which was, for us, the most interesting and one of the most traditional parts of Funchal – compared to the hotel area (to the right of the port) which seemed to us very commercialised and did not have much character. There are good restaurants and cafes/bars in the old town and this is mostly a residential area.
You can take a local bus up to walk some of the Levadas or visit the many gardens or take the interesting cable car from Funchal.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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69 reviews 69 reviews
47 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

When we choose Madeira for a short holiday we didn't want the pressure of the Hotel regime so we opted for an appartment where we could do our own cooking. Quinta Mae proved to be a great choice. The rooms had a decent size and was equiped with a good kitchen. The views from our balcony was great. Beautifull sunsets and the bustle of the cruise ships going in and out of the harbour.
The downside of the place is that is doesn't have fulltime staff so you have to time your arrival. On leaving you just leave the keys in a mailbox without checking out. The property is also located on the hill which is a stiff walk from the city centre. We often walked down and took a taxi up (about 5 EUR). We also had a car so driving around was relatively easy. Th ehotel has a good inside parking lot. You will probably need a GPS to find the place as Funchal has a lot of one-way streets.
So al in all: great place to stay if you want to be self-sufficient.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2011

We didn't do a lot of research before we booked our holiday and we were really happy that this accomodation wasn't located in the hotel zone but in an urban part of Funchal, so we weren't surrounded solely by(mostly german and english) tourists but had the chance to integrate with the extremely hospitable locals.
The apartments are, like the whole of the city, situated on a hill, which provides beautiful views. Make sure you ask for a apartment in the alto lagar on the first or second floor for the best views.
The swimmingpool is big and clean. The staff is really friendly and helpful and the apartments are spacious and spotless.
Mind you that although the walk downhill into town will only take about 10 mins, the walk up again is near enough impossible because of the steep roads. There's a busstop just outside the walls of the quinta, but the busses only drive once an hour or so, so you have to plan a bit. The taxiride will up will cost you about 5 euros, so that's a good alternative.
It you stay at this quinta make sure to try a poncha (local drink) at the bakery/ pizzeria just 100 meters downhill.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2011

We stayed here over New Year's Eve, one of the busiest times of the year in Madeira. We chose it because it was exceptionally good value (around €60 per night) for the season, was located outside of the touristy hotel district and was self-catering.

The room was large, simply furnished with very basic cooking facilities. The views and gardens were really superb. The setting was very relaxing. This is not your typical, generic hotel. It is a converted farmhouse (banana plantation possibly), it does not offer 4 star hotel facilities but on the other hand it is a more unique, memorable experience (and cheaper!). There is wi-fi in the Club House and a small pool and the rooms do have TVs.

It may not be the best option for those with physical disabilities, as it is a bit outside of the town centre and the climb uphill is pretty tough even if you are young and fit (though there is always a bus or taxi).

Really spectacular views of the New Year's Eve fireworks. If one wants a luxury hotel experience this is not the place to be, on the other hand if one wants an authentic Madeiran holiday I would recommend this Quinta.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2011

The Quinta Mãe dos Homens is located in a residential area about 1,5 km northeast of downtown Funchal, obviously uphill. It can be reached from the town centre by city buses (line 32 - departures about 30 minutes apart in daytime), taxi (about €5 in daytime) or on foot (20-30 minutes uphill, about half that going down). You could also use a rental car, but the streets in Funchal are steep and narrow, and some local drivers are out of their minds. The quinta has its own parking lot, but finding parking elsewhere could prove difficult.

The quinta is a fenced-in property with barbed wire and glass shards on the walls surrounding it. Its reception has limited opening hours, but they're able to receive you at any time if you have clearly stated your time of arrival. It appears that the owner lives on the site, as some buildings and areas are signposted as "Privado".

We had requested a taxi pick-up on the airport. The driver was slightly late, but apologised politely. He drove us straight to the property and had his own keys. We were received warmly by several members of the staff and got helped carrying our luggage in.

The quinta consists of several buildings with apartments/studios of different sizes, with the remnants of a banana plantation in-between. There are a few lawns and an old wine press in the gardens. There's a pleasant pool (rather deep - not suitable for children who can't swim) with deckchairs around it - but the water was too cold (in late February) for more than a short dip. There's also a self-service "clubhouse" with a TV, some chairs and lots of paperbacks (probably lefty by previous guests). Wireless internet is available here, but only erratically elsewhere.

We had a family studio with a large living room/bedroom/kitchen, a separate bedroom and a bathroom. The living room had two queen size single beds put together as a spacious double, a sleeper sofa (usable by two enjoying each other's company), two tables, some chairs, a spacious wardrobe and a TV. The separate bedroom had one single bed. The kitchen had a microwave oven, a two-ring stove, a small refrigerator, a toaster, a water kettle and a sink. The cutlery and utensils provided was somewhat limited, but just enough (as always when renting an apartment, bringing a sharp knife is a good thing). The drinking glasses were all different - apparently, earlier guests have broken things and replaced them with whatever they could find in the shops...

The bathroom had a washbasin, a WC, a bidet and a bathtub. The shower and shower curtain worked well, and warm water was plentiful even on a rainy day. Apart from toilet tissue, no toiletries were provided except a bar of soap that was not replaced during our 8-day stay. An ample amount of towels were supplied.

The balcony had a small table, two chairs and a drying rack. The views over Funchal were excellent!

Everything was well-kept and clean. Cleaning and change of towels is done three times per week, linen is changed once a week. The cleaning staff obviously takes pride in doing a good job!

There's no restaurant on-site, but you can book a "breakfast basket". Locally there's a combined bakery/pizzeria a few minutes walk away - I have eaten better pizza, but it's OK. There's also a mini market nearby. For major shopping, go downtown instead, the Anadia shopping centre (open 7 days) is lose to the 32 bus line and has an excellent grocery store downstairs. You could also buy bus tickets here.

Staff was not too visible, but the reception is open some hours each weekday. They do keep listings of different activities, tour operators etc. They also have a good selection of guide books, maps etc. that can be borrowed free of charge.

While I did find the quinta's staff service minded, I did get an impression that they could do more to follow up on promises given. We only encountered minor issues, but together they were somewhat harmful on our impression. First, we did not get a proper receipt for what we had paid - only a credit card slip as their printer was broken. We were promised that a receipt would be left in our room, but we got none. Secondly, we had some minor technical issues in the room - a broken light bulb and a poorly functioning toilet flushing mechanism. These were reported immediately, but nothing was done to fix them even during our stay. Thirdly, we did pre-book a taxi pick-up for our day of departure, but discovered by chance a few days before that they had recorded the wrong time even if we had made our booking in writing. These were all small things, but they did give us the impression that the staff could do more to make sure that the guests' requests are fulfilled.

All in all, we had a pleasant stay and would come back.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2010

Very attentive and friendly staff . One day before arrival I received an email of the general manager at what time we would arrive and she informed about our flightnumber. On the day of arrival we were welcomed with a big, genuine smile.
Our apartment was enough furnished, therefore also spacious, the beds are ok. We had our own balcony and garden in which it felt good to be. No noise of traffic or anything else noisy. Very peaceful. The garden is well kept, with lots of different colours. Always loungechairs and umbrella's available at the swimmingpool. The water is very soft, hardly any desinfectans, a bit small but quite deep (I experienced different about the depth of swimmingpools in other 4*hotels).
Location: downhill within 15 minutes in the old centre of Funchal with very many nice restaurants with good food, uphill: a taxi is less than 5 euro's when you have a lot of grocerystuff with you, but walking is to do, when you're not that packed
The view is splendid, day- and nighttime.
It is really a place to be, when you want to forget for a while this hasty businessstuff from home.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2010

We arrived around 8 pm on the Saturday evening. The gates to the complex were locked and nobody was answering the doorbell or the phone. We frantically tried to call our hotel booking service in the UK but it was closed for the weekend.

I stopped a man who was out walking his dogs to ask if he knew about this hotel. He said that the owners had probably gone into town for the flower festival and he kindly offered to take us into town so that we could get something to eat and wait for the owners to return to the hotel. We put our luggage in his car and after we had eaten he took us back to the hotel. Still no one was there and we could not get in again but fortunately the owner answered her phone this time. She had assumed that because we made the booking in the UK that we were flying from there also. This was the time of the volcanic ash and no planes were coming from the UK. However, we were coming from Lisbon as we had flown there before the ash problem and the flights to Funchal from Lisbon were not affected. Also the owner told us that we should have given a time that we would be arriving as the reception is not 24 hours. Bearing in mind that she had assumed we were not coming anyway I don't know what difference that would have made.

The hotel is set in lovely gardens and the room we were given had wonderful views. The quality of the furnishings was dated and gloomy. Things didn't work such as the toaster and cooker. Also we had to ask for a remote control for our t.v. and an iron which took two days to arrive.

The location wasn't great as you have to take a bus or a taxi to get to and from Funchal especially coming back as the climb is very steep.

All in all I would never stay here again. I also found Funchal to be rather boring.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 39 Rua Mae dos Homens, Funchal, Madeira 9050, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
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Ranked #9 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Funchal
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Hotel Class:3 star — Quinta Mae Homens Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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