Just returned from a week in Madeira, the main disappointment for us being the weather and the torrential downpours which were a constant over the week. Despite this, we had a good holiday.
We stayed in the Albergeria Dias and did pay a supplement for a partial sea view. It was indeed a partial sea view, you could just about see the sea in the distance but the view was fairly obstructed by derelict buildings in front of the hotel. The bedroom was adequate, basically furnished, but immaculately clean. However, we did find that there was a constant smell of cigarette, whether this was due to residents smoking in the bar below our room or a previous resident smoking in the room I am unsure, but we had to keep the patio doors open constantly. Towels and linen were changed regularly. The hotel is an extremely quiet oasis in the Old Town. Breakfast was fresh and plentiful, varied choice and could be eaten outside on the terrace next to the pool or in the bright and airy restaurant. All the staff were extremely friendly, courteous and professional, nothing too much trouble and always a warm welcome from the Dias family any time of the day. There are plenty of repeat guests to the hotel and we can truly appreciate why this would be the case.
Funchal is a good base to explore Madeira. It is a busy capital with plenty of pavement cafes and restaurants to sit and watch the world go by and watch the cruise ships come into dock. You can take a cable car up to Monte and spend time in the botanical gardens. You can take a hop and off bus for a couple of days which is easily booked and take in the sights along the coastline. The artwork in the Old Town is just amazing, each door is painted with a mural, and it was wonderful just to walk through the Old Town looking at the artwork. We hired a car and drove to Santana to see the typical thatched houses and Nun’s Valley where you will find the views breathtaking. Roads are clearly marked and not overly busy although obviously driving in Funchal itself being the capital is the busiest area.
If we were to return to Funchal we would definitely return to this boutique hotel.
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