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3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua Bela de Sao Tiago 44-B, Funchal, Madeira 9060-400, Portugal   |  
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“Ideal!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

We have just returned from a week here and miss it already! We were made to feel welcome from the moment we arrived with a cool glass of beer by the pool. Unfortunately it was a lilttle chilly for swimming but looked lovely. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. The hotel is ideally positioned near the old town and also for catching buses which we did frequently to walk the levadas. I was thrilled with the gorgeous flowers that were left in my room on my birthday. Thank you! They are now in my kitchen to remind me of our great time in Madeira.
Breakfasts were great. I loved the home made jams and especially the 'famous' fruit salad. Unfortunately we had a very loud snorer next door otherwise I'm sure my sleep would have been rated 'excellent'!

Room Tip: We were on 3rd floor with a partial sea view which was great. Obviously the higher up you go the bet...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We were there for Christmas 2013 and I can sum up this hotel in a few words: I truly hope that we will be able to go there again for Christmas 2014! Brilliant hotel, lovely people and I loved the poncha!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rethymnon, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

It's very difficult to write a review about this lovely little place as it's all been said. it was our first trip back to Funchal in 12 years. Previous visits we had always stayed in the Lido area. Never again after staying at the Albergaria. Funchal is still as lovely as before especially coming up to Christmas. We had lunch a couple of times at the Ideal bar overlooking the small park area where the men play cards. You can get a delicious steak sandwich for €2.50.
We didn't like the hassle outside the restaurants. I'm sure they would do better if they let people make up their own minds where to eat.
We are hoping our next visit to Funchal will be for the Carnival in 2015. Will definitely book again with Thomson

Room Tip: We paid extra for 3rd floor.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

After holidaying at Albergaria Dias for many years we decided to visit for the New Year Fireworks Festival and are now kicking ourselves for not having done this years ago! What a fantastic experience from the general atmosphere of celebration and bonhomie around town to the splendid care and hospitality provided by the Dias family and their charming staff at the hotel.

Albergaria Dias is unlike all the hotels a mile or more away out of Funchal centre in the hotel zone. It is between the Fort and the Harbour in the old part of town, close to all amenities, in an area full of atmosphere (bars and restaurants too) that has grown over the last couple of years into the area where the 'beautiful people' of Funchal seem to enjoy the nightlife. The hotel does not provide an evening meal service - it doesn't need to as there are dozens of good restaurants, stretching from it's entrance for 200 metres or more. Some provide food in the local style, others something to please any palate, e.g. pizza & pasta, Chinese, Indian etc. A couple also have Fado singing while you eat.

Breakfast is taken in the breakfast restaurant which extends into the bar area and out on to the sun terrace. The buffet looks small and compact but offers a great variety of cold and hot food. Specialties include cured ham, fresh fruit in abundance, homemade jams, freshly prepared fruit juices and cakes baked by Senhora Dias.

Father and son, both called Joao, take pride in the treatment their guests receive and are always visible about the hotel making sure everyone is happy. Cecilia, Louisa, Carla & Lilliana at reception always greet guests with a smile and kind word and help willingly with requests. Monica & Ulisses in the bar make sure you thirst is quenched and are equally charming.

There is such a warm personal feel about this hotel that was especially evident on New Year's Eve when Joao junior joined over 20 guests in one of the restaurants for a celebratory meal. Afterwards he invited all his guests on to the roof terrace to watch the beautiful and moving firework display at midnight, providing sparkling wine and snacks. Hospitality at its best!

Restaurants we have road tested and like: O Portao, Estrella do Mar, Le Jardin & O Tapassol all nearby and Armazem do Sal, a short walk away towards Funchal centre.
There are dozens more to try and do not be put off by the guys who stand outside trying to pull you in. We have found them generally good natured, especially if you are prepared to stop for a brief chat - we have made friends of most of them by doing just that.

Can't recommend this hotel highly enough and can see no reason why anybody looking for a small, intimate hotel rather than a vast, impersonal, international one would not enjoy a stay here. here

Room Tip: All rooms face the sea. View of sea varies from zero on floor 1 to full on floor 4.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

this is our 5th time at this hotel the service is the best in madeira. we was there for the new year it was great.the only thing this hotel needs is new sun beds by the pool.The sun beds are very poor for such a great hotel

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Can only agree with all the positive comments, if you can book a suite on the top floor,very nice rooms and a great view from balcony with whirlpool. Food wise we liked restaurant named Portao best,its only 5 minutes away.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Deal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

A lovely hotel, nice atmosphere, close to old town, restaurants etc.
Stayed dec 2013/ weather great, we rented a car for week thro Alamo visited all over the island
the car was a new clio .recommend this, roads are great , views to die for.
cable car brilliant/as was open top buses which for 12 euros allows two days/tours per person/.
Overall a brilliant place/holiday/

Room Tip: any three floors /lift etc.best views third floor.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rua Bela de Sao Tiago 44-B, Funchal, Madeira 9060-400, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
#28 Family Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Albergaria Dias 3.5*
Number of rooms: 35
Also Known As:
Albergaria Dias Funchal
Albergaria Dias Hotel Funchal
Hotel Albergaria Dias Madeira/Funchal

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