Just returned from 2 weeks at this Hotel. You will read from other reviews about the cold pool and beds being a little hard. Whilst true, this hotel should be judged on the whole experience. It is located in the old city and is accessed by a gated drive at the front and at the back there is another gate opening on the street of painted doors. It really is an oasis.
On arrival staff provide a tour of the facilities and offer a free drink in the bar. They are very friendly and helpful. Mr Dias (senior and junior) seem totally committed to ensuring that you have a good time. The Bar is open all day and offers snacks at lunch. It doesn't provide evening meals ( there are around 30 restaurants in the vicinity - why would they). However, they will prepare a salad that you can order and eat in the evening.
The breakfast is excellent, fresh Madeiran produce and plenty of choice.
The rooms above floor 1 are what you would expect from a hotel. Perhaps a kettle would be a cheap but welcome addition.The rooms have good views of the harbour and sea beyond. We managed to move into the apartment on the top floor on our second week and this was a really good set of rooms with a huge balcony, good views and loungers. The rooms were spotless, so much so I actually tried to find some dust without success. The TV had sky news, and BBC entertainment and several English speaking channels that were dubbed. There is wifi in the public areas downstairs and a computer that you are free to use. As has been mentioned the library is huge with books that will surely satisfy anyone on holiday.
The staff could not be more helpful and are a credit to the hotel.The pool is not heated but hey I tried it and have to say gave me quite a buzz. (15 degrees!)
The hotel is only a short walk to the market, cable car and shopping area in a perfect spot. The restaurants are only yards from the back gate and all we tried were very good.
Many guests go back year after year and you can understand why. This place allows you to relax and enjoy your holiday without stress.
- Also Known As:
- Albergaria Dias Funchal
- Albergaria Dias Hotel Funchal
- Hotel Albergaria Dias Madeira/Funchal