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“The hotel to stay in! Just outside Funchal” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Quinta Bela Sao Tiago
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua Bela Sao Tiago 70, Funchal, Madeira 9060-400, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #41 of 91 hotels in Funchal
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“The hotel to stay in! Just outside Funchal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013 via mobile

This hotel I have known for years but not stayed at as has been full. Finally had the privilege to stay last week as a getaway from he cold British weather a very welcoming hotel, professional staff at all levels, good service at the restaurant and bars. All staff went the extra mile even providing a kettle, and heater on cold nights as we had a very large room.good food, so close to Funchal town downhill means uphill walk back but not a problem.
Would reommend

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

The hotel is in a great spot for views of the harbour so for the New Years Eve firework display it is hard to beat! As others say, it is a short walk down to the old town or into the city. The staff are very efficient but we found the amenities a bit lacking over the New Year period - the hotel was busy but the pool was too cold and the spa seemed closed. Not quite all I expected from a 4-star rated property.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

This is our second visit to this hotel.We were here in 2011.
Staff are just wonderful. The hotel is perfectly placed to visit the old town of Funchal. Lots of good eating places and about a 20 minute stroll to the centre of the town. As I said before its at the top of a hill so expect some exercise when returning to the hotel.
Just one drawback; its rooms are now looking a little bit tired and in need of slight refurbishment and soon.
Apart from the above criticism lovely hotel, added to our enjoyment of our holiday.

Room Tip: The higher up the room the better. Especially for the view of the harbour and the continual coming a...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

This hotel is the perfect relaxing get away,beautiful views, friendly staff, stunning location, I would not hesitate to go back. But, room 218 had a very unpleasent smell of dead rodent, this is the only way to describe it, if you book this hotel,stear clear of 218.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Halkyn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

The Quinta Bela Sao Tiago is the perfect place to stay if you want to explore the old town of Funchal. It is 200 meters from the Rua Santa Maria with all its restaurants and bars and the sea front cafes. I have to add that it is downhill on the way into town and uphill on the way back but whilst it is not steep it is very manageable at a gentle pace. The vibrant market hall is a short walk away and the cable car to Monte is about 300 metres from the hotel.

We had an ocean view room on the first floor which looked out over the cruise ship harbour which was an entertainment watching the giants of the sea come and go.

Most people reading reviews want to know more about the facilities and outings in more detail, I know I did, so I’ll try and cover a few things not in the travel brochures.

A kettle is offered when you are booking in to the hotel. Apparently it is only the “Brits abroad” who want a kettle so one is offered. It will be delivered to your room with the number of cups for the occupancy but there is no tea, coffee, milk etc so if you want to make your own “brew” then take some with you or go to one of the local shops and buy some.

There is a mini bar in the room with a price list. The bar is checked every day by the cleaners so keep a check on what you are using to be able to tally on checking out.

The beds were made everyday with clean sheets. Usually by the time we had returned from breakfast our room was “done”

There is a safe in the room but you have to pay €1.50 per day to use it, we paid and it was useful.

Breakfast is excellent. The same fayre is offered daily with maybe a couple of variations but there is so much that we didn’t have the same breakfast twice. We didn’t have dinner at the hotel as there are so many local offerings close by for less money although to be fair the menu looked superb.

Excursions leaflets are on display in reception with bus tours and levada walks a plenty. We researched these before we left the UK but booked at the hotel reception. The staff are very helpful and speak excellent English.

A word about the Monte Toboggan Ride. It is unique in the World and is considered a “must” when in Madeira. It is expensive at €30 for a couple in one toboggan and a tip is obligatory at the end of the ride (the guys ask you for “something for a drink”). You then have to negotiate with a taxi driver to get back into Funchal. Be aware! It can cost an unwary traveller up to €18 but apparently a negotiated €5 can be gained if you are a bit hardnosed about it. We did it as part of an excursion and the mini coach picked us up at the end of the run. The ride was special though so bite the bullet and do it.

Afternoon tea at Reids Palace was amazing. Very “Dowton”, stepping back into a bygone era. It is expensive at €32.50 per person and has to be booked but we were made to feel so special, brilliant. No shorts or tee shirts.

We had a great time in Madeira and would recommend this hotel to everyone.

Room Tip: Ocean view on first or second floors are best.
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Staines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

We stayed here for a week in October 2012, and just loved it from the moment we arrived. The staff are all helpful and happy. The room was so comfortable and clean and the seaview room we had (worth the extra price) was truly amazing, I could have sat on the balcony for the whole holiday. We did have a little rain, but even then we sat in the comfy tub chairs by the french doors and still admired the view of the harbour and massive cruise ships docking. Breakfast was fabulous, all you could eat and all sorts of different things to try. Some people seemed to be in the breakfast room from the time it opened until it closed - 7.30 - 10.00, obviously filling up for the day! The location is just right, in the Old Town with so many lovely cobbled streets lined with restaurants and then just a further walk to reach the cable car station and main bus stops. The market is just a bit further and then you are in the town itself full of shops, cafes, interesting buildings and the harbour.
The only negative was that it wasn't very hot on our vist (we had the worst storm for several months) and the pool although it looked very inviting from the balcony I saw several people trying to get in the water and made it clear it was very cold. I tried my toe in one day and it was too cold for me!
There weren't many children around when we visited in October (I only spotted two very well behaved about 10 years old) as apart from the pool there wouldn't be much to entertain a young family.
I would really recommend this hotel especially for couples wanting a superb relaxing holiday.

Room Tip: Any seaview room, lower floor may not get a view of the harbour but the garden.
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

we visit funchal a couple of times a year but as we were bringing family out for the 1st time thought we would stay somewhere special.-the hotel lived up to expectation! we had seaview rooms with great views of the city and port. the hotel has a small but attractive garden surrounding the swimming pool-big enough for there not to have to fight for a sun bed.the staff are helpful and friendly .we only stayed as b&bguests so only used restaurant for the buffet breakfast-this was varied and changed everyday.the hotel is wonderfully situated being only a short walk from old town and seafront,and only about 10mins fom city centre. somewhat more convenient than the ones in the hotel zone.i would not have any hesitation in recommending this hotel

Room Tip: choose any room with a seaview on the upper floors
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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 Sao Tiago 70, Funchal, Madeira 9060-400, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#35 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
#40 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Quinta Bela Sao Tiago 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The charming 4-star hotel Quinta Bela São Tiago was originally a traditional Madeiran Manor House built in 1834. The manor house and its extensive gardens have been carefully restored to create a paradise right in the heart of this lovely old district.The Quinta Bela São Tiago offers a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere in a unique location in Madeira! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Quinta Bela Sao Tiago Hotel Funchal
Quinta Bela Sao Tiago Funchal
Hotel Quinta Bela Sao Tiago Madeira/Funchal

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