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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 #39 of 91 hotels in Funchal
Birmingham, England
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9 hotel reviews
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“Enjoyable again”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

We stayed here in 2006 and returned this year. This is still an excellent hotel being located, in our opinion, in the best location in Funchal, close to restaurants, the cable car, bus terminal and market with a great view over the harbour. There are building works going on way down on the sea front but these were far enough away that they did not detract from our stay and provided an extra point of interest to watch. We were "upgraded " to a junior suite on the rooftop which was a huge room divided into two with sloping roofs and a bit dark but with good views from the rooftop terrace. However, there was no wind break (or for the summer, shade) so it was not possible to sit outside as much as would have been the case with the regular sea view rooms which have a side wall for protection. If visiting again I would definitely choose this hotel but decline the upgrade if offered.

We used the local restaurants every night. The Elstresa do Mar on the corner was our favourite for good value; we had a poor meal at the highly rated O Jango but perhaps we were just unlucky.

We used Madeira Airport Transfers for return taxi transfers which were very efficient. We also did a half day tour to the Nun's Valley with Pride of Madeira tours. Our guide Ezekial was excellent and went out of his way to go the extra mile taking us off the usual tourist circuit and giving us lots of time. Some of us did the walk down from the viewpoint to the village and he collected us at the bottom. I would recommend them.

Apart from the various gardens (don't miss the Monte tropical gardens at the top of the cable car), a good day out is to take a bus to the Quinta do Palheiro gardens and after visiting these, walk up to the Levada dos Tornos, walk to Romeiros and catch the bus back to Funchal (or get off the Levada at Quinta do Pomar and walk down to the Botanical Gardens and bus back from there. The Hortensia Tea house on the Levada makes a pleasant stop for a snack and or drink with views over Funchal.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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  • 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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8 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Spent a wonderful week in Funchal which was made better by the excellent rooms and service at this hotel. It is very well situated being a short walk through the Old Town to the sea front, the sky cars and other transportation . The room was very well appointed and extremely comfortable with a good view of the boats in the harbor. Seems like quite a busy hotel and the bar was very good. My only drawback was the pool was very cold even though the air was quite warm around us.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

We came here to Madeira to escape the UK winter weather. We were not disappointed in fact we 're thinking we might stay 2 weeks in 2014! It's a great location and there is so much to do throughout Madeira and in Funchal particularly! Try it you won't be disappointed!
Richard Seed

  • 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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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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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.
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  • 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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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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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.

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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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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:
#34 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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