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“Arrived after the forest fires” 4 of 5 stars
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Estalagem Eira do Serrado
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Eira Do Serrado | Curral Das Freiras, Funchal, Madeira 9000-421, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #46 of 91 Hotels in Funchal
Billericay
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“Arrived after the forest fires”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2010

We arrived the Monday after the worst of the fires on Madeira, hotel had just reopened but were welcomed warmly. All the staff are exceptionally friendly, food was good but a little basic if you are on the half board menu (drinks not included but not to expensive). Hire car is a must here. We would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed August 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2010

LOCATION: The main drawback of this hotel is the location. It is NOT within walking distance of anywhere and the local bus service is awful. The hotel is situated in the hills and accessed via a steep winding road traversed by regular coach trips. You will need to book a car. The hotel has an excellent souvenir shop attached to it - best prices in Maderia for a Morrocan cow-boy hat :)

FOOD: Restaurant was expensive, and the food ok. Better was the snack menu - eat outside on the veranda. Beware, at weekends it seems to be a popular wedding venue and the main restaurant is NOT accessible when a wedding is on, although you can order food.

ROOMS: Adequate with air con (working and not extra). Huge balcony. Clean sheets and towels. Very quiet at night.

HOTEL GROUNDS: Nicely presented. NO SWIMMING POOL ONLY A JAQUZZI. Excellent views, near to a local and very impressive scenic beauty spot. Massive balconies.

OVERALL: Decent enough for the money, and I would go back to this hotel again but probably not back to Maderia.

RESORT: I found the island a little boring and expensive. Best restaurants are in Funchal - but they are pricey as you are sharing the island with the Cruise ship crowd. 10 days in Maderia was LONG.

DO: Whale watching and visit the Blandy's Sherry factory. Go walking - be warned the walks are HARD unless you just want to stroll the promenade. There is also an island located nearby that is inhabited only by Tarantulas (there are no Tarantulas on the main island). Do expect fantastic views and challenging hiking type walks. There are also some great and historic little towns on Maderia built by the Portugese.

DONT: Go into ANY gift shops - the sales people are VERY pushy. Don't expect large sandy beeches - there aren't any.

  • Stayed July 2010, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2010

We stayed at this hotel for 8 nights towards the end of March 2010. After the recent damage to the Island we were hesitant about going, but were encouraged by the local reports and blogs from the Islanders. We both enjoy walking and as this was our first trip to Madeira we wanted to stay somewhere outside of the many Tourist Hotels in and around Funchal, hence the reason for choosing this Hotel. Our first impressions were how steep the terrrain on the Island was, the Hotel is perched on a large flatish ledge that overlooks the Curral Valley, approx 800m above it , so the views down to the valley floor and the surrounding mountains are breathtaking. There are only 25 bedrooms in the hotel, which are split over 2 floors below the main reception floor, all the bedrooms are at the back of the hotel which overlooks Curral Das Freiras, they all have balconies of some sort, so the views from your room are wonderful. The front of the Hotel is geared up to receiving the hoards of day trippers off the Cruise Ships, which come up the narrow roads throughout the day to take in the views. Adacent to the Hotel is a bar and large shop selling local hadicrafts. The Day Trippers make the place seem busy, but they don't interfere with the general operation of the Hotel. From outside the Hotel entrance there are steps up 50m or so to a viewing platform, which seems to hang over a precipice! The Public areas in the hotel are quite spacious, with lots of comfy chairs to relax in, and a Pool Table on the lowest floor. However, we found that during the evening the lights here were never switched on (there is a switch in the fuse box on the wall), and there was no heating, and as it was late March it was still rather chilly in the evenings at this altitude. As for the other Hotel's amemrties, the Sauna was never working, and the water temperature of the Jacuzzi was only 32deg, so not really hot enough to relax in. The Restaurant is very good, meals were well presented and not overpriced, though the menu didn't vary from day to day, so if you were staying for a couple of weeks you would soon work your way through it. There is nowhere else to eat in the locality. Breakfasts were good, with fresh fruit, eggs, bacon etc, plus the usual bread/rolls/jam./cheeses, can't really be faulted.
For walkers like oursleves, a lot of the Tourist Guides do not recommend that you hire a car, as most of the walks are linear so you generally dont end up where you started. The alternative is to use the local buses on the Island, which are frequent and cheap. The Bus service that servers the Hotel area is #81, which goes form Funchal to Curral Das Freiras, a few of the buses (3 per day each way) divert to call at the hotel, otherwise it is a 3km walk down to the main road below to the bus stop. However, the buses from here are frequent and run into the late evening, which is not the case in other areas of the Island. The trip down the hairpin bends down to Funchal can be hair-raising, It generally varies from exciting, to reckless, or suicidal, depending on the driver. The late evening buses are probably the scariest, as there is little other traffic on the roads, so the drivers just assume they have the whole road to themselves and go for it!
There is a decent track down from the Hotel to Curral Das Freiras, which takes around 75 minutes, a bit longer back up. The local Levada walks in and around Curral are all closed due to the recent damage, so we ended up catching an early bus into Funchal every day after breakfast, and then another bus to our Levada starting point, this required some degree of planning the night before, as you have to co-ordinate the start and end points of your walk with the bus services. Overall it was an enjoyable holiday, the views from the hotel are fabulous, but be prepared for lots of waking if you dont have a car.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2010

Great location for two nights. No lounge bar in the evenings or anything else to do.You have to hire a car to get back to Funchal down the hairey scarey road. Take a corkscrew to have a glass of wine on your balcony. Take warm clothes for the evenings. No faults with the hotel but after two days youve done it all.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dorset, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2010

We were due to fly on the 2nd March within a week of the terrible floods of Madeira. We were concerned that this hotel would be inaccessible so I emailed the hotel twice but had no reply at all. We went ahead with the holiday anyway & kept our fingers crossed. We arrived & the roads & the hotel were ok. The hotel is very remote & a car is a must which we did have but the drive up to this hotel can be a bind as its very steep winding roads to its remote location take about 30 mins each way before you hit the main carriageways. We stayed 8 nights here which is way to long at this hotel, I would only recomend a few days just to enjoy the views & the walk to the Nuns Valley but apart from that you could get bored here easily. The hotel has stunning views, it is generaly clean but lacks atmosphere,its a case of going to dinner & then back to the room. Most staff members were very helpful & friendly with the exception of one misserable staff who never smiled once, never said hello & just slapped the change on the table.He works in the cafe which is mostly for the tourists but if you want to sit in the lounge this is where you have to go to order your drinks.The food is very average & is typical Madeiran food, avoid the Bread panada, its a bowl of hot Olive oil with a lump of bread in it which they told us was soup. The waiter also asked us how we wanted our chicken ( medium rare or well done) I asked him are you joking , he said no , so you can imagine our worry. We later found out he was new & got mixed up with steak. After a few days there seemed to be a funny smell from the kitchen/ dining room almost like dirty water smell. One by one my family became I'll with sickness & Diarrhea. We only ate at the hotel & drunk bottled water , I wonder if the flooding may have contaminated something the hotel was using or if they were using tap water to wash the salad in. In general the hotel is recommended for a few days stay but no longer. I would recommend the Residencial Encumeada instead which has similar views of the mountains & is about £100 cheaper & easier to drive to.We stayed there 2 years ago & was very pleased.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Budapest, Hungary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2009

Although tripadvisor list is as a Funchal hotel, this is further away in the mountainous central part. If you plan to rent a car, this is a good location (typical Madeira) with spectacular views to spend one or two nights at. The rooms were spacious and the restaurant served very good food. Apart from that there were some smallish road side restaurants on the way to Funchal with mouthwatering delicious beef.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2009

my partner and i stayed here for 2 nights during a little tour of the island. the views and location are simply breath taking. out superior room had stunning views of the valley of nuns below and was large and relatively private. the food served as part of our half board stay was delicious, beautifully presented and served by the most polite and helpful staff of our stay. We used the jacuzzi, relaxed on the spa terrace and enjoyed the views from the view point close to the hotel. we walked an hour down steep terraine to get to the Valley of nuns, which was quaint but small ad quiet, and walked an hour up the very steep terraine back up, althought there are taxis and buses available for those less energetic/crazy. i'd definately reccomend this hotel for a short stay and would return. we particularly enjoyed watching the shooting stars from our balcony in the clear sparkly night sky

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Eira Do Serrado | Curral Das Freiras, Funchal, Madeira 9000-421, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Funchal
#31 Family Hotel in Funchal
#38 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Estalagem Eira do Serrado 4*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Estalagem Eira do Serrado e um moderno e confortavel hotel do campo de 4 estrelas. Rodeada por uma paisagem impressionante, a Estalagem Eira do Serrado vai impressiona-lo com a beleza das suas fascinantes montanhas e vistas impetuosas que se estendem aos exuberantes vales em baixo. A natureza esta presente a partir de todos os quartos e zonas publicas do hotel. E o local perfeito para umas ferias, calmas, romanticas e inesqueciveis na Madeira. ... more   less 
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