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“Great holiday experience in beautiful Madeira!” 5 of 5 stars
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Vila Teresinha Guest House
2.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Rua das Cruzes, 21, Funchal, Madeira 9000-025, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #9 of 26 Funchal B&B and Inns
Lisbon
1 review
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“Great holiday experience in beautiful Madeira!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2011

We enjoyed very much our stay at Vila Teresinha. The family atmosphere and our reception was excellent from the very moment that we arrived. Vila Teresinha has an excellent view over the sea and the city. We would like to thank the kindness and the special attention that we received both from Agostinho and his wife Catarina who where always available to help us with any questions that we may have had. The information that Agostinho gave us, from bus trips to excursions that we wanted to take and even when we decided to hire a car, Mr Agostinho made all the reservations for us, making our stay at Madeira a fulfilling experience. The room itself that we stayed in was very nice which also included a spacious bathroom, all very clean. The Guesthouse also has a common fridge for all with a compartment reserved for each room and there is also a microwave which came in very handy. Vila Teresinha may not be a five star hotel but is a very pleasant place to stay and has everything you need to have a great stay on the Island and it is a great base to explore the island as is is near the bus stations, museums and the harbour. We highly recommend anyone to stay there and we certainly will be back.

Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    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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Aylesbury
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

We stayed here for one night on route to our holiday villa and the attitude from the owners was unfriendly and rude. The accomodation and breakfast was as previously described by other reviews, basic but clean and perfectly adequate representing good value for money.
The lady of the house was surly and unfriendly the gentleman sarcastic. We asked why on earth had they taken the booking for one night if they were so unhappy about it. He replied it was an oversight on his part and they no longer took booking for less than 4 evenings. So their mistake yet we suffered the consequences quite unfair we felt. Fortunately the rest of our holiday was good and we did not encounter any other objectionable portuguese. We were actually quite upset at their attitude and it still rankles that they could have set the tone for the holiday. This should not detract from anybody staying here it could have been a good experience.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Vilnius, Lithuania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

Advantages. The managers of the bed and breakfast are middle-aged husband and wife. They do everything and do it very well. You can always ask for an advice or to do a small favour (call a taxi, print or copy something, ask for an advice how to go somewhere, book a tour). The breakfast is very nice, continental one. You also get fresh fruit with your breakfast, and the sweet part of the breakfast changes every day (banana cake was wonderful). The rooms are really good, nothing special but very functional and clean. Make sure you get the room with the ocean view! There is a very nice terrace on the 1st floor, where you can sit and have a snack while looking at the ocean and the Funchal panorama. Every evening at around 9 pm the ship from Porto Santo comes back and it is very nice to watch. You get the access to a microwave oven and a fridge. The free wireless internet functions in public areas, but you can also sometimes catch it in your room (the owner said that the internet in rooms would become paid soon, however). The location is just perfect, a couple of streets away from Funchal centre and from Rua da Carreira, where you can find many restaurants for every budget. For shopping, a few steps away you find the nice Dolce Vita shopping centre.
Disadvantages. There is very little which can improved in this place. The bathroom needs some renovation and that the shampoo/shower gel was not provided. The place has a card reader installed, but the managers insisted that we pay cash. We did not have the cash ready and ended up paying 4 euros in the ATM for cashing out, but this is all very understandable, as the card companies charge businesses very much for their services. The place is not very well known among taxi drivers, but again, this is not their fault mostly.
All in all, it was certainly one of the most pleasant hotels or bed and breakfasts in which I have ever stayed. I would recommend anyone not to overpay for staying at a 5 star hotel in the hotel area near Funchal and experiencing a truly personal approach towards clients.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Uk
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2011

Stayed for 6 days in April for romantic break. Had a lovely time. The hosts are very friendly, and were very helpful with our late arrival due to flight delay, staying up late to let us in. It wasn't till the morning that we opened door to balcony and realised what a fabulous view we had - looking down over the town to the sea.

Room and ensuite were basic B&B style, but comfortable and very clean. One of the lovely things about Teresinha is the thoughtful attention to what people need - plenty of hangers in wardrobe, a fridge for guests to put their own wine and food in - the hosts even donate a cupboard full of glasses and crockery to use.

Breakfasts were amazing. The usual continental was supplemented by cooked eggs, cheese and ham, fruit and a slice of home made cake - and every day something different - we even got little chocolate chickens at Easter!

We had room with balcony, and enjoyed starting each evening sitting out there with a glass of cold wine watching the sun set over the sea. And for guests who don't have room with balcony, there is a large terrace which everyone has access to, with tables and chairs, pots full of geraniums, and the lovely view. Most times there would be guests out there playing cards, reading etc, with the cold beer/wine. Very chilled!

Will definitely be trying to stay at Teresinha again if (hopefully when!) we got back to Funchal.

  • Stayed April 2011, 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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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2011

Vila Teresinha is perfect for anyone travelling on a budget. Clean, warm, and comfortable, the rooms provide a more than adequate resting place. If, however, you are looking for a room in which to spend long hours during the day entertaining , this is not for you. The point of Madeira is, however, to get out and about, and the Vila Teresinha is in a great location for doing just that; just far enough off the beaten track to ensure a restful night, but close enough to ensure that you are never more than a short walk from the picturesque streets and welcoming restaurents. It is also about a fifteen minute walk to the Maritimo stadium, where a home game is an unusual experience for anyone used only to English Premiership football.

The hosts are friendly and helpful, the continental breakfast hits the spot (with some great local breads and jams a particular treat), and there is a large fridge for cooling beers and wine for late evenings spent on the terrace looking out at the twinkling lights of the town, a particularly good way to wind down after a day enjoying Madeiran hospitality.

I would advise buying (or taking) a "proper" size mug if you want to brew a cuppa in your room. The standard drinking vessel supplied has the capacity of a smallish tea-cup, so I found myself brewing up more frequently than usual.

One warning - initially very difficult to find, especially given the one-way streets. Even harder when the Diversion signs are up. Once you have found it, however, you will wonder how you didn't find it more easily first time.

A large car park opposite charges 3 euros a day for parking (Free on Saturday and Sunday) and never got anywhere near full during my stay.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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Bristol
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2010

Vila Teresinha offers comfortable rooms, a very friendly ambience, a location in 'real' Funchal, easy access to the town centre and bus termini (15 minute walk), generous breakfasts with some home made items (but not a great big buffet approach), all for a value for money price. The restaurant and bar were not available when we were there but that encourages the exploration of eateries in town. Ask for a front facing room with a balcony for views over the roof tops to the sea. A good place to stay for walkers who want a genuine Madeira experience in a true, small guest house.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hertfordshire
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2010

The downside: uncomfortable beds; bathroom badly needed refurbishment; bedroom old-fashioned. The upside: everything was clean; excellent, friendly service; a substantial breakfast; a short, pleasant walk to the town centre. Overall, it has to be excellent value.

Don't get me wrong - everything in the rooms works - shower, electrical points, TV and so on. The worst negative for me was the beds, which were hard and oddly contoured, giving little support for the back. There's nothing that would in itself ruin your stay.

Agostinho (the proprietor) is cheerful, friendly and helpful and speaks excellent English. Breakfast is basically continental-style, but cooked eggs are also offered. As well as a range of breads, meat and cheese, there is also fresh fruit every day, and tea or coffee. A fridge and microwave and a south-facing patio are available for guests' use. There is wi-fi access.

Car parking is an issue. Just below the hotel is a public (paying) car park (€3), which fills up rapidly in the morning, though there is usually space after lunch. However, if you arrive and the "completo" (= full) sign is up, ask the attendant if he can find space for you. Parking is free 7pm - 9 am. Do not attempt to park in spaces marked with "M" - these are for residents ("moradores") only.

Arriving by car is a big challenge to your navigational skills. It's probably best to follow signs to the Avenida do Mar, which runs parallel to the sea-front, and go to the western end of it, where there is a roundabout at which you turn right. If you fail to identify the roundabout and continue too far west you will be between hoardings marking the edge of the port reconstruction on the left and, above a wall, a park on your right. At the correct roundabout turn away from the sea into a short tunnel and immediately get into the left-hand lane. After emerging from the tunnel and the right hand lane has filtered off, keep right and go straight up the hill. Keep going until you see a road on a bridge high above you, spanning the ravine you are in. Just before you get to it, there are two turns on your right, very close together. The second one is signed "Aeroporto", but take the previous one, which is a sharp, narrow right turn. Go leftish/rightish through a dog-leg and you will see the car park in front of you, with the hotel up the hill on the left side.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rua das Cruzes, 21, Funchal, Madeira 9000-025, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Vila Teresinha Guest House 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vila Teresinha is situated 5 minutes walking to the centre of Funchal and near by the bus stations for people who like walking the many levadas the Madeira has to offer. This family-run Guest House offers you excellent accommodation in 12 bedrooms which all have private bathrooms, direct phone and satellite television. Some rooms include a private balcony, which has a direct view over the city of Funchal. The amenities of the Guest House comprise of a wide esplanade with a view of Funchal. ... more   less 
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