I won't bore you with rambling essays about "what I did on my holidays" and irrelevant photos of butterflies and electricity pylons... Suffice it to say that the Estalagem Encumeada is in a good location for walking on the high ridge across from Pico Ruivo, but has few other advantages.
The rooms are average and adequate but not outstanding. The reception area (which doubles as a lounge and bar) is large and quite attractive. The dining room - on a lower level - is also spacious but poorly heated, dimly lit and rather lacking in atmosphere. (No sign of any wedding parties.) The buffet dinner at €13.50 was reasonable, with a selection of salads as well as soup, meat and fish. But the breakfast - served in the same area - was of a far lower standard, with little choice.
I stayed as part of a group on a walking holiday and found it OK for a one night stop. Because of the location and lack of dining choice, it wouldn't really be suitable for an extended stay unless you had your own car and were prepared to do a lot of tortuous driving.
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- Also Known As:
- Estalagem Encumeada Hotel Ribeira Brava
- Residencial Encumeada Ribeira Brava
- Hotel Encumeada Madeira/Ribeira Brava, Portugal