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Hospedaria Por do Sol

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#38 of 98 Specialty lodging in Madeira
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Hospedaria Por do Sol is well located, to the West side of central Funchal just north of Santa Catarina public park (the best in Funchal). It is walking distance to Funchal sights and shops and the SAM bus terminal for the airport bus is just a few minutes away. Firstly this is not five star luxury. Saying that, this hotel suited my needs perfectly. The rooms are basic but serviceable if somewhat shabby and tired. While the en-suite bathrooms are cramped there is always lashings of hot water. The room furniture had its hayday well before man walked on the moon but who cares if it is functional and adequate. On my second stay I got a lovely double aspect room with shuttered, floor to ceiling windows including a little balcony. Rooms are seviced daily. There is a small shared kitchen/breakfast area which includes a decent sized fridge for guest use, a TV lounge and an ouitdoor terrace overlooking Funchal. Great if you are sociable and enjoy meeting other guests. On the down side there is the occasional whiff of cabbage from the plumbing. I did notice this in other places around the island and suspect Madeira plumbing in general is not up to the job. At such a room fee I was surprised the decent enough self-service breakfast was included. In general I found the staff bright and helpful - the front desk is manned (or womanned) 24 hours. I stayed here for a few days at the begining and end of my Madeira trip and would not hesitate to stay again. All in all - great value. With regard to other reviews - It does make me wonder what some guests expect for less than 20 Euros a night ! .
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We are a well travelled older couple. We have stayed in hostels and hotels all over Western Europe from 1* to 5*. I can honestly say that this is the worst place we have ever chosen to stay through the internet. The whole building was shabby, areas that had needed repair had been shoddily patched up. In general the public areas looked clean and tidy but on closer inspection they were rough. Should there be a fire I am not sure how safe the building would be it was as if the whole place was crumbling. More specifically we were offered the choice of two rooms. The first was on the second floor and was dark with a view into the building next door. It smelt of cigarette smoke. The second room was on the top floor, it was much brighter with a large window overlooking the roof tops of the city. It smelt of cigarette smoke. As it was 3 pm and we had now where else to go we booked in. Closer inspection of our room was as follows. The ceiling was old polystyrene tiles which lined a corrugated roof, the bedding was torn and thin, the shower basin was two pieces of plastic stuck together and semi sealed to the corner walls of a tiny cupboard of a room. The base of the shower was the floor of the room with a make shift drainage hole. If the shower was not hand held there was a flood all over the outer floor. The furniture was very very basic and rickety with no bedside lamps. The lighting was not sufficient to read by. Looking at our room from the street, it looked as if a terrace had been covered over with corrugated plastic and filled in with make shift walls and window. We went into the city, found another hotel and was able to book in the following day. However the female staff were very friendly and helpful. When we booked out the next day the male receptionist did not seem surprised.
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Port do Sol is very well located within walking distance from the city centre. Old building that would benefit from some restoration, simple but enough for sleeping, shower and quick breakfast. friendly staff. cheap place, not for everyone.
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I booked this place in January needing a break for health reasons. I saved about a £100 compared to a proper hotel. What a mistake indeed... When I arrived I noticed there was a dark, forbidding atmosphere to the hostel. Situated close to one of Funchal's main arterial roads this was never going to be quiet. My first room had barking dogs too all day and evening to contend with. That and a worn mattress, a sewage pipe that ran through my room from upstairs soon had me asking for a room change.The next was brighter but more noisy with non-stop traffic sounds.. Plus guests who slammed doors and one guy who had his tv so loud you could hear everything word for word in my own room; this at the small hours of the morning. culminating in my asking the night man to quieten him down. he had to enter the room as the man was unconscious and drunk and turned his tv off, removing the remote so I could sleep.This was a man who earlier I had helped up from the hallway floor in his drunken state at 7pm. Along the corridor was a young man who being deported from his North American country for at least one year was now making mayhem here by trying to deal drugs within the hostel. I heard him knocking on doors round eleven or twelve pm asking to sell drugs... usually a short conversation would ensue with regards to the price etc.. I now had words with the manageress who later told me she had spoke to both persons but they were "nice" men and obviously not capable of being as I described.. Clueless really.The rooms , all being with useless single- glased windows ,were generally light walled with almost black 1930's old /broken furniture usaully in a cramped setting. The shower rails were held up by string in two of them.. There was a good supply of hot water but useless as the shower curtains had no weight to them and were sucked into the shower when the hot shower was on; thus involving a constant fight. These rooms were so cramped that you either left the shower walking into the toilet or into the boxed mirror above the sink; which I did gashing my forehead badly. That and a wardrobe door that opened two inches only into my bedside table plus a worn mattress without a protector completed the picture.. The television did not adjust properly but they had no replacement and were not bothered... The lighting was abysmal in the first room but good in the second..As for the kitchen, dining area. Two small tables only which forced guests into a lounge area.. The breakfast choice was pathetic indeed. Cornflakes, puffed-up white bread rolls. jam if you were lucky, the same applied to pork and processed cheese slices .A cheap nescafe coffee was in the water heater plus tea bags most days.. So, basically I paid for £2.50 a day for a meal which was not always available !, The manageress did not care! I felt sorry fro the two German ladies who shared one bread roll betwen them on their last day due to the mis- management of this place.. The staff were overall friendly but nevertheless ineffectual so what was the point indeed? I would never stay here again and would ask that you look elesewhere ;indeed there are plenty of hostels here, surely none worse than this? As my ex-wife used to say; "Buy cheap, get cheap!".. she was right...john
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We stayed here for a week, since the price was fantastic, considering the closeness to the city centre. We were able to go out to the clubs on the weekends just walking, and to do some shopping there was a nearby Dolce Vita Shopping Mall. The rooms were cleaned daily and very well. We did saw some bugs, but for anyone who has been to Madeira knows: it's normal. Several years ago I stayed with my parents in one of the 5 star hotels in the Lido area (can't remember the name... something Bay) and we saw the same, even worse, to be honest. I liked it, and can only recommend :)
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PRICE RANGE
$20 - $23 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PortugalMadeira IslandsMadeiraFunchal
NUMBER OF ROOMS
20
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