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Santa Maria Hostel

Rua Santa Maria 145, Funchal, Madeira 9060-291 Portugal
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#10 of 127 Specialty lodging in Funchal
Located at the charismatic Santa Maria street and set in a former elementary school, it retains its original centenary architecture and sits in the heart of Funchal´s old town, within a 5 minute walk from the city centre and the beautiful seafront. Conceptualised to ensure a full Madeiran cultural experience, traditional lines and charming features mingle perfectly. Modernly equipped and decorated in an upscale and casual style. In the old recreational area of the school it houses a much appreciated restaurant that offers a wide array of delicious food, from regional Madeiran and traditional Portuguese gastronomy to well loved international cuisine. All made with care and making use of fresh local produce. Our team is always available to help, providing all kind of information and support you need to make your holidays in Madeira unique.
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Rua Santa Maria 145, Funchal, Madeira 9060-291 Portugal
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Eniddiner wrote a review Aug 2021
Skiathos, Greece87 contributions74 helpful votes
This hostel exceeded every expectation.What a treat to stay in this exquisitely decorated historical building with its period furniture and rich furnishings creating bags of atmosphere.Add to that it's prime location in the central part of the old town and you can't go wrong.The owner was incredibly friendly and helpful.I can't wait to come back !
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Jonathan L wrote a review Mar 2020
Eppstein, Germany62 contributions14 helpful votes
The double/triple private rooms are superbe! The dorms could have less flimsy beds, and an addition of a personal small-lamp and head-tablette would be a plus! The breakfast will keep you going for the whole day! The service from the staff is perfect. Central location in old-Funchal. Close to all the major public-transport/buses. A "beach" by the old-fort is good sun-bathing and swimming.
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Date of stay: March 2020
itsjuh wrote a review Feb 2020
Madeira, Portugal86 contributions15 helpful votes
This hostel is located exactly in center Funchal, on a very busy street full of life! The hostel was a former school and still keeps many of its traits. Room: spotlessly clean. We got a room in the back, where the hostel has a small garden with tables. It was a very simple room but definitely more than enough for the money we spent. It has a small balcony and two big lockers for our belongings. It was a bit noisy up until 10pm and again around 8am but definitely not a huge issue. Service: no TV in room. Great wifi. Breakfast: Very good, again, considering the cost of the room. You can get eggs and bacon, cereal, coffee, juice.. They had amaaazing bread and, obviously, Madeira bananas. Bathroom: shared bathroom was always empty. Also very very clean. A big thanks to Ruben for being such a sweetheart! If you want a cheap yet confortable option in the center of Funchal, do stay here. Amazing value-for-money. Would definitely book again.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
percyverance wrote a review Sep 2019
Colne, United Kingdom181 contributions34 helpful votes
Ten tranquil nights: 30 August - 9 September 2019! We arrived around 21:00 hours on a Friday night. As check-in closes 22:00 hours, and not being familiar with the location I'd prudently booked Madeira Airport Transfers - who for €2 more than the Aerobus operated by the SAM bus company - dropped us off at the closest point possible: the junction with Travessa Dos Escaleres. It was a short walk from there over a raised cobbled section that crosses a water course/stream into the busy cobbled pedestrianised Rua Santa Maria. Friendly staff observing our hand luggage pointed out the door to 145, which is probably one of the few doors that's not a piece of painted artwork! A flight of stairs led to the reception on the first floor (UK) where we met the charming Bruno who showed us to our room up a further flight of stairs. As requested, we'd been allocated the Embroidery Suite at the rear of the building on the second floor. It's a spacious room with a separate toilet, a cast iron roll-top bath and even a T.V., over-looking an enclosed private patio. The restaurant's diners' on the patio never disturbed us in the evenings. The patio - available for the use of the hostel's guests until 11:00 hours - is where we ate our breakfasts daily. The self-serve buffet breakfast was available from 08:00 hours (you'll be rebuked if you help yourself 10 minutes earlier!) and consisted of freshly baked rolls - from the bakers next door; that's also great for picnic provisions - scrambled eggs; bacon; ham; cheese; spread and coffee... The staff ensured that nothing ran out - quite an accomplishment, considering that many guests made a sandwich that they wrapped in a paper napkin and took away! That first night enticed by the 10% discount (including alcohol) for hostel guests and in no mood for walking we ate at the Santa Maria Restaurante. It proved a good choice as the food was superb; the staff unassuming and professional. And we ate there a further three times! We did eat at other establishments, but felt their prices and quality didn't compare; plus, the cacophony from the staff at the other and surrounding eating places, enticing diners to eat wasn't conducive to conversation or made for a pleasant ambiance... The Santa Maria Hostel's location we found to be incredibly convenient: turn right out of the door and first left into Travessa Do Pimenta (between numbers 126 & 124) brings one into Rua D. Carlos and views of the sea. There's a taxi rank, and on the opposite side of the road a park, frequented by earnest elderly card playing locals adjoining a BMX/skate park frequented by equally earnest, albeit far younger locals! West of the park is the cable car station and a bus station. I'd anticipated that there would be fellow walkers at the hostel with whom we'd possibly share transport for some of the circular walks accessible only by car. There were no other English speaking guests. We managed however to use the three bus companies to good effect... We caught the #129 Horarios do Funchal bus twice from the nearby bus station to Camacha from where we did levada walks 4 and 10 (Camacha to Monte and Camacha to Sitio das Quatro Estradas) from the Rother Walking Guide. Plus, #81 bus to Eira do Serrado and from Curral das Freiras having walked downhill into the 'Nun's Valley' - walk 36. Though I'd purchased the 2019 7th edition 'Madeira Bus & Touring Map' Andre on reception at the hostel was particularly helpful with timetables plus, supplied a map showing the locations of the Rodoeste and SAM bus stops. Both of which are a short walk from the hostel. We caught the Rodoeste #96 to Estreito de Câmara do Lobos - walk #5 through the vineyards where the grapes were being harvested - to the coastal cliffs on the Cabio Girāo. SAM #113 took us to Baia d'Abra and walk 12, the Sāo Lourenço peninsula. We were fortunate that our stay coincided with the Madeira Wine Festival (25 August - 8 September) and enjoyed sampling many wines, watching traditional method of grape-treading/stomping, and the displays of folk dancing and singers behind the 16C Fortaleza de São Lourenço. Another 16C fort built to protect Funchal from pirates is the distintive yellow painted Fort of São Tiago a short walk from the hostel. It's a popular bathing spot for locals with a small cafe bar and adjoins a Lido though a fence prevents access from the promenade... Both my Lonely Planet and Berlitz Pocket Guides recommended visiting the nearby Art Deco Mercado dos Lavradores, but unfortunately neither warned of the 'sweetened passion fruit scam'. Be wary of the vendors upstairs who'll assail you to sample their 'exotic wares'. These are laced with sugar or syrup and taste nothing like the fruit you'll buy at an extortionate price - €22 for a few fruit! Check out the reviews on TripAdvisor - from 3* and less they're all from victims of the scam going back years and it's surprising the tourist authorities haven't put a stop to it! To recap: we loved the intimate style of the hostel, the staff were friendly and diligent. Our bedroom - the Embroidery Suite - was cleaned daily to a high standard that would put many hotels to shame. I even came across a cleaner in the communal kitchen carefully and conscientiously scrubbing the tiles at the back of the work surface. The 'cake of the day', the fresh fruit and the filtered water (essential for re filing ones bottles) in the communal kitchen were much appreciated. Two bottles of water and two sets of ear plugs were provided in our room. Neither of us required the ear plugs, but we were at the rear of the property overlooking the enclosed courtyard that seemed to be only used by the restaurant - I expect as it was low season - at the weekend. The narrow cobbled street is nightly packed with diners - in fact, from 10:00 hours the tables are set up - but we wondered about the noise other reviewers have mentioned as everything was closing after 23:00 hours when it became deathly quite. Then just the once, on the weekend, having returned from a late night stroll along the front we were confronted by what resembled a nightclub in front of the door in what on previous evenings had been an empty street. Seemingly though the bar opposite does do amazing cocktails - hence presumably it's popularity! Overall we loved the practicality and attention to detail. The lampshades for example are in the form of the type of smocks students would wear when the building was a school 100 years ago!
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Del J wrote a review Feb 2019
Halstead, United Kingdom3 contributions
I cannot comment on the single and double rooms as I was in a communal room. This was very7 basic with 4 bunk beds and lockers but it was clean. It is a great way of meeting other visitors to the island. There is a communal kitchen where there is a yummy cake every day. It is right in the middle of Funchal old town with lots of great restaurants close by
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Date of stay: September 2018
Response from SantaMariaFunchal, Gerente de recepção at Santa Maria Hostel
Responded Feb 5, 2019
Hello, Thank you for your kind words, they are what motivate us , for a better service to our guests. Kind Regards Bruno
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Frequently Asked Questions about Santa Maria Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Santa Maria Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Lillie Ceramics (0.1 miles), Revolucion Rock Bar (0.01 miles), and Caravel Art Center (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Santa Maria Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Santa Maria Hostel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Santa Maria Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rei da Poncha, Taberna Madeira, and The Snug.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Santa Maria Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, and Portuguese.
Are there any historical sites close to Santa Maria Hostel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Colégio dos Jesuítas do Funchal (0.5 miles), Santa Clara Convent (0.7 miles), and Blandy's Wine Lodge (0.6 miles).