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“A little gem in the heart of Funchal” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Albergaria Catedral

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Albergaria Catedral
Ranked #58 of 86 Hotels in Funchal
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23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A little gem in the heart of Funchal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014

Had a fantastic stay in this hotel. It was ideally placed to explore all the museums, gardens, market, little streets and not too far from the bus station either. It is in a lovely area, with good restaurants. We felt totally safe in Funchal, whatever the time of day. Our room on the first floor had a pretty balcony with views to the cathedral and the harbour. It was very spacious and clean, as was the bathroom. Unfortunately the breakfast was let down by horrible coffee and lukewarm tea. After two days we decided the have coffee in a little bar on the corner every day. Outstanding!
Would definitely book this again, but without breakfast.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank bitterlemons
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Herzlia, Israel
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12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

The hotel itself is very nice. Location is fantastic, price is inexpensive, hosts are friendly, breakfast (for additional 10 Euros) was good. Two problems: The hotel has no reasonable parking. It's parking is about 1 Km. away and hard to find. Secondly, some of the rooms are very small, for the same price (50 Euros) and if you don't insist (like we did), you may receive a small and inconvenient room. In addition, aircondition is bad in some rooms.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank shoham47
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Kosice, Slovakia
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61 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

Location of the hotel is just great. Next to the cathedral, in the city centre, close to everything. Staff was gorgeous, very nice and helpful. Spacious room with nice street view, bathroom was okay, looking a bit tired. Breakfast were okay.
Parking is few minutes walk from the hotel, but it didn't bother us.
There is a minimarket next door.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MyskaHryzka
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Prague, Czech Republic
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81 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

If you want to be in the heart of Funchal, this hotel is ideal choice! Hotel is small and cosy. This place is very good for walking and discovering beauties of Funchal = brilliant! Hotel is a popular place for businessman. It is very clean. We was very satisfied here.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bayo007
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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159 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

We stayed in this hotel for two nights at the end of a tour around the island.
It is very central and everything is within easy reach of the hotel. The hotel has a private car park which on foot is not far away, but due to the one way streets is difficult to locate at first. The receptionist was incredibly helpful and came with us in the car to help us find the car park.
Breakfast was excellent with a good choice of food (yes the coffee machine does take a bit of getting used to). Staff were all very helpful and friendly.
On the top floor there is a balcony which overlooks the cathedral and can be used by guests to sit out and enjoy the views.
We had a budget room which although was at the back of the hotel, was still quite noisy as the street was just below our window. The walls are thin so do bring earplugs if necessary.
Will stay here again as Funchal is worth a visit.

Room Tip: Ask for a top floor at the back of the hotel.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Nesto69
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

Excellent location, central Funchal, good for business and a city break, not so good if you like lying around the pool (it hasn't got one).
It claims to have a bar, but I saw no evidence of this. Breakfasts OK, usual 'orrible Portuguese bacon and little sausages along with scrambled eggs for the hot, but cereal, fruit, ham and cheese and breads for cold and a coffee machine that could send a man to the moon - I just couldn't get a decent cup of coffee out of it. A rather stern lady attendant officiated over breakfast, she seemed to specialise in getting in every bodies way in the (somewhat small) breakfast room.
Rooms were clean and functional, I think there is some variation in the room standards, try and get one with a balcony.
There is a lounge on the top floor along with a outside area overlooking the cathedral which is very pleasant.
Any features missing from the hotel can be easily obtained nearby with mini market next door, café's and bars really close.
Overall, I would recommend this hotel, assuming you don't want a 'resort' type holiday.

Room Tip: Get a room with a balcony, preferably at front.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank J0hn_0h
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Zell am See, Austria
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129 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

Based on price and location, I arrived at this hotel with friends on our first viist to the island. A narrow entrance leading to a set of stairs taking to the next floor for reception is never a good sign in my books. Checking the first 3 rooms took a little over 30 minutes and took over 30 more minutes for the 4th. I had to go up and down more than 3 times complaining that the card doesn't open the door before the receptionist decided to show me how to use a hotel card. When he failed to use the card, only then did he realize that the door itself has been locked mechanically by the housekeeping staff. Then he got the master key and opened the door for me to enter. Not a very good start.

The hotel has no internet access in the rooms contrary to their advertisement. Having some business to run and emails to keep up with, this was not good news. Instead of getting an apology this dragged into a long saga. Hearing trickling water in a shower in the next room from time to time meant the walls were too thin. A wooden frame above the bed to house electrical wiring gathers all kinds of dirt that can't be cleaned. Even worse, there has been a couple of exposed wires chopped without any insulation at all. This is very dangerous and totally unacceptable. Due to an error in their credit card machine, my card was tried 3 or 4 times before they figured out there was an error on their side. Luckily there was a communication error from their side and hence my card was not blocked as a result of this. I had to go downstairs to withdraw the amount in cash using the same card from an ATM which worked like a charm. In a proper hotel, I wouldn't need to do something like this.

Rooms are on the smaller side, 2 single beds loosely pushed together, and a tiny little safe that requires a key was found in the cupboard. Overall this hotel is all about location and nothing else. I have seen far better hotels in the city and around the same area as well. I am very disappointed that we have booked in a hotel that is an ok 3* hotel advertising itself as a 4* hotel. It is definitely not a 4* hotel and the way of resolving issues with them has been very slow.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank TheChadi
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Additional Information about Albergaria Catedral

Property: Albergaria Catedral
Address: Rua Aljube No 13, Funchal, Madeira 9000-067, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#48 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Albergaria Catedral 4*
Number of rooms: 25
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