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Reviewed March 19, 2012

We spent 2 weeks at the Hotel Madeira in early March and can thoroughly recommend it as a good, comfortable place to stay. This was our 3rd visit to Madeira having stayed in a hotel near the Lido and then in the Quinta Bela Sao Tiago in the old part of Funchal. We chose the Madeira this time because of its city centre location and the easy access from there, without hills, to all the facilities in Funchal. The hotel is only rated as 3 star but, as other reviews have noted, it is a very pleasant place to stay. Every part of the hotel was spotlessly clean and all the staff were very friendly and went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. On arrival we were upgraded to a junior suite, which meant that we had a separate lounge as well as a good sized bedroom. Each room had a balcony overlooking the excellent Municipal Gardens. Towels and bed linen are changed every day, somewhat extravagant considering that Madeira has had very little rain over the winter.

Breakfast was included in the deal we had and was always the same, rather boring for a long stay but adequate to start the day. The hotel bar does serve sandwiches and hot snacks throughout the day until 11pm. It also does a mean Poncha, the local cocktail - but beware, lemon juice and honey do not alter the fact that the main ingredient is 50% proof white rum. The public lounge has some comfortable seats and a small snooker table as well as a single PC giving free internet access. The small roof top terrace has a small swimming pool and plenty of sun loungers as well as great views over Funchal and the surrounding hills.

We booked through Travel Republic and paid £42/night for the room. It is probably possible to find slightly better prices but Travel Republic is ABTA licenced and we felt that gave us some protection in these difficult times.

Good eating close to the hotel. For a simple meal try the Trigal Pizzaria – right out of the hotel, first right onto Rua Dos Aranhas. Trigal is on the left at the next T junction (300yds total). A really good restaurant is the Restaurante Dos Combatente – left out of the hotel, walk past the Municipal Garden, restaurant is on the left at the end of the garden.

Places to not miss – Casa-Museo Frederico de Freitas in Calcada Sta Clara – 5 minutes walk above the hotel. A superb example of a Quinta and a fantastic collection of beautiful objects and paintings.
Then carry on up the hill to the Museo do Memorobilia. Another superb building and collection plus a nice outdoor café for lunch.

Room Tip: A room on the 3rd or 4th floor gives a better view of the Municipal Garden. Ask for a room with a balcony.
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank Roy S
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

Having been to Funchal on 4 pervious years in different hotels we have found the best. It is in a very central location walking distance to every where, promonade 2 mins. old town 10 mins, Dolca Vita Shopping Centre 1 min.
The hotel was stotlesly clean in all areas our room was a double with seperate lounge with 2 balconys 2 TV's and a fridge what more can you expect for £35 per night inc. breakfast although basic was more than adequate and well presented.
Our flight home was in the evening and we we allowed to keep the room until the pick up at no extra charge and as it was really hot during the day we apprecieated the opportunity to have a shower and change before going to the airport.
The bar in the hotel is very cheap and the service excellent.
The roof terrace was very good with views of the town and sea plenty of seats and sun beds the pool was inviting but being unheated was very cold but naybe later in the year a welcome facility.

Room Tip: Upper floor rooms have views, our room 401 had a sea view.
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank rhodo
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Reviewed February 3, 2012

We've been there only for one night in the first week of january 2012. we came by the x-press-bus from the airport, which is bringing U in the near of mostly each hotel in 2downtown" Funchal. The room was quite big, everything was clean. There was some big fridge, which might be comfortable during summertime. It's near a little parc, which was lightened by night.
Breakfast was okay, the coffee could be better. The whole hotel was in X-mas atmosspere, very romantic. we liked it. U could smoke on the balcony, thanx a lot for that. nice would be a flat-TV.
on the roof the panoramic view on the ocean and the mountains is beautiful. the pool was unfortunately to cold to use in that season, but during the Madeira-summertime it's certainly a nice refreshment. The service is okay. we can say we had a nice stay and would like to return at our next stay on this amazing island

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Joachim M
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Reviewed January 19, 2012

Very nice, clean and relaxing hotel located in central Funchal, with a view to small and beautiful tropical garden within walking distance of the most interesting things to do downtown Funchal.
The breakfast is simple but enough and the atmosphere is involving e almost like home.
In the end, a perfect hotel for a week-and or a short stay.

Room Tip: Corner rooms in 3 or 4th floor are the best
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled on business
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4  Thank Valisk
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Reviewed November 2, 2011

Hotel Madeira is located excellent next to the municipal park in the center of Funchal, close to restaurents, shops and 2 minutes walk to the harbor. The rooms are sufficient with air-condition that works and the hotel is clean. There is a small pool on the roof with great views over mountains, the city and the sea.
Very dedicated and friendly service from the staff - Arthur and his colleges. The will help you with nearly everything.
A bar on the roof and more reliable internet is on our wish list for the future, but we have already booked Hotel Madeira for our next visit in June 2012.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank Ole B
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