We wanted a hotel in the town centre, easy to walk around the central area and the old town.
We didn't want to be on the edge of town in the so-called hotel zone at the concrete Lido / Pestana area, nor up the difficult hill that rises immediately and increasingly steeply behind the front couple of roads in the town.
Everything jin the Hotel Madeira ust worked properly and the hotel was clean and well cared for, at rather a budget price compared to the hotel zone. We'd definitely go back, but after 10 days in Madeira we feel we have seen everything we wanted, at least for several years.
Our room was with a nice big bed which we chose over having a balcony which was also offered, but maybe I should have read the reviews better and asked for a fridge, plus the street noise did travel up on Fri and Sat in the small hours to our 2nd floor front corner room overlooking the park and even with a bit of a sea view.
Breakfasts were a basic but acceptable cold buffet with little variation day to day and only the eggs being cooked and hot. The hotel owners offered to help with excursion planing, though we did our own thing, mainly by scheduled public buses which leave from various points on the nearby Avenido do Mar and the slightly more distant bus stations near each end of that road. - an internet search will yield detailed public bus timetables.
A 100 yards up the road from the hotel is a discrete three story shopping centre including a full supermarket and much more.
We used the hotel bar just once but it was good value for ice cream or indeed cheese on toast, as well as drinks, attended by an unobtrusive but friendly barman.
There is a roof top unheated pool. We didn't have the weather to sunbathe, although on the evening we arrived, the last of sunworshippers was climbing out of the pool as we went to see it.
All in all a decent clean cheap well tended unextravagant hotel and one of the very few to be found right in the town centre.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Madeira is a 3 star Hotel very well known by its personalized service and quality. Here you'll find everything you need for relaxing and unforgettable holidays: comfortable equipped rooms with all contemporary ways of connection (telephone with a direct line to the exterior, Wi-Fi Internet access) and recreation zones (open swimming pool on the top floor with a panoramic view of Funchal city, Sundeck, Coffee Bar, Snooker table). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Madeira Hotel Funchal
- Hotel Madeira Funchal