It's all been said really. From our point of view:-
For:- Friendly, helpful staff. Good extensive breakfast (to the usual Madeiran hotel standard). Clean, quiet at night. Good drinks prices.
Against:- The bed we had was hard (again this seems to be the usual in Madeiran hotels in our experience). Cool pool (ie not very warm!). Small breakfast area (could be cramped if you arrived at the wrong time), although the staff did an excellent job of clearing tables and making them available again. Small room, even though we had one of the bigger ones.
Generally good, we would say about right at four-star.
Not the fault of the hotel but if you are planning to stay in Funchal, be aware that there is an extensive remodelling of the water front taking place, which will result (after two or three years from now) in a "beach", a new park and marina area, and repositioned river outlets. The work is NOISY during the day (can't really be heard from this particular hotel) and I have to say that it got on our nerves when out and about. We'll give it a miss for a year or three until it's finished!
Nearby small restaurant recommendations: Portao (excellent sauces to complement meat dishes), Indian House (new, on Rua do Esmeraldo just up from the Yellow Square) serving excellent inexpensive curries. A lot of the other restaurants near to the hotel seem to substitute quantity for quality though.
- Also Known As:
- Albergaria Dias Funchal
- Albergaria Dias Hotel Funchal
- Hotel Albergaria Dias Madeira/Funchal