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“Avoid at all costs the half board option for this hotel.” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Quinta Bela Sao Tiago

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Hotel Quinta Bela Sao Tiago
Ranked #42 of 86 Hotels in Funchal
Certificate of Excellence
East Lancashire
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85 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
“Avoid at all costs the half board option for this hotel.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

Avoid at all costs the half board option for this hotel. We stayed for a week in February at the Quinta Bela Sao Tiago on the basis of the location of the hotel and the generally positive comments in Trip Advisor. We had to take the half board option as this was the only one available to us. We’d noticed that hardly any of the previous positive postings had been made by people staying on half board - nearly everyone seemed to be taking the B&B option - and now we can see why! But first, the positives. The location of the hotel is excellent. The loveliest part of Funchal is the old quarter and this hotel is very close to it. Staff were generally pleasant and the breakfasts were average. The big problem was the evening meal! There is a set menu, ridiculously ‘priced’ at nearly 50 euros, although we couldn’t imagine anyone actually visiting the hotel for an evening and paying this amount when you can dine superbly in the local restaurants for half the cost. Dinner includes a starter with examples in the week we stayed ranging from slices of processed cheese and tomatoes on one evening to a ‘seafood’ opener on another constituting a thin membrane of something unrecognisable over a piece of lettuce. The ‘fish’ course was a slice of something deep frozen usually accompanied by boiled potatoes and cauliflower or some other worthy vegetable. For the ‘meat’ course dishes served included tough and fatty duck pieces, an espetada [skewer] of floppy pineapple bookending two or three portions of disgusting pork and a ‘chicken curry’ which was a blob of rice in the middle of the plate surrounded by small pieces of overcooked chicken with some sickly yellow drizzle over it. The desserts were recycled fruit form that morning’s breakfast or an indifferent pudding of the kind you get in a cheap sea front lunch deal. This, by the way, in an allegedly four star hotel. What made these pathetic offerings all the more surreal is that they are brought to your table under stainless silver domes which are ceremoniously uncovered by waiters saying one-two-three as they do so. The dining room was almost empty every evening. We were grateful our two daughters weren’t with us because they’d have been on the floor laughing at the Faulty Towerishness of it all. The wine list was seriously over priced and wine by the glass was measured in mean little quantities. Joking apart, we feel deeply aggrieved with Thomas Cook with whom we booked this with holiday as we can’t see how they would have promoted this half board offer if they had done a proper quality assurance check. We didn’t complain because we weren’t going to take it out on the hotel staff but we gave up and began eating out in a couple of the wonderful local restaurants. If you’re staying in Funchal, book a hotel in the old quarter but avoid this one unless you can get it on a bed and breakfast basis.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 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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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Fairlight
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66 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

We had seen this hotel when it had first opened but never ever had the opportunity to use it. We loved it, had a rather nice balcony room looking over the bay. We made use of the balcony each morning after breakfast whilst we collected our thoughts to make arrangements for the rest of the day. Breakfast, well it was like a merry go round, first you had to get your own tea, then your milk etc. then cook your toast then get the hot breakfast, if that was your choice, when like us you did not come down until 0900 lifting the lids on the hot food and finding it looking somewhat tired was not what was to be expected from a lovely Quinta such as this!! In most good hotels who have decided to allow you to get your own breakfast, they serve the tea or coffee and also the toast which in this case would have made all the difference. it felt like and was, to my mind, a self service cafe other than that you could not fault it but for us this is not a 'I must go back' feeling.

Room Tip: Anything above the garden rooms are most certainly better.
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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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    • 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 margaret h
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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

This hotel was in a very good location,not far from the old town with good views overlooking Funchai,the harbour and cable car. The service was excellent and the staff were most welcoming. Although we ate out sometimes,the menu of the hotel was very good and if you did'nt know what something was,they did try to tell you what it was with hilarious results sometimes. we had a great week there,visiting the botannical gardens and tropical gardens which both can be reached by the cable car which goes from the front,right over funchai and up to the top of the hills. Beware when you visit the small kiosks when you go to book a trip as some of them are really to do with timeshares so do your homework first. We had booked one but our agent who was with Prerstige Holidays warned us about it so we didnt go and went on a trip which she organised. All in all,a good island but i think a week is long enough. A really nice restaurant to eat at is called 'portao' which was a 5nin walk from the hotel. Very good service and food.

Room Tip: The room we had was no 003 and looked over the gardens,swimming pool and funchai but if you like a l...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank andrew s
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Birmingham, England
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17 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

We stayed here in 2006 and returned this year. This is still an excellent hotel being located, in our opinion, in the best location in Funchal, close to restaurants, the cable car, bus terminal and market with a great view over the harbour. There are building works going on way down on the sea front but these were far enough away that they did not detract from our stay and provided an extra point of interest to watch. We were "upgraded " to a junior suite on the rooftop which was a huge room divided into two with sloping roofs and a bit dark but with good views from the rooftop terrace. However, there was no wind break (or for the summer, shade) so it was not possible to sit outside as much as would have been the case with the regular sea view rooms which have a side wall for protection. If visiting again I would definitely choose this hotel but decline the upgrade if offered.

We used the local restaurants every night. The Elstresa do Mar on the corner was our favourite for good value; we had a poor meal at the highly rated O Jango but perhaps we were just unlucky.

We used Madeira Airport Transfers for return taxi transfers which were very efficient. We also did a half day tour to the Nun's Valley with Pride of Madeira tours. Our guide Ezekial was excellent and went out of his way to go the extra mile taking us off the usual tourist circuit and giving us lots of time. Some of us did the walk down from the viewpoint to the village and he collected us at the bottom. I would recommend them.

Apart from the various gardens (don't miss the Monte tropical gardens at the top of the cable car), a good day out is to take a bus to the Quinta do Palheiro gardens and after visiting these, walk up to the Levada dos Tornos, walk to Romeiros and catch the bus back to Funchal (or get off the Levada at Quinta do Pomar and walk down to the Botanical Gardens and bus back from there. The Hortensia Tea house on the Levada makes a pleasant stop for a snack and or drink with views over Funchal.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a full sea view on an upper floor. Better than a Junior Suite as the Suite balco...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Fishy010
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Ryhope
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53 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013

Spent a wonderful week in Funchal which was made better by the excellent rooms and service at this hotel. It is very well situated being a short walk through the Old Town to the sea front, the sky cars and other transportation . The room was very well appointed and extremely comfortable with a good view of the boats in the harbor. Seems like quite a busy hotel and the bar was very good. My only drawback was the pool was very cold even though the air was quite warm around us.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank 477DavidPrest
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York
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47 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

We came here to Madeira to escape the UK winter weather. We were not disappointed in fact we 're thinking we might stay 2 weeks in 2014! It's a great location and there is so much to do throughout Madeira and in Funchal particularly! Try it you won't be disappointed!
Richard Seed

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Richard S
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

This hotel I have known for years but not stayed at as has been full. Finally had the privilege to stay last week as a getaway from he cold British weather a very welcoming hotel, professional staff at all levels, good service at the restaurant and bars. All staff went the extra mile even providing a kettle, and heater on cold nights as we had a very large room.good food, so close to Funchal town downhill means uphill walk back but not a problem.
Would reommend

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Droftel
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Property: Hotel Quinta Bela Sao Tiago
Address: Rua Bela S Tiago 70, Funchal, Madeira 9060-400, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#39 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
#42 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Quinta Bela Sao Tiago 4*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The charming 4-star hotel Quinta Bela São Tiago was originally a traditional Madeiran Manor House built in 1834. The manor house and its extensive gardens have been carefully restored to create a paradise right in the heart of this lovely old district.The Quinta Bela São Tiago offers a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere in a unique location in Madeira! ... more   less 
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