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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Quinta Bela Sao Tiago Hotel Funchal
- Quinta Bela Sao Tiago Funchal
- Hotel Quinta Bela Sao Tiago Madeira/Funchal