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Residencial Mariazinha
Ranked #54 of 86 Hotels in Funchal
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“Perfect location”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

Residencial Mariazinha has a perfect location, near the beach, near excellent restaurants, far from noise... Very clean, large rooms. Breakfast is ok... The staff is very helpfull, excursions can be bookdek and they will pick you up very near the hotel.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

Nice little hotel and really friendly staff, right on the main restaurant street in the old town in Funchal - but don't book rooms at the front on Friday or Saturday nights (really noisy bar right outside, with drinking in the street till 3.00am) and much better to be on the 2nd floor not the 1st (there's a bakery under the restaurant and when we had a first floor room we could hear machinery and noises most of the night).
It's a shame - rooms are nice, fairly big, beds are comfortable (though the pillows aren't), ensuite bathrooms are fine, the breakfasts are OK and the hotel is reasonably cheap at 40-45 Euros a night.
Be warned - but if you can book a room at the back or on the top floor, go for it. You'll be really close to the action.....!

Room Tip: Don't get a room at the front - certainly on Friday or Saturday nights - and try to book one on...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

As a stopover for one night, enroute to a villa whose rental started on a Saturday, this was perfect. The location on one of the cobbled streets of the Zona Velha, was beautiful. We were the last arrivals of the day, so were greeted by name. We were able to have a lovely stroll before settling on one of the many local restaurants for dinner. We were woken the next morning by a banging sound, repeated on occasion. We finally figured it was the barista clearing out the coffee grounds after making delicious fresh coffee to request. The breakfast was otherwise what we usually expect in a budget hotel. The hotel suited our needs perfectly, at a price we almost couldn't believe, as it was such good value! The staff we met were charming. Any drawbacks are minor.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Somerset, UK
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

A very comfortable, traditionally furnished and spotlessly clean guest house in R. de Santa Maria in the heart of Funchal's Zona Velha. The house is much bigger than it looks from the street. It's located above a bakery so expect the relevant smells in the morning (a plus in my view). The street is pedestrianised but very busy (full of restaurants), though there was surprisingly little noise at night. As well as the brakfast room there's a small lounge and bar (open by request), and courtyard with seating - and a computer with free internet access. The owner was very helpful about late arrival and storing luggage. The only minor criticism I can think of was limited choice for breakfast.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Alton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

Previous reviews have mentioned that this hotel is located in the beautiful old town of Funchal. Unfortunately in recent weeks they have had to contend with a Poncho Bar opening directly across the narrow street which is open till anything from 2am till 630am !! We initialliy had a room at the front and had to move after a sleepness night to the back of the hotel where it is very quiet. Our friends could not move and so actuall left early and moved hotel. There are some 5 rooms at the front and five at the back so moving guests is difficult.
Ligia tried her very best to help us all but was limited in what she could do. Unfortunately the owner of the establishment doesnt see it as his problem and refused to refund money. perhaps he would like to stay a night himself in a front room. Be warned the hotel demands full payment on check in so make sure you have a quiet room before you pay.

Official complaints to the Tourism Minister has been made about the bar and the hotel , local restaurants and residents are hoping it wil be closed in the near future.

Apart from the above the rooms are large and comfy. A lack of a few toiletries in the bathroom and a repetative plain breakfast were the only minor grievences.

Location is great ( sans bar) and staff are helpful. Do not discount staying here but get a rear room guaranteed or take ear plugs.

Room Tip: at back of hotel
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Kent
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Reviewed December 8, 2011

We stayed in the suite at the Mariazinha in August this year. We really wanted to avoid the Lido area, with its massive chain hotels - and as soon as we saw this place online we knew it was where we wanted to stay. It is along the oldest street in Funchal - a tiny cobbled road, and close to all of the main sights. It is also where all of the main restaurants are - although the busy side of the street is the one that runs parallel to the hotel.

The owners and staff were very friendly and we were so impressed with the homely feel and the cleanliness of this little place. Our suite was fab - huge bedroom and bathroom and a lovely sitting room with a tiny balcony. It really was a great place to relax after being out all day.

The only tiny thing we could comment on was that breakfast didn't have a huge amount of choice - one type of cheese and ham, a choice of 2 fruits and some yoghurts. We hadn't expected a massive range for this type of accomodation, but we think they own the bakery next door too - some some of those yummy pastries would have been a delicious final touch.

Don't hesitate to consider this place though - if you are desperate for a pool, gym, high-rise blocks and sunloungers, this isn't for you - but who would on an island that has so much to see.

Room Tip: If the suite is available, it is not too much more and makes for a real treat.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Zion National Park, Utah
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

We stayed here for a week end of October 2011. Late arrival after 10 pm was no problem, the very friendly and helpful owner (Ligia) was waiting for us at the reception (we had informed her in advance about late arrival). October/November is the least busy time in Funchal (as she told us) and we enjoyed the quietness at the hotel. Our double room (room 7) was surprisingly spacious with two comfortable armchairs apart from beds, table, TV, closet, etc. It had three large windows which all could be opened looking down to a small outside sitting place and a roof terrace in the back belonging to the hotel. We kept the windows open at night. The bathroom was nice and spacious as well with bath tub and bidet. Everything was clean and well kept and every day the room was perfectly made up in the evening when we returned from a trip. The hotel is small, with only few (6-7?) rooms (no big groups!), however with an old style, nicely furnished, very comfortable living room with a small library with books in various languages. A very enjoyable place at the very best location! You step outside and you are just in the heart of the walking area with most good restaurants in Funchal.
The breakfast was buffet type, with fresh rolls every morning, butter, jam, varying fruit, yoghurt, cereals, standard sliced cheese and ham. Hot coffee was served in cups directly from the coffee machine. Orange juice and some mixed fruit juice were stored in a cooling machine, but were somewhat artificial, The mixed fruit juice was not all that fresh in the beginning, but was renewed during our stay. The breakfast thus made a perfectly good beginning of the day, but was not really outstanding.
Unfortunately, the hotel has no WiFi. However, there is a computer (only one) in the living room for free use for guests. A printer connected to the pc did not work and had run dry of ink. We had brought our own pc along and had hoped to be able to download GPS tracks and other hiking information. We were therefore a little disappointed by the pc facilities; in the evening the internet connection was incredibly slow, while it worked fine in the morning.
As mentioned, the location is perfect if you like to stay in the heart of the town. If you on the other hand prefer to sit on your private balcony enjoying the sea view and a swimming pool, this is not the right place to go. Also, I believe, that a room facing to the street side, may be noisy on saturday night, when there are many young people in the street. Also, we did not rent a car (we used local buses) and cannot comment on parking possibilities.
In conclusion, in spite of minor limitations, we were extremely happy at this place, the staff is very friendly and helpful, the location is excellent and rooms are really nice. Good value for money! We shall definitely return here next time we visit Madeira.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the back are more quiet.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Residencial Mariazinha
Address: Rua Santa Maria 155, Funchal, Madeira 9060-291, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Airport Transportation
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Ranked #54 of 86 Hotels in Funchal
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Hotel Class:3 star — Residencial Mariazinha 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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