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Madeira Bright Star
Ranked #68 of 86 Hotels in Funchal
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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“Perfect base”
Reviewed August 14, 2008

Location is good for being close to Funchal centre as is very close to the harbour for catching the ferry to Porto Santo.
Steep paths and roads around so you need to be physically able.
Good clean modern little hotel, minimalistic in design with a small outdoor pool which was rarely used whilst there.
Rooms have good balcony with furniture overlooking the Quinta Da Penha De Franca car park and entrance, so quite peaceful. Good size rooms and bathroom. Staff were really friendly and helpful with left luggage etc. The hotel has a small modern bar should you wish to use it. Large breakfast/dining room again modern design. Continental Breakfast was more than adequate and I chose to take mine outside in the garden which was really pleasant. I could not fault the hotel for what I required from it which was a good clean modern inexpensive base for exploring Funchal. Infact I have re-booked to go back for 3 more nights in September 2008 and also catching the ferry over for 1 night in Porto Santo. Great value and looking forward to returning.

  • Liked — Modern minimalistic
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 8, 2007

If you would prefer not to stay in one of Funchal's many big hotels, and don't need all the facilities, this place is worth a look. It was built in 2006 and has just 18 rooms, all with balconies. It is just behind the huge Pestana Casino hotel, which means it is an easy walk to the city centre and also very close to the restaurants and bars of the tourist/hotel zone.
It is a boutique-style hotel with very smart, stylish rooms. The views over the car park of the neighbouring quinta and across to other hotels are nicer than you'd think (and you can see the sea to the side).
There is a small (chilly) outdoor pool and sun area and a small bar and TV room. The breakfast room also does evening meals but there are many more appealing restaurants (in terms of ambience) close by.
The only drawbacks I can think of are that the street it's in is not exactly pretty (on the non-balcony side) and that it's very hard to approach by car due to the one-way system. Also, contrary to what most booking websites say, it has an internal garage, not a car park.
There was also a bit of low noise from a boiler vent just above my balcony and, although it's a quiet street, you may get a little bit of noise when people leave the nearby restaurants.
Otherwise, recommended and I'd definitely stay here again.

  • Liked — Location, quality
  • Disliked — A little boiler flue noise, difficult to get to by car
  • Stayed November 2007
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Property: Madeira Bright Star
Address: Rua Princesa Dona Amelia 25, Funchal, Madeira 9000-019, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
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Ranked #68 of 86 Hotels in Funchal
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Hotel Class:3 star — Madeira Bright Star 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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