Lovely introduction to Madeira
Posted May 1, 2015 on Hotels
Warm welcome from Sara with a glass of Madeira after a late flight! Hotel beautifully kept & comfortable. Decent breakfast served on the garden terrace with views over the city & the sea. Quiet area apart from daytime traffic noise from the motorway just below...but all peaceful at night. Funchal is a very steep city and the hotel is on a particularly steep street. We didn't have a car. (By the way, Sara organised an efficient transfer from the airport for 20eu, good value compared with a normal taxi). We managed the return walk to & from the centre once but, unless you're super fit, it's better to take the bus 19. However, that's still a very steep if fairly short climb up the hill and could be difficult for some. Don't be fooled either by the apparent closeness of the Botanical Gardens, only as the crow flies! We thought we'd be able to walk there but that would be quite difficult due to the deep valley inbetween, so two buses are needed. Sara was very helpful with information. Also, if you walk up to Monte, take care that you don't get mown down by a wayward toboggan! So we have no criticisms at all of the hotel, only some small reservations about the location for those without transport.