The location of the apartments is very good if you plan to travel a lot using the buses (either local or long distance) as the numerous bus stops of Avenida do Mar are within 10 minutes walk and the SAM terminal within 5 minutes. Old city also within walking distance. A shopping center 5 minutes away.
My studio was in the "Alegria" which is a separate building, 30 meters away from the main building. Breakfast is served in the main building. Nothing extraordinary, orange juice made from powder and water, butter available only in salted version, but a big choice of cereals. Went there only for the first day, bought some food from the Pingo Doce supermarket at the shopping center for the next days.
Apartment was quiet, excepted from time to time some dogs barking in the vicinity, which is from my experience a very common situation in Portugal. Studio had two separate beds (rather small). Bathroom was with a shower, which was really too small. A kitchen with fridge and microwave was also available. The balcony was minuscule and with no view except of the roof of the nearby building. A very good free WiFi is available.
Furniture is a little bit outdated but in good condition. Apartment is a little bit dusty and bathroom could have been cleaned more thoroughly. There was also often a very bad smell of sewer in the bathroom. And during the evening, in some places in the studio there was a smell of cigarette, coming either from an other apartment or from the restaurant at the base of the building?
So in summary I have a mixed feeling about this hotel; I had a decent week there, but a lot of details could be easily improved for a better experience.
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- Sao Paulo e Alegria Hotel Funchal
- Sao Paulo e Alegria Hotel
- Sao Paulo e Alegria Madeira/Funchal
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