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What a view from the balcony...
Comfortable sitting room
Dinning place for all the family
The balcony over the pool
Master bedroom with all comfort...
Enjoy your holidays with a Madeira wine
Entrance for the master bedroom
En-suite bathroom for your comfort
Entrance for the second bedroom
Private bathroom for the second bedroom
Amazing view from the balcony
Fully equipped kitchen
Dish washer, washing and drying machine
Nothing was forgotten
A cruise ship arriving to the city
Watch your kids from the balcony
Play ground for your children
Free available parking place
The flat is the 3rd balcony upstairs on the right side
The main road with bus stop to make your life easy
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2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Funchal, Madeira, Madeira Islands

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Warringto...
Warrington, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
133 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Superb apartent in great location”
Reviewed 12 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016

This new apartment, now under the same management as the established Quinta Esperança, is superb, with excellent fittings. We were Helena’s first guests – I’m not sure everyone would get the same generous welcome pack (even toothpaste!) but it’s easy to give it 5 stars, our only hesitation being that might make it less readily available next time.

Location is just above the old town off Rua do Santiago Menor (itself new enough to be missing from some street maps). Nothing too steep, and a bus stop 100 metres away, but it’s only 10 minutes walk to the sea front and loads of very good restaurants (O Tasco our favourite), with cafes Mallassada and Spot opposite the school stadium offering good and cheap food less than 5 minutes away.

Most of the 17 apartments in the block (Solar da Nora) are used as private, so no problem having use of the pool (sun gets round by soon after noon). Secure access (so keys needed for gate, block, and apartment).

Main bedroom has lots of drawer and wardrobe space, a safe, and its own TV. Ensuite has bath with shower over and bidet. The main lounge (big TV with DVD player) opens to a big balcony with very comfy seating – if I thought I’d woken too early, lying on the balcony’s settee would send me back to sleep (balcony only gets direct sun in the evening). Second bedroom is getting single beds, and a problem with its ensuite shower should be fixed. There’s a separate shower room as well. Relying mostly on solar panels for hot water it’s a long run from the source – not quite 93 million miles but it does take a while for hot water to reach the taps.

Well-fitted kitchen opens onto a small back balcony with fridge-freezer and washing machine. No aircon but you can get a through draught. Wifi, laptop and printer available.

Beco da Nora is a cul-de-sac and at night it’s very quiet. During the day there’s a bit of coming and going, and the Funchal problem of barking dogs isn’t too bad – just make sure you’ve had your siesta before people come home from work and let the dogs out on balconies for a mad few minutes barking at each other. That’s about the only noise likely to bother you, though frogs a-wooing in the little river nearby (the Nora) can echo a bit off the culvert walls. I imagine the river gets a bit noisy after a rainstorm.

It’s on the local 38 bus route (€1.35 a trip once you’ve got a giro ticket) with other buses nearby to the Botanic Garden and Palheiro Garden, and inter-urban services to east of Funchal. SAM service buses are €3.35 to/from the airport – nearer but less regular than the €5 airport bus, and not so easy to get big cases on and off. A pre-booked taxi is easier.

It’s all been done so well – internal furnishings are very comfortable and you could do some serious entertaining with the dining service - while externally the developers even repainted the house opposite (absentee owners) to improve the view, which is all the way down to the harbour. One day I had all morning lying on the balcony (wearing the supplied bathrobe), just reading and boat watching. For getting out and about or just lazing (or keeping up with those emails if you have to), it's a perfect place.

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Liked best: Balcony - really comfy furniture and good view of the harbour
Liked least: Carrying three keys, but at least it's secure
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
14 Jun 2016
Dear friends, we were so honored to welcome you as our first guests at Nora Bay. We must thank you a lot for your incredible long review which so detailed describes exactly everything about our place. For sure this will be very helpful for future guests that will find there all there is to know about this apartment. And yes, our welcome pack will be for all our guests that will honor us with their preference. Sincerely hope to get many as nice as you both were.
We look forward to have you back once again in the nearest future and that you can recommend us to some friends and family.
All the best,
Helena and Henrique.
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hmfreitas
Canico, Portugal
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Too good to be true”
Reviewed 21 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016

I like stay on this new apartment. With good views to the harbour and at two steps to the sea (barreirinha) or to go around only for the pleasure to walk and view the sea. Is a fine aprtm with all we need and chocolates and wine to taste on first day. Good value for the Money and the side of this city to visit and dinner around is one of the best experience ever.

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Liked best: The view and tehe pool at afternoon
Travelling group: Young Children
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Friends getaway People with disabilities
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Funchal, Portugal
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“Very Good stay”
Reviewed 16 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016

This is a very new apartment near old town and with high views to the harbour and huge cruise ships goint into.
On the pool we can see it too.
This is an very charming place with all we can ask for an weekly stay and with an great place to parking on this very private and brand new Condo.
Don't use the car to go the old center city; it's at 5 min. walk and the location and quietness seems unreal.
On sunny Day we go down to the beach; and at night we go dinner to Santa Maria street.
Unforgettable.
We love too the Wifi facilities.

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Liked best: Ship views and location
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
People with disabilities Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
17 May 2016
Dear friends,

It was an honor having you as our first guests and we were very happy to see your excitement on your arrival.
Indeed our place was carefully prepared to be the best offer someone can find in the market and absolutely nothing was left behind.
All the equipment is in a very high standard and the view and location talk by itselves.
Thank you for your words and hope to welcome you back in the nearest future....don't forget talking to your friends about us...
Wish you all the best from your friends in Madeira!
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Reviewed 23 March 2017 for a stay in March 2017
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