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The Flame Tree Madeira
Ranked #48 of 86 Hotels in Funchal
Sweden
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45 reviews
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“No hassle, budget hotel.”
Reviewed 3 February 2013

Some rewiews mention hassle from the staff to uppgrade ir buy meals, but we did not have a single proposal about that. We got a nice, clean doubleroom for 20 euros per night, easy parking and good cleaning.
The staff loved our baby and fussed over him.
We tried dinner, 12 euro for 3 corse meal, cheap but not the most tasty meal.
Tourigaldo down the road had equal food for half the price, not fancy but a filling meal for 4 euros.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

i spent three days in vila camacho. it is situated in a nice area but it's about half an hour walking to funchal center.

the best way to visit madeira is renting a car. so if u can, this would be the perfect location.
quality/price is perfect. i spent 10€ per night for a nice room.

as soon as you arrive they would offer an upgrade for a better room or just for breakfast. i would not recommend that because you can spend way less having breakfast in city center or as we students do, buying food at the supermarket.

Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 January 2013

We were looking for something in Funchal, so we could get get around the island (all the buses leave from Funchal, if you take a hotel in the sticks, you may be stuck there). But our funds were limited, so we wanted something that was not too expensive. Besides, we didn't intend to spend much time in the hotel. We found Residencial Vila Camacho in an online search.

First, I have to mention the hill. Going anywhere in Madeira involves walking up or down steep hills, and getting to the hotel is no exception. When we checked in, the hotel staff appeared apalled that we had not driven and did not have a rental car. We had 2 weeks of clothes stuffed in big rucksacks on our backs, and were somewhat worse for wear by the time we checked in.

We had caught the hotel bus from the airport and got off at the stop in front of the Pistana Miramar. Finding the hotel was something of a triumph, involving walking up a 20% gradient for about a quarter mile (up Rua Dr. Pita, the one with a statue of a man in freefall holding a dove, with a giant hand reaching up from the ground to grab his privates. You can't miss it.). Then left (and up) around the football stadium, up the very un-promising Ladeira de Casa Branca, and along a narrow residential road almost to the end. Every other house owns at least two dogs, which all consider startling tourists to be the most fun game in the world.

But once we'd found it, the location was not an issue. We never had any noise problems from the surrounding roads, as it's a quiet residential cul-de-sac, with no nearby bars or clubs. The walk was sufficiently hard work that we made an effort to stay out for the day, relaxing in a cafe or bar rather than returning to the hotel, and it undoubtedly did us some good to walk off the food every morning and evening!

Over the course of the two weeks we stayed, we tried a variety of the local restaurants in the centre, many recommended in guide books. I have to say, the quality of the meals served at the hotel itself was significantly higher than all but the best served in town, and much cheaper than most. The options each evening was limited, offering a choice between two starters and two mains (normally one meat, one vegetarian), but this suited us quite well and when there wasn't anything on the menu we wanted, we knew to go elsewhere. The hotel was quiet the whole time, probably because of the Dengue Fever scare, so we got chatty with some of the staff, and ended up with a few extras each meal that didn't ever appear on the bill.

Wireless internet access was available from a small lounge up a flight of stairs behind reception, although it didn't extend as far as our room. There were safes available for a small (3 euro, I think) additional charge, which I used to keep my laptop in, which only just fitted due to small form-factor.

We were in the cheapest of the rooms, and we were offered the option of upgrading a couple of times, but not in a "pushy" way. The room was clean, the beds comfortable, the linen and towels were changed every day, the bins emptied, and we had no problems with security or cleaning. I could not fault the place for the quality of the staff or management - someone there clearly knew how to run a successful hotel.

Four stars only because we'd ordered a double bed, and got a twin with the beds shoved together. Definitely better than we could have expected for the money.

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Flintshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 December 2012

Well, we were back to the Vila again for yet another visit. Why do we keep going back? That´s simple, the welcome we get from Miguel, William, Nelson and Ricardo. After so many visits now, we are welcomed back as friends, almost part of the Camacho family infact.

This was our first visit at this time of the year so expected it to be a bit different. Not a bit of it, whilst the Vila was certainly quieter than in our usual June time visits to Madeira, it was the same service and food - 5* in this small hotel. Tony Camacho, the owner was on his travels again but the girls in the kitchen have been well trained by Tony and the food they produce is still excellent.

As I´ve said previously, you don´t get all the facilities of the big hotels and it is a little out of the way but it´s only a 20 min walk into central Funchal and the 44 and 45 buses from town run frequently along the road at the bottom of the steps just outside the gate.

It´s always clean and tidy and a joy to go back to. Already given them an approximate date for our next visit.

Room Tip: The rooms on the front have wonderful sea views. Also, go for half board so you get your evening mea...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2012

I was expecting to be bullied in to going half board or I would be slung in the dungeons! It turned out that If I paid for 3 nights evening meal I would get a room upgrade at 12.95eu per night. The room had a great view. The hotel is a little off the beaten track but walkable to the Lido area ( 15mins downhill 20 mins up) there is a regular bus route in to Funcal centre No. 45 stops practically outside the door. If you buy get a "Giro" pass you can add credit on at 1.25eu per trip as opposed to 1.90eu if you pay driver. He should give you a Giro card and top up in Funchal. Yes there are a few steps up to the hotel, well if you can't manage them then forget going to Madeira, as the place is built on a hillside. The hotel was comfortable and basic, the food was adequate, breakfast was plenty, continental style, and the bread rolls are delicious.The manager and all the staff were very helpful and courteous. Worryingly there was a massive forest fire that was coming closer to the hotel, but changed direction and eventually after 3 days seemed to be subsiding. Only downside with this hotel there was no air conditioning. There is a small pool, idel for dipping in in the baking heat. All in all a nice relaxing hotel and a lovely green Island.

Room Tip: I was in room 5, first floor, a single room which is at the front with a sea view there are at least...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

The Vila Camacho is a budget priced hotel well situated overlooking the wide sweep of Funchal Bay.
As many hotels in Funchal there are lots of steps to climb to arrive at Reception and then to get to one's room.
We were on the 2nd floor having upgraded to a room with a sea view and half board accomodation
The room was basic - two twin beds and only only one table lamp and only one bedside table.
The balcony had a fine view over the bay.
The bathroom was adequate - taps somewhat temperamental and toilet dripped until we learned how to stop it.
The room had no heating or air conditioning - the owner kindly brought us in an electrical heater for the cold nights.
Many of the hotel guests were disturbed at night by barking dogs - not much can be done about this of course.
We ate our evening meals in the restaurant. They were excellent and although there was limited choice they were well cooked. The dining staff were very helpful and extremely pleasant.

Room Tip: A sea view costs more but the balcony and views make it worth it
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2012

This was our first trip to Madeira and it certainly will not be the last. We are full of praise for the Madeiran people, the most pleasant, helpful and courteous nation we have ever met. Everybody we spoke to took time to assist us and were more than happy to do it. Everybody also speaks English, even if only a few words.

The Hotel we stayed in was exceptionally clean and our room was spacious and comfortable with access to a little terrace. It was also extremely quiet which we appreciated a lot. Miguel, the manager is the most charming hotel manager we have come across, very professional, polite, and always smiling. It was a pleasure dealing with him as nothing was too much trouble. The remaining staff were also very polite and professional if a little serious. Breakfast was quite adequate with just amazing bread rolls, I couldn't get enough of them, and the service was very good. The one dinner we had at the hotel was also very good although we adore fish and for this reason we ate various freshly caught fish every day around the old town on the rest of our visit.

We hired a car at a reasonable rate of 30 Euros per day which was the right decision as roads in Madeira are newly constructed and of very high standard. The furthest distance from Funchal to anywhere was 40 minutes and that was through the mountain range. Local buses are very cheap, especially if you buy a pass of 10 journeys around Funchal. There is an island bus service going out of town but they do take a long time as there are many stops. We recommend visiting the Story Telling Centre in Funchal, which tells you a fascinating history of Madeira and great influence on it by the British. We also recommend visiting the Caves near Sao Vincente were you can learn how the island was formed. Sao Laurenco peninsula is also great for a good walk. The levadas are the irrigation channels that feed the island and form the basis of a network of wonderful walking paths. It is important to read the guides carefully as some are no good for people with vertigo. We would recommend the 25 fonts walk as the best with plenty of safety barriers but with a lot of up and downs through rainforest.

We would strongly advise against visiting the market in Funchal. It is grossly overpriced for average quality fruits, even bananas. You can get the same choice at a fraction of the price in a supermercado, but not a small private shop that calls itself supermarket.

The weather in the third week of January was 18 degrees Centigrade, good enough for swimming in the sea and sunbathing.

Hope this helps. Many thanks to Miguel and the team. Anna and Robert from Bath.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Flame Tree Madeira
Address: Beco Amoreira 26, Funchal, Madeira 9000-086, Portugal (Formerly Residencial Vila Camacho)
Region: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Funchal
#26 Spa Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Flame Tree Madeira 3*
Number of rooms: 39
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We are a small, friendly, 39-room hotel, overlooking the Bay of Funchal, just 5 minutes' drive from the city centre. Our professional team awaits your arrival, ready to ensure you enjoy your stay with us, while visiting this beautiful island. We operate 24 hours a day, so someone is always available to help you. All our rooms have private bathrooms and free WiFi. There is plentiful free on-street parking adjacent to the hotel. We look forward to welcoming you to The Flame Tree Madeira. ... more   less 
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Vila Camacho Madeira
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