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“Just about perfect.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Albergaria Dias

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Hotel Albergaria Dias
Ranked #1 of 87 Hotels in Funchal
Certificate of Excellence
Rethymnon, Greece
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Just about perfect.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014

It's very difficult to write a review about this lovely little place as it's all been said. it was our first trip back to Funchal in 12 years. Previous visits we had always stayed in the Lido area. Never again after staying at the Albergaria. Funchal is still as lovely as before especially coming up to Christmas. We had lunch a couple of times at the Ideal bar overlooking the small park area where the men play cards. You can get a delicious steak sandwich for €2.50.
We didn't like the hassle outside the restaurants. I'm sure they would do better if they let people make up their own minds where to eat.
We are hoping our next visit to Funchal will be for the Carnival in 2015. Will definitely book again with Thomson

Room Tip: We paid extra for 3rd floor.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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York, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2014

After holidaying at Albergaria Dias for many years we decided to visit for the New Year Fireworks Festival and are now kicking ourselves for not having done this years ago! What a fantastic experience from the general atmosphere of celebration and bonhomie around town to the splendid care and hospitality provided by the Dias family and their charming staff at the hotel.

Albergaria Dias is unlike all the hotels a mile or more away out of Funchal centre in the hotel zone. It is between the Fort and the Harbour in the old part of town, close to all amenities, in an area full of atmosphere (bars and restaurants too) that has grown over the last couple of years into the area where the 'beautiful people' of Funchal seem to enjoy the nightlife. The hotel does not provide an evening meal service - it doesn't need to as there are dozens of good restaurants, stretching from it's entrance for 200 metres or more. Some provide food in the local style, others something to please any palate, e.g. pizza & pasta, Chinese, Indian etc. A couple also have Fado singing while you eat.

Breakfast is taken in the breakfast restaurant which extends into the bar area and out on to the sun terrace. The buffet looks small and compact but offers a great variety of cold and hot food. Specialties include cured ham, fresh fruit in abundance, homemade jams, freshly prepared fruit juices and cakes baked by Senhora Dias.

Father and son, both called Joao, take pride in the treatment their guests receive and are always visible about the hotel making sure everyone is happy. Cecilia, Louisa, Carla & Lilliana at reception always greet guests with a smile and kind word and help willingly with requests. Monica & Ulisses in the bar make sure you thirst is quenched and are equally charming.

There is such a warm personal feel about this hotel that was especially evident on New Year's Eve when Joao junior joined over 20 guests in one of the restaurants for a celebratory meal. Afterwards he invited all his guests on to the roof terrace to watch the beautiful and moving firework display at midnight, providing sparkling wine and snacks. Hospitality at its best!

Restaurants we have road tested and like: O Portao, Estrella do Mar, Le Jardin & O Tapassol all nearby and Armazem do Sal, a short walk away towards Funchal centre.
There are dozens more to try and do not be put off by the guys who stand outside trying to pull you in. We have found them generally good natured, especially if you are prepared to stop for a brief chat - we have made friends of most of them by doing just that.

Can't recommend this hotel highly enough and can see no reason why anybody looking for a small, intimate hotel rather than a vast, impersonal, international one would not enjoy a stay here. here

Room Tip: All rooms face the sea. View of sea varies from zero on floor 1 to full on floor 4.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank spitfire2014
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england
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35 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

this is our 5th time at this hotel the service is the best in madeira. we was there for the new year it was great.the only thing this hotel needs is new sun beds by the pool.The sun beds are very poor for such a great hotel

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank jhalesengland
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

Can only agree with all the positive comments, if you can book a suite on the top floor,very nice rooms and a great view from balcony with whirlpool. Food wise we liked restaurant named Portao best,its only 5 minutes away.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank karin c
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Deal, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014

A lovely hotel, nice atmosphere, close to old town, restaurants etc.
Stayed dec 2013/ weather great, we rented a car for week thro Alamo visited all over the island
the car was a new clio .recommend this, roads are great , views to die for.
cable car brilliant/as was open top buses which for 12 euros allows two days/tours per person/.
Overall a brilliant place/holiday/

Room Tip: any three floors /lift etc.best views third floor.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank patrick h
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Cheshire
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74 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2013

A wonderful small & friendly hotel located in the old town. We have returned time and time again and feel really at home here. I think most things have been said but would add that the wooden balcony chairs are extremely comfortable, which we have found not always to be the case in some hotels, and when we return in the afternoon like to sit out on the balcony listening to the silence and watching the cruise ships depart. Incidentally, this hotel has got the best library we have ever come across so you do not have to take a pile of books away.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank CheeseEatersUK
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Cotonou, Benin
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31 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2013

We chose the Albergaria Dias after reading many favourable reviews and it really did live up to its reputation as a friendly, hospitable and comfortable hotel ideally placed in Funchal. What makes it special? Well, we stayed last year at the Quintinha Sao Joao, which equally deserves its excellent rating, but are more likely to return to the Albergaria Dias. The rooms are not as big, nor are their separate showers and baths as at the Sao Joao, but we simply felt more at home and relaxed at this family-run hotel where the owner seems to be always on hand and the staff quickly remember their various British, German and French guests, slipping easily into the various languages.
Not many people ventured into the pool in late November – one swimmer reckoned the sea was warmer but that was probably because the Atlantic Ocean is not filtered – but it is a nice size and ringed with sunbeds for the surprisingly warm and frequent sun for the time of year. Nor did the gym and sauna seem at all busy but these are good facilities to have, along with wifi in the bar/poolside area just about catchable at times on the first floor. Most guests were middle-aged to senior, which could explain the lack of a rush to the workout equipment, but don’t think Madeira is not for the young as the high numbers of young European visitors out and about in the country attests.
Breakfasts are excellent in the poolside room and cater for British/German tastes with a choice of hot and cold dishes and fruit on the buffet. Eggs were in a different form each day. For the rest of the time, snacks and drinks are available but the Albergaria Dias sensibly does not try to compete with the dozens of restaurants within a few minutes’ walking.
One of its major assets is the access by a private garden path in less than a minute to the Old Town of Funchal and then another minute or so to the seaside wall. Besides the many and varied restaurants (O Portao seconds from the garden gate is one of the best), the bus station and the cable car to the top of Funchal and its various gardens are just 5-10 minutes walk at most. Walking on to the harbour or the commercial area of town is another 10-15 minutes but if you want to go to the Lido area with the big hotels then a local bus or taxi is advised unless you enjoy walking. For us, this easy access on foot to Funchal’s facilities would really make a big difference to deciding where to stay had we been on a first visit to Funchal.
However, we do agree with other comments about the vehicle access if you decide to hire a car. It is very narrow and steep entrance and be prepared for more than just three-point turns to get in the small number of car spaces. You will get used to it but we would recommend hiring a car in Madeira only to drivers who do not get nervous about very steep, adverse cambered and sometimes precipitous roads. A rented car is a great way of getting around but Madeiran drivers do like to admire the back of your car, seem oblivious to speed limits and are not especially patient. If you only plan on one or two walking trips or excursions then it is probably simpler to join organised trips. That said, we have hired on three trips to Madeira and never regretted setting our own timetables.
Don’t be concerned be concerned about noise from the harbour works, the Albergaria Dias is far enough back for it not to be an issue. In short, unless you want to be out at a rural base for a hiking-oriented holiday, I can’t think of anywhere better than the Albergaria Dias in Funchal centre.

Room Tip: Upper floors will have more of a sea view if you feel it is worth the extra cost.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank ceciliami
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Property: Hotel Albergaria Dias
Address: Rua Bela S Tiago 44-B, Funchal, Madeira 9060-400, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
#1 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
#6 Best Value Hotel in Funchal
#9 Family Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Albergaria Dias 4*
Number of rooms: 35
Also Known As:
Albergaria Dias Funchal
Albergaria Dias Hotel Funchal
Hotel Albergaria Dias Madeira/Funchal

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