great value for money hotel. The room was very clean if rather dated (that's why I' ve only given a 3 rating for the room). The service was excellent, the receptionists were very helpful and friendly and the waiter at breakfast was very accommodating, actually getting me freshly boiled eggs (not the ones sat in the basket)! Breakfast was the usual buffet style but had a wide variety of fruit,breads,cheeses,hams and cooked meats. Breakfast was served on the veranda area and the views overlooking the sea were lovely. The pool area also overlooked the sea. The location was about a good 40 minutes walk from centre of Funchal, there was a courtesy bus from the hotel but local buses were frequent and cheap (get a ticket on the bus for one journey and then take the ticket into newsagents and top it up with however many journeys you want). We flew in with TAP Portugal and if you keep your boarding card you can get a free transfer from the airport to Funchal with the aerobus. It drops you off almost opposite the hotel (across the other side of the road). There is a new shopping centre just across the road (The Madeira Forum) which stays open until 11pm each night. Also just across the road from the hotel is a coffee shop (mentioned in a previous review) which serves the best coffee in Madeira and you must try the pastries, they are yummy!
We didn't eat during the evening at the hotel however a lot of local families did so the food must have been good. We found a lovely restaurant about 20 minutes walk down the road heading towards Funchal centre. It's called L'Osteria and is on Rua Casa Branca. The menu was varied and reasonably priced (12-14 euros for a main course) with the wine extremely good value for a restaurant, we had a bottle of very good red at 12 euros. The food was so good that we ate there for four nights out of our seven night stay and on our last night there they gave us the bottle of red we had ordered free as a thank you for our custom!
We did 3 levada walks whilst we were there and used the local bus service each time. However there are walks which can only be done by using a tour or taxi as they are not on the bus routes. This can work out expensive as the guided walks charge 30 euros per person.
Madeira is a beautiful island, the people are friendly and we still have a lot of levadas to walk so plan on returning soon and will stay at the Duas Torres.
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- Also Known As:
- Duas Torres Funchal
- Duas Torres Hotel Funchal
- Duas Torres Madeira/Funchal