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Apartamentos Sao Paulo e Alegria
Ranked #58 of 88 Hotels in Funchal
Reviewed 28 October 2011

We found the hotel in Airmiles and were attracted by it's location. It is merely a 5 minute walk to the harbour side and all the local shops and restaurants. It is a small but homely hotel and the Manager and staff were excellent. Nothing was too much trouble. The accommodation was better than expected for a low to medium budget hotel, with it's own kitchen should you wish to self cater. Being near the town centre, and on the ground floor, we did find traffic noise a little distracting but the other features far outweighed this. We will certainly return to this hotel when we visit Madeira again, hopefully in the not too distant future.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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9  Thank BrianBriggs32
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

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Furniture is a little bit outdated but in good condition.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.

Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
6  Thank CH_Traveller
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Reviewed 29 January 2011

For those put off by the comments regarding the noise, they probably had the windows open, and this hotel is in the Center of the city. I couldn't hear any noise with the windows closed. Room with 40+ Cable Channels Including News in English/French/German, Discovery/History Channels. Easy Walking to Marina and Center approx 5 Mins. Secure underground Parking cost less than street parking. Part of one way system but easy to find. Kitchen with Everything you need for Self Catering, if you would like something extra like a pasta drainer, just ask! Supermarket within 5 minutes walk. 1 Weeks Food Shopping 20 Euro's for 2. Super Fast Internet available by Secure WiFi from the Studio with speeds of 200Mps. Very nice Positive Energy from All Staff who are more than willing and helpful.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled on business
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4  Thank kaizenking
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Reviewed 30 July 2010

This was my third time staying at the Alegria apartments. Excellent value for money. Welcoming, and friendly staff who do their best to make you feel at home. Clean rooms, fresh everything, balcony, smart and adequate facilities…keep me coming back. The apartments are very well situated for local sights, amenities, and shops, and ideal for the visitor who wants a location in a part of town with its life on your doorstep. (This is not the location for people seeking sun-loungers by the pool, and isolation). Walk out of your door, and you’re in old town Funchal, with the bus station and access to the rest of Madeira 2 minutes walk away. The marina, and harbour is less than 10 minutes walk for nice bars, restaurants, and cafes, big game fishing, whale & dolphin watching, sailing excursions, and the Porto Santo ferry. All of Funchal within a walk.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled solo
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4  Thank Flawka
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Reviewed 27 April 2010

This is a good value, clean hotel in a regular Funchal neighborhood away from the high rise tourist hotel area but minutes walk from everywhere which is a good thing. The owner and staff couldn't be nicer.
Hookers comment???? I never saw one, ever, in three trips to Madeira.
I hope to get back for a fourth visit Sao Paulo someday soon,
Ron NS Canada

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Bluenosebuoy
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Reviewed 5 April 2010

Sao Paulo is a charming hotel in the oldest part of Funchal. The building and the furniture express madeiran tradition, and its facing an old blue water pump, where people hurry to their work in the morning and back again in the afternoon, through Rua da Carreira, the cobble stones street with buildings from the 18th and 19th century.
Though, from this genuine madeiran everyday life, it is just few minutes walk to the center of the town with all the main sights.
Sao Paulo has a kind and cheerful atmosphere which I enjoy a couple of weeks every spring and I hope for still many years.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 January 2009

Very noisy, and a bit scruffy. Cars pass by all night - prostitutes ply their trade on the street corner below. Also noisy in the morning - an underground car park opposite does a roaring trade. Part of a one way system - seems to be the main way out of town, so very busy at rush hours. Not recommended.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled solo
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3  Thank alexjblyth
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Address: Rua Pimenta Aguiar 2, Funchal, Madeira 9000-026, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Funchal
#40 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
Price Range: £33 - £65 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Apartamentos Sao Paulo e Alegria 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Apartamentos Sao Paulo - AT*** and Apartamentos Alegria I and II - Al- are a 30 studio apartments located in 3 historical neighboring buildings perfectly located at the heart of Funchal, within walking distance from all Funchal's main points of interest, shopping areas and bus stations. Each studio has been decorated with simplicity and comfort. At guests request studios with balcony or facing the garden are also available. All of our one or two bedroom studios come with compact fully equipped kitchens, 1 or 2 bathrooms, 1 or 2 flat screen tv's with internacional channels, telephone, safe and free wi-fi. Apartamentos Sao Paulo e Alegria offer daily housekeeping, continental buffet breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi , panoranic roof terrace, garden and barbecue area, conference room, rent-a-car service, transfer service , tickets to excursions and ferry boat trips and multilingual reception. The staff provide the best suggestions to visit the Island and the manager being an expert Levada walker itself will make the best to ensure that guests get to know the Island as locals. ... more   less 
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