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Residencial Pina
Ranked #47 of 88 Hotels in Funchal
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

Just got back from a week at the Residencial Pina and it was simply perfect. Very friendly, spotlessy clean and we thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast. Stunning veiw over the port and surrounding hills. Room was a good size and even had the luxury of a bath with plenty of hot water. Can't wait to go again - thanks Linda and Jane

Room Tip: Worth paying for a sea view
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

We found this B&B from the reviews on TripAdvisor and were very pleased that we had. It is pretty basic, no frills - which is what we wanted for our 7 days', mainly walking holiday (just back!) Micaela is a very helpful hostess, speaks perfect English and the rest of the staff are very helpful. Our room had a great view over Funchal - was clean and functional. We used the pool a few times to cool off in the late afternoon; used the bar somewhat more and it was nice that the locals also used it. This gave was more of a "local community" feel to the place.

As others have mentioned, it is up a steep hil and about 15 mins from the centre of the old town - we went down most nights to eat there, so the location was great for us. The 22 bus comes up and stops in a road about 200 yds up the hill from the hotel - there are a couple of bus routes that go down from there. The nearest Aerobus stop is number 3, but it is still a hardish walk with bags from there.

Breakfast was fine - coffee and juice, rolls, somedays an egg, other days some fruit, always cheese and ham, sometimes yoghurts. We did ask about a packed lunch to take with us, but Micaela suggested we just make up some rolls from the breakfast stuff - which we did a couple of times. As I said - we wanted a base for some walking, so this was excellent. We could walk down to the bus stops in the town easily, dropping in on the market if we wanted some fruit.

The overnight cost was 40 Euros, which we consider very good value for money. We would definitely recommend Residencial Pina if you want a base to go out that is not too far from the centre of Funchal.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2013

stayed here for eleven nights over christmas and new year and enjoyed ever minute of it lovely small hotel with such nice staff with a special mention to the owners wife who made us so very welcome like we were part of the family rooms spotlessly clean every day breakfast simple but more than ample location good about 500 mts from sea but nice and quiet at night good views nice bar at the hotel met some local people very friendly most enjoyable stay thank you room 304 23/12/2012 till 03/01/2013

Room Tip: high room looking towards sea for very good views
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

We wanted some cheap accommodation in Madeira for 7 nights. Pina Residencial cost 40 Euros a night for 2 people including breakfast. This included a bit extra for a sea view room with balcony. There is a hairdryer in the bathroom and a small portable TV in bedroom. No fridge or kettle/tea/coffee.
The accommodation is basic but fantastic value for money. We had a large double rooom with en suite. Huge balcony overlooking Funschal harbour. The room could do with updating but it was very clean and perfectly adequate.
Breakfast was continental with croissants and rolls, cheese and ham, sometimes eggs, sometimes yoghurt and fruit. All the tea or coffee you want. A good start to the day.
The staff were all very friendly and absolutely great.
There is a small plunge pool and sunbathing area which we enjoyed and was very quiet.
Attached to the hotel is a small bar used mainly by locals. Very reasonable and no noise issues. There is a computer in the bar with free internet access.
We hired a car and the hotel does have 4/5 parking spaces for guests. Getting into the car park is via a very narrow entrance and drive. The only way to do it is to reverse in. Don't hire a large car!
We thought the location of the hotel was great. Wonderful views, less than 10 minutes walk into town. It is a bit of a climb back up the hill to the hotel and if you are very unfit or have young children you may have to get a taxi or think about going elsewhere.
The only downside staying here were barking dogs late at night. This is not the fault of the hotel and will apply to almost anywhere in Funschal. It appears that many Madeirans have dogs in their yards. The dogs stay out all night and there is a regular cocophany of noise when one of them gets disturbed for some reason.
Overall, if you want a good value basic hotel I think you will be lucky to beat Pina Residencial.

Room Tip: The balcony rooms with views over the sea are probably worth the extra.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 June 2012

Less than 15 minutes walk downhill into the centre of town - considerably more time back to the hotel uphill (or about 5 euro in a taxi) !

There is a "snack bar" in the property which definitely gives an added buzz, and means that there is food and drink available until midnight every day - mostly reasonably priced (although big bottles of water aren't exactly cheap at 1.90 eur). On the subject of food - breakfast is a simple affair of rolls, cheese and sliced meat (or jam) with yoghurt and coffee/tea. It's fine, as long as you don't expect too much.

The same applies to other aspects too - the bedrooms range from average sized to generous (ground floor ones in the annex were bigger), and are reasonably clean with the bedding fairly comfortable (the beds themselves were good and firm). The bathrooms were fine - a little bit tired in places, but with good shower pressure.

Wifi was very patchy in the bedrooms but stronger in the bathrooms and outside - and it was free!

The staff were very pleasant, some with very good english, others less so.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

We stayed two nights at this guest house which is located about 5 minutes from Funchal by foot (it's a steep walk). The staff were all very friendly and the lady in charge spoke perfect English. The guest house is located up on a hill which gives you a great sea view as long as you pay the extra for one of the these rooms. The price for a nice double bed room, including a basic breakfast, was 40 euros per night which I think is a really good price.

There is a small supermarket nearby and a snack bar downstairs where you can get a small bite to eat, coffee and drinks. The rooms were really cleaned and had a homely feel to them. The bed and pillows were on the hard side, but worked fine for me.

Recommended for everyone really, but if you plan on walking then please note that it is quite steep to get up to the hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 September 2008

I found the Residencial Pina by chance. My friends and I were going to Madeira for 4 days, and needed decent accommodation at an affordable price, and that is exactly what we got here.
Location wise, it does warn that it is up a hill, and for anyone who hasn't been to Madeira - it's is very mountainous!!! However, being young and fairly fit, this was not a problem. It was a 10 minute walk to the main area of shops and restaurants and it worked up a good appetite. Be aware though, the walk back up the hill is a fairly daunting one when you're full of food and alcohol.
The rooms were a good size, the bathrooms fairly modern and the views (if you pay the extra for a sea view) are lovely. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was continental, nothing above average but good enough to start the day on.
It is a very small hotel so bar snacks etc are limited, but if all you're after is a sandwich, it's perfect. The pool is clean and refreshing. Loungers are provided free and you don't have to have plastic cups by the pool - you can have a beer in a pint glass!!
Overall, I would definitely stay here again, and would recommend for anyone who doesn't want anything too fancy, and doesn't want to break the bank.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Residencial Pina

Address: Travessa Pina 8, Funchal, Madeira 9050-074, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Funchal
#32 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
Price Range: £32 - £50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Residencial Pina 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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Residencial Pina Madeira/Funchal

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