Hotel Baia Azul
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We had a very enjoyable 1-week holiday in Madeira, staying just outside Funchal. We flew from Bournemouth with Bath Travel. Loved the island; found driving - especially along the north-west coast, through unlit tunnels and up steep mountain roads - challenging. A week was about right to see most parts of the Island briefly.
... any sort of obstructions - a really good introduction to Levada walking. If you continue past the tea house around the first corner you will be met by a horrible smell that comes from the poultry farm housed in a huge building extending down the hillside..hurry on past with your hand over your nose! It is possible to continue all the way to Camacha, but it is long way there and ...
... of mountains and sea from our room. Mum and Iain had the most amazing view of the coastline and sea. We got our bearings, went shopping and got supply's for breakfasts. Mum trying a pure sugar coconut thing at reception.....braver than us. Iain wanted a "Grande beer". The evening took use down the road to "Real Canoe" with a man talking through the menu and Iain joking "40%25" discount?" Sat in front of the restaurant with a heater over Sarah's head. We had our ...
There is ample parking alongside the beach area of Praia Formosa. Take a right turn out of the car park and the constructed walkway is obvious. Very easy walk (even in trainers) to the west and continue past the beach cafes. The walk to Camara do Lobos takes about 50 minutes and the views as one enters the fishing port are the ...
... with many shops selling traditional food and drink and nativity scenes. this is in stark contrast to Britain where everything shuts down for the holidays and the atmosphere on the high street resembles a town struck by a plague epidemic. we had some local bread called Bolo Da Caco for dinner which was very good, in fact it was so good that we had the same bread repeatedly over the next 4 days!
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Fitness/Health center
- Business Services
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Baia Azul Funchal
Un hotel muy bonito
El Baia Azul cuenta con un personal muy amable. Las habitaciones eran espaciosas y en completo silencio. Está muy cerca de un paseo marítimo nuevo, junto a la playa y de varias pozas naturales de agua de mar, de hecho hay una gratuita al final del paseo, próxima al acceso del túnel de Praia Fermosa. Me gustaría recomendar un restaurante cerca del centro comercial (junto al paseo marítimo) que se llama "O barqueiro" con un precio entorno a los 50 euros por dos personas y sirven porciones enormes. Cerca del Baia Azul está el "O Almofariz", un restaurante que ofrece comida casera deliciosa a precio bajo (unos 20 euros por dos personas).
The hotel is a long walk from the town or a 5/6 euro taxi ride. The hotel is 4 star rated although this rating must have been done in the 1970's as the decor most certainly is.
Sehr nettes Hotel
Baia Azul hat sehr freundliches Personal. Die Zimmer sind geräumig und überhaupt nicht laut. Das Hotel liegt sehr nahe einer neuen Strandpromenade und in der Nähe von mehreren natürlichen Meerpools. Es gibt einen kostenlosen natürlichen Meerpool am Ende der Promenade, nahe des Eingangs zum Praia-Fermosa-Tunnel. Ich kann Ihnen das Restaurant im Zentrum empfehlen, es heißt 'O barqueiro'. Für knapp 50 Euro bekommt man zwei große Mahlzeiten. Nahe Baia Azul findet man das 'O Almofariz', das günstig ist (ca. 20 Euro für 2 Personen) und lecker zubereitete Hausmannskost anbietet.
Wir waren für 14 Tage in diesem Hotel, vom 5. bis 19. Dezember (wenn die Insel ruhiger ist und es nur wenige Touristen gibt). Das Hotel war nicht einmal halbvoll und der Service vom gesamten Personal war exzellent. Wir haben noch nie in sauberen Zimmern übernachtet. Teppich in den Zimmern bedeutete, dass man die übliche Geräusche der anderen Gäste nicht hören konnte und so hatten wir 2 sehr friedliche Wochen. Das Restaurant ist angenehm mit schönem Blick aufs Meer und die Kellner sind alle charmant und sehr gebildet. Wir haben erst später herausgefunden, dass das Restaurant vorher einen Menuservice hatte und erst seit ein paar Jahren dem Trend der Büfetts gefolgt ist. Der Hotelbus fährt einen jeden Tag (einige Hotels machen das Sonntags nicht) in die Stadt (Funchal ist 2,5 km). Wenn möglich, wollen wir im Dezember wiederkommen. Ein tropisches Inselparadies, nur ein paar Flugstunden entfernt.
We recently stayed at the Baia Azul in the Hotel Zone on the outskirts of Funchal. At first, we thought that being out of the centre of the town would be a problem, but it turned out to be a bonus. For one thing, the hotel area seemed to get better weather than the town itself! This is not a hotel for the very young, as the clientele appeared to be 40's and above.
We stayed at this hotel for a fortnight from 5th to 19th December (when the Island is quiet and few tourists are around). The hotel was less than half full, and the service from all the staff was excellent, we have never stayed anywhere with cleaner rooms. Fitted carpets in the rooms meant that the usual sounds of other people in the hotel were deadened, and it made for a very peaceful 2 weeks. The restaurant was pleasant, with good sea views, and the waiters were all charming, and were incredibly smart, we found out later they originally operated the restaurant as silver service, moving to buffet style a couple of years ago to move with modern trends.
Very nice hotel
Baia Azul had very friendly staff. The rooms were spacious and not noisy at all. It is very close to a new promenade path by the sea, and close as well to several natural sea pools; there is a free natural sea pool at the end of the promenade, close to the Praia Fermosa tunnel entrance. I would advise a restaurant close to the commercial centre (you pass it walking by the promenade) called "O barqueiro": around 50 euro for two with huge portions. Near the Baia Azul, the "O Almofariz" offers cheap (around 20 euro for two people) delicious home-made food.
The Baia Azul is in need of upgrading. It makes you feel like you've stepped back in time to the 1970's. The food has to be the most boring and blandest we've ever tasted. After a couple of days we had to eat out, to confirm that we still had functioning taste buds.
Having said that the staff were all very friendly and helpful, and the hotel was spotlessly clean. The rooms are of a good size, and the sea view is excellent.
We had a stay of 15 days. The room was very nice and comfortable. They cleaned it every day if you wanted. The staff and employees were most helpful in answering our questions about where to go and what to do. I highly recommend the Porto Moniz tour. It is worth every penny. I also recommend the Typical Night, Very interesting. The pool is not heated, so in the early days of May, the water will still be a little cold, But we enjoyed swimming anyway. The pool cleaners were very efficient and very good about cleaning. One has to acquire a taste of Portuguese food, We found some very good diners. The hotel breakfast food was good, a mixture of hot and cold. But aftr 8-10 days, we had to venture out for something else. Room service was good and the food was okay. I would go there and stay again. Be sure and get a 220 adapter for you curling irons and battery chargers. I would reccommend this hotel and Madeira itself for couples only or a tour group. Small kids and teenagers would not be sastisfied because there is not a lot for them to do. Other than swimming. We did find a movie theatre which we visited quite often.
Can't fault it
Excellent hotel. Staff friendly and attentive. Rooms spotlessly clean and good size.Ate several meals in hotel which were of good quality and reasonably priced. Lots of facilities and excellent pool area with lifeguards and a strict cleaning regime. All in all thoroughly recommended and would go again.