Hotel Quinta Bela Sao Tiago
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FUNCHAL, PORTUGAL: HERE WE COME... After 8 days crossing the Atlantic, we were ready to set foot on land!
Even the funny hat man is glad to see land ...
... s a swim in the sea water filled pool, which is nearly as cold as Lake Wanaka and ensures lengths are done in record breaking time, followed by 15 minutes in the Jacuzzi (We do shower after leaving the gym!) Rhianwyn has attended the craft class and after being sent away the first time and told to come back in two days succeeded in making a crochet bag, only for the feisty Italian leading the session to exclaim, "It's wrong" and unravel ...
... out of doing this all day long. So for two km they pull us down the hill, trying hard not to let the basket overtake them and occasionally make way for cars. When completed they walk the 2km back up the hill and proceed to do it all over again. A tough gig and I'm sure that they wouldn't get much of the 15 euro we each pay for this privilege.
Once we got to the bottom of the designated toboggan ride Len was determined to walk the rest of the distance into the ...
Earlier in the week there was a fashion show, presenting many of the clothes from the onboard boutique and I was roped in to be one of the models. Yes I hear you all laughing, but remember, I'm one of the youngest on board....so not that funny!!! I paraded a lovely little silk top which I continue to eye off and hopefully will find ii's way into my suitcase. It was a bit of a giggle but not likely to be a new career path any time soon.
... by the engineering feats necessary to build the infrastructure. Today The Girls were supposed to be navigating while he drove. I suspect that he just wanted to keep driving on the narrow winding cobblestone streets but here is part of the conversations that took place on what should have been a simple 10-minute drive. We had no problems in the rest ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Quinta Bela Sao Tiago Funchal
Great value, superb location, very comfortable
Just got back from a 10-day holiday at the Quinta Bela Sao Tiago. I'd say this hotel is very good value for money (about £100 B&B with seaview) and one of the best run places I've stayed at in recent years. The staff are extremely polite and very helpful and the few problems we reported were addressed straight away - within minutes.
The breakfasts are good, although you may not have the full buffet choice if you go early, and the two evening meals we had were fine, although better can be had close at hand in the old town. Its worth eating at the hotel on a couple of occasions just for the beautiful setting and excellent service, though. Which brings me to the view - absolutely wonderful. We had a top floor room with a superb view of the town and the harbour. As a result we spent a lot of time on the balcony just watching the goings on. The port is quite busy and you can while away far too much time just following the various pleasure boats, working boats and cruise ships going about their business.
There's also a superb multi-level garden full of many varieties of exotic plants and birds (some caged) and two fish pools. At the bottom is a small banana plantation where small bananas are grown and fried for breakfast.
The clientelle when we were there (Sept 2006) was mainly couples mid-30's upwards from the UK and France, with just a small contingent from Germany. Everyone was too polite to even consider reserving sunbeds with their towels. The pool area, by the way, was immaculate and thoroughly cleaned every morning.
I would recommend Quinta Bela Sao Tiago to almost anyone who wants a relaxing time in luxurious accommodation close to the sea front and the town. The only reason not to go is if you are unable to tackle the one steep but short hill up to the hotel from the old town. The roads in this part of Funchal are narrow and cobbled and constantly used by drivers who give very little leeway to pedestrians. There are no pavements and you need to be quite nimble to dodge them by ducking in between the parked cars. If you're lucky the more advanced drivers might give you a friendly toot just before they hit you.
Very Good 4 Star Hotel in excellent location.
have just returned from staying at the QBST and having read all the reviews on this hotel before we went it certainly justified the good reviews.
It is a very comfortable 4 star hotel with comfortable beds and an excellent power shower.
the breakfasts were very good with a large range of breads, cheese, meats, croissants, pastries, breakfast cereals, yoghurts etc or cooked breakfast if you prefer.
Breakfast is taken on the outside terrace with wonderful views. We had one evening meal in the hotel restaurant and it was ok but there are so many lovely restaurants within close proximity to the hotel.
we found the hotel staff all to be very friendly and helpful and they even arranged for a bottle of bubbly in our room as it was my husbands 50th birthday
the hotel is situated in the old part or zona velha of the city and it is very easy to access all of funchal's attractions and i think much nicer than staying in the hotel zone which is quite a long way from the centre.
If you want the atmosphere of the old town and want to be central you cannot beat this lovely small hotel with lots of character.
Papageien und Bananen
Dies ist ein wunderschönes und relativ neues Hotel mit guten Einrichtungen. Eines der wenigen Hotels das neben der Altstadt von Funchal liegt - wahrscheinlich das Hotel mit bester Lage in Funchal, nur einen kurzen Spaziergang von den Restaurants, dem Cable Car nach Monte, den Museen und den Geschäften entfernt.
Die Anlage des Hotels ist reizend und am hinteren Ende befindet sich sogar eine kleine Bananenplantage, dort werden viele verschiedene Papageienarten in großen Käfigen unter freiem Himmel gehalten.
Ein sehr angenehmer Aufenthalt
Ich kann dem, was der letzte Kritiker hier sagte, nur voll und ganz zustimmen. Was mir am meisten in Erinnerung geblieben ist, ist die Aussicht über Funchal, ganz besonders den Hafen - es war so reizend, einfach nur auf dem Balkon zu sitzen und sich alles anzusehen.
Das ganze Personal gibt sich die größte Mühe, die Gäste zurfrieden zu stellen und das gelingt ihnen auch. Kein Hotel ist perfekt und so will ich ein paar Kleinigkeiten erwähnen. Der Kaffee geht gerade so in Ordnung, ich würde aber nicht wieder nach Tee zum Frühstück bitten! Wie kann man das nur versaubeuteln?
Das Licht im Schlafzimmer und auch die Klimaanlage schaltet man mittels einer Fernbedienung an und aus, ich fand die Fernbedienung recht kompliziert. Den Pool wird man einer als ziemlich 'öffentlich' empfinden, es sei denn, man ist jünger und schlanker - alle Zimmer, die nach Süden hinausgehen, überblicken den Pool.
Am Empfang konnte man mir nicht sagen, wann die Gottesdienste in der örtlichen Kirchen stattfanden. Aber das sind nur Kleinigkeiten, wir freuen uns schon auf unseren nächsten Besuch.
Ich weiss nicht, warum jemand lieber auf der Hotelmeile unterkommen würde wo einem doch in diesem Hotel die Altstadt zu Füßen liegt. Unser Lieblingsrestaurant befand sich allerdings nicht in der Altstadt, obwohl wir dort auch gegessen haben, es liegt am Hafen - das Mar Azul.
A four star hotel which lives up to its rating. Rooms were very comfortable and serviced thoroughly each day. Staff were friendly and efficient, all with excellent command of English. Breakfasts were taken on the terrace so the superb sea views could be enjoyed, but above all, the location of this hotel in the Old Town district of Funchal gave easy walking access to some excellent restaurants and the main shopping area of the city.
Our excursion on one of the dolphin watch boats which returned along the coast past the hotel zone highlighted how fortunate we were to have chosen our particular hotel for its location in an area of character and not one of high-rise concrete.
A very pleasant stay
I would endorse just about everything said by the last reviewer. What is most memorable about this hotel is the view over Funchal, in particular the harbour, and it was lovely to spend much time sitting on our balcony taking it all in. All the staff seem to try very hard to please, and succeed in doing so. No hotel is perfect, so I will mention just a few quibbles. The coffee is just fine, but I wouldn't ask for tea again at breakfast! How do they get it wrong? The bedroom lights &c are turned on and off from a remote control device which i found a bit complicated. Unless you are a good deal younger and thinner than me you might find the pool a little public, as can be seen from all South-facing rooms. And Reception could not tell me the times of Masses in local churches. But these are just quibbles, and we look forward to our next visit. I don't know why anybody would prefer to stay in the hotel zone, while the Old Town is on this hotel's doorstep. Our favourite restaurant was not in the Old Town, though we ate well there, but by the Marina - the Mar Azul.
A Great Place To Take Your Mother!
Mother and I have just returned from a week-long stay in this little Paradise. It was my third visit to Madeira, but my mother's first - and her first hotel-based holiday as well. I had done my research in order to find something suitable for this adventure, and I found the existing reviews on TripAdvisor enormously helpful so here is my contribution.
The location of this hotel is wonderful, being set in its own gardens just back up the hillside from the harbour entrance. Major attractions like the market and cable car are just a few minutes' stroll down the road, and all of Funchal's attractions are within easy walking distance so no need to rely on a courtesy bus service. The hotel itself is charming, and the staff friendly and very welcoming. The relaxed atmosphere and attentive service made us feel very special. If I can find one small criticism, it is that dinner was a triumph of presentation at the expense of the quality of the food. However breakfasts, lunches and teas could not be faulted. The cocktail bar is expensive - around 25% MORE than the 5* Cliff Bay - so take advantage of the Happy Hour reductions!
A previous reviewer makes mention of the wonderful sea view rooms, but we were more than happy with our side sea view without a balcony - the terraces and poolside were never crowded despite the hotel being full, so we felt rather smug that we had paid around half the price for our room and on several occasions had the terraces to ourselves!
Despite this having been my second choice hotel - the Porto Santa Maria was my first choice but it was full - I was delighted with it and will not hesitate to return. Incidentally, I met a lady who had booked the Porto Santa Maria but had been put in the Porto Mare due to overbooking, so I was pleased not to have found myself in an entirely different part of Funchal. The movements of the boats and ships in the harbour kept us entertained all week, and since our return we have been watching the live webcams to keep the holiday spirit alive!
In summary, this is a charming and very reasonably priced hotel in a superb and convenient location. I'm already planning my return trip.
Parrots and Bananas
A beautiful relatively new hotel with stately furnishings. One of the few hotels located adjacent to Funchal's Old Town - probably one of the best locations in Funchal just a short stroll from restaurants, cable car to Monte, museums and shopping.
The hotel's grounds are lovely and even include a small banana plantation in the rear which includes different types of parrots housed in large outdoor cages.
A very good choice
If you don't want to stay in Funchal's large "hotel zone", which is located some distance from the centre of town, then this stylish and smallish hotel (64 rooms) in the "old town" is an excellent choice. The views over Funchal Bay are marvellous; the price you pay is a steep but very short climb up from the waterfront. (Don't opt for a cheaper room with a "garden" or "mountain" - actually a road - view; the sun-and-sea-facing rooms, all with balconies, are a major feature of the hotel.) There's everything you expect of a 4-star hotel (apart, maybe, from Internet access at the time of writing), including lots of outdoor space (again with great views), pool, and lovely garden. The restaurant/cafe bar area of the Zona Vela (old town), with enough good restaurants to satsify our ten-day visit, is little over five minutes' walk away; it borders on the centre of Funchal. When we did finally venture into Funchal's "hotel zone", which no doubt appeals to some people, I was doubly pleased we'd chosen this hotel.
A great hotel
This hotel is definitely worthy of its 4 stars - the building itself is very unique being converted from a manor house originally built in 1894 yet has all the mod cons eg. swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, gym. It's still small enough to feel friendly and all the staff make you feel special. Make sure you have a balcony room with a sea view otherwise you will be facing the road - the views from the balconies are fantastic. As it is built on a hill be prepared for a very short but steep walk into the old town.