Quinta Bela Sao Tiago
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After the ride down the mountain, the toboggans are loaded up again and driven up the mountain for another ride.
... bicycle wheels in our direction? We have successfully missed most festivals by a day or so, wherever we have been! Rhianwyn in her planning slipped up this time though as we were in town for the flower festival. We were also there for the parade and so enjoyed watching for over an hour before hurrying back to the ship for the next leg. John, being the motivating factor, has lead us to the gym for a 5km run and some weights most days. ...
... 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 Quinta Bela Sao Tiago Funchal
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.