As pretty as they come, the Albergaria is a true Madeiran gem. Tucked away in the hills above Funchal’s old town, it’s delightfully secluded. But that’s not to say you’re off the beaten track here. In fact, head out the back gate and you can wind your way down in to Funchal in no time. Here, you can pop in and out of the shops. Tuck in to a slap up meal at one of the restaurants. Or pull up a chair at a waterside bar and watch the world go by.
Once you clap eyes on this attractive hotel though, you might decide to spend a large chunk of your time here. With its terracotta-tiled roof and wooden shuttered windows, it’s traditional charm on a plate. And you’ll be given an authentic Madieran welcome too, by Joao and his family and their friendly staff. With just 35 rooms, you’re always treated like one of the family here, never a room number.
Once you’ve checked into your restful room with extras like bathrobes, start as you mean to go on by the sparkling pool. Taking centre stage in the flower-filled grounds, it’s sunk in to a pretty patio with sun loungers and parasols. And when you’re in need of a break from the sun, take a seat on the shaded terrace and sip an ice-cold drink. Breakfast is also served here, which is a lovely start to the day.
Step inside and you’ll be just as impressed with what the Albergaria has to offer. We’re talking a swish lobby with sink-into sofas. A stylish breakfast room with frescoed walls. And a laid-back bar with elegant wicker chairs. And if you fancy burning off some calories while you’re here, there’s a small fitness room with a sauna. For a relaxing getaway with Funchal on your doorstep, look no further than this friendly charmer.
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Small & Friendly
A collection of intimate hotels with an authentic feel
- Often family-run
- Great settings, usually by the sea
- Everything from 2T to 4T
- Traditional properties
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The pool is the main feature of the pretty gardens surrounding it. The patio's speckled with sunbeds and parasols and offers the ideal spot to take in the picturesque views.
Offering breakfast with delights like fruit salad and fried eggs.
Offering drinks and light snacks with an outdoor terrace.
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A Must Stay
We have stayed in other Funchal hotels with no complaints but from now on it will have to be Albargaria Dias. The staff are all wonderful, the breakfast excellent, and the position of the hotel as far as we are concerned is perfect. Down the path right into the old town and yet very peaceful when in the hotel. We watched the Queen Mary dock from our balcony. The pool may be cold but wouldn't expect other from an outdoor pool in December, the beds may seem hard to some but suit us fine. We really enjoy small family run hotels and were not disapointed, hope it is not long before we return.More
farmer_9, lancashire, england
You will not be disappointed, excellent.
Just returned from 2 weeks at this Hotel. You will read from other reviews about the cold pool and beds being a little hard. Whilst true, this hotel should be judged on the whole experience. It is located in the old city and is accessed by a gated drive at the front and at the back there is another gate opening on the street of painted doors. It really is an oasis. On arrival staff provide a tour of the facilities and offer a free drink in the bar. They are very friendly and helpful. Mr Dias (senior and junior) seem totally committed to ensuring that you have a good time. The Bar is open all day and offers snacks at lunch. It doesn't provide evening meals ( there are around 30 restaurants in the vicinity - why would they). However, they will prepare a salad that you can order and eat in the evening. The breakfast is excellent, fresh Madeiran produce and plenty of choice. The rooms above floor 1 are what you would expect from a hotel. Perhaps a kettle would be a cheap but welcome addition.The rooms have good views of the harbour and sea beyond. We managed to move into the apartment on the top floor on our second week and this was a really good set of rooms with a huge balcony, good views and loungers. The rooms were spotless, so much so I actually tried to find some dust without success. The TV had sky news, and BBC entertainment and several English speaking channels that were dubbed. There is wifi in the public areas downstairs and a computer that you are free to use. As has been mentioned the library is huge with books that will surely satisfy anyone on holiday. The staff could not be more helpful and are a credit to the hotel.The pool is not heated but hey I tried it and have to say gave me quite a buzz. (15 degrees!) The hotel is only a short walk to the market, cable car and shopping area in a perfect spot. The restaurants are only yards from the back gate and all we tried were very good. Many guests go back year after year and you can understand why. This place allows you to relax and enjoy your holiday without stress.More
adrian evans, Belper, Derbyshire
We've just returned from a fantastic week at the albergaria Dias . We'd never stayed in a small and friendly Thompson hotel before and were delighted with the friendly personal service we received. We would definitely return again . It was my "60" birthday while we were there and the hotel gave me some lovely flowers and the reception staff even sang me happy birthday !! The location was ideal as the old town was directly accessed from the back of the hotel through a small gate ( reminiscent of the secret garden!), which was well lit in the evening. Plenty of places to eat within a minute or two of the hotel. I would not hesitate in recommending this hotelMore
Janet540402, Preston, United Kingdom
Location Location Location
This was our second stay in the Albergaria Dias although we have visited Madeira many times. The location is ideal for the Old Town, the harbour and the cablecar. The Dias family and their staff are very friendly and deserve the many awards on show from travel companies. If you like a harbour view to watch the cruise ships arrive and depart, a large private terrace and a spacious suite on the top floor then pay a little extra. Arrange this direct with the hotel before you travel. It's well worth it.More
Ten out of ten!
All the reviews here have described The Albergaria Dias perfectly. The hotel was in a great location,,,,Funchal is very hilly so a few steps away and we were in the heart of the old town. The Dias family richly deserve all the awards they have gained. The staff were great, the welcome warm and the breakfasts amazing. Miss it all already. Thankyou!More
itchyfeet2014, Glasgow, United Kingdom
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