My wife and I really enjoyed our stay in the apartment! It is in a good position on a narrow side St just off the main st but it was quiet. The Apartment is on two floors with the living area and kitchen downstairs and the bedroom, bathroom and a small bedroom suitable for a child upstairs. The kitchen has every utencil that you could possibly need for cooking and has a washer and dishwasher. A private balcony runs the full length of the downstairs above the street and we used it every day, there is another private balcony looking out to the mountains off the main bedroom. The Apartment was very clean and well furnished and I would definitely use it again if visiting Funchal.
This lovely apartment is close to the centre of Funchal with the promenade, shops, restaurants, buses and taxi ranks all within a very short walk. The apartment had everything we needed for our ten day holiday. Yes, the communal stairway smelled a little damp on occasions but once inside the flat was bright, clean, airy and very comfortable. I enjoyed the 'reading corner' when it became too hot on the balconies. Bertha met us on arrival and was very friendly and helpful. She had left cheese, biscuits, milk and water as well as supplies of washing and dishwasher tablets etc which we appreciated - it is so frustrating when you have to buy a whole box only to use just a few!
We explored the island using the public buses. As you move away from the centre they can be rather infrequent but we found them to be reliable and pretty punctual on the whole. So long as you check the timetables in advance I works fine.
Madeira is a lovely island and we enjoyed it so much we booked Betha's apartment for a return visit the day we got home!
We first stayed in this apartment for two weeks in September 2014 - and loved it then (reviewed it then, too).
So when we decided to return to Funchal this summer, we didn't bother looking at other apartments - we wanted this one.
The location is fantastic, situated on a road off a really pretty avenue with plenty of lovely trees, cafes and restaurants and beautiful gardens. The marina is a very short walk too.
The apartment itself is extremely clean and comfortable. There are two balconies. One is quite large and gets the sun for most of the day, and is accessed from the main living area. The other balcony is accessed from the main first floor bedroom. When we stayed there was some work going on at the back of the apartment, so we really didn't use that balcony. I have to say that though there was work going on there was almost no noise at all.
The kitchen is really well equipped, with a dishwasher, washing machine, two-plate electric hob, microwave and fridge freezer. There are also plenty of pots and pans and utensils, so if you didn't want to visit one of the many restaurants and cafes you could prepare food in the apartment very easily. On that note, there is also a supermarket a stone's throw away in the shopping centre which has everything you need.
The bedroom is large and air-conditioned. The bed is massive and really comfortable, and there is plenty of storage space.
There is free wi-fi, a TV with some DVDs, a table and chairs in the living area and also table and chairs on the main balcony. The only thing which would have been useful is perhaps a parasol or some shade on the main balcony, but the absence of one in no way marred our stay, nor would it prevent us from going back.
The apartment is on the third floor but there is an elevator as well as stairs.
Would highly recommend this apartment for location and comfort.
- The location was great with easy access to local transport (buses and taxis), shops, bars and good restaurants. It's also only a short walk to the seafront and a very helpful tourist office.
- The property was at a good standard and pleasant to stay in.
- Main bedroom is a decent size for a couple to share.
- All basic necessities where supplied in working order.
- Owner was very friendly and helpful and responded to our requests in good time.
- Slight musty smell in shared entrance to apartment due to lack of ventilation.
- While we were there, there was some building works taking place outside the flat as a result it was a little bit noisy after 9am for a few hours in the morning. (This was a bit of bad luck with timing on our side as the building works would probably finish soon).
- As stated by owner, the second bedroom is truly only suitable for a very small child.
Overall, we would be happy to stay there again.
We are really enjoying our stay on Berta's apartment. (Free wifi in action) It is an excellent base for the best of Madeira. We've just finished a levada walk and from a stop way out back we got a bus home for £3.00. Worth it for the exciting ride on tight bends and hairy drops. It dropped us off just outside the apartment. Across the road for a bottle of wine and home for dinner on the evening veranda. (Sun for breakfast on the morning veranda.) Everything is in place for the full self caterers and those who want to snack and eat out. And for the last drink before bed we are next door to 3 bar/restaurants. Perfect apartment perfect location.