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Easy access to downtown Funchal on foot and has its own parking space if like us you rent a car. Spacious and well equipped. A cafe bakery on the street and a gigantic supermarket in the shopping centre below. One hears some traffic but it is not a very busy road. The owners were very helpful.
We stayed here for a week in November and loved it. First of all, Luis and his wife personally offered to pick us up from the bus stop at the bottom of the hill and drive us to the apartment, which was very kind and appreciated since we had heavy packs. He then dropped us at the apartment and introduced is to Miguel, who showed us around the place and left information about how to contact him in case we need anything. Super helpful, very quick in and out.
The apartment, in a word, rocks. It's the fourth floor, and no elevator, but it never bothers us to walk flights of stairs. The view from the terrace, the living room and the bedroom looks out over the harbor. It's fun to see cruise ships coming in to dock at sunrise, and watch the clouds blow over the mountain behind us.
There was a grocery store and a bakery/restaurant just a minute away, which was really convenient. Both very nice. The walk down to the water and downtown Funchal wasn't that bad at all - it was actually nice to work off our dinner a little bit. But you can totally catch a #21 bus up the hill for a Euro. You can also skip downtown, especially on busy tourist days, and laze around the apartment, only going to the neighborhood store or bakery for necessary items.
It's really a great place for the price. Quiet. Other people said they heard barking dogs. We stayed a week and only heard one or two dogs bark a few times. Not a big deal at all.
Bottom line, they kept the place clean and stocked with everything you need. It's close enough to town for easy walking, but far enough away to get clear from the meandering cruise ship crowd. Great owners who bent over backward for us - we were awaiting a sailboat to arrive in Funchal so we could catch it and set sail across the Atlantic for Antigua. Luis was very accommodating to us because of changing dates. We highly recommend this place to anyone, but especially to those who want to live in ultimate luxury for a song.
Thanks for the great experience!