This extremely spacious one bedroom apartment brings you right into the heart of Funchal, but in a very quiet and peaceful residential area where you can relax on your balcony and watch the cruise ships and ferries coming and going or lounge round the communal pool and soak up the sun – a real oasis of calm just minutes from the city centre. The elevated balcony gives a perfect view of the cable cars making their way up to Monte and firework displays in June and at the New Year. There is a large double bedroom with sliding doors to the balcony that extends the full length of the apartment, a full bathroom and a well equipped kitchen. The lounge is spacious with dining area, DVD player and cable TV, again with sliding doors bringing the balcony into the room. High-speed internet access is free. The pool has loungers and umbrellas for your use - beach towels are provided. The complex has just been fully redecorated. Cafes, restaurants and supermarkets are all within 5 minutes’ walk. Reserved car parking is available in the secure garage beneath the apartment.
Quiet location with extensive views over Funchal. Sleeps two. Free Internet
- english, spanish, portuguese
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Madeira Direct have been managing holiday rental properties on the island of Madeira since 2006. We only look after apartments and villas that meet the most exacting standards - a lot of which we have looked after on behalf of private owners for a decade or more. Madeira Direct has a 5* rating on Trustpilot.
Madeira Direct purchased this Apartment in 2005
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The property was spacious, clean and quiet. Just as advertised wasn't disappointed at all. The views were amazing and had a great view of the cruise ships coming and going. We also pretty much had the pool area to ourselves.
Lovely spacious apartment with excellent views. Highly recommended.
First time to Madeira, won't be the last for sure. Loved everything from the moment Manuel picked us up at the airport and Rita the lady who met us at the apartment was so lovely, made us feel very welcome. The Madeiran people are are very friendly too. Fab views from the balcony and weather glorious. Never mind the 100 metre long hill, go and enjoy as we did. Thank you Home Away.
Great location for seeing Funchal and Madeira
We've stayed in this apartment twice now and overall it's good - it is large and spacious and has great views over Funchal and the harbour (great for cruise ship watching).
The apartment is a bit dated and tired in places (e.g. the kitchen and bathroom) but the price is reasonable to reflect that.
There are a few improvements that could be made - providing a microwave would be helpful; the pillows were flat as a pancake and need to be replaced; the sheet on the bed during our stay was thin and threadbare so a bit of investment needed for new bedding overall; and there is no welcome pack or instructions for using the oven etc.
To clarify on the TV setup for those who are interested: some of the previous reviews and responses by the management say that the TV satellite system has over 300 channels - which is true. However having gone right through the satellite system I can confirm that these are mostly German channels; there are actually only about 3 English channels that we found (like BBC World News and CNN). There is certainly no mainstream English TV available.
One of the best things about the apartment is its location - 5-10 minutes walk from Funchal old town and city centre, and easy access to the motorway to get you around the island. There's free underground parking too which is great if you're hiring a car as we do.
Anyone staying here should walk 5 minutes up the hill to the snack bar 'Alto da Pena' - it's a lovely little bar which does great food at really low prices, and the owners are really friendly. It's authentic Funchal!
Great value in a very good location
We stay in Funchal at least two times each year, and we have stayed in a larger unit in the condominium in the past, so the location we knew was one of the best for access to the Old Town and the New Town. The apartment was a very reasonable price for the two of us, particularly as the owners are clearly reinvesting. It was exactly the same as it appeared on the advert photos, and had everything that we needed to make our stay most agreeable
Great value in a great location again!
This is our third stay here and we love the place. Just thought I would leave another review to reflect how good this is!
Delighted you both enjoyed your stay again, and we look forward to seeing you once more in 2019
Be at one with the city of Funchal.
Funchal is full of lovely people great food and wonderful experiences. This apartment puts you right in there. Stunning views from a lovely balcony. Sunbathe at what was at times our own private pool. The apartment is spacious and well equipped but a little tired in places and to be fair the price does reflect this. Good value for money would be my comment. By the way, apparently the hill on the way back to the apartment is very steep. Yes it is. The description tells you, the reviews tell you, the owners responses to the reviews tell you. But !!!! Either walk the short steep hill or get a taxi from the old town, pour a gin and tonic, sit on that balcony and you will instantly know that the hill is worth it. Allan and Dawn
What a great review - thank you! As everybody agrees, no hill, no views!
Varandas do Funchal is situated just above the centre of Funchal, within a 5 minute walk down hill you will find yourself amongst shops, supermarkets, restaurants, bars and the famous fruit, flower and fish market where fresh produce can be brought daily. You can also get the cable car from the old town which will take you up to Monte with excellent views over the city and port. The apartments have just been fully redecorated on the external of the building with new tiling on the balconies and communal areas giving a very fresh feel to the property.