The main asset of this establishment is its central location. You won't need your car as you will be able to reach everywhere on foot. However, you'll find that you're quite far away from the sea and the level of comfort is basic. The hotel could definitely do with some refurbishment.
Situated right at the heart of Funchal, the Do Carmo hotel is located 12 miles from the airport, namely a 25-minute drive away.
The Do Carmo is a small urban hotel that is perfectly suited to those travelling on a tight budget. Everything here is simple: from the interior decoration and furniture, to the communal areas.
The hotel was built in 1968 and is definitely in need of some serious refurbishment. The reception area, which is in fact a small entrance hall, consists of two narrow armchairs which stand in front of bay windows and are surrounded by some of Madeira's typical specialities: embroidery and tapestries. A few ink drawings of China complete the decoration. The setting lacks both in luminosity and charm. On the ground-floor there is a billiard room which is also home to a TV-set, a computer with Internet access and the bar. The swimming-pool is located on the sixth floor. Although partially concealed by other buildings, it affords a view of the sea in the distance. However, the surrounding area is far from pleasant.
The Do Carmo hotel has 80 rooms, 47 of which have a balcony. They all have parquet floors, a coat stand, a television, a small desk, a large mirror, a wood and leather armchair, but no air-conditioning. They overlook the adjacent street. The furniture is of poor quality but the cleanliness of the rooms is beyond reproach. The safe can be used by guests at an extra cost. The bathrooms are certainly not the hotel's strong point: there is plastic floor covering, the ceiling is made of PVC and the wallpaper is rather outdated. The only lighting is provided by a neon light and there aren't even any hospitality products.
The restaurant is located on the ground floor. This is a bright green room with an atmosphere reminiscent of the 70s: it boasts green triangular mosaics, green wall-to-wall carpet with black dots, and wood and leather chairs... The food served here daily is unpretentious and typically Portuguese. You will also have access to a tiny terrace that looks out onto a construction site.
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