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Hotel Ajuda Star Hotel 4 star
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Rua Nova Vale da Ajuda 9000-720 Funchal Portugal Funchal, Portugal -
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A hotel residence with spacious rooms fitted out with small kitchens, the Ajuda Star will suit family vacationers. Those who want to eat in their own style will not be disappointed by the absence of restaurant.

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    Location 5.76 /10

    On the heights of Funchal, 2 miles away from downtown and 15.5 miles away from the airport. Expect a 10 minute ride to get downtown and 30 minutes to reach the airport.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    The Ajuda houses 29 rooms that can accommodate up to 4 people, except for 6 of them that can house 2 persons. If you prefer a peaceful location, stay away from the first level, because all the rooms here overlook the street. On the other levels, half the rooms overlook the street and the other half the swimming pool. All the rooms offer a kitchenette with refrigerator, hotplates, hood, electric coffee maker and tableware. The furniture is very simple, based on varnished wood and pastel fabrics. There is a spacious lounge area : it offers a table, chairs and a sofa, perfect to watch the satellite TV. Air-conditioning and direct telephone line for international calls are provided The well maintained bathrooms have a bathtub and hairdryer.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    The construction of the Ajuda Star took place in 1994. This beige building with ochre balconies is very modest both inside and outside. The reception, a counter made of varnished wood, is too small for a lounge area, but compensates for this with the reading room located a little farther away, facing the swimming pool. There are large bay windows, and the amenities include huge rattan armchairs. Outside, the 75 m² swimming pool allows you to do more a quick dip than a real swim. It offers however a space reserved for kids. The deckchairs are supplied for free. The sunshades cost 1.5 euros per day. For leisure facilities, the Ajuda has a ping-pong table, but that's all!

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    Since the Ajuda Star Hotel does not have a restaurant, all the meals are eaten at the Ajuda Gardens, 100 m away. The following note concerns only the catering possibilities in the second establishment. The main restaurant is located on the first floor, poorly lit because of the low ceiling and the small windows. Pretty close from each other, the tables don't allow any privacy at meal times. We hope you like to eat in a bustling atmosphere !! As for the presentation, there is a buffet breakfast, while lunch and dinner are served as a fixed menu. The cuisine offers meats with sauces, grilled fish, pastas and vegetables gratins, with a few specialities of the island. For lunch, if you want to eat by the swimming pool, at the snack-bar there are nice wooden tables where you can have salads, sandwiches and hot-dogs. As for the cost, expect to pay 10 euros per dish.

    To know

    This hotel residence belongs to the same complex as the the Ajuda Hotel and the Ajuda Gardens Hotel, except that the Ajuda Star hotel doesn' t have a restaurant. All the meals, including breakfast, can be eaten at the Ajuda Gardens hotel. These two establishments are just one hundred meters apart. For purchasing necessities, the neighbourhood hosts some shopping centres. The hotel faces the sea, 500 m away. This is where the Lido is located, or Madere ''beach''. This seaside complex offers several pools, solariums and access to the sea, in the form of ladders installed between the rocks. Don't expect to see sand: because there is none. However, deckchairs, mattresses, sunshades and a few non-motorised water sports are available here for extra fees. For those who want to go to downtown Funchal, a free shuttle operates 6 times per day, from 9 am to 5:30 pm.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      sauna

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis

    • Safe
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The rooms with kitchenettes.
    • The reading lounge.

    disadvantages

    • The residence hotel does not have a restaurant.
    • The space around the solarium is limited.

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