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Hotel Atalaia Hotel 4 star
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SITIO DA TENDEIRA Funchal, Portugal -
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A hotel residence located outside Funchal, the Atalaia is an appropriate choice for families or for those seeking to relax in a restful setting. Great location for those seeking stillness.

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    Location 5.0 /10

    On the coast, south-east of Madere, 7.5 miles away from Funchal and 6 miles away from the airport. Expect a 20 minute ride to get downtown and 15 minutes to reach the airport.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    All the 106 rooms of the Atalaia are equipped with kitchenettes. Only the sizes are different: there are 38 studios that can accommodate 2 people, 58 apartments for 3 persons and 10 apartments for 5 people. As for the view - each room has a lateral view of the sea, except for apartments 2308 and 2307 which have a large sundeck facing the Atlantic Ocean. Too bad that this view is limited on one side by greenhouses. Choose the other apartments if you want to enjoy the balcony equipped with garden furniture. Inside, the decoration is elegant - club chairs with burgundy velvet, parquet floor and wooden furniture inlaid with granite. The kitchenettes are equipped with hotplates, a refrigerator, a hood and tableware. The quite spacious bathrooms have a bathtub, hair dryer and welcome products. All the rooms have a fan, a direct telephone line for international calls and satellite TV.

    Overview 7.95 /10

    Opened in 2001, the Atalaia is a 5-storey beige concrete building brightened by wooden balconies. The outside aspect is not really attractive but the interior is spacious, welcoming and very nicely decorated. Since the reception is nestled in the right angle of the lobby, the space overlooks the lounge areas down below, that lead all the way to the restaurant. Geometric patterned carpets on the floor, contemporary paintings on the walls, soft but not drab colors... The atmosphere is restful, and if you want to relax even more, the outdoor swimming pool is perfect for this. Surrounded by a tiled solarium, it offers a panoramic view of the sea. All the amenities are available: deckchairs, sunshades, mattresses and towels. As for the interior amenities, the Atalaia offers a beautiful fitness center, as well as a games room for kids, but unfortunately, no kids club . Only baby-sitting is available by request.

    Food and drink 7.45 /10

    Meals are served in a nice dining room overlooking the swimming pool. The service formula is the buffet, set up daily for breakfast and alternating with a fixed menu for dinner. At noon, you can lunch a la carte, choosing from refined recipes like the espada with banana, fried fish with green apples, tagliatelle with chilis and shrimps, grilled lamb with fine herbs or chicken fillet cooked with feta cheese and mangos. The presentation is elegant, the flavours delicious and the room's decoration adds even more pleasure to the meal. Comfortably installed in a wicker armchair, you are honoured with a perfectly set up table ( white tablecloth, matching tableware) in a restful atmosphere and beige decoration. As for the prices, expect to pay around 11 euros per dish.

    To know

    The hotel residence Atalaia is located on the south-eastern side of the island, between the airport and downtown Funchal. Close to the place called Assoumada, it overlooks the pebble beach dos Reis Magos ( swimming is not recommended because of the streams). Even if there is a supermarket 1 mile away, the immediate surroundings don't have too many possibilities when it comes to outings. Since Funchal is 7.5 miles away, rent a car if you want to be totally independent. You should be aware, however, that the Atalaia offers a free shuttle to get to downtown Funchal ( 4 times per day except on Saturdays and Sundays). For those coming with pets, the residence accepts animals weighing less than 11 lbs ( 7.5 euros per day). Finally, the Atalaia offers a nice fitness centre, freely accessible, with an indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, fitness room, hammam and sauna.

    Equipment

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

      sauna, hammam, massage, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      golf, (nearby), water-polo, sports, sailing, gym, aerobics, tennis

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The refined decoration.
    • The leisure areas.

    disadvantages

    • The residence-hotel is a bit off-centre.
    • There is no kids club.

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