Hotel Baia Azul Hotel 4 star
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A hotel with good comfort, the Baia Azul has the advantage of being located on the seafront, even if it does not have its own access to the ocean. Families will like the communicating rooms and so will those seeking price-effective locations.

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    Location 5.89 /10

    In the touristy zone of Funchal, along the seaside promenade, 2 miles away from downtown and 15.5 miles away from the airport. Allow 10 minutes ride to get downtown and 35 minutes to reach the airport.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    75% of the 215 rooms overlook the sea; the others overlook the back of the building, which means the street, which is not peaceful, nor rustic. When possible, you should book a room overlooking the sea. They each have a balcony, except for no. 6. They are of medium size and have garden furniture - a table and two plastic chairs. As for the amenities, the furniture is simple and made of light wood, but comfortable enough. For families, the 11th floor offers communicating rooms. Air-conditioning, mini-bar, direct telephone and satellite TV have been installed everywhere. The bathrooms have a bathtub, hair dryer, and welcome products.

    Overview 7.45 /10

    Don't be repulsed by the façade of the Baia Azul. In fact, this 11-storey concrete block looks more like a section of a suburbian village than like a vacation hotel. But this comparison stops at the exterior of the establishment. Built in 1989 and renovated in 1999, the Baia Azul offers an interior decoration focusing on marble and brightened by green plants. To get to the pool overlooking the sea, you have to cross the complex.Relatively spacious ( 200 m² ), it is completed by a pool for kids and surrounded by a very clean paved solarium, but a little bare. A little more greenery and flowers wouldn't hurt in this place, but in the form of window boxes. The deckchairs and the towels are supplied free of charge ; but you have to pay for the sunshades. A small fitness room, a sauna and jacuzzi, as well as a raquetball court, make the facilities complete.

    Food and drink 6.95 /10

    The Baia Azul has a main restaurant and an a la carte restaurant. Breakfasts are served buffet-style in a bright room with round tables and light wooden armchairs. In the evening, the main restaurant operates buffet-style twice a week and with a fixed menu for the rest of the time. The a la carte restaurant has a muffled atmosphere - small tables covered by white tableclothes and decorated by flower bouquets. Fish, seafood and grilled foods are offered and you can try the different flavours of the island. Do not miss: the incontrovertible ''espada'' or sword fish that is served as a filet, accompanied by ratatouille, banana or vegetables gratin.

    To know

    The Baia Azul occupies a privileged location on the seafront, in the œ heart of the touristy zone of Funchal. It does not have a private access to the ocean, though. To gain access to the beach, you have to walk about 10 minutes to the Lido seaside complex. Here you can find lots of swimming pools, solariums and access ways 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.
    If you 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
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, (paying), keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, mountain bike, squash, water-polo, fitness

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath

      (paying)

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The panoramic view from the solarium.
    • The free shuttle that goes to downtown Funchal.

    disadvantages

    • Not all the rooms offer a view of the sea.
    • The leisure areas are pretty limited.

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Overall Score nc/10
    • Ruben  F. Ruben F.  
      12 Opinions
      • Package deals in agosto 2010 Posted on 2010-10-05 Familia - Una semana o más (Habitación sin vistas)

        El edificio y las habitaciones son de otra época. Aqui se olvidaron que el tiempo pasa y que las renovaciones son más que bienvenidas.

      • Advantages

        Me gustaron mucho las vistas

      • Disavantages

        Todo es anticuado

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      • Overall Score 5.00/10
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