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Apartamentos Turisticos Sao Paulo e Alegria

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Where to begin? My better half and I stayed in this hotel for a week and it was not holiday but rather just surviving. Located in the outskirts of the old town, the room was not only very hot despite the poor air conditioning, but also very noisy due to a busy street downstairs. The noise bothered us from 6am until midnight, and outside our window we could spot "ladies of the night" courting their business. The air conditioning was attached to the main light source of the room and every night the light went on suddenly waking us up. This happened every night. Furthermore, the shower leaked water that spilled all over the floor of the main room and under the bed. We needed to use all our towels, placing them on the floor to mop the flood in a vain attempt to keep our feet dry. Someone came to look at the problem but nothing was done to the situation and we were told the problem was because the shower curtain was not properly closed??? We did shower with the curtain completely closed, but there must be something wrong with the drain. To make matters worse, there were ants, cockroaches and lizards teeming in the room which was disgusting. The hotel also lacked a "do not disturb" -sign to hang on the door knob, which resulted to the maid knocking our door each morning, scaring us awake or even worse disrupted intimate moments. The maids did a nice job with cleaning. The description on the hotel didn't in any means match the reality. Can't recommed the hotel to anyone, we didn't have a romantic or in any way a pleasant stay.

We stayed at Sao Paolo during the Eastern holiday. The hotel has located at the Funchal city (not in Lido) and it has rooms in two or three different buildings. We were accommodated to Allegria II building, 3rd (top) floor. The room was garden facing single room apartment without balcony with lovely view to the neighbourhood. There was no elevator in the building, so required climbing the stairs. Stairs were a bit noisy. The room was really quiet and clean. There we separate beds. Kitchenette with stove, fridge, microwave oven, water kettle and coffee cooker, glasses, pots and utensils included. Small TV. Internet worked fine. Bathroom had a bath tub, shower had good pressure and there was enough warm water. Breakfast was served in the main building (50m away). Breakfast was simple, with coffee/tea, orange juice, bread, ham, cheese, egg, yogurt, fruit salad. One day servings ran out. Service in general was friendly. The hotel is in central location, few hundred meters away from La Vie shopping mall and the SAM bus station with busses departing to the eastern part of the island. We recommend this nice, cosy hotel for the basecamp for a holiday in Madeira.

We stayed a week in a top floor garden studio apartment with a lovely view over Funchal and a glimpse of the sea. The studio was spacious and sunny with a kitchenette, table and chairs to have breakfast. Everything was spotless with daily cleaning and change of towels and sheets. We greatly enjoyed the quietness and privacy of the partment combined with its perfect location right in the centre of Funchal with fantastic restaurants nearby (particularly the Portuguese restaurant next door) and an excellent supermarket in the La Vie shopping complex. The owner and all the staff are extremely friendly and helpful and you feel that they really care about the comfort and enjoyment of guests. In all a perfect holiday. We will stay there again when we come back to Madeira.

This is a great three star location. I read the reviews mentioning the noise of the road and so I requested a garden view room and I had no problems with noise - I'd recommend doing that. The rooms are simple, spacious and clean and have everything I needed. Enough of a kitchenette to make breakfast and lunch (fridge, kettle, toaster, filter coffee pot, two hotplates, microwave). There was excellent water-pressure in the shower! Friendly staff and fantastic central location. The garden view rooms are in a different town-house block, and soit felt like I was staying in a apartment rather than a fussy hotel (which I liked), but the hotel reception was there next door if needed. Great value and very relaxing.

We stayed for 5 days in Alegria building with a quiet, garden view room. Well equipped little kitchen area, good shower, comfy bed. Breakfast served a few doors down in the other building and located in the basement, pretty basic but fine if you were up in time, boiled eggs every day, fruit, cheese and what I assume was some sort of processed meat. Bread and pastries, cereal, very friendly girl. Owner also friendly and helpful. Only comment would be that prices seemed to vary wildly for the same rooms, so do some research. Good location.

We stayed a week on the top floor of the Alegria building which has a private garden with cooking facilities. Our room was spotlessly clean and serviced every day. We really enjoyed the garden and cooked out on one evening. The staff were all friendly and helpful and even remembered that it was my birthday when I was out there! Just a few minutes walk from supermarkets and town centre. If you have kids / infirmities, make sure you request a ground floor room as there is no lift. I really enjoyed my week here and would certainly stay there again..

Studio was great for our needs basic but clean and comfortable , fridge kettle toaster microwave two ring cooker plenty of space for clothing nice outlook to the rear of gardens . Walls were a little thin but didn't spoil the experience at all.would book again great value for money only paid £210 for a weeks stay.

Perfect location, good value for many, nice staff and room, brekafast a bit poor everyday the same, no vegetables. But ok to start day with. Room was cleaned every day which is very positive. Would recommend!

We stayed in the sister block of the main building for a week in January. I have to confess to having a bit of of a 'OMG, what have we booked' moment when we first arrived. We were shown our room which was waiting to be cleaned and didn't show it in the best light! The room had been prepared on our return and whilst very small was perfectly functional and clean. Yes, you couldn't cook a full meal in the kitchen but it was serviceable. (Note to the management, it would of been better to have a kettle and toaster rather than coffee machine and sandwich toaster). The bathroom was also small but again was functional. What made it for us was the small roof terrace which caught the sun in the afternoon. It was lovely, we could make a sandwich and take up to the terrace with a bottle of wine after a busy morning sight seeing. You can use the garden in the main building as well but we didn't bother. The room was cleaned every day with a regular towel change. My only grumble, which I know they can't do anything about as it's an old building, was the noise from the room above. Whilst it didn't disturb us at night as soon as they got up in the morning then all sleep was impossible. This still wouldn't stop me returning but why I haven't given the apartment 5/5. The best thing about this apartment, apart from the price, is the location. Just a short stroll to the supermarket and a few minutes more to arrive in the centre. We visited lots of bars and restaurants during our visit but a couple stood out. The bar in the gardens as you walk into town is very cheap and the restaurant O Ginjinhas in the old quarter served the best food and had a lovely local feel to it. We would have no hesitation in recommending this apartment and would happily stay there again but you have to remember it is a budget apartment and you are getting what you pay for.

The apartment was cleaned daily and the towels most days. It is in need of decoration and refurbishment. One uncomfortable and one dining chair neither of which were comfortable. There was only one electric socket in the kitchen and no plug in the bathroom sink. No mattress covers on the beds. There is no lift. The views from our balcony, room 27,are great but there is a busy crossroads and traffic noise.

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Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Concierge services

Botanical Garden is within 2 miles (3 km) of Apartamentos Turisticos Sao Paulo e Alegria while other popular attractions such as Monte Palace Gardens are within 3 miles (5 km). This 3-star apartment has 30 rooms and welcomes guests with a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. Located in central Funchal, the apartment is also near Madeira Stadium and Palheiro Gardens.


For your convenience, a continental breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7:30 AM to 10 AM. The onsite restaurant is a great place to grab a bite to eat, or mingle with other guests at the free daily manager's reception.


All 30 individually decorated apartments feature microwaves, refrigerators, and stovetops. Guests can expect free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Coffee makers, free local calls, and ceiling fans are also available.

Property features

Guests of Apartamentos Turisticos Sao Paulo e Alegria enjoy a rooftop terrace, free WiFi in public areas, and a meeting room. If you drive, self parking is EUR 5 per day, or you can take advantage of the airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for EUR 30 per vehicle one way. A multilingual staff is on hand to assist with concierge services, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a computer station, a garden, and barbecue grills.

Room options

Standard Studio, 2 Single Beds

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Studio, Balcony

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Studio, Garden View

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Superior Studio

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

87% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 176 reviews