Madeira on a budget – Part II – Cheap or free accommodation in Madeira

29 Madeira Hostel by Petit Hotels - Cheap hostel in the centre of Funchal || 29 Madeira Hostel by Petit Hotels - tani hostel w centrum Funchal na Maderze

Madeira on a budget – Accommodation

For all those visiting Madeira, but have a very limited budget, I have prepared a new series of posts about cheap, cheaper or free options for meals, accommodation and transport in Madeira. Today, a couple of ideas for free or cheap accommodation in Madeira.

SEE ALSO:

PART I –  CHEAP MEALS IN MADEIRA   |   PART III – CHEAP TRANSPORT IN MADEIRA 

Cheap accommodation in Madeira

1. Budget hotels 

I heard a couple of friends saying that they were planning a holiday in Madeira, but quit after searching the term “hotel Madeira” on Google and seeing the hotel prices in Funchal…

The top suggestions can indeed scare many, however, they do not represent the entire Madeira. If you look a bit further than the top Google suggestions for the centre of Funchal, you will find smaller and cheaper guest houses and budget hotels easily.

Such hotels are harder to find, but they are there.

2. How to find affordable hotels in Madeira?

Instead of searching for the term “hotel” I recommend using  „Pensão Funchal”, “Residencial Funchal”  or “Pensão + location”. 

As you can see, those results are incomparably better than the hotels in the touristic part of Funchal. 

3. List of budget hotels and guest houses in Madeira 

Here is a list of affordable places to stay in Madeira:

 
 
Residencial Mariazinha - Cheap hotel in the Old Town of Funchal, Madeira, Portugal || Tani hotel na Starym Mieście w Funchal na Maderze - Residencial Mariazinha
Residencial Mariazinha - Cheap hotel in the Old Town of Funchal, Madeira, Portugal || Tani hotel na Starym Mieście w Funchal na Maderze - Residencial Mariazinha

Residencial Mariazinha is recommended for those, who are interested in staying in the Old Town of Funchal, next door to good restaurants, live Fado music places, art galleries and local Poncha bars, such as our beloved – Venda Velha

Residencial Mariazinha is on the higher end of budget options when compared to other “Residencial” hotels in Funchal, but it has a great rating of 4,4/5 on Google. 

Cheap hotel in the centre of Funchal, Madeira, Portugal - Hotel Residencial Zarco || Tani hotel w centrum Funchal na Maderze - Residencial Zarco
Cheap hotel in the centre of Funchal, Madeira, Portugal - Hotel Residencial Zarco || Tani hotel w centrum Funchal na Maderze - Residencial Zarco

At this very moment,  Residencial Zarco , for example, is half the price, but it is rated 3,3 stars. Zarco  is also very conveniently located on the “Praça Colombo” square, called by some locals also the “Yellow Square / Praça Amarela”. 

This one is also a great option for those already looking forward to discovering the nightlife of Funchal and long marathons of  Poncha drinking (a famous local drink made with aguardiente), as Zarco is located a minute (!)  away from our second most favourite Poncha place – Rei da Poncha

Cheap hotel in the centre of Funchal, Madeira, Portugal - Hotel Residencial Zarco || Tani hotel w centrum Funchal na Maderze - Residencial Zarco

Well located, well priced and well rated is also Pensão Astoria:

Cheap hotels in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal - Hotel Astoria || Tanie hotele w Funchal na Maderze - Hotel Astoria
Pensão Astoria
Cheap hotels in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal - Hotel Astoria || Tanie hotele w Funchal na Maderze - Hotel Astoria
Pensão Astoria
Cheap hotels in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal - Hotel Residencial Colombo || Tanie hotele w Funchal na Maderze - Nocleg w Residencial Colombo
Residencial Colombo

Hostels in Madeira

29 Madeira Hostel by Petit Hotels - Cheap hostel in the centre of Funchal || 29 Madeira Hostel by Petit Hotels - tani hostel w centrum Funchal na Maderze

If you are fine with sharing a room with strangers to considerably cut your costs, or, if you travel in a big group, hostels would be a great option. Most of the Madeira hostels are modern and have high guest ratings. Most of the Madeira hotels are located in Funchal. 

Hostels in Funchal – city centre or vicinity of the city centre

29 Madeira Hostel

109 Funchal Hostel

FX Hostel

Santa Maria Hostel

Divino´s Hostel

Hostels in Funchal – outside of the city center

Phil’s Haven Hostel

Madeira Happy Hostel

Hostel in Ribeira Brava

Hostel Casal São João 

Hostel in São Vicente

São Vicente Hostel

Hostel in Porto da Cruz, Porto Santo

Jaca Hostel 

 

29 Madeira Hostel only has “good” and “very good” ratings on TripAdvisor.  In total, a rating of 4,5 in 5, same as Phil’s Haven Hostel and 109 Funchal Hostel

29 Madeira Hostel by Petit Hotels - Cheap hostel in the centre of Funchal || 29 Madeira Hostel by Petit Hotels - tani hostel w centrum Funchal na Maderze
29 Madeira Hostel by Petit Hotels - Cheap hostel in the centre of Funchal || 29 Madeira Hostel by Petit Hotels - tani hostel w centrum Funchal na Maderze

CouchSurfing in Madeira

There are currently around 840 registered hosts offering free of costs accommodation in Madeira Island. [ LINK ]CouchSurfing shouldn’t, however, be treated as a “free hotel”, but rather a great way to discover Madeira with the locals, get to know another culture and meet new people. 

On the other hand, if we value our freedom, or, if we travel in a big group, a better compromise will be:

Airbnb or private villa’s / apartments for rent in Madeira

Most of our foreign wedding guest wasn’t interested in staying at the wedding hotel. Most of them chose Airbnb, in accordance with their budget, preferences and holiday plans.  All of them rented entire apartments accommodating entire groups under one roof, and thanks to the access to the kitchen and laundry, they felt much more comfortable and saved a lot. 

If you have never used the AirBnb service,  I encourage you to register using my referral link:

www.airbnb.com/c/edytac107

If you use this link to sign up, you will get €25 in travel credit.  Full terms & conditions can be found [HERE]

Tourist shelters in Madeira & Porto Santo

I have never slept in a tourist shelter in Madeira, but I do know that this is also an option. A tourist shelter in Portuguese is called a”Casa de abrigo”.  

[ OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR TOURIST SHELTERS IN MADEIRA AND PORTO SANTO ]  

As you can read on the official website, there are in total seven public tourist shelter houses in Madeira Archipelago – six on Madeira and one on Porto Santo: 

  • Casa do Lombo do Mouro shelter (or actually: two separate buildings, listed separately on the website) –  located between Encumeada  & Paul da Serra / route PR17 (Caminho do Pinaculo – Folhadal)
  • Casa do Abrigo do Cedro shelter on Montado do Pereiro in Santa Cruz
  • Casa de Abrigo das Sorveiras shelter in Monte (Funchal area), between Chão da Lagoa and Poço da Neve
  • Rocha do Navio shelter, located on Fajã da Rocha do Navio (“Fajã” is a Portuguese term for is a piece of flat, very fertile land, created by a flowing lava, which is located at the bottom of the cliff, cut off on one side by the cliff, on the other by water. There are a couple of fajã’s on Madeira Island, be sure to visit at least one of them)
  • Casa de Abrigo do Pico das Pedras shelter in Santana – the newest addition, added to the list in October last year
  • On Porto Santo: Casa Pico Branco Shelter

The most popular and frequently rented out tourist shelters in Madeira are Lombo do Mouro, Abrigo das Sorveiras & Abrigo do Cedro.

On the website, you will find a map, gallery and a reservation form, which isn’t unfortunately very user-friendly for foreign tourists.  The website is only available in Portuguese. 

The price is fixed – 25 euro per night.  

 

If you have slept in one of those shelters, I am extremely interested in your reviews and your tips. Would you recommend this option to other tourists? Please leave a comment below!   

Free camping sites in Madeira 

Yes, thre are both commercial, affordable and free, public campsites in Madeira. 

I have already mentioned them in one of my previous posts “Backpacking & hitchhiking in Madeira”, be sure to check it! 

In order to sleep on one of these free campsites, you need a permission from the Instituto das Florestas e Conservacao da Natureza – IFCN, because the campsites are located within the national parks.

You should apply well in advance, as sometimes it takes time to receive a response. Do not leave it until the last moment.

 

The short application form “Formulário Campismo” can be found on:

//ifcn.madeira.gov.pt/servicos/servicos-on-line.html

Free campsites in Madeira || Darmowe pola namiotowe na Maderze
Source: ifcn.madeira.gov.pt

And you? Have you stayed in any of the budget hotels, hostels or shelters in Madeira? Do you have any other tips for budget accommodation on Madeira? 

Let us know in the comments!

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