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

UPDATED  JULY 2020   ◊   ZMIEŃ JĘZYK NA: POLSKI

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 of you visiting Madeira on a 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 stays on Madeira.

1. Budget hotels in Madeira

If you are a budget traveller and search for the English term “hotel Madeira” on Google, the top results might scare you off. But don’t worry, it is rather easy to find cheap stays, guest houses and smaller, budget hotels on Madeira. 

2. How to find affordable hotels in Madeira?

Instead of searching for the term “hotel” I recommend using “Pensão Funchal” or “Residencial Funchal”

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 stays in Madeira:

Right now, the best rated budget stays (according to TripAdvisor) are:

Here is a list of all the budget stays available on TripAdvisor.

For all wheelchair travellers trying to travel on a budget as well, we would also like to recommend a perfectly located 2-star hotel which is the only hotel adjusted to wheelchair users in that rural part of the island. See: Costa Linda Hotel

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 would love to stay directly in the Old Town of Funchal, next door to a number of 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.

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FUNCHAL OLD TOWN STREET ARTS

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AWESOME 2-STAR HOTEL IN PORTO DA CRUZ: COSTA LINDA

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 moment, Residencial Zarco for example, is half the price, but it is only rated 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 Residencial 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 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

4. 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 the city centre

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 mostly “good” and “very good” ratings on TripAdvisor. In total, a rating of 4,5 in 5 – same as Phil’s Haven Hostel109 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

5. Airbnb or private rentals in Madeira

There are thousands of private rental houses, villas, and apartments on the island. The term to search for is Alojamento Local”.  We love staying in such holiday guest houses in and outside of Funchal and with time, you will see a lot of reviews on our blog. 

SEE ALSO: FAMILY/GROUP GUESTHOUSE SOTAVENTO ON PORTO SANTO ISLAND

 

The easiest way to find budget rentals on Madeira is Airbnb. You will find enough options in the range 20-30 euro per night. Such private holiday rentals on Madeira are a great option for budget travellers and since you also have access to kitchen & laundry, you will save even more.

 

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

 

If you use this link to sign up, you will get €25 in travel credit, which means 1 free night. Terms & conditions can be found [HERE].

And if you already have an account, enjoy looking for good deals: 

 

6. Tourist shelters in Madeira & Porto Santo

This is not something I can tell you a lot about as 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 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 Island: 

  • 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 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 – see links below and 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 shelters in Madeira are Lombo do Mouro, Abrigo das Sorveiras & Abrigo do Cedro.

RELATED POSTS: Amazing Fajã da Rocha do NavioSecluded Fajã dos Padres

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! 

7. Free campsites in Madeira 

Yes, there are both commercial and free 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:

 

https://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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Comments (4)

  1. Ola, just found your blog. Really excellent. Going back to Funchal in Feb 2020. Lots of good info here. Obrigado do Canada

    1. Hello Ray, Thanks for your nice words! Greetings from beautiful Madeira.

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