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Madeira is famed for the quality of its hotels. The majority are four stars and above, with top-notch facilities. In Funchal, your options range from majestic old hotels on lavish estates to ultramodern high-rises with terraces that lap the sea. Simpler options also abound, including quiet pensões (pensions) and little albergarias (inns). Elsewhere on the island, hotels are similarly
Elsewhere on the island, hotels are similarly of a good standard. Consider also staying on a farm or rural bed-and-breakfast, usually in a remote part of the island. Known as Casas Rural (www.madeira-rural.com), these really only make sense if you’re traveling by car. Several low-key inns and bed-and-breakfasts also dot the island.
Some of the larger Madeiran hotels cater to package-tour operators, which offer relatively low prices and reserve huge blocks of rooms during peak holiday-travel periods. This may be one place where do-it-yourself travelers are better off going through an agency.