Because of my work i get to stay in a lot of 5 star hotels around the world and i am actually not very keen on most of them.
I am the kinda person who prefers a small pension any day to a 5 star hotel, but Casino Parks is really a 5 star hotel of my liking.
It's the work of brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and it's really a cool design with some 60's retro to it and you can really see that this is not just another concrete box that has been erected quickly.
Like the rest of the work of Oscar Niemeyer the architecture is quite strange and i am sure that some people wills ay that it's ugly but this is all a matter of taste i guess.
I personally think it's really cool.
The rooms there are nice and functional as they should be and i had a nice balcony overlooking the harbours and the casino which is in the garden of Casino Park.
The location of the hotel is really good in my opinion.
Most hotels i Funchal are in the lido area and a bit of a long walk from the toen especially in the evening but Casino Park is only 5 minutes walk from the old town center and sitting on top of a hill with an excellent view over the ocean and the harbour of Funchal.
Idid not go to the casino myself but if you like that kinda stuff then there is a casino in the garden of the hotel.
Brilliant and very different architecture.
from the Hotel's website:
"Dominating the sea and the prominent southern coast of the island, this 5-star unit with its contemporary architecture and an elegance as enveloping as the sea that surrounds it, is encircled with gardens and consists of two buildings of modern and simple architectural design that allow natural light to enter all its public areas, as well as its 300 rooms. Over the sea, there is an oceanic dock where the days are filled with the joy of their own leisure and the many options for recreation and sports. Access is made easy by two panoramic elevators with a view of the good side of life.
300 accommodations with ocean view:
273 luxury room (39 m2)
23 executive Suites (51 m2)
1 presidencial suite (104 m2)
3 room for disabled guestsAll rooms fully air-conditioned & centrally heated with individual control; trouser-press; Iron & ironing board; alarm / Clock Radio; Desk Lamp; Mini-bar; Complimentary in-room Tea / Coffee making facilities; Radio-channel incorporated in the T.V ( cable tv with 30 channels); Internet access for laptop; direct dial telephones; Room Service 24 hours."
The Tea House features 2 apartmans with kitchen, double bedroom, and bathroom.
It is located quite high (about 630 meters above sea level), and therefore a bit cooler, and also humid, so don't expect your towels to dry overnight.
Public transport (bus No.47) takes you right there, but runs only approx hourly, and seemingly neglect the timetable, which sucks. However, taxis may take you from/to the city center for approx 10 Euros. I did not consider renting a car as I'm not used to drive on steep streets.
Nearest supermarket is 4 kms away, so you'd better plan ahead to refill your food supply. The owner was kind enough to take us to the mall, but you can't count on that.
Living in a place surrounded by flowers all year is relaxing by itself. Levada "Dos Tornos" passes right at the end of the garden, and takes you to Monte or Camacha, both 2 hours walk. On top of that, you can enjoy a great panorama of Funchal from the terrace, while enjoying their home made, excellent scons.
Very nice and clean apartment hotel with reasonable price.
Note! Could be cold in winter time (I was there on December and it was raining and couldn't dry any clothes in the room)
I recommend to have a breakfast at Hotel Dorisol Mimosa near Lusitania (about 200 meters down).
In Lusitania they have only small room for that but they had good bread, eggs and tee. Not so big breakfast and quite expensive though....
First impressions grim: adjacent to a large school; no-one to carry luggage. Minibar but no freebies. (Teabags and milk would be nice!) But good thereafter. Apartment in old Lagar very sensibly designed: open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area, lounge and sliding picture window with superb view, as from terrace. Bathroom basic, with over-bath shower. Reliable bus service to and from town proper (about 15 minutes walk and it's steep). Telly and telephone too. Comfortable, practical, fuss-free and pretty.
Lovely pool (a bit chilly when we went in November) with a fantastic view.
Good base for exploring on foot - orchid centre and botanical gardens are walkable distance UPhill for those with strong knees.
(Hopefully the local lad with the noisy motor-scooter will trade up to a car fairly soon!)
This beautiful Quinta is situated on one of the hills surrounding the city of Funchal, close to its principal area of historical interest.
This charming Madeiran family home was built in the 18th century. Later on, it was the home of well known French and British families. During the Napoleonic wars, General Beresford, the Commander of the British forces on the island, chose it as his residence. His magnificent sideboard, a reminder of his stay, still adorns the Restaurant of our dining room.
It has been built on the site of the historic Hotel Miramar and great care has been taken to retain a pleasantly nostalgic atmosphere in the architecture and landscaping.
The former Hotel Miramar building now houses two restaurants, one cocktail bar, a lounge and four suites with superb views over Funchal Bay. All these areas have received special attention to decoration and art works are combined with classic furniture to create an atmosphere of luxury.
The new buildings are set amidst beautiful tropical gardens and have been designed in a rural style, with terracotta tiled roofs and balconies embellished with balustrades in the typical local style.
This sophisticated Pestana Palms Aparthotel already occupies a leading position among its competitors at national and international level.
Situated on the sea front, its style is a striking and harmonious blend of the traditional and the modern. The rooms and the restaurant are located in the modern building next to the sea, while the public areas are in the former aristocratic mansion that is encircled by gardens. All the rooms have a wonderful ocean view.
I stayed at the Reno Aparthotel, I think the road was called Rua de Pretas, I would recommend it here as it was clean, had loads of space and was a few minutes from the centre of town, it was 80 euros a night in 2002(breakfast included) for a twin room and I returned in August 2003 and the room was priced at 43 Euros a night, even more of a bargain! I turned up straight from the airport and they had availability. The room was cleaned daily and there was a gorgeous view of the mountains and a lift for anyone who might have difficulties walking up stairs.
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