This hotel is located on a bus route and offers excellent accommodation at a good price. All rooms have balconies, some overlook the street, but most overlook the gardens and outdoor pool. Staff are friendly and helpful. The rooms are spacious and en-suite. Breakfasts are excellent with main courses that vary each day. Evening meals are good value
The Dom Pedro Garajau Hotel is in a perfect setting half way between Funchal and Caniço, enjoying the mild climate of the South coast of Madeira. Located in a quiet area, the hotel has a total of 282 units (rooms and studios) with excellent leisure, entertainment and relaxation facilities.
Hotel is what you would expect for a 3 *. Staff were very friendly. There are 2 pools, 1 indoors, both were a good size. Brilliant gym facilities that were free for the hotel guests. Food was ok a bit repetitive. There was entertainment most nights but the bar closed early, about 12 midnight. Hotel and surrounding areas were kept clean and everthing was conveniently nearby, ie. shops and excursion agents, which were cheaper then travel company & very well run.
Hotel is a good base for travelling around the island, we enjoyed our stay.
Madeira is a fantastic island with plenty to do we will be going back again.
Quintas are basically former manor houses now converted in small (or not so big) hotels. I spent seven nights in this wonderful 5stars accomodation. First of all, it was expensive but believe me, it was worthy. Secondly, the price per room you can read in the website can be cut by 30-40% if you book in your travel agency, supported by a big tour operator. At least for Italy, booking only 30 days in advance. I don’t know how it could work by booking with proper advance. Anyway, our quinta fulfilled was better of all our best expectations.
The location is perfect, 2-3 km from the old town of Funchal, 20-25 minutes drive from the airport and near to the most lively places at night of all Madeira (but not noisy). In the last centuries it used to be a bananas plantation. I let you to imagine how beautiful the garden and the flowers were. Rooms are very nice, bathrooms very big, service perfect, the spa is also very nice and the breakfast is idyllic. The swimming pool isn’t big but lovely. Do not be shy and ask for any information about Madeira to the receptionists. All of them are really nice and helpful (by the way: avoid to visit the tourist information in Funchal, they aren’t helpful at all and don’t say anything better than every book). We met (Aug. 2007) people from UK, France and Germans. It seems to be unknown by Italians, like Madeira actually.
this Quinta was a former bananas plantation. The garden is better than your best expectations.
The restaurant is also very good!!!
Stayed at the Savoy Hotel for two weeks. Very comfortable 5 star hotel with all the facilities one would expect. The hotel is at the top of a cliff face with its swimming pool at the bottom.
Thre is a rather quirky lift system that takes you up and down the cliff. Or if feeling energetic you can just walk down through the gardens. Service is impeccable, with all the staff in white jackets and bow ties. Drinks are available at the poolside.
4pm every day, tea and cakes are taken on the hotel terrace(very quaint).
The views from the Savoy are stunning. You can see right across the capital city of Funchal and beyond. Te hotel has gymnasium facilities, hairdresser, sauna, private mini bus service, and many other useful amenities for those of us who enjoy luxuriating in comfort.
Thisi is one of the best hotel I ever stayed in. The service is five-stars and there is nothing bad that I can say about it. Good location, very classy room, the garden is so nice....If you can afford it, stay in this hotel and you will not regret!!
The hotel is built on a cliff , excellent view of Funchal.
As mentioned above the approach to HPB is quite steep and along typical narrow roads as found all over the island. The site is set around a kind of amphitheatre with grand views on the approach road and from some of the apartments/villas down to Funchal (other apartments just get sea views or a bit of each). There is no doubt the Bond have acquired a premium location yet again and if they can replicate the quality of the gardens at maturity to such as those found on La Gomera it will be another flagship site.
This was the biggest HPB operation we have yet witnessed and had a hotel feel about it with many staff on hand. We were impressed with the level of attention on arrival and every effort seemed to be made to get us in early (at 1pm) to our apartment. This impression remained for most of the time during our stay and was a plus point. I think 200 arrived on the day we turned up and the following morning they had two staggered welcome meetings to cope.
We booked on arrival the HPB Folk evening for the Saturday evening. Other than that we dined in the restaurant on two other occasions simply because we were very impressed with it. It seemed quite efficiently run and apart from a couple of quibbles over food presentation and being kept waiting on one occasion we were more than satisfied. Really enjoyed the folk evening and would recommend it.
The pools and bar level of the complex seems well appointed although we did not use many facilities other than the bar on arrival for a snack.
Located in the Lido area, about 2 km from downtown Funchal, Eden Mar it has 146 studios and suites, most of them enjoy great seaviews. All rooms have kitchenette which maybe a plus for you if you want to do some self catering.
Eden Mar shares with Porto Mare the Vila Porto Mare resort (which also integrates The Residence) and all its facilities are available to all guests of the three hotels, namely approximately 20000 sqm of lush gardens, 4 restaurants (1 with themed buffets and show cooking, 1 mediterranean, 1 italian and one featuring mostly local and portuguese cuisine), 6 bars, 2 outdoor pools, 2 indoor pools, jacuzzi, 1 children pool and playground, several sports and leisure activities such as tennis, mini golf, golf practice net, petanque, squash and a gym. Another highlight is the Spa at Vila Porto Mare.
All of this you can enjoy staying either at Eden Mar or Porto Mare. Porto Mare has 198 rooms and junior suites, again most featuring great seaviews. The key difference is being newer (opened in November 2003) and its rooms don't have kitchenette.
The resort is located in the sea front right by Funchal's seaside promenade. Both hotels are a couple of km from downtown Funchal, but they feature a complimentary bus that drives into town almost on a hourly basis, every day of the week. As you are a keen walker, a 30-minute stroll will take you there as well.
Opened in 2000 it is located in the historic area of Funchal, right by the sea, is close to everything, including the local market and shopping area, the cablecar to Monte, museums, etc.
It features 146 studios and Suites, 1 restaurant, 2 bars, 1 outdoor and one indoor pool, jacuzzi, gym and health club. All rooms have their own kitchenette. Most of the rooms enjoy sea view and some also have a view over the harbour.
I would recommend the Porto Santa Maria if you plan to spend most of your time away from the hotel. If you prefer to relax by the pool and enjoy the facilities I would go for Eden Mar or Porto Mare.
Another key factor is availability. Porto Santa Maria is almost full all year round and sometimes is quite difficult to find room, specially if you demand key features such as harbour and/or sea view even if you try to book 6 months earlier.
This was a hotel package typically purchased on the German economy. TUI travel and RIU Hotel chains are owned by this company as far as I can tell. For this particular stay the place was neat, the accomodation suitable, clean, the breakfast was wonderful every day with champagne and the works. Two weeks here was a little long and the hotel was stale. I mean the people were plastic, no one talked to each other, it seemed to really lack the personality I desire and the friendships that come with travel. Like I said, not my favorite. I would not recommend it.
Pool was nice, location good on the water and sort of river walk area. Far from the center of town you have to take a bus (which you have to reserve a day ahead of time) or rent a car.
Whenever you're planning a visit to Madeira and will be staying at the Quinta Santo Antónia da Serra, just be aware that it is a bit difficult to find. We drove passed it twice, because the entrance of the Quinta is close to the village centre, but there is not a clear sign that will lead you the way.
But once we arrived at this remarkable place we were in love with it at once! The entire estate and the quinta in particular are truly beautiful. It's still owned by the same family for some generations and our host Paulo was very personal in is approach. When we arrived with the three of us he immediately arranged a baby-chair for us, without even asking for it.
If you want reasonably priced private accommodation on the island of Madeira, please check out Casa Serena in Arco Da Calheta. Fully-equipped apartment with excellent views and only a 20 minute drive from Funchal.
Self-catering apartment, no pool, excellent views, very friendly Scottish hosts, gated parking, 5 minutes to paragliding facility, 5-20 minutes to levada trails, Perfect for couples or small families, £250/week for 2 people
***Update: The owner's direct web address no longer functions. I booked through the apartment through holiday-rentals.co.uk and contacted the owner directly afterwards.
Historic hotel with modern facilities. Luxurious resort. Would recommend.
Afternoon tea in luxurious lounge and 'Fleur de Lys' Grill Room restaurant (gents need a tie!) with wonderful views over city and Flambé mains and desserts cooked at your table. Access to pools and sea front via Royal Savoy ajoining hotel. Lovely gardens.
Our hotel room was good enough with the cooker, microwave and fridge in the corner, spacey sittingroom area, alcove for the separate beds, large bathroom and balcony with stunning view. The furniture and carpets were straight from the 70?s; bright orange and green.
Duas Torres has two separate buildings in the other one there is a swimming pool though we didn't use it, so I cannot tell what it was like.
There is an a la carte restaurant, a heated indoor pool with jacuzzi, sauna and gymnasium, games and reading room, with cable TV and internet connection, with many more facilities besides.
- seaview from each room
- beautiful sunrise
- shuttle to Funchal (10min.)
O Crowne Plaza Resort Madeira está localizado no litoral sul da ilha da Madeira, com frente para mar e rodeado por jardins sub-tropicais luxuosos e espetaculares, proporcionando-lhe uma estadia memorável.
O hotel situa-se a apenas 20 minutos a pé da zona antiga da cidade do Funchal.
Este hotel apresenta um design magnífico de estilo arquitectónico contemporâneo. O mobiliário das áreas públicas, restaurantes e varandas foi desenhado por Philippe Starck, permitindo o máximo possível uso do espaço, entrada de luz natural e vista sobre o mar. Garante desta forma que em todos os espaços do hotel possa admirar o oceano.
O Crowne Plaza Resort Madeira possui 276 quartos luxuosos, com vista sobre o oceano atlântico e 24 suites executivas também com vista sobre o mar, com um quarto e banheira com hidro-massagem.
Serviços: Serviço de quarto, Facilidades para Reunião/Banquetes, Centro de negócios, Lavandaria, Lavagem a seco, Barbeiro/Instituto de beleza, Loja de presentes, Aluguer de carro, Posto de turismo.
Actividades: Court de ténis, Sauna, Centro de Fitness, Pescar, Sala de jogos, (Spa & Wellness Centre), Massagem, Parque infantil, Bilhar, Mesa de Ténis, Windsurfe, Mergulho, Equitação, Squash, Piscina interior, Piscina exterior.
Do Aeroporto para o Crowne Plaza Resort Madeira: 20 minutos de taxi; 30 minutos de carro; 50-60 minutos de autocarro. Naturalmente demora um pouco mais nas horas de ponta.
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