Madeira Island Hotels
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- Reviews: 2171
Eden Mar - suite hotel****: Comfortable and quiet - off season
Stayed here with my aging mother in the month of March. it was still the slow season, too cold for summer guests, and the hotel was not "it" for spring flower fans. the hotel had suites and apartments which suited us fine. We did mostly self catering for breakfast, pacaged lunches for levada walks and excursions around the island and had late dinners in restaurants when we happened to get hungry.
So while understanding that the hotel was not fully in operation due to the time of the year, we felt the hotel was suitably well appointed and by good standard. there was a non-heated swimmingpool that seemed nice, with a great view of the ocean.
Amenities and communications were near at hand.
Located some distance from Funchal, so while walkable, it was best to take a taxi to get into town.
Unique Quality: Not particularily unique, but exactly what we wanted at a fair price. This was an early-season charter deal where we picked the hotel from a list, matching our needs.
- Reviews: 1
Hotel Windsor, Funhcal: What a wonderful experience
This is one of the worst hotels I've ever stopped at. It's advertised as 4 star and most definitely is not. Centrally located in a noisy street that features some interesting street people. Even numbered rooms are noisy. The hotel does not have aircon. Bathroom hygiene is dubious, our bathroom was very smelly until we complained and they cleaned it properly. Bath towels are thin to the point of being threadbare. Room furniture is of poor quality. The door handle/lock is not robust. Breakfast is a disaster - poor in quality and limited in range - the rubber croissants are a delight. There are no hot food options. The roof top pool is more a cooling off pool than a swimming pool. The hotel does not accept credit cards.
Overall, somewhere that Ebenezer Scrooge would be proud of - cheap and nasty throughout.
Unique Quality: The only positive is the central location, but that does not outway the negatives.
- Reviews: 19
Sightseeing to the Atlantic Ocean: Baia Azul Hotel****
It situated 2,5 km away from the central of Funchal, the capital of Madeira Island, but the Hotel has free bus service for get to there. The Hotel is very nice and convenience.
Unique Quality: You have a great view to the Atlantic Ocean from every room. The Hotel has a pool area with free of charge sunbeds and parasol, also the Health Club.
- Reviews: 1
Vila Gale Santa Cruz Hotel: Perfect for relaxing
It was only for 4 days, but I really enjoyed my stay in Vila Gale Santa Cruz. It feels like home away from home. All the impeccable details in design and decoration, the bright colors of the walls and the exquisite furniture make it a hotel to never forget. But I’m rambling… The room was a nice surprise. Just like the rest of the hotel decoration, it has an earthy color palette which contrasted with the black from the bed and the impeccable white sheets.
I loved the bathroom, big, lot’s of space and with a great bathtub. The light was present in all the room, but discreet. For entertainment, it has a LCD screen and DVD player. But the best part was the view! Our balcony was facing the ocean and we could catch a glimpse of the selvagens islands.
I had a lot of fun in those 4 days; I stayed most of the time in the hotel and in Santa Cruz. I only went one time to Funchal. It’s very big, noisy and I preferred to relax. So I explored well the Vila Gale Hotel. I went to the Spa, great experience. It has a very Zen atmosphere. I also tried the indoor pool, with the Jacuzzi, sauna. It’s nice but the sun was calling for me so I enjoyed the pleasures of swimming in the enormous pool, with a view to the ocean.
Service with a smile seems to be the motto for every person that works in the Vila Gale Hotel. Everyone was very helpful. The meals I took in the hotel were fine but not great. Except for the gourmet Pasta Lounge. But in the buffet the food was many times cold and there wasn’t much variety. Even at breakfast. I was expecting some typical food from Madeira. To eat Madeira traditional food I had to leave the hotel and took a walk to a nearby restaurant.
Unique Quality: The location makes it special. Also the pool, Spa, Bar and the great view from the room.
- Reviews: 3
Paraiso Lido, Funchal: budget hotel
I stayed 2 weeks in this hotel with my boyfriend.
The location is very good, rooms are clean and nice. But the shower is useless. If you have long hair,it`s impossible to wash there. Staff is not very friendly.
- Reviews: 85
Dom Pedro Garajau: Ideal Base from where to explore the Island
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
Unique Quality: 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.
- Reviews: 1
Monumental: Good Base
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.
Unique Quality: 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.
- Reviews: 447
Estalagem Quinta de Casa Branca: the best "quinta" in Madeira
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.
Unique Quality: 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!!!
- Reviews: 164
Savoy Hotel: five star luxury
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).
Unique Quality: 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.
- Reviews: 4
Reid's Palace: Excellent service
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!!
Unique Quality: The hotel is built on a cliff , excellent view of Funchal.
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