It would be a nonsense to write the same positive things which former travellers to the Albatroz dedicated to this beautiful place! I am just one more guest who can say a clear and loud YES to this unexpectedly special hotel.
Actually I was in transit from Porto Santo Island to Oporto and just wanted to spend the night there, chosing the place because it's very near from Madeira airport.
Upon arrival I was welcomed by a very nice employee of the hotel who drove me there.
Once you enter the gate you can not believe what you see. The place is just down the hill from the airport, and behind is passing the "rua rápida" (highway). But the feeling you get entering is PEACE, RELAXATION, STYLE, BEAUTY. Check in is very efficient and friendly. The bell boy idem. Opt for a SUPERIOR room, they are much nicer than the standard rooms. Much better views, because the "superiors" are all on the top floor of the building. Once you enter the room you just get the feeling of being on an ocean cruise liner! The vistas are SPECTACULAR, you just see the dark blue ocean from your room - it's wonderful!
The room is cozy, well furnished, all the amenities that you are expecting from a 5* hotel are there. Comfy beds, comfy sofa, fresh fruit with delicious strawberries and grapes, a very beautiful bathroom (amber colour, lovely) and large (!!!) windows - beautiful!!!
Madeira once used to be a quiet, beautiful island. Unfortunately it has changed a lot during the last 10, 15 years. Traffic is horrendous, travelling from tunnel to tunnel is no fun at all. The air is not clean anymore (in Funchal it is very polluted and unfortunately you can feel that), there is noise and movement almost everywhere you go. But here at the Albatroz? It's RELAXING, it's LOVELY, it's SMALL AND INTIMATE. It has style, but it is not snobby. I felt very, very well here and even extended my stay. Not because of Madeira, but because of the Albatroz!
The gardens are a delight, so many red and pink hibiscus around, so many different agaves and yuccas as well as other subtropical plants and trees, I just felt the desire to talk one long walk after the other through the vast hotel garden.
There is one lovely swimming pool next to the building, and there is a spectacular pool at the very bottom of the steep rock, filled up by the ocean during high tide.
I ordered room service because the feeling to eat in your absolute privacy is something that I like very much. Service was excellent and very friendly, and the 5 dishes I ordered for lunch were all superb! Fantastic presentation, and so was the quality of the food! A big "obrigado" to the highly qualified cook, mmmmh, his creations are just delicious!
Outside of the building you can hear some noise from the airport, but there aren't many flights per day (may be 20 or so...). The beauty of the place and the sympathy of the staff compensates the small disadvantage of not being totally quiet because of the airplanes.
Inside the room it's absolutely quiet and relaxing...
Difficult to describe why I loved this place so much. There is something that's going underneath your skin, it was love at the first glance, sympathy and serenity. The VIEW is spectacular, you are above the azure waters of the Atlantic and really feel like in a suite on a cruise ship. Marvellous and impressive, and the rate you have to pay for what you get is very okay. There are cheaper 5* hotels on the island, yes. But I would stay here again with pleasure even if it was much more expensive...
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