We stayed for 6 nights in late April and had a lovely ocean view room at the front, sixth floor. Massive deck area with sun for a lot of the day, but shade as well. Rooms are nice size and clean and tidy, very modern. Bathrooms a good size and good walk in shower/ wetroom but it leaks so remember to put a foot towel down!
Breakfast was pretty standard, nothing special and not much fresh fruit... But tinned?? Big selection of cold meats and cheese and the bread was lovely and fresh,though other pastries often stale. Nice omelettes, though ignore the amount of oil they are cooked in!
The pool area is nice, but can't imagine what it would be like if the hotel was full. Deck chairs average comfy and a nice view out to the sea. There was sometimes an issue with a lack of umbrellas, staff saying some were damaged in a storm the previous week. They really need to have that sorted and the deck chairs feel a little crammed in. Fine when It is empty, but would be awful if full.
Nothing hotel can do, but it is increasingly getting annoying when people who smoke monopolise outdoor spaces. As smokers are in the vast minority now, would love to see a hotel have smoking spaces only and not the total outdoors. Also, have smoking floors, enjoying our deck was often disrupted by next door smoking.
Another little bug bear that would set itself aside to a five star service. We rang reception and asked if we needed to book a table at a local restaurant. They said no. But when we got there they could have booked and got us a sea view side. We still had a table, but taking that iniative would surely set them apart.
We ate lunch at the pool a couple of times and nice sandwich for lunch, though burger my husband had not great. Loads of local restaurants and huge variety. All in all madeira was a pleasant surprise holiday destination.