This was a fairly last minute holiday, booked in an attempt to escape the rain in Britain, so perhaps our hotel research wasn't quite as thorough as normal. However Melia hotels are usually a consistent quality product and we have enjoyed holidays in Melia hotels before. First impressions were really good: a large room and spacious bathroom which had two sinks, a dual shower head, a bath that couldn't be used as the plug wouldn't seal, and plenty of toiletry and towel space. The window looking into the room from the bath was rather bizarre and I struggle to imagine how anyone could have designed the room thinking that was a good idea!
The room had a side sea view, and was really designed for a short stay business trip or conference delegate, rather than a couple on a fortnights holiday. We really didn't need the two desks that we had in the room - the furniture was stylish though chunky, and we would have appreciated a little more drawer space. The bed and pillows were exceptionally comfortable and we slept well. We swam in the pool and used the gym, and enjoyed our daily breakfast.
So how could the management of this hotel enhanced our stay? They could have made the room feel less cluttered by taking out one of the desks. They could make their balconies non-smoking and enforced the non-smoking policy in the hotel (Just walk around the corridors and you will smell the culprits) They could restore BBC news which has vanished from their listings. (Believe me, CNN is absolutely no substitute). They could provide a small collapsible clothes drier on the balcony, as they have at the Porto Mare. They could replace their pool towels which are looking well past their best. They could chain the single English newspaper to reception to stop the selfish idiots from walking away with it and not returning it. (We watched one morning as a couple appeared on the poolside carrying that days paper that they had taken from reception. They then took the previous day's paper out of their bag and threw it in the bin, clearly they had had it overnight. After they read the paper, they kept it on their sunbeds for the rest of the morning, left it there whilst they had lunch and it remained with them for the rest of their time on the poolside. Many of the other residents just wanted a quick look at the paper, check the sports news and return it to the reception. Due to the selfishness of a handful of individuals others were denied this facility, and that was a shame)
Without exception the hotel staff were lovely - cleaners, reception, breakfast room, poolside - everyone we came into contact with was charming, polite and helpful. This is a good hotel, but could be better if attention was given to some small details.
So my tips if you are thinking of staying at this hotel would be:
1. The hospitality tray in the room contains good quality products. Tea drinkers are well catered for. Coffee drinkers might consider taking better coffee or buying milk from the local supermarket.
2. The soap and shower gel provided are fine. The shampoo isn't so good - take your own.
3. The library on the 2nd floor contains plenty of English books to swop with and keep you entertained.
The unannounced repairs to the hotel pool gave us entry to the Porto Mare hotel next door. We thought that it looked a much nicer pool and garden area and should we return to Madeira in the future we would investigate staying at that hotel instead.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Melia Madeira is a modern and elegant five-star hotel with a contemporary design that will enhance the availability of quality accommodation options for both business and leisure travelers to Madeira Island. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and boasting magnificent sea views, the hotel is conveniently located a few meters of the sea, in close proximity to the small pebble beach, Gorgulho and offers direct access to the Oceanside promenade. The Resort offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas, an indoor and outdoor pool and a spa. Elegantly-furnished rooms offer a balcony and cable TV. Some rooms of Meliã Madeira Mare include scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean from the balcony. Many of the hotel’s rooms also have a sitting area.Guests can relax in the jacuzzi and sauna at Meliã Madeira Mare’s spa. Massage treatments and a steam bath are also offered.Free parking is available. Madeira International Airport is a 25-minute drive away. Meliã Madeira Mare is a 5-minute walk from the center of the city.Meliã Madeira Mare’s restaurant serves a breakfast buffet and themed buffets for dinner. A la Carte menu is also available. The hotel’s pool bar provides refreshing beverages and light snacks for lunch. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Madeira Mare Hotel Funchal
- Melia Madeira Mare Resort And Spa
- Sol Melia Funchal
- Melia Madeira Mare Resort & Spa Funchal