If you're seduced by Orient Express's 1930s promises & romance, Portugal's economic reality unfortunately pearces ugly 2012 truths through that fantasy. This place must cost a fortune to run, but then everyone staying has paid a fortune for the experience, which unfortunately has to make judgements more rigorous. (or maybe not everyone is paying the full pricetag, going by the dress & demeanor of some of the breakfast guests) Clearly they're struggling to balance the books & have made their operation more skeletal. Many of the staff are fantastic,many of them seem a little weary but in such a sartorial environment i object to being scowled at, for ten days, by juvenile waiters who clearly feel i didn't tip them enough. It boasts five restaurants, which actually equates to 1 daily lunch buffet & a choice of French Les Faunes or the more casual italian for dinner.(Winter) But beware, the Italian is popular & if you don't book you'll eat late (if at all). Unfortunately they also have problems with maths. Twice a week lovely Les Faunes is closed & more formal events occur - these also can create problems with maths. After 2 weeks frankly the food experience - great at first - has become repetitive & (if on 1/2 B) room service starts to look attractive. Booked sea view, got bush view.World class in-house pianist - seems to work daily. Can only get there on Easyjet which is another sharp jolt back into reality- horrendous (make sure you pack your biggest elbows) Spa girls are lovely, but it's disproportionately expensive. Last year we spent a week in a National Trust country house in UK, it cost about the same, but we didn't feel like cashcows, we felt relaxed, refreshed, serene - it didn't rain that much more either! I wonder that the problem is Orient Express, Les Quatre Saisons was similarly disappointing in similar ways last time we went. These places just don't seem to be what they were!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on cliff tops overlooking the Bay of Funchal and the Atlantic Ocean, this legendary hotel has, for over a century, been a standard-bearer for excellence. The hotel is located on 10 acres of subtropical gardens, boasts enviable access to the sea and is within walking distance of Funchal's shops, restaurants and night-life. With its reputation for excellence and discreet service, Reid's Palace is the ideal place at which to relax and be pampered. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Reid`s Palace By Orient-Express Hotel Funchal
- Reids Palace Funchal
- Reids Palace Hotel Funchal
- Belmond Reid's Palace Madeira/Funchal