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Pestana Bay Ocean Aparthotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Praia Formosa, Funchal, Madeira 9000-247, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #40 of 91 hotels in Funchal
Ripon, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Loved Madeira”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

We have just got back from a week at this hotel and have to say we had a great time . Thought the food was excellent with different choices of meats / fish to go with the salads etc each night . The staff were all friendly and helpful , the hotel was very clean . I have read previous comments on here and have to say I find it hard to agree with a lot of the negative comments made . The only down sides we came across was the distance from the centre of Funchal , although it was a nice walk in , it is hilly in parts and hard work in the heat . Also the free bus into Funchal was often over subscribed and not every body could always get on it . The hotel had no air conditioning so got very hot at times , the room was fine with a ceiling fan offering some rest bite from the heat . Hope fully in the up coming refit there will be an up grade to modern air conditioning .
None of this detracted from a fantastic holiday .

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

We must have been the youngest in the hotel Pestan Bay by 20 years and we are nearly 50 years old. Food was nice but the same at every meal. We were all inclusive, the drinks allowed were about 5 spirits and one beer plus wine. After a couple of days we were bored of the food. Staff very hit and miss a couple of nice people but on the whole very miserable. We are told the hotel is closing in three weeks for a complete refit. Hotel is very tired, room clean but no air con. This was meant to be a 4 star hotel. We and others we spoke to would say 2 star at best. The hotel is also a bit remote. There is a free courtesy bus that takes you to Funshal but at night you are stuck at the hotel. The entertainment was a singer with a organ on some days singing songs for the 40's we were in bed by 9.00 every night as could not put up with it.
Madeira island is very nice, scenery is spectacular. Weather is cloudy, when the sun is out it is hot, but most of the time it is cloudy. we were told this by the resort rep. Been there done it will never go back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We have just got back from Madeira and i thought you would like to know about this Hotel, well we can say that they made us feel so welcome. The meals where lovely, lots of variety every meal time, lots of salad, hot chicken,Pork, Beef, Turkey you name and it was there. All the staff was very pleasant and the Hotel was very clean. We was on the first floor over looking the sea, the sound of the sea at night lulled you to sleep it was perfect.
We only had 1wk there but I wished it waqs longer. They are closing at the end of this month for a refurbishment and wont be open till about March 2013, so will have to go back to see what they will have done.

Room Tip: If you want to look out to sea ask for 1st floor upwards as then you can see over the trees
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

The hotel's staff is very helpful, the rooms are quite big and very clean. Its position on the pebbles beach it's absolutely wonderful, the sound of the ocean is music to your ears and also the view from the balcony is perfect ( the ocean and also Cabo Girao )

Only minus for this hotel is the food, which is really not appropriate for an island ( lot of pork and chicken and no seafood ). Same plates each day, no diversity there, but for sure you will not starve as it's decent food. However, if you stay here, please pay a visit to Marisqueira O Barqueiro restaurant which is 2 minutes from the hotel and has excellent seafood.

We would definitely choose this hotel for our next visit !

As as tip for a new traveler to Madeira Island, book a car for your whole stay and try to visit Funchal, Porto Moniz ( wonderful natural pools ), Monte, Machico, Canical ( this would mean visiting the whole island but to go across the island will take you just a couple of hours by car, so it's really worth it ! ). Also, our advice would be book a cruise to Porto Santo which for sure will impress you as it's a great place for sun bath and also swimming in the ocean.

We were very impressed by this paradise island and are looking forward to returning :)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Selkirk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Have just returned from a Saga all-inclusive holiday at this hotel.I felt that the meals offered a good variety of food. The staff were very pleasant.The pool was lovely. However the beach was comprised of round stones,large & small, so getting into the sea required good timing & a steady entry. Same when coming out.Could have done with some sort of device to ease the entry & exit. Either a gangway, or a more permanent groyne.
Whilst we were there the weather was hotter than usual (source- a local shopkeeper) so we would have liked to have had air-conditioning, as the hotel has 4 stars! We only had a fan to keep us cool,& slept on top of the bed.
The Saga reps were great with all our needs seen to.

Room Tip: Rooms at the east end of a corridor have a window as well as the french window, so you can have a br...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tadley, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Just returned from a fantastic week at this underated hotel, all inclusive drinks, good food, clean well kept hotel, friendly staff great location. the free bus to town was like clockwork always on time.
Only thing i would like to see change is more comfortable sun loungers and a later opening time for the bar

Room Tip: I had a suite on the 6th floor it was just perfect
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012 via mobile

My Mum, Grandma and I have just come back from Pastana Bay and had a lovely time. There is a lot of over 40's staying there but I think the whole island is like that, (it's not a clubbing holiday!) The food was very tasty, everything tasted different (they have good chefs). Hotel was very clean, the staff work very hard and are very nice. The entertainment in the evening is just someone singing, but I didn't mind! The ocean is right in front of you, it's loud but it's the ocean! The ONLY TWO complaints are no air-conditioning but there's a fan and the ocean breeze. I was not too hot sleeping and the sheets don't get changed (we were there for 7 nights). This is a great hotel for anyone who wants a quiet and relaxing holiday with great views. Thank you Pastana Bay!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Pestana Bay Ocean Aparthotel

Address: Praia Formosa, Funchal, Madeira 9000-247, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Funchal
#29 Family Hotel in Funchal
#33 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
#34 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Pestana Bay Ocean Aparthotel 4*
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