We stayed here as a substitute for the Pestana bay Hotel which was late in opening after refurbishment. We had an all inclusive package which I do not think is normally available at this Hotel. However the food we had was the same as the other guests, so the review is still relevant.
The Hotel is wonderfully positioned for Funchal, being perched above the quayside where the Cruise Liners dock. This affords great views from the sunbathing area, and the small binoculars I had brought with me afforded some entertaining moments, (purely sunbathing can be boring after a while). The Hotel itself does need some updating in certain areas, but overall this is a pleasant place to stay. Our room 347 had a view partly obscured by a tree, which granted some privacy but allowed us to view the town and to the side the sea. we were also near the Casino and we were worried that noise in the early morning might disturb us, but It only did once, and I think this was because we were already awake and it prevented us going back to sleep. The noise was shortlived anyway.
There was not huge plates of food as many Hotels seem to serve up, but there was plenty and several choices of generally well cooked cuisine. We were never stuck for something tasty to eat.
In relation to Funchal the Hotel is perfectly positioned, being a short walk from the centre. The walk takes you past or through a lovely park if you choose, and is near to all the attractions available in Funchal.
We did 2 trips while we were there. We booked them via the little kiosk to the left of the Hotel on the main road, Not the tourist information centre in the grounds which tried to rope us into what seemed like a timeshare day out. I didn't get the name of the trip providers we used but they were cheaper than many, used only mini buses and had excellent guides. Out the main doors up the slope to the left and the kiosk is just to the left on the main road, very handy and very good.
In summary a good hotel, excellently positioned whose staff were very helpful and polite. we had a good time.
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- Also Known As:
- Pestana Hotel Park
- Pestana Casino Park Hotel Madeira/Funchal