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“Comfortable apartment in a lovely setting” 4 of 5 stars
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Pestana Village Garden Resort Aparthotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Estrada Monumental 194, Funchal, Madeira 9000-098, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #26 of 90 Hotels in Funchal
Cumbria
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“Comfortable apartment in a lovely setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We exchanged two weeks of our timeshare for two weeks in the Pestana Village Aparthotel at the end of February 2013. Our apartment was a studio i.e. it had one room plus a bathroom. Having said that it was a large and spacious room with two easy chairs, a dining table and two chairs, a kitchenette, two single beds pushed together, and a large balcony with table and two chairs. It was absolutely fine for the two of us. The little kitchenette was well equipped with a kettle, coffee filter machine, toaster, microwave with grill and a hob with two solid hotplates. We tended to have breakfast and lunch in our room and eat out in the evening at one of the many local restaurants. We didn't use the hotel restaurants or bars at all - they all seemed fairly pricey.

The hotel is set in beautiful gardens and we were lucky enough to have a view over the gardens from the balcony. We were not lucky enough to have good weather during our stay, although it was warmer than the UK! All the staff were very pleasant and the apartment was well maintained. Unusually for timeshare, we had a daily maid service and towels and beds were changed regularly. Also unusual for timeshare, washing up liquid, tea towels, soap, shampoo and shower gel were all provided. The apartment also had a hairdryer in the bathroom, and iron and ironing board, an electric heater and blankets (it did get cold at times) and towels for the pool. In fact we were short of nothing that we needed.

The hotel is in a good location - about 15 minutes walk in to the centre of Funchal - a lovely town that has retained a lot of its charm. There is a large supermarket in the town but the walk back is uphill and hard work if you are carrying a lot of heavy bags. There is a small Spar shop two minutes from the hotel which has all the basics but is probably more expensive. We chose to shop there and found everything that we needed but we only needed things for breakfast and lunch. There is also an excellent 'Pastelaria' close by that sells wonderful cakes and coffee. We also bought sandwiches to take out from there on our last day when we had run out of supplies!

We went on three organised levada walks. We had intended to do the walks on our own but we would have needed a hire car to get to the start of most of the walks and it was probably safer and more fun to do them in a group. We met several other couples of similar age on these walks and met up for a meal and drinks with them later in the holiday.

We enjoyed our holiday and would recommend the Pestana Village hotel particularly to couples looking for a relaxing time - a few walks, leisurely meals and restful days/early nights. There's not much for children to do besides the pool and there are few nightclubs for party animals. Bliss!

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the gardens - they really are something worth seeing.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chatham, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

The attention to historical detail about the hotel property, makes it a spectacular location in Funchal. Each aspect adds to its photogenic value. Rooms are comfortable with balconies giving a wonderful view of spectacular gardens and pool. All are well-tended and constantly inviting.
Internet is only available in the lobby and games room, making it necessary to check email in these public areas, rather than in one's room! Breakfast in A Vila restaurant was a pleasant morning outing, but dinner in Adega was less memorable! Lovely meal, but waiters were less than pleasant and certainly NOT attentive. Service was very slow as we were waiting to sign our bill and leave, but other tables seemed to get quicker response. We were not rude and wondered why some tables were treated better than others!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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CornwaII
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224 helpful votes 224 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

This was our third visit to the Pestana Village. We stayed in an apartment on a timeshare exchange, which was a large one bedroomed unit. The unit is large spacious and well furtnished with everything you could want in place. The beds are a bit hard for me but that is a personal view. We over looked the pool area, and unfortunately did not get a lot of sun on our balcony only for about three hours in the mornings, but of course in the summer that could be an advantage.
The village was built in about 1996, and some bits of the apartments are showing there age, i.e. our fridge door required a good push shut each time as the catch was not good. and there is some wear on the paintwork. Also as with all things the decor appears dated, but is still in good condition and serviceable. The linen was changed so regularly it was super, a really bonus, and there was a maid service every day, although some days it was purely to make beds and change towels. You are provided with pool towels which is a bonus, and saves weight in luggage.
In the main the apartment was clean but the dusting would not pass muster on "Four in a Bed"
and could do with attention, but this is a little moan. The other moan is the size of the TV it is a modern TV with excellent choice of channels in lots of languages, but very small for the room.
The staff are friendly and helpful, the whole area is clean and lovely as it is not a concrete box.
The Gardens well they are a real joy and one of the reasons I chose the Village, they are the sort of gardens that you would have to pay to visit in the UK, and the gardeners do an exceelent job. There must be hundreds of photos all around the world taken by visitors to the Village, if the number of cameras I saw in action are anything to go buy.
The pool is surposed to be heated, but better to say it has just had the chill taken off and certainly does not feel warm in February, however the indoor pool is good, as are the hot tubs.
The whole ambiance of the place is wonderful, and the drinks evening for owners and exchangees is a lovely idea, and really gets people mixing.
However I do have a couple of grips - first when we visited as a partner resort exchangee in September 2011 we were charged nothing, this time it was 50 eurors per week for utility fees. In September 2011 it was my husbands birthday and he received a complimentary bottle of cava from the hotel, this time it was my birthday and there was nothing!!!! Ok times are hard and no doubt they have to find ways of cutting costs, however on the Sunday night of our stay, the guests were not allowed to use the winter garden or restuarant and directed to the adjoining Miramar hotel, as the Pestana Managers (top brass I think) from around the world were having a big knees up, and the whole place was decorated with the most wonderful floral arrangements, entertainment of a high calabre and a nice looking buffet, this does not seem to be cost cutting, I would have not felt quite so upset if this had been for the wonderful hard working staff, who are the ones who work so hard to keep everybody returning. Small grips - holiday overall was wonderful, use Happy Tours for any trips, there prices are good, and so is the quality. I will review some of the restuarants under the seperate names, ate some wonderful meals. If you drink beer do go to the Beerhouse on the harbour (tented place opposite Marina shopping) for a wonderful beer made on site.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

The apartments are away from the road and adjoining the Pestana Miramar. The apartments are very peaceful, clean and well equiped. The apartments are set in a beautiful garden which is almost a Botanic Garden as all the plants and trees are named and the gardeners have a nursery area where they grow all the plants not just for this resort but also other Pestana resorts. The facilities are also good but not much use seems to be made of the steam room, sauna, and gym complex which meant it was very quiet and enjoyable. Not many children in the resort. Outdoor pool in the resort was cool but easy access to the heated indoor and "cool" outdoor pools at the Miramar without going outside of the resort just a simple lift ride.
Shopping is very easy with a supermarket just 15mins walk and a Patisserie just 2mins walk!
Will definitely be back .

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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London
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84 reviews 84 reviews
53 hotel reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We stayed in room 324 at the P.V.G.R. between Feb.13th and 20th..
This was a sea view room with a covered balcony. It was S.S.E facing and had the sun for most of daylight hours. The room was spacious with seating for two. The beds were wider than normal and very comfortable. The small kitchen area is only suitable for lunches/snack preparation. There is a fridge but no microwave. On arrival we found the kettle plug and wall socket to have scorch marks. I pointed this out to reception and they not only replaced the kettle but also the wall socket within less than an hour: superb sevice. The shower is very powerful. In fact it is too powerful for the screening and needs to be run at a lower power to avoid watering the bathroom floor.

Both breakfast and supper are buffet style. Breakfast has hot English breakfast as well as continental. The evening meal has two types of meat and often two types of fish. They change from night to night. A wide range of salads makes for good choice. Even after a week we were eating dishes that had not been on the buffet before. You can move your meal credit to one of the other restaurants in the Village/Miramar resort. We saw no need. We did not use the pool area.

The resort is well sited: being opposite Reids Hotel. Access to the Village through the Miramar makes walking back from town a lot easier.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013 via mobile

We booked a last minute trip through Easyjet holidays and got a great deal In February half term 2013.

The hotel is opposite Reid's, perfect distance for a 15 minute walk to Funchal centre or the other way to the Lido area. For the price paid this hotel was a bargain!

The rooms are good, spacious and well cleaned every day. We had a garden view at the front of the hotel which was quiet (even though the lobby is outside we never heard any noise). You get your own mini kitchen which is brilliant, having a fridge was a great addition.

The pool is rather chilly, be prepared. However the pool area is lovely and the gardens surrounding it well maintained. There were plenty of sun loungers and the pool gets the daylight sun all day.

Breakfast is average, buffet style continental and hot choices.

The service from all staff is excellent, they speak many languages and are all smiley and helpful.

For the price we paid in the location we are extremely pleased. having stated at Reid's and The Cliff Bay previouslyI would highly recommend booking this hotel as it has everything the other more expensive hotels has for a cheaper price!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Westcliff on Sea, England
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

This hotel has very good facilities for the price we payed, Gym, Sauna, Steam Room, Indoor and outdoor pools. The room was comfortable and the bed enormous. There is nightly entertainment, there are multilingual staff. We found all the staff were very good especially considering we were here over the new year. I'd get a bit grumpy serving a load of drunken foreigners while my family were living it up at home but everyone was brilliant.

However having stayed at other Pestana hotels, if I had paid the full rack rate and was expecting their usual standard I would be less happy. The room was always very well cleaned but the paint on the balcony was peeling and the bathroon could do with a regrout or steam clean, the small kitchenette had a damaged work surface. All tiny flaws but you go to Pestana for something a bit special.

Another odd thing is the room guide didn't show any kind of room service info apart from how to order a pizza delivery. We weren't in the hotel enough to find if there really is no room service or just nothing in the guide.

That said, the deal we got from Easyjet made this amazing value.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Estrada Monumental 194, Funchal, Madeira 9000-098, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#19 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#24 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
#25 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
#29 Family Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Pestana Village Garden Resort Aparthotel 4*
Number of rooms: 92
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The architectural design of Pestana Village and the landscaping of its gardens have been especially planned to be in harmony with the natural beauty and tranquility of the resort’s setting. This sensitivity to the environment will give the resort a truly village-like feel, with low-rise traditional style buildings surrounded by a wealth of colorful and immaculately cared-for gardens. The Pestana Village shares the grounds and services of the Pestana Miramar Hotel. ... more   less 
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