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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 #24 of 91 hotels in Funchal
Horsham, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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“Beautiful place of calm and quiet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We have a timeshare apartment and we have returned here 7 out of the last 8 years, The only time we did not was because we gave our room to my step son and his wife for their honeymoon.

The food on the terrace is fine enough and in the Bodego Restaurant (when it is open) it is terrific. However the food for those on Full Board looks rather so-so. But then why would you want to eat in a hotel here in Madeira anyway? The food in the local restaurants is good and very reasonably priced. To be honest you often get too much for your money! I'm a big guy but I would struggle to clear my plate at some places and the food is generally so good you do not want to stop. They are numerous places to eat to suit all wallets within very easy walking distance. If you can't walk far then taxis are cheap and plentiful and the buses are cheaper and frequent. You can get bus tickets from the hotel or owner relations office.

The grounds of the hotel are wonderfully clean and quiet and the gardens themselves are wonderful. The rooms are well maintained and have everything we would want. But then why do you want to be in your room much either? There is plenty to see and do in Funchal which is walkable or you can use the the taxis and buses very easily.

I love this place so much I almost consider it a second home.

  • Stayed June 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Just returned from a lovely week spent here but was horrified that they had no A.C. Our room was unbearably hot and muggy and it didnt even cool down when outside temperatures dropped. Also my advice to ladies is take your own hair dryer because unless you are left handed and have 3 arms you will struggle to blow-dry with theirs. Also food prices too high in resort, (no wonder the restaurant was always empty). The resort is quite small (unless you include the Miramar) and very nicely maintained and clean. The staff are mostly friendly and it is ideally situated for a stroll to Funchal. We had been told Funchal was mainly for older people but did not find this to be so as there were quite a few children staying and they definitely ran wild and unsupervised during our stay. Perhaps we may return at a quieter time of year but would never stay without AC again so would have to be in the Miramar!

Room Tip: Make sure you stay in the Miramar where they have Air conditioned rooms and more choice of restauran...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Devon England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We have strayed there many times over several years.
A wonderfully, clean relaxing peaceful place to stay in the middle of an exotic garden
It is within easy walk of Funchal and near a bus stop for the trip back up the hill from the town

Room Tip: Ask for an apartment overlooking the garden rather than the pool . Ask to be well clear of where th...
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  • Stayed October 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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Marden, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This was my second RCI timeshare visit to Funchal and would highly recommend this hotel, my first visit was to the Regency Palace which is also truly fantastic but too far away from the main centre and the food at the Regency is expensive. Pestana village however is near to Reids and only a short walk to the town and harbour area. The amenities are excellent and I couldn't fault the 2 bedroom apartment we stayed in. It had everything you could need and was clean and spacious with great views. I can't comment on the food as we generally eat out or make meals in the kitchenette. The 50 Euro amenities fee for RCI visitors is in my opinion a bit steep for a weeks stay and an annoyance but not unusual for some timeshare resorts, that said I've visited others that don't charge anything? The staff here are excellent, very helpful and polite. We will definitely look to return to this hotel in the future, in fact we tried to go in September but it was fully booked so were going to Cyprus instead.

Room Tip: Go for a room with a view towards the harbour area that over looks the resorts gardens
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Dudley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We were staying in the Pestana Village Hotel for our 'first holiday' as a couple, which naturally causes it's own nerves - however, upon checking in we were greated by Michaela, who was so accommodating and helpful - booking a restaurant for us and giving us little tips of nice places to eat whilst we were staying with them.

The breakfast room has a wonderful selection of food - both cooked items (sausages, bacon, tomatoes, eggs etc), plus continental options and extras like fresh pancakes. The only way that this experience could have been improved would be with the 'toaster' which essentially just created warm bread or cremated bread. But it was a pleasant touch to have an unusual selection of juices outside of the norm - passionfruit was a particular favourite of mine.

We decided not to dine at the hotel for lunch or evening meals as the prices were somewhat extortionate & there are many, many reasonably priced restaurants just outside of the hotel. One aspect that we did indulge in was the 'Happy Hour' each night between 6-7.30pm, as the cocktails were 20% off & all the barmen were particularly amusing and speedy.

The rooms were spotless all the time and cleaned daily. I cannot fault the maidservice at all, as they were always so prompt.

I am so pleased that we stayed at this hotel and we shall definitely be returning in the future.

Room Tip: The 'double beds' are actually 2 single beds pushed together, but that does mean that you ge...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Wonderful village with beautiful plants everywhere. Rooms very large and nice.
Nice swimming pools.
Nice internet room.
Half board(buffet breakfast and dinner) quite UNSATISFACTORY!
Onion and/or garlic everywhere. Every day the same desserts of industrial quality.
Drinks were not included: 4,20 euro for 1 bottle/liter of water!!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Having spent the previous week at a 5 star very expensive hotel , this was a cheaper option for our second week but we were not disappointed. Our room was comfortable with a good view of mountains and city . The staff were friendly and helpful, pools lovely and the whole hotel had a nice vibe to it. Breakfast buffet was excellent. Not too far to walk into town.

The only downsides were ; a 2 euro charge for the sunshades around the pool - although there was plenty of shade around just need to move your sunbed every now and then during the day and the facilities for self catering were limited to one pot, no serving spoons or utensils and no large dinner size plates. However we managed to cook ourselves a couple of meals .

Luigis pizza place - underneath the hotel was also excellent.

All in all very good value for money. Nice place for families

Room Tip: some of the rooms are noisy - avoid being near the main road.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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:
#15 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#22 Family Hotel in Funchal
#23 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
#25 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Pestana Village Garden Resort Aparthotel 4*
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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