My wife and I stayed for a week at this hotel on the 7th floor. No complaints about the room - it was hotter than we expected during the night (24-28 degrees!) and we knew there was no a/c. The hotel supplied pedestal fan was essential! We had paid for a room upgrade on booking and found ourselves with a spacious bedroom, small dressing area and very large sitting room with comfortable sofa and two armchairs. Our balcony was large, with excellent views, marred only by the obtrusive noise from the road below. The bathroom had been recently refurbished with new tiles and fittings. The room was kept very clean throughout our stay.
All the staff were very friendly and helpful throughout. The barman was great in serving drinks in the "Captain's Bar", although the decor in there is very dark and dingy and could do with brightening up. We used the poolside bar several times and the service was 1st class, both for food and drink.
Breakfast was buffet style and OK; highlight was the great selection of gorgeous fresh breads.Lowlight was the "English" style cooked food. I had it once and didn't bother again; bacon was undercooked and sausages were "Frankfurter" style.
Evening meal was fine; buffet, nothing too fancy, selection of 2 or 3 main courses, always one fish and one meat. Vegetables were surprisingly well cooked (by which I mean not overcooked) for a buffet. Buffet style desserts were very good. Everything enjoyable to eat, but not award winning. Winelist was fine, with lots of bottles reasonably priced (for a hotel) at under 15 Euros. There are numerous excellent eating and drinking places around the hotle, so no problem if you are B&B. There are also plenty of shops within a few minutes wlak, including a couple of supermarkets.
Location: we walked into Funchal several times, it's about 20 minutes, downhill on the way in, about 25 minutes uphill on the way back!. The hotel is also right at the start of the promenade walk to the West, which was another popular stroll for us after dinner. Also did it during the day and stopped off for drinks and snacks at the many bars along the route.
Would we be happy to stay here again? There are lots on good hotels in the vicinity but, on balance we'd ceratinly look at staying here again as this is a smaller, more intimate hotel with more character than some modern hotel "boxes".
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