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“Return to the friendliest hotel in Funchal” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Girassol
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Estrada Monumental 256, Funchal, Madeira 9004-539 , Portugal   |  
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Ranked #53 of 88 Hotels in Funchal
West Cork
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47 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Return to the friendliest hotel in Funchal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I must confess, I have been staying in the Girassol most years since 1989. It is a second home. The staff are so welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. Most of the rooms have a balcony and a sitting room as well as a bedroom and ensuite bathroom. The restaurant serves good food with excellent service. The pool and gardens are beautiful. We visited in January and they made sure that the pool was warm for my traditional morning and evening swims. The pool bar serves lovely lunches. On top of this the hotel is located in an area with shops, bars and restaurants only a short walk from the centre of town. The hairdresser is marvellous - I wish I could bring her home but she has a family to look after as well as her busy salon. It is always a wrench to come away.

Room Tip: Sea view with balcony
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Turku, Finland
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Stayed one week at the Girassol, beginning of February 2013.

Loved the location on Estrada Monumental, about 3km downhill to Funchal center, 500m to the Promenade and about 1,5km uphill to a large shopping center.

The hotel is bit worn out and dusty, but the rooms are cleaned daily, and the bathroom was clean and spacious. The beds could have been comftier, but we slept ok and the room was quiet, facing the pool area. The breakfast was good. The pool area and garden are very nice, and the food at the pool bar seemed reasonably prised and yummy (we only had snacks there once, some other guests seemed to eat there daily). There was a lovely stray cat visiting the pool area once and a while, and luckily the staff treated him friendly as they did their human guests.

Overall a decent stay, but I do think there are newer and brighter hotels in the area with the same price range.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

I have just returned after a 3 week stay and had to write a review, whilst it was fresh in my mind. This is a great hotel with great staff at every level. The rooms were clean and cleaned daily. Wonderful selection at breakfast and a very acceptable choice for dinner with fresh vegetables.The fish was always fresh and portions generous. Deserts were superb and fresh fruits were always available. House wine is nice and at an acceptable price. The gardens and pool are delightful and so well kept. Location was very good,with a short walk to the seafront paths, with spectacular scenery at every turn. Funchal is a pleasant downhill walk of about 20 mins. The only slight drawback is dog barking, at different times. I understand the management are attempting to deal with this problem. I will definitely return !

Room Tip: Overlooking the gardens is quite delightful
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Finland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

My husband and I spent one week at Hotel Girassol in January. We asked a room with a view to the pool and sea and it was worth doing it. The views were great. We were on 9th floor without any noise. There was only one dog barking in the neighbourhood almost every morning and we heard it very well to our room. But the hotel can do nothing about it.
The breakfast was excellent. The wide collection of fresh bread every morning, very good bacon and scrumbled egg, The fruit salad was the best so far and we have traveled quite a lot.
The staff was nice, only the reception staff could have been more polite. They just did their work but "to do my best" was missing.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

We booked into this hotel Easter Sunday 8th April 2012 for 1 week. Thank you to the travel department for choosing such a fabulous hotel.It has left wonderful memories.We enjoyed the food -what a great selection of desserts ! The staff were so professional, helpful and friendly.We loved the lounge and balcony.Everything was so clean and tidy.The only setback was that the bed was very hard and I mean very hard. We enjoyed several walks into Funchal and along by the seafront.We also enjoyed sightseeing on Maderia Island.It was important to my husband and I to be able to come back such a nice homely hotel.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Budapest, Hungary
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

I did not used to write reviews but this time I decided to do so to prevent others from Hotel Girassol. Unfortunately we were totally misled by positive online reviews and decided to stay here. At least, I can help others to choose better.

The hotel is definitely not up to 4-star standard. The overall mood of this hotel resembled us to trade union's hotels from 80s, 70s in Hungary. Furniture, design looked dusty and in some cases even rotting like the lower part of our bathroom door!! There was a terrible smell of blight or whatever in lobbies and even at our room.
I cannot say anything positive about breakfast neither. When comparing the standard to relevant Hungarian hotels, we can say that the choice, the variety and the quality of food here is somewhere between 2 and 3 stars.
Internet was fast but it was not for free! It was a bit of a shock in a 4 starred hotel.

This is not a value for money hotel either comparing room prices to other Funchal 4 star hotels.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Huddersfield, England, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

A big thankyou to all staff for making our stay at the hotel so pleasant .We have just spent another week at this hotel, it is great value for money. the food is good, and the lunch you can buy at the pool side is very reasonably priced with a wide variety of choices plus the sweets are a must to try . The staff are fantastic and I cannot praise them enough, especially the maid service ,with clean linen and daily supply of fresh towels,soap,shampoo and bath foam. All the bar staff at the pool side are friendly and cheerful , and the pool attendant Gomes is a lovely man always smiling and busy making sure everyone is happy, and he keeps the pool area clean and tidy, If you are a returning customer you get a fidelity card which offers discounts on food and beverages ( not happy hour) a free upgrade if available , a basket of fruit in your room on arrival and much more . .the hotel is near all the local shops and restaurants and only about a twenty minute walk into Funchal itself . This is not a hotel for young couples or young people with young children .It is, I would say for the more mature adults who are wanting a restful quiet holiday. The only negative thing we found which we have rarley come across before on our six visits were the many smokers lighting up when we were eating, as this is no longer allowed in the UK it was off putting to say the least . We overcame this by eating our lunch at the pool side. Madeira is a beautiful island but, do remember to take mosquito repellent as the only place you can purchase this is at the pharmacy and the nearest one is a good 20-25 minute walk away .

  • 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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Address: Estrada Monumental 256, Funchal, Madeira 9004-539, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#45 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Girassol 4*
Number of rooms: 136
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