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Hotel Girassol
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Estrada Monumental 256, Funchal, Madeira 9004-539 , Portugal   |  
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Ranked #48 of 90 Hotels in Funchal
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“Nice hotel !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Stayed one week in March.Very clean rooms on 8th floor(junior suite)facing the pool with sun from 1pm.Breakfast had a good choice of bread,rolls,eggs,bacon,sausages,cereals etc. No luxaries,but plenty enough of choices. Had dinner in the restaurant 3 times. First time had the buffet(25E),but prefered the a la carte meny which was lovely.Reasonable priced,same as other restaurants (12-17Euro) Polite and attentive waiters.If you didnt finish your bottle of wine or water they would save it and it was served next day.We didnt pay extra for the kettle( mentioned by other guest previously).It was there on arrival.Also small fridge. Reception area was spacious with a couple of sofa groups.On 1st floor was a nice room to sit in too and with balcony for smokers outside.There was no smoking anywhere to be seen inside the hotel,glad to say.
Pools: no need to bring your own bath towels! They were provided for you free! Saves lots of space in your suitcase. Nobody went out early with towels to occupy sun beds! Bus into Funchal 1.80E.Taxi 5-6E.Or walk for about 15mins.Taxis have taxameter for within Funchal,but not for longer trips.Madeira is mainly for 50+or families,no discos or raving youngsters and hardly no crime .I wouldnt be afraid of walking alone at night on main streets. All in all: good value for money and will gladly stay there again!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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3 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

NOT a 4 Star! - needs a total wake-up call! Rooms were basic, but clean. No proper Lounge, just a few stiff chairs in a big, dark sort of conference hall, bar small and grubby and dominated by a TV, also dominated by all male staff, as was the restaurant, all old and did as little as possible to help, especially rude to women! Only had breakfasts, oh dear, what a waste of money, cold, congealed and a real turn-off - if an item had run out, especially bread or rolls, when it was gone that was it, no back-up and one small toaster for the whole hotel which obviously came out of the ark! (Dont bother complaining about food, no one takes any notice, thats the way the old boys have done it for years, they would not last 5 minutes in a hotel in the UK!)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Good connections to the City, Cosmos rep, great, helpful friendly staff. Functional suites, TV, beds, balcony etc.
Hotel needs refurbishment and moderning of gym, wifi (to all of hotel), massage ?spa facilities.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

This place is fine - does what it says on the tin. We booked a cheap easyjet break for some february half terrm sunshine and Girassol made us very welcome. We had a sea view balcony which did have a sea view, but that means you are on the main road which is a bit noisy. Waking up to the weather and the sunrise made it worth it for us but if you dont like early evening or morning car noise go for a side room. Two rooms cleaned well every day. We paid 1.50 euro extra a day for a kettle! Nice enough pool, grotty games room that the kids loved, very friendly and helpful reception staff who seemed happy at their jobs which is always nice. Good location not too far from Lido restaurants and twenty mins slow walk into town, or short bus or taxi. The airport bus goes by much cheaper than transfers. And madeira is lovely. Recommend the teleferico, funchal market, levada walks, prainha beach. And the lord of the rings steep steep walks up at the mountain tops. Not for the vertiginous. A good trip.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We stayed in this hotel for a week on a half board basis via the Travel Department. I would return to the hotel but only on a room only or bed and breakfast basis.The food at breadkfast and dinner was basic, limited choice and sitting for too long in bain maries to keep it somewhat hot. Our room was on the seventh floor and it had a lovely side view of the sea. The room was more like a mini suite with a separate sitting area which was lovely and the main reason I would stay there again. The gym was small and poorly equipped so we joined a modern gym across the road for 30 euro for the week. The outdoor pool was very clean and quite big. The staff was professional but I complained about the food midway through the week and am stilling waiting for a response!!!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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.

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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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Turku, Finland
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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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Address: Estrada Monumental 256, Funchal, Madeira 9004-539 , Portugal
Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#40 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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Also Known As:
Girassol Hotel Funchal
Hotel Girassol Madeira/Funchal

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