I have written a couple of supportive reviews for this hotel and this is an update following a visit in September 2013. It is a city centre hotel and of course there will be some noise. During the warmer times of the year including September the lack of air conditioning can be a problem although in the winter months the situation is much better. There is a pedestal fan provided which I had on every minute of my stay and the temperature was still uncomfortably high at night. The windows need to be kept closed because of the mosquitos. The hotel seems to have swung over to catering even more for large european groups. Working to a common timetable these tend completely to monopolise the lifts, common areas and particularly the breakfast area at which there can be very large queues. Very often all you can do is go back to your room and wait for it to quieten down. The staff are pleasant and try to be helpful but the ethos now seems to be catering for groups and in many ways the interests of the independent traveller are perhaps being disregarded. The rooms are ok although the renovation which the hotels advertising still features happened a very long time ago. It really is not a 4 star and this rating needs to be reduced to give the hotel a bit more credibility in its advertising. If you are renting a car there is free parking. However the entrance to the hotel is extremely steep and quite difficult to turn into particularly if you have anything bigger than a Golf. The supermarket across the street closed some time ago but now looks as if it is reopening which will be a big asset. The high cost of hotel WiFi is just plain silly and it would be far better if the hotel were just to provide this as a free service. It is free anyway in many of the local bars/cafes and in the town squares. Also given that there is no A/C the fridges ought to be free instead of charging 1 euro a day just to keep your drinks cool. There is also an additional charge for the safe but I have never used it. If you don't rent the fridge then pull the plug as it will only contribute towards the warming of the room. The TV's are old 12/14 inch CRTs on a wall mount. The programs are limited though there is the 'BBC Entertainment Channel' if you can tolerate that. During the cooler months the rooms are much more moderate in temperature and the hotel is often quieter. I don't think that I would ever consider revisiting from March to September.
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- MODERNLY FURNISHED THE HOTEL OFFERS YOU COMFORT IN A FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE, HIGHLIGHTED BY THE QUALITY OF SERVICE PROVIDED, AND AN EXCELLENT LOCATION. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Windsor Hotel Funchal
- Windsor Hotel Madeira/Funchal