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“Very nice Funchal hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Windsor Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua das Hortas 4C, Funchal, Madeira 9050, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #74 of 90 Hotels in Funchal
Northampton, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Very nice Funchal hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

I write to say that we have enjoyed our stay at windsor hotel.
Very nicely decorated hotel, room quite big very clean, with window that opens to the car park and little garden. Nice and spacious bathroom with everything one needs. Breakfast was ok, no hot food included but for the price we paid couldn't ask for more really. Everyone was courteous and most helpful.
Very nice experience of Funchal.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

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.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lisbon, Portugal
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Looks a bit earie from outside, when you get in even worse. Very old inside. bedsheets and towels never been renewed. water was yellow. room musty and smelly,
breakfast was recycled roles and they even charged me extra for a fresh coffee.
no airconditioning, just an old clapped out ventilator fan.
the worst was at night. room so smelly but they locked the windows so you cannot open.

definitely not recommended !

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

What more do you require than a basic but stylish hotel that is very clean that is also in an excellent location.
Yes you can moan about the breakfast but you are paying a low price and only have to go across the road for more variety.
Enjoyed it would go again

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

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

The staff are very friendly and helpful, Thanks to the lady @ reception for all your help, wouldn't really call it a four star but had a nice sleep. The breakfast is basic but healthy. Good location close to bus stops etc. Also you must visit the Gellato shop around the corner open till 12 midnight. Madeira is well worth a visit

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SE England
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

We stayed here for one week. Had read previous TA reviews criticising the breakfast, the staff, the amenities etc so we were a little apprehensive as to what the stay would be like. Have to say that the first room we were allocated was next door to the lifts and so very noisy, mostly because other guests slammed the lift doors, but we were moved without fuss the next day.
Overall, we found the hotel to be clean, the staff friendly, the roof top pool area a super place to meet for a drink. On the downside, the breakfast was very basic, comprising cereals, bread, ham. cheese, fruit and yoghurt. No toast, no eggs. But there was enough of it. The rooms were small and rather hot as there was no aircon, but the windows opened and our rooms each had a fan.
The biggest plus point is the location of this hotel. It is so central you can walk to all the main touristy areas within ten minutes unlike many other hotels located on the outskirts where the views were good but you needed transport to get anywhere.
So if you are happy to have a hotel that is not luxurious but is clean, in a central location and where you do not want to spend a whole lot of time in your room, this is worthy of consideration.

Room Tip: Stay away from the lift areas. Corner rooms are smaller but quieter.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Vantaa, Finland
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Great location close to everything in city. Still parking usually available. Very bad internet connection. Ended up paying, but still got no use of the connection.
Breakfast OK, if not sold as full buffet as some travel operators (Tjäreborg) did. We paid for morning coffee and for that offering was good.
Big enough room, OK beds. No A/C but in winter did not matter.
Reception people very helpful.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Additional Information about Windsor Hotel

Address: Rua das Hortas 4C, Funchal, Madeira 9050, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#48 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Windsor Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 67
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Also Known As:
Windsor Hotel Funchal
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