This was our third trip to Madeira but the first time we have actually stayed in Funchal. The town itself is large and very hilly so if you have walking difficulties as I do, it is important to pick your hotel carefully. The Windsor Hotel is ideal in many respects as it is central, close to shops and restaurants, near many tourist spots like the cable car and the various tropical gardens. It is also near the coast where the terrain is flatter and easier to walk.
Having researched the hotel and read the reviews and we had no real complaints about it at all. The people who moaned about old bed sheets and towels, yellow water, old Tv's, smelly rooms and an "eerie" looking hotel must have stayed in a different place. We found it clean, the cold buffet breakfast as expected, the staff friendly and helpful. The evening meal was limited to a choice of two starters, two main dishes and two desserts which might have been a problem to fussy eaters but there was always something we liked and the food was beautifully cooked each time with plenty of vegetables.
The absence of air con could be a problem in the summer months but go select a different hotel if you need this. We found the fan in October more than adequate and the roof top swimming pool a great bonus especially as we had excellent weather.
The hotel was ideal for our needs.
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- Also Known As:
- Windsor Hotel Funchal
- Windsor Hotel Madeira/Funchal