It's worth stepping back to take a good look at the outside of Hotel Windsor. The Art Deco design facade is quite stark and unusual in the cramped narrow street surroundings of Central Funchal. Move on in to the reception area which we felt was a little dingy and lacking in natural light compared to the rest of the Hotel. Three quite aggressive steps have to be negotiated first which would greatly benefit from a handrail of some sort.
The room we were allotted was pretty modest in size but not noisy even though close to one of the lift shafts. More modest, however, was the shower over bath. Enduring the clammy cold slap as the shower curtain clung steadfastly to bare flesh is an experience one would readily decline. The pillows were likewise very poor and should have been cast into the nearest skip years before. Nevertheless, the room was clean and well cared for and our requests for attention were always dealt with promptly and efficiently.
An excellent meal on the first night of traditional Madeiran cuisine from the hotel kitchen. Breakfast was basic continental style, which was adequate. A variety of alternative cooked breakfasts were available to buy should you so wish but few guests seemed to feel that necessary.
Overall, five out of ten and one of those was due to super friendliness of the 'front of house' staff to whom the hotel owners owe a great debt of gratitude. The pleasant rooftop sun terrace also came to the rescue along with some very sunny days. For those in search of things flora there's a slightly hidden courtyard on floor one. In winter it appeared to provide respite to the hotel's various collection of pot plants, but outside of winter time it could be a little botanical hotspot. For those with a vehicle the private parking space would have been am immense asset. We felt it was an hotel which would benefit from the owners actually staying in it for a few nights but that's probably good advice to any hotelier.
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- Also Known As:
- Windsor Hotel Funchal
- Windsor Hotel Madeira/Funchal