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Quintinha Sao Joao
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua da Levada de Sao Joao 4, Funchal, Madeira 9000-191 , Portugal   |  
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Ranked #8 of 91 hotels in Funchal
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“Unique!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Family members have retured to this hotel annually since 2002 and will continue to do so. It is our 'home from home' in Madeira and is excellent in all respects. Our visit in summer 2012 included three generations. All had a wonderfull time. What more is there to say!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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abarreto, General Manager at Quintinha Sao Joao, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
What a lovely word to use… “Unique”!

Thank you very much for writing on TripAdvisor – it was a great pleasure to welcome you all last year and hope that we will be able to be of assistance to you and your family for many years to come.

We look forward to your 2013 visit!

Yours sincerely
André Barreto
General Manager
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  • Location
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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We found this hotel by searching for Madeiran holidays. First class service from every member of staff...... reception, restaurant, bar, cleaners, minibus drivers, spa.....all equally courteous and friendly, but also efficient and professional - a great combination. Nothing too much trouble.
Restaurant food - lots to choose from, choice of menu and superbly cooked. Lots to choose from at breakfast too.
Hotel building beautifully kept inside and out; breath-taking views from the balcony with our room (109): garden lovingly tended (daily) as well as great to sit out in; several areas to explore and to take in some Madeiran sun, or just access via the bar! All of the guests were invited to cocktails one night where we met the manager, and there was a pianist playing for the occasion. What a marvellous welcome!!

We enjoyed playing 'ping-pong' and 'pool' in the games room, and going to the gym or swimming in one of the two pools (indoor and outdoor).
The spa offered an excellent range of treatments, which we used.
Minibus service to and from Hotel/Funchal, but we walked most of the time, and used the very reasonably-priced hotel minibus service to and from the airport. (About 10 minutes) Lots to do in Funchal, and we hope to return to this hotel next year....!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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abarreto, General Manager at Quintinha Sao Joao, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Thank you very much indeed for your glowing review on TripAdvisor. It is a great start to the New Year reading your comments and I know that when I pass them on to our staff, they will be delighted too. You are correct, nothing is too much trouble for us.

We are glad that you enjoyed our little cocktail party. This is a weekly event to enable me to greet our guests personally which I thoroughly enjoy doing. It is also an opportunity for everybody to start chatting to each other and we find that it breaks the ice!

It seems that you have used our facilities fully and we are very happy that they have come up to your expectations.

We thank you again for your time and trouble and look forward to welcoming you back later in the year.

Yours sincerely
André Barreto
General Manager
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

We loved staying at your hotel. It is quietly elegant and very comfortable. Our room was bright and spacious with a lovely view over the gardens. The separate seating area is an excellent idea, perfect for reading and relaxing. The buffet breakfast was a feast and the evening meals were amazing. The food is delicious, beautifully prepared and presented. Service in the dining room is very professional, attentive but not intrusive. Andre Barreto, the General Manager, and his staff say that they will do all in their power to ensure their guests have an enjoyable stay, And they certainly do! We have personal experience of this and are very grateful for the help they gave us. We definitely recommend your hotel.
Les and Ann Wiiliams Ipswich Suffolk

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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abarreto, General Manager at Quintinha Sao Joao, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Williams,

It has been a lovely ending to the year reading your glowing comments about our Quintinha on TripAdvisor. Thank you for taking the time and trouble to support us – we are most grateful.

We are delighted to hear that we have come up to your expectations and that you enjoyed our facilities and service. As you say, this is of the utmost importance to us and we are so happy to hear that we have succeeded where you are concerned.

We hope that we will have the pleasure of your company again on a future holiday and, in the meantime, wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Yours sincerely
André Barreto
General Manager
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Bangor, Co Down, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

We picked this hotel using TripAdvisor reviews and if anything they understated the excellent experience of this hotel.
My wife and I visited Funchal for a week and had an faultless stay. The staff were cheerful, helpful, very attentive and eager to help in every way as soon as we arrived at the front door. The room was excellent, with a balcony overlooking the garden. Thought it would be a bit noisy because of a relatively busy road on the other side of the garden wall but the opposite was true, the place was a hidden oasis of calm. The hotel is very tastefully decorated in typical Madeiran style with a skillful blend of modern and antique furnishings.
The restaurant has to be one of the best on the island and never disappointed although we did sample a couple of others coming back for our last night.
The location of the hotel is also very convenient; a pleasant 10 - 15 minute walk past Quinta Vigia, a historic manor house and gardens which are now the official residence of the President of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, to the centre of Funchal Returning to the hotel is better accomplished by taxi (about €6) as some of the roads are a bit steep for my 69year-old legs.
A summary - First class in every department!

Room Tip: Ask for a garden view.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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abarreto, General Manager at Quintinha Sao Joao, responded to this review, December 20, 2012
What lovely words: “First class in every department!” We are really heartened to read your review on TripAdvisor and would like to thank you for taking the time and trouble to share your comments with other travellers.

We pride ourselves in providing a truly Madeiran experience and a haven from busy day to day life. We are delighted that we have succeeded in this where you are concerned.

Thank you for your kind words regarding our restaurant – we are all so pleased that you enjoyed our cuisine.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Yours sincerely
André Barreto
General Manager
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

A first class experience. Lovely spacious room with balcony overlooking the garden. Traffic noise if you sit out - but close windows and the outside disappears. Very quiet. Service faultless - professional and very friendly. The hotel benefits from its size - small enough to be personal but five star in everything. Many staff have been there several years, and it shows it their excellent service. It is a 15 minute walk into the centre - and unless you are very fit, a taxi back! Restaurant top notch - innovative, good portions and tasty.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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abarreto, General Manager at Quintinha Sao Joao, responded to this review, December 20, 2012
It was a pleasure to read your review on TripAdvisor and we would like to thank you for your generous comments.

We are very proud of the fact that we have so many “long-serving” staff (many since the hotel opened 14 years ago) and would agree with you that small is beautiful when it comes to personal service. We are also gratified to hear that you found us professional and friendly as we strive to attain the right balance regarding this so we are delighted that we have got it right where you are concerned.

We are glad too that you enjoyed our cuisine and I shall personally relay this to our staff.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Quintinha in the near future.

Yours sincerely
André Barreto
General Manager
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York, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

A 7 night stay in October was a truly wonderful & relaxing experience. From the moment we arrived the staff were courteous attentive & throughout our stay were so helpful; always with a smile. The decor inside the hotel was perfectly in tune with the character of the hotel especially thro' the choice of period antiques & paintings. The room was larger than we expected,clean & extremely comfortable. If I had to find a fault it was only that the pop up plugs in the bathroom sink/bidet did not hold water, just needs a little maintenance. Will certainly return on our next visit to Madeira.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the garden area are nice & quiet.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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abarreto, General Manager at Quintinha Sao Joao, responded to this review, December 7, 2012
Thank you very much for the wonderful comments on TripAdvisor and for staying with us on such a special occasion as a birthday treat!

Our apologies for the problems with the plugs in the sinks and bidets - I will get our Maintenance department on this immediately.

We are all looking forward to welcome you back soon.

Yours sincerely,

André Barreto
General Manager
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Decided to book this 43 bedroom, 5 star Hotel in Funchal and we were highly delighted that it ticked all our boxes for luxury, service, food and accommodation. We were looked after by attentive staff and they made our visit special with their advice and courteous manner on all occasions. The facilities were ample and very easy to locate from the games room to the swimming pools (both outdoor and indoor) and the fitness room (big enough for me). We were well informed by Rosie for all our trips and excursions and advice on restaurants, Walks and the area totally without any need to ask twice. The hotel Restaurant - A Morgadinha was excellent with great food and service - so please try this out even if not a resident. Breakfast was great with wide choice and freshly cooked main course - omlettes were brilliant! The cocktail bar was well used for tea / coffee / drinks and of course afternoon tea at 9.90 euros (good value).
Even though this hotel is away from the harbour it is well worth the effort and keeps you exercising with walking to and from the town, and taxis were used when required (prompt service) at no cost other than the trip and tips. Recommend highly so hope others will follow our lead. Many Thanks to the Staff.

Room Tip: No problems with our first floor en-suite room with a garden view - very tidy and spacious.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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abarreto, General Manager at Quintinha Sao Joao, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
We are delighted too that you chose our hotel for your recent holiday in Madeira and even more so to hear that our Quintinha ticked all your boxes for service, food and accommodation.

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments on TripAdvisor and with other travellers - I am sure they will find them most useful.

I shall take great delight in relaying your praise to our staff and on behalf of them, I would like to thank you for expressing your pleasure in this way – it is most motivating.

Our afternoon tea is, as you so rightly say, excellent value for money and there is little nicer than sitting on our terrace sipping tea and enjoying homemade scones, cakes, jams and sandwiches!

We thank you for your recommendation and hope to have the pleasure of your company on further visits.

Yours sincerely
André Barreto
General Manager
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Address: Rua da Levada de Sao Joao 4, Funchal, Madeira 9000-191 , Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Funchal
#6 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#7 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
#8 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Quintinha Sao Joao 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built within the grounds of an historic "Quinta" of Funchal, Quintinha de Sao Joao resurrects perfectly the magic of the old Madeiran residences. There are 42 spacious rooms in total, all equipped with the most up-to-date facilities with splendid views over the gardens. Bar, restaurant, heated outdoor and indoor swimming pools and full spa are included facilities. The careful attention to detail and the excellent personal service brings to life our motto "Home from Home." ... more   less 
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