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“Small boutique(ish) style hotel, loved it.” 5 of 5 stars
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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 #7 of 90 Hotels in Funchal
Syston, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Small boutique(ish) style hotel, loved it.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Stayed here this week on a B&B basis as wanted to try local food.

It is a very small well run hotel with pretty much everything you need if you want to use it as a comfortable well located base as we did.

Room and bathroom on the larger than average side, beds comfortable, room is well equipped and very very clean.

Indoor pool is on the roof of an annex and the outdoor pool is by the spa, both a small be adequate. Spa prices are very good, around 50 euro for an hours treatment.

Nice touches like occasional furniture and chairs dotted around. Bar and lounge area is very comfortable and well set out. We often had something to eat out on the terrace and the food we good. The Goan food in the restaurant is very good, very tasty.

About a 15 minute walk into town, it is well away from the majority of other hotels over in the forum area. I personally think it's a perfect location.

Breakfast is good, especially the selection of continental breakfast items, from smoked salmon to excellent Portuguese cheeses. If you like your full English every day, you may feel a little disappointed as it's simply OK, whereas the cold items are very good (hence overall good).

I'd definitely come again and I'd recommend it to all my friends as the place to stay... if you're not thinking of booking Reid's :-)

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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abarreto, General Manager at Quintinha Sao Joao, responded to this review, March 18, 2014
Thank you very much indeed for sharing the experience of your recent holiday at the Quintinha de São João. We are very pleased that you enjoyed our facilities and found the ambiance and cuisine to your liking.

If I may, I would just like to point out that a fully cooked breakfast is available every day. We cook the eggs, bacon, various omelets, baked beans, tomatoes and sausages etc. to order and, should there be anything further (subject to availability) we would be pleased to oblige.

We thank you very much for your recommendation to all your friends and look forward immensely to welcoming you back again.

Yours sincerely
André Barreto
General Manager
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Derby, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I booked this hotel after reading lots of excellent reviews and we were delighted with everything. The attention to detail and service were first class and the staff were friendly, helpful and professional. The room was lovely and the hotel in general is finished to a very high standard with fabulous flower arrangements around every corner. The cocktail bar was lovely and we made full use of the 'happy hour'. The garden and terrace are stunning with fabulous plants and flowers. The breakfast was a great start to the day with hot food cooked to order and lots of choice on the buffet. We were given extra touches for our honeymoon with champagne and cake and the hotel made our stay in Madeira complete. We would definitely recommend this for a couples holiday and would love to stay again. Thank you to all of the staff for making our stay so memorable :)

Room Tip: we would ask for a room overlooking the terrace next time.
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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, March 11, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time and making the effort to leave a review for the Quintinha Sao Joao on TripAdvisor. Your feedback is of the utmost importance to us and we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your recent holiday with us.

We are very honoured that you chose our Quintinha for your honeymoon and we would like to extend our warmest congratulations to you both.

We sincerely hope that we will have the opportunity of welcoming you back in the near future and are delighted that you feel we have done reviews justice.

Yours sincerely
Andre Barreto
General Manager
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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

The hotel is small (33 rooms) and from the moment you walk in the relaxed atmosphere and beautiful flowers help create a great ambiance. The staff were all courteous and helpful, and went out of their way to welcome us and help whenever asked, without being in the way at all. The spa was fantastic - and good value. The setting was lovely, with beautiful gardens and a convenient distance from down town - an easy walk and a little away from the very centre of the town.
We would certainly go again and will recommend the hotel to friends and family.

Room Tip: We had a garden room which was lovely.
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  • Stayed March 2014, 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, March 11, 2014
We are simply delighted to read that you enjoyed your recent stay at the Quintinha Sao Joao and we thank you for your kind support in sharing your comments on TripAdvisor.

We are so pleased that you made use of our Spa facilities. We have some excellent promotions during the month of March which present great value for money.

We look forward very much to welcoming you, your family and friends to the Quintinha in the near future and we thank you for your recommendations.

Yours sincerely
Andre Barreto
General Manager
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Excellent,elegant,stylish and grand hotel in a quiet cul de sac.Usual Portuguese friendly and efficient staff,who could not do enough to make your stay hassle free.
The courtesy bus was excellent and helpful for those who will find the walk back from Funchal Centro a little challenging,alternatively the local bus was worth the 1euro90cents for the experience.
For first timers to Madeira,you must go and see this beautiful Island,walkers or not,and stay at this hotel which was recommended to ourselves.
We thought the cooked breakfast a little cold which was mentioned,but not acted opon,but hey,I'm being picky.
We would return tomorrow,Obrigado Quintinha São Joao

  • Stayed March 2014, 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, March 5, 2014
We were delighted to read that you would return to stay with us tomorrow! We would be most delighted to welcome you back as soon as possible!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with TripAdvisor and your kind words will be passed on to our staff.

We are sorry that you found the cooked breakfasts rather cool and will take greater care with this in future.
Please convey our thanks to your friends who recommended the Quintinha and we are very happy that we lived up to their kind words.

Yours sincerely
André Barreto
General Manager
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Arbroath
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Stayed in the hotel for a week just recently and cannot fault it. Fabulous staff and spotlessly clean. Felt as if we were staying in someone's house which was great. Restaurant food was great especially if you wanted the Goan stuff spiced up a bit, (thanks Sandra). Also thanks to Rosie and Lilianne. Easy to get into town and back, about 10 minutes walk. Partner had her birthday during our stay and was surprised by a birthday cake and a bottle of bubbly in the room. Would recommend this hotel with no qualms. Don't quite understand all the negative reviews as in dogs barking, get a life!!

  • Stayed February 2014, 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, March 3, 2014
Thank you very much indeed for your very kind and supportive comments regarding your recent stay at the Quintinha São João. It was our pleasure to have you with us and an honor that your partner celebrated her birthday in our midst. We are glad that you enjoyed our little surprise!

We sincerely hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back again.

Kind regards
Yours sincerely
André Barreto
General Manager
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Les Sables-d'Olonne, France
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69 reviews 69 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Only good points to mention for this hotel. The staff is efficient and helpful, if you need something, but don't let you feel their presence. The rooms are large, clean and pleasant, without noise from neighbouring rooms. Just a bit of noise coming from the street at rush hour. The bar is comfortable, with reasonnable prices, and the restaurant offers a chaoice of very tasty meals cooked with fresh food. It's easy walk the centerof Funchal, but public buses (on top of the hotel shuttle) are available. The closest bus #11 is not so frequent, but #12 is not far.

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  • Stayed February 2014, 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, February 25, 2014
We are absolutely delighted to read that you only have good points to say about your recent stay at the Quintinha de São João! We thank you very much for sharing your thoughts and we are pleased to hear that you found our staff efficient yet unobtrusive, your room to be clean and large and that you enjoyed our bar and restaurant.

We sincerely hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back for another holiday in the near future.

Yours sincerely
André Barreto
General Manager
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

This was my first trip to Madeira and we chose to stay at Quintinha São Joao after scanning through many hotels on the internet. One can never tell really but the experience was I would say fantastic. It was small and personable, the staff were the most helpful I have experienced. The room was ' enormous' as was the queens size bed. The garden was relaxing oh and the breakfast was delicious with so much on offer. I felt very fortunate to have found this place and will definitely return to Madeira and to this lovely hotel. Great terrace, two swimming pools, games room and wonderful cakes for afternoon tea. I even got fitter walking back from the town centre which, was a bit of an uphill hike. I have to admit getting a taxi back after an evening out more than once! Fabulous.

Room Tip: Get a room with a balcony most do have but pay a bit extra to ensure you have one.
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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, February 21, 2014
Thank you so much for your very kind comments regarding your recent holiday at the Quintinha São João and for sharing them with the TripAdvisor community.

We are delighted to hear that you had a fabulous time and that our facilities and staff lived up to your expectations.

It was a pleasure to have you staying with us and we hope we will be able to welcome you back in the future.

Yours sincerely
André Barreto
General Manager
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Additional Information about Quintinha Sao Joao

Address: Rua da Levada de Sao Joao 4, Funchal, Madeira 9000-191 , Portugal
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:
#2 Family Hotel in Funchal
#5 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#6 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
#8 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Quintinha Sao Joao 5*
Number of rooms: 43
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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