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Royal Savoy Hotel
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Rua Carvalho Araujo, Funchal, Madeira 9000-022 , Portugal   |  
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Ranked #22 of 91 hotels in Funchal
Jersey, United Kingdom
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“By direct flight from Jersey”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Lovely hotel, well appointed, very friendly and helpful staff.
Excellent restaurants a short walk away.
The weather was perfect over Christmas & New Year about 22c most days.
I would have liked Wifi in my suite on the 4th floor but it only seemed to be accessible on the 1st.

Room Tip: Junior suites recommend, all seem to have sea views
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reigate
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81 reviews 81 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We have owned timeshare at the Royal Savoy since 2004, visiting the island of Madeira, at both Christmas and in April. The apartments are superb, comfortable and with splendid views of the sea. (Except perhaps for some of the corner apartments). The great merit of Funchal, is that there are many restaurants, catering for a good lunch at 7 or 8 euros or the more expensive restaurants for a good night out. With the Royal Savoy, we can self-cater from inexpensive supermarkets and then treat ourselves at the more expensive restaurants on other nights. Do not ignore the Portugese wines at several euros. They do not pay the tax on alcohol that we do. Yes, the prices in the hotel are quite high but the time may come for all of us, when we cannot travel too far. This Christmas was the best ever, with temperatures around 21 for the three weeks we were resident. There is also plenty of culture and botanical gardens to visit. We cannot wait for April to come round again.

  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We spent a week over the New Year period with close friends in their spacious and well, appointed, 2 bedroom time share suite, in this hotel. 5 of the days were spent sunbathing around the pool and we felt obscenely spoilt, when most parts of the UK sadly endured flood like conditions. We had tried the same trip 3 years earlier, but then Madeira's weather was not so kind. However there are a lot of walking activities if its cloudy.
The hotel is 5* rated and is located on a medium incline hill. The modern, not ultra modern decor, appears a little dated, but virtually all areas are in immaculate shape. It feels like much of the occupancy is time share and the hotel has an older clientele, so if you want thumping rock music around the pool, look elsewhere.
The suite, one of several on the 4th floor, has a balcony and overlooks the free form pool, which itself is virtually on the sea, separated by a low wall and huge boulders. There is no beach, although there is access to the sea. When the sun is shining its lovely, ridiculously warm for January, considering it's just 3 hours flight from the UK. But like anywhere, Funchal can be cloudy.
The pool itself has a snack bar and poolside restaurant, but the menu and standard is distinctly average. We had what I hope what is a one off bad experience, where the chicken wings served were actually off. Unforgivable for 5*. Others said that the food in the hotel was mediocre and they could make amends by employing a modern thinking chef and 100% quality control.
The town itself, with its hundreds of restaurants are mostly within 30 minutes walk, so the Royal Savoy is well located. There's also a handy little supermarket 2 minutes walk away.
Restaurant wise, here's what we found in order of merit. Note eating out in Funchal, with water and a bottle of lowish cost wine, will cost £90 ~ £110 per couple although the Pizzeria was much less.

1) The UVA at the Vine Hotel. Don't be fooled by the off putting entrance in a modern shopping mall. This visually stunning, ultra modern hotel serves the most exquisitely prepared food and is amongst the best presented we have experienced anywhere. The roof top restaurant, adjacent to the simply wow pool area has even more stunning views over the sea and town. Just do it.

2) Reids Palace Hotel on New Years Eve. This venue must have once been Madieria's premier Hotel and might still be. If you will pay it (300 eu per person inc unlimited wine) and you like to dress up, this is the place to welcome in the New Year. It's an old school black tie and evening dress party with fantastic views of the world class firework display Funchal is famous for. We chose the Dining Room, which is busier and has a younger vibe than the adjacent Les Faunes restaurant, that an unkind person could liken to Gods Waiting Room. The Dining Room has the traditional decor, but Les Faunes has the roof top view. The 7 course meal was perfectly paced and the live band and dancing kept everyone in a great mood. It really was like a private party with Madiera's high society and the most welcoming atmosphere. Everyone seemed happy to smile back. After midnight we danced on until 2.30 and bizarrely found room for the Madierian/Reids custom of traditional chicken soup and sandwiches at about 1.30. A lovely unique touch.

3) Armazem do Sal. Other reviews have made this partially alfresco, rustic restaurant no 1 in Funchal. Not sure we'd totally agree with that but its pretty good and we were not disappointed. I think it's a victim of its success and we waited about 15 minutes before anybody attended to us.

4) Tokos. This is lovely traditional restaurant that majors on fresh fish. It's about the size of a postage stamp, so you need to book. The owner/head chef is a real character and they proudly bring you all the fresh fish to the table, so you can see what you are ordering. The waitress was charming, funny and pleased to vary the menu for us. Tip:Review the menu prices carefully. There is a huge difference in the cost of some starters and main courses, but you can find good value here.

5) La Tricolore Pizzeria. Down a side street, so they have to try harder. Very pleasant, great staff, with complementary welcome and post meal drinks. Friendly and inexpensive. Great if you want a night off, dress down and go simple.

6) O Jango. This is located in a cobbled side street on staged tables, the best ones outside. It was packed and we went because of a recommendation from a fellow airline passenger who lives in Funchal. I would love to say this is an undiscovered gem, but we didn't find that.The food was basic tourist fare and our local kebab shop could probably do better. Sorry but that's what we found.

Funchal is famous for its Christmas time light festooned trees and illuminations, plus its magnificent New Years Eve firework extravaganza. So much so, that a flotilla of big cruise liners dropped anchor to watch the spectacle. If you are a new visitor, you will doubtless be impressed by the unique night time ambience and if you are a child it will doubtless embed itself in your memory as a fairy tale land.
If you get the weather, we think the Royal Savoy and Funchal a great short haul place for some winter sun.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Worcestershire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

First visit to this Hotel and would return anytime. Very large rooms all overlooking the pool and sea. All public rooms to a very high standard with excellent facilities.
One gripe the drinks very expensive so not many people drink in the bar so it lacks atmosphere. Situated very close to the town so walking in and out of Funchal was a pleasure.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Accrington
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This hotel always lives up to its 5 star rating. Ideally situated in Funchal, within walking distance of the harbour, it offers excellent accommodation and facilities coupled with a high standard of cuisine.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Our first visit to the Royal Savoy and hope to return again next year.

All staff friendly and professional, our room was large and comfortable and very clean, housekeeping even rang our bell one day to ask if everything was okay with our room.

Enjoyed the pools both indoor and out, only gripe was that on several occasions the used towel bin for the indoor pool was overflowing and no clean towels were available unless you went upstairs to the spa or went outside, seemed to be like that for several days in a row. The sauna and steam room were very small and the tropical shower was not working when we tried to use it.

Enjoyed lunch and dinner there, food and service excellent, not a fan of themed buffets but other guests seemed to enjoy that type of thing along with the entertainment.

All in all we had a very pleasant relaxing stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Hornchurch
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

I have been staying at the Royal Savoy twice a year for the last 10 years, I have enjoyed the service and friendly atmosphere and always look forward to returning. You will not be disappointed if you try a visit and would not be surprised if you return.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Royal Savoy Hotel

Address: Rua Carvalho Araujo, Funchal, Madeira 9000-022 , Portugal
Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Funchal
#14 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#18 Family Hotel in Funchal
#21 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
#23 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Royal Savoy Hotel 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oceanfront Resort (October 2001) set amid subtropical gardens with terraces and sundeck. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Royal Savoy Funchal
Savoy Funchal
Royal Savoy Hotel Funchal
Royal Savoy Resort Funchal
Royal Savoy Hotel Madeira/Funchal

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