This hotel is situated about 2miles outside Funchal but this didn't cause any problems. Bus services are plentiful and the hotel run a complimentary coach regularly throughout the day unti 1900 hours.
The accommodation is fresh and up to date and although we were on the 1st floor we still have a sea view. Evening entertainment, although it went on until 2330 most nights, did not disturb us. The parrot show is not worth a look though.
The apartment cleaners were not as thorough as Pestana Carlton Maderia but otherwise the rest of the resort was very clean and tidy.
Euro50 utility fee again - but at least we didnt have to pay for parking and umbrellas at the poolside. Plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas available. Pool staff help to move beds if you need to relocate them.
Free WiFi in reception area. Satelite TV in the rooms and it is possible to hire a DVD player and discs. Despite our RCI information sheet saying there was a CD/MP3 player/docking station in the rooms - we didn't have one.
The biggest downside to the room was the lack of storage space in the kitchen area. If you are self catering there was no room to store any food you had purchased, but apart from this there was plenty of cutlery, crockery etc.
Staff are much more friendly here, than Carlton Madeira, and the Welcome Meeting was much more informative. i.e. Purchase a bus ticket at a newsagent, for instance, and the fares are cheaper than on the bus. Also the first time you swipe your ticket allows you transfer to another bus within the hour and you don't get charged again.
Would definitely stay at Pestana Grand again.
- Also Known As:
- Pestana Grand Funchal
- Pestana Grand
- Hotel Pestana Grand
- Pestana Grand Hotel
- Pestana Grand Madeira
- Lti Pestana Grand Hotel Madeira/Funchal
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