The Pestana Grand could be your perfect destination depending on what you want out of your holiday. It was certainly perfect for us.
We wanted a quiet holiday to empty our head from work with nice surroundings and good weather and that's what we got. We stayed half board as it was the same price as B&B with Thompson and upgraded to a sea view room, a must.
I always hate the food in hotels with the exception of the Pestana Grand it was really very good. I think their evening buffet was good because they were catering for smaller numbers of people so the quality didn't suffer. The breakfast is very good and the prices in the bar are very reasonable, especially in happy hour.
The location is very quiet, about a 50 minute walk to Funchal which was a good way of walking off breakfast. We didn't use the free shuttle bus. It's also about an hour to Camara Da Lobos which is a lovely walk along the sea front. Tip: if you turn right at the yacht bar and walk along the road behind it and then take the first left, it saves you walking along the rocky beach.
We weren't impressed with the local restaurants near the hotel, the food is ok but nothing to write home about. The best restaurant we visited was the Taberna Da Esquina, the beef skewers were to die for, I also had the goat stew which was lovely.
All in all, if you want a lively hotel with lots of atmosphere, this is not the place for you. If, like us, you want a relaxing time in lovely surroundings with great views and wonderful staff the this is the place to go.
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- Also Known As:
- Pestana Grand Funchal
- Hotel Pestana Grand
- Pestana Grand Hotel
- Pestana Grand Madeira
- Lti Pestana Grand Madeira/Funchal