What can I say that hasn’t already been said so many times and in great detail by other reviewers other than to reiterate just what a beautiful, peaceful and personable hotel the Quinta Jardins do Lago is.
We have used Tripadvisor for almost 10 years now to choose holiday accommodation and more recently, restaurants, and thanks to others’ articulate reviews have yet to be disappointed, but nevertheless, we were still surprised and delighted at just how exceptional the Quinta is.
We stayed for 7 days from 26th September having booked B & B only, intending to sample some of Funchal’s many restaurants. Since we’d booked a table in the restaurant just for our evening of arrival, we assumed we’d order from the Quinta’s own A La Carte menu. However, upon arrival, the charming young lady receptionist pointed out that here was a half-board menu available on display in the lobby for which B&B guests could choose if reserved before 5.00 pm each day
They offer 5 courses comprising a light starter, soup, fish , meat and dessert for 40 Euros and it was so delicious, the service so attentive and each day’s menu so appetising, that like at least one other reviewer, we changed our intentions to eat out and although having intended to drive into Funchal, enjoyed staying in for a relaxing meal and coffee / drinks in the lounge afterwards – something we’ve never done for every evening of our stays at any other hotel.
Rather than venture into Funchal in our rental car on our first full day, we opted to book the courtesy bus to familiarise ourselves and although the morning bus was full, they arranged for a second one just 15 minutes later which was just one of many examples of how they look after their guests. We drove into Funchal on later days and made a point of driving through it’s ‘Hotel City’ area which made us even more appreciative of the Quinta’s peaceful seclusion
We were looked after even more personally the next day when we planned to start touring the island and Luis in Reception gave us some excellent recommendations on places to visit while the weather was so clear. We set off to find that my unfamiliarity with the lights on our hire car had left us with a dead flat battery but Luis rang both the hire car company and their Recovery agents for us immediately and we were on our way in no more than 30 minutes.
We didn’t realise just how precipitous the island is and after our first few drives, we were seeing hairpin bends in our sleep, but if for you, discretion is better than valour, there’s no need to miss it’s spectacular scenery as there were plenty of coach tours, Jeep safaris and organised walks which they will book for you at Reception. There’s also the cable car and toboggan in Funchal which we’ll try during another visit as we’d got our kicks from our drives around the island after which we were able to relax by the pool with drinks and snacks with attentive service from the Bistro.
So it’s another 5+ stars from us for a 5-star Hotel in every aspect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Large Botanical Garden with more them 500 different spices of plants and a variety of pleasant and relaxing areas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Quinta Jardins Do Lago Hotel Funchal
- Quinta Jardins Do Lago Funchal
- Jardins Lago
- Quinta Jardins Do Lago Madeira/Funchal