Just arrived back from Madeira and a week's stay in this hotel. The literature we saw in advance made a great play on the "recent" refurbishment, so that must have been around for a while. However, the standards of decoration throughout are pleasant but unadvenurous; clean, tidy and well maintained. It is typical of hotels catering for mature europeans, mainly british package holiday visitors, with the added advantage of being closed to children(a personal view), the disadvantage being that it occasionally feels as though you are getting an early feel for what later life has to offer. The hotel employees are thorough, efficient, helpful and friendly throughout. The restaurant has an a la carte option but the vast majority of guests are on a package and are fed from a buffet arrangement. My disappointment with this was the almost total lack of anything akin to local cuisine style. The menu was unadventurous and bland (see earlier comment on the nature of most guests).
All in all, conveniently located, well run but nothing to rave about or set your tastebuds alight. The bar prices are high and the wine list limited to mediocre wines charged at a huge mark up.