The Savoy Gardens offers exceptional value for money when you book out of season. We did not pay a supplement for either a sea or mountain view but were impressed by our room which had plenty of afternoon sun and a partial sea view. The room was a good size, with a large bathroom and was well equipped with both a refrigerator and a slim line TV.
Both breakfast and the evening meal are 'buffet style' and provide a wide range of foods. Breakfast offered a range of fresh fruit and cereal, together with the usual cooked offerings as well as individually cooked omelettes. Likewise the evening meal had an excellent array of salads, along with a good choice of hot meals. Desserts were also excellent.
During our stay guests did not 'book' sunbeds in the early morning as there were more than enough for everybody. The rooftop sun terrace is a suntrap; the double sun beds are very comfortable!
During the evenings, Matt and Sarah offered some superb entertainment; the best we have seen in any hotel/resort of this type.
As other reviewers have noted, the hotel is on a hill and the walk back from Funchal can be tiring but if you are reasonably fit, you can return from the town centre in 20 minutes. Alternatively, a public bus service passes the hotel to go into town.
A bonus for us was the annual carnival along the seafront - a marvellous display of sound, colour and dance.