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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cradled against an oceanfront hillside and located in a quiet and sunny suburb of Funchal, within approx 2km from the city centre, the renovated Hotel Savoy Gardens (ex-Vila Ramos), renowned for the provision of friendly and personalised service, offers amazing mountain and sea views across lush verdant plantations. The Savoy Gardens is a friendly boutique-style hotel that provides its guests a modern feel and a traditional quality. All 119 completely renovated rooms include 9 suites. All have their own furnished balcony and are equipped with air-conditioning, direct dial telephone, flat screen TV set with interactive TV, FREE internet wireless system, tea and coffee making facilities, safety box and mini-bar, plus a fully equipped bathroom with bathtub, shower and hairdryer.The elegant and new interiors are all designed in soft colours with excellent materials to create a relaxing atmosphere throughout the hotel. The Savoy Gardens Hotel features the Restaurant Laurissilva, serving a daily buffet breakfast and themed Buffet dinners with cooking station. In a reserved cosy area, this restaurant also features a elegant a la carte dinner service. The Cica cocktail bar serving evening cocktails and the Palmeira bar serving snacks, hot and fresh drinks throughout the day as well as a daily suggestion of healthy and delicious light dishes for lunch. One outdoor freshwater heated swimming pool, a panoramic rooftop 360º view terrace with sun-lounges, jacuzzi, shower and self-service bar - the ideal location to spot the daily arrivals and departures of cruise liners in Funchal's harbour. Some of the facilities are also located in the lower-ground floor, such as the Spa with themed and seasonal promotions and special spa packages, the hairdresser, a games and TV room with internet desk and the Night Club Magnolia with nightly live music and entertainment. The Savoy Gardens Hotel is a new concept in Adults Only accommodation. Conceived as a place for rest and fun specially dedicated for those seeking a relaxing although extravagant vacation: unique experiences, amazing entertainment programmes, personalised service and attention to detail and all the commodities and services of a hotel for guests over 16 years of age. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Savoy Gardens Funchal
- Hotel Savoy Gardens Madeira/Funchal