Thankfully we only spent one night in this hotel...It is nicely decorated and very clean and contemporary. BUT the first problem we encountered was with the air conditioning that didn't work. We called down, someone came up, pressed a few switches and all was well. No iron or ironing board and bath towels teeny. The food at the pool bar was very nice though, much better than the Royal Savoy and we didn't mind paying what we did for the food. The swimming was no way in a million years heated. It was freezing, it was very hot in Funchal last week so getting in the pool should be refreshing but it was like being stabbed all over by 50 knives!
We had another problem with our air conditioning, it would only stay on for 30 seconds and would only pump out warm air. My partner phoned reception once, twice, three times and still not one came, he went down to demand we change rooms (I wasn't very well), he was told how to fix the air con and came back up to the room, 5 mins later an engineer comes in who could not speak one word of english, now we wouldn't expect them to be fluent in english, but if you work in hotels, English is kind of a necessity, at least basic. We couldn't explain to him what was wrong, and he couldn't explain to us what to do, so he just pointed and walked out, he never came back, we tried to fix it ourselves but just settled with cool/warm air for the rest of the night.
Plus side is the breakfast was very nice, walking distance (though up some killer hills) to some abolsutely lovely restaurants, one we would definitely recommend is Casa Madierian, best meal we've ever had.
- 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