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Ocean Gardens
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Estrada Conde Carvalhal, 321 | Sao Goncalo, Funchal, Madeira 9000, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #28 of 91 Hotels in Funchal
Hay-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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“Return Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Just back from our return visit to Ocean Gardens Maderia. Again we were not disappointed, the room was lovely with balcony overlooking the sea. This time we stayed half board as the food is so good in the resturant, the staff are all so very friendly & very willing to help. There is a shuttle bus down into Funchal every day (except sunday) or the service bus stops outside the hotel & passes every 15 minutes. The roof top gardens offer an even more spectacular view over Funchal, where you can sit & enjoy the sunshine or watch the large ocean liners bringing visitors to Maderia. Cant wait to go back again next time in the spring to enjoy all the beautiful flowers the island has to offer. We hired a car for three days & toured the islands many beautiful bays & mountain tops, but if you don't fancy driving yourself there are plenty of tour's available where you can be picked up from the hotel.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Just back from 7 nights at the Ocean Gardens. The hotel and grounds are immaculately kept. We booked via Trivago and had a good deal on 7 nights B & B with an upgraded room - the views from the superior rooms are outstanding and have the sun from midday till sunset. Bed was a bit on the hard side but had no problems sleeping. Bedding and towels changed daily and the room, although a bit tired in places, was very clean. Plenty of hot water, hairdryer and fridge provided in the room but no tea or coffee making facilities so take your own travel kettle if you like a cuppa! Breakfast was ok although same each day which would definitely be a problem for longer than a 7 night holiday. We ate twice in the a la carte restaurant - good service and again great views but food a bit hit and miss and on the expensive side.
We knew before booking that this hotel was out of town and we did go into Funchal each day, sometimes by bus and sometimes by taxi - travel does add up so you need to be aware of this if you decide to stay in the Ocean Gardens. There is a snack bar only about a 5 mins walk downhill from the hotel, which we went to a couple of times for cheap eats and drinks - well worth the walk - no menu but the owner will cook you whatever fresh food she has on the day. As others have mentioned, there is no footpath and you will need to walk on the edge of the road - we didn't find this a problem and the road is well lit.
All in all, a great place to stay in Madeira as long as you don't mind a bit of traveling - enjoy!

Room Tip: Upgrade for the best afternoon sun and sunsets - Room 105 was good.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Truro, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

My husband and I visited the Ocean Gardens in August 2013. It didnt disappoint! The views are incredible and thats what sells the hotel, staff are so welcoming and friendly and the atmosphere is very relaxing. The hotel is a cab ride/bus/shuttle service away from the main town centre (we did try and walk it but we dont recommend it!) however the bus is only 2 euros approx for a single to the town and the hotel offers a shuttle service twice a day. The drinks are expensive in the hotel, so we drank local beer which was 2 euro 50 cents. We went half board and there was a different choice everyday, the food was of a good standard, you can eat from the normal menu, but you pay extra for this. A continental buffet breakfast is served everyday and it has good choice and is fresh. The swimming pool area is very nice and the views are simply breathtaking, I have seen another review on here saying that no refreshments are available at the pool, however they do provide a telephone service so you can call down for whatever you would like. Ask for an ocean view room. From our balcony we could see the whole of funchal with the water to our left, one of the best if not the best view we've had from a hotel room. In the area we would recommend a boat trip out to see the sealife and also the cable cars. The views are what make this hotel!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

just returned from ocean gardens ... such a clean hotel with very very good staff ... upgrade always to a superior ocean view room the view is fantastic ... lovely grounds and plenty of quiet spaces ... breakfast a good continental with a partial hot cooked .. lots of variations on bread.... resturant for half board very good staff always going the one step further to help ... yes there is only an either or alternative but even if you want to buy anything is reasonable and well cooked ,,, sometimes too much choice lets a place down and i know some have complained about the lack of choice ...
hotel shuttle bus ideal and worth using book with reception also a well done to carlos in the bar very friendly and makes a wicked cocktail will go back again . lastly thank you to all the resturant staff for a lovely week the reception staff and cleaners just wish other hotel could visit to see how good this one is

Room Tip: updrade to superior ocean view
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Preston, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Rooms are adequate, air conditioning not in good working order and very noisy. Breakfast was very repetitive but edible. The views from the garden top and restaurant are amazing and that's it as far as it goes. The amenities are very poor the pool is situated on the 4th floor with no refreshment facilities other that a phone to ring down to reception to order a drink!!!
we had taken a half board package and the food was just awful "Fish fried with sprouts", yes we did get sprouts with our fish........ The restaurant is franchised and the food is really nice when your paying an extravagant amount of money for it, but it appears that the owners of the hotel will not pay any extra for the guests so you get a very cheap option. The restaurant staff are great and thanks to them it made a difference. The owner was at the hotel for a few days whilst we were there and the atmosphere was dreadful all the staff appeared to be in fear of them!!! this made our stay uncomfortable.
The hotel is too far out of the town with no shops, bars ect close by. You would take your life in your own hands if you walked down the hill as they drive stupidly fast, this includes the bus drivers.
I can not personally recommend this hotel and I will not be going back. Like most people you work hard and save hard for a holiday and this hotel did not live up to my expectation.
Take my advise and go to another hotel, Funchal is a lovely city and worth a visit.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Hove, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Rooms adequate, Staff superb, breakfast good, views amazing with the right room. That is where it stops. The amenities are poor. No porter to carry cases. A 4th floor pool with no refreshment facility. The worst of all is the restaurant with a stone age chef and a boring menu. The only other way to get an evening meal of good quality is to bus or taxi into Funchal and get a quality meal at half the price. By the way the bar prices are a disgrace. we booked half board and the choice is abysmal, driving you to the main menu that is over priced and generally only meat and fish with salad for 25 euros each without vegetables. Nice staff save the day. The management need to stop taking the piss.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Our room was a good size and very comfortable, the bathroom needs an update and it was difficult to get into the shower/bath. A plug so I could have a bath would have been nice. Had a minor problem with ants in the bathroom, but they soon disappeared. The air con fan was too loud to leave on overnight.The buffet breakfast was excellent. The half board menu was a bit restrictive on a couple of occasions but the food in general was very nice. The staff make the hotel, they were all friendly & helpful, especially the waiters. The rooftop pool was fantastic, but, there was no jacuzzi which was disappointing. The hotel minibus was useful & the local buses are easy to use & very cheap.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Estrada Conde Carvalhal, 321 | Sao Goncalo, Funchal, Madeira 9000, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Funchal
#26 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
#27 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Ocean Gardens 4*
Number of rooms: 47
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Ocean Gardens Funchal
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