The Golden Residence comes in 3 separate blocks A,B & C. C block houses both outdoor and indoor pools along with spa facilities, hairdresser, restaurant and bar/entertainment area. It is joined to A & B by an underground corridor so no need to get wet if it is raining. Reception is in B block. Our room C0101 was in C block on the same level as the hairdresser, restaurant and bar/entertainment area and outside patio/pool area. Whilst this was very convenient and meant we could pick up the wi fi signal in our room,sadly it also meant that we found it hard to get to sleep before midnight with people making merry out on the patio which was just outside our room. Our room was spacious with large double bed and wet room which would be great for handicapped and comes complete with pull out washing line and a hairdryer (always handy). We also had TV, Free safe, kettle and empty fridge (saved finding a home for all the mini bar stuff we never buy). There is a supermarket 3 minutes walk away so no problem in filling the fridge with things you do want. The indoor pool is free to use but sauna and steam room are charged if used before 5pm (free after). The indoor pool was a little dark and depressing as it is mostly underground and the Jacuzzi was kept a little on the cool side for our liking. The outdoor pool looked nice but in January we were only going to look! Breakfast had a nice variety but at 11 euros we found it a bit pricey and availed ourselves of supermarket fare. Dinner we also thought expensive and found better deals to be had at the local restaurants. In January there was little entertainment, only a couple singing twice during our 10 day stay. The staff were all very pleasant, helpful and all spoke English. The local bus stops right outside the hotel and offers better value and travel cards for 3//5/7 days than the tour bus which cost 12 euros for 2 days and only goes on a circuit of the area in one direction and finishes at 1700hrs. Car parking in the underground cost 5 euros a day but we managed to find a spot in the street for free.
Happily we did not have any problem with ants like nuzzonick reviewer.
Tip: If you do not want to walk up the hill to the main road, there is a door from A block onto the street that you can access by lift from B block.
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- Also Known As:
- Golden Residence Apartment Funchal
- Hotel Golden Residence Apartment
- Golden Residence Apartment Hotel Madeira/Funchal