Just returned from this lovely hotel. Sadly we were not able to make use of pool as weather was not friendly. But other than that we enjoyed. We stayed on B&B so tried out several restaurants in walking distance. Breakfast at hotel was good, very busy at certain times and catered mainly for european tastes. with choice of cold meats. But plenty of selection otherwise. We ate in on a few nights as weather so bad. Two supermarkets a few minutes in main shopping across road at back of hotel, smaller one down hill from reception entrance. Fish and meat good quality at both. Apartment does not have kettle or iron, but we managed. Apartment spotless, beds very clean, I found mattress hard, but husband was fine! One slight gripe is many hotels do not not use top sheet under quilt which makes it awkward when its a bit warm and you are trying to avoid mosquitoes! We only had one evening where little blighters got me, but managed by keeping windows shut as it went dark. As far as I know all rooms have wet rooms - another thing that let hotel down was quality and size of bathroom towels. These were changed daily, but did feedback at hotel to say that pool towels were better quality and size. We were in Block A, room 505. Some noise from road, but not too bad. Most noise came from barking dogs, unruly roosters and some very strange frog croaking on land next to hotel. Our side of hotel had sun, when it did appear, until 4pm, it was less windy on balcony than at pool. In early season this may be helpful as other side appeared much colder! This hotel does not offer free bus in to town. We made mistake of buying Yellow bus 2 day ticket with Cosmos Rep - quite cheap but better to buy day tickets, 1/3/5/7 days depending-purchase at reception or at Funchal town- NOT on bus!. The buses run very late in to night, unlike tourist bus which stops around 6pm. We also nearly lost the second day on tourist bus as it is meant to be consecutive days which we had not realised. But Bus Driver was very kind and let us on! Restaurants down hill from reception-we tried Mexican, good food, steak excellent. A better local one was Fish restaurant opposite down lots of steps - beautiful fresh fish, highly recommended. We also ate in two restaurants in old town, reviewed separately - Avos and Portao, both excellent and cheap!
Be prepared for lots of hilly walking here, you can't really get away from it. Many of the accesses to hotels are up steep ramps. This hotel dealt with problem by having access from main road on level 5 and then lift to other floors and blocks.
We would recommend hotel to others, we met some lovely people from all over the world. I felt a bit ashamed that everyone else spoke English.Another good point is the suitability of accommodation for wheelchair use...emergency cords is bathroom and beside beds too. Only issue may be access to rest of resort - I did not see anyone in wheelchair using buses but lots of taxis maybe a solution.
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