Just came back home from the hotel. The rooms are old fashioned bust spacious and some have wonderful sea views (especially room 1314!). The food is very good, lots of choice and good quality. The hotel has recently gone 'all inclusive' but has not suffered in quality. The staff are the best feature of the hotel: wonderfully friendly people. Service with a genuine smile! The location is not great though. There is little outside of the hotel. If you're looking to make a lot of daytrips (like we did) then it's not so bad: it's a 15 minute drive by car to Funchal, or 15 minutes to the sandy beach of Machico. If you want entertainment than the hotel is not for you though: the 'shows' are abysmal and the average age of the guests was around 60 but if you don't mind that then it's a very good hotel!