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Pestana Promenade

Rua Simplicio dos Passos Gouveia N0 31, Funchal, Madeira 9000-001 Portugal
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The Pestana Promenade is a 4-star hotel in Funchal, Madeira and is one of the newest and most sophisticated contemporary hotels in Funchal. It is 2 minutes on foot from the beach and near Lido with direct access to the promenade that stretches all the way to Praia Formosa. Take a stroll through the vast garden area and discover one of the largest swimming pools of all of the hotels on Madeira. Visit the Spa with indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, whirlpool bath, sauna, Turkish bath and gym. It offers two restaurants and a bar. Most rooms offer a relaxing view of the sea.
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Free internet
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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Bicycle rental
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Business Center with Internet Access
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Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
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Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
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Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
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Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
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24-hour check-in
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Ocean view
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English, Spanish, German, Portuguese
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Kath B wrote a review Nov 2020
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom19 contributions8 helpful votes
We usually stay at the Miramar but this was a great substitution. It felt very safe, the staff were excellent and the position on the beautiful promenade was ideal for long strolls with amazing views.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
TrevG_12 wrote a review Nov 2020
Exeter18 contributions69 helpful votes
Oct 8th – 22nd 2020 - Pestana Promenade . This was our first visit to Madeira and despite the Coronavirus Pandemic we had a wonderful time. My wife and I were on a package tour, bed and breakfast, and the hotel is situated about 25 minute drive from the airport on the outskirts of the capital Funchal. The Hotels main entrance and reception area is on the 5th floor with a very spacious lobby and I think that the hotel is 7 or 8 storey’s high. The main hotel amenities, pools, bars and restaurants are on the ground floor. We had a lovely spacious bedroom on the 1st floor overlooking the outdoor pools and the very well maintained pretty garden area. Our room had a good size bathroom, with a bath/shower, a large bedroom area and sliding doors to a reasonable size balcony. The balcony area had a table and 2 chairs. Our bedroom had 2 single beds made up but pushed together, reasonable wardrobe space, a fridge, good size safe, tv, a casual table and a couple of sofa loungers. It was a very clean comfortable room my only minor criticism was the lack of drawer space, only 3 drawers in the main wardrobe. Such a spacious room could easily have accommodated more storage space. The cleaning staff attended the room every day, changing towels when necessary and keeping everything clean. They worked very hard. I noticed on a previous review that that there were no kettles, cups or tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms. Using the advice of the previous reviewer I emailed the hotel via their central hotel group contact and I requested a kettle and cups for our room. This was duly acknowledged and they were in our room when we arrived. Also the following day I found a complementary bottle of wine chilling in ice in our room from the hotel as I was celebrating a special birthday. All the staff at the hotel that we had dealings with were pleasant and helpful. Regarding protection against the virus, it was very hygienic, there were sanitiser stations all around the hotel and the cleaning staff were continually wiping services down, it always felt fresh and clean. All the staff wore masks and whilst in the hotel guests were also obliged to wear masks, except obviously not in your bedroom, or when sitting down eating or drinking. Also not needed around the pool area whilst swimming or sunbathing, but if moving to and from the pool area most people wore their masks. Guest wise the hotel did not seem that busy, (numbers down because of the virus). The pool area is lovely; there were plenty of sunbeds around and usually a pool side attendant to help put up any umbrellas. Lovely swimming pools with a separate small shallow pool for children and 2 larger pools for everyone in very clean and beautiful gardens. Because of the virus precautions some of the facilities were not operating such as the spa etc but the indoor pool did remain open, although there was a restriction of a maximum of only 9 people allowed. The lovely indoor pool is on the same garden level and quite close to the outdoor pools and during quiet periods I used it several times as it was several degrees warmer that the outdoor pools. The indoor pool area is nice and there was never more than 2 people using the pool when I was there. We only had breakfasts in the hotel as we like to try other eateries. Guests need to wear a mask to breakfast, select a table and a waiter/waitress will bring over your cutlery etc in an individual bag. The breakfast is a buffet affair, no tea or coffee served at the table; there are drink dispensers in the buffet area. There are no serving implements around the buffet, before you enter the area you need to select a pair of tongs for your sole use, there is a one way system and you collect your plates, food and drink as required. You use your own tongs for selecting your food and on exit from the buffet you dispose of the tongs in a container. It appears very hygienic. The food at breakfast was okay, being buffet style and with the virus precautions, eggs etc are not cooked to order, but at least the system is hygienic. To summarise, an excellent hotel with good accommodation and facilities, also excellent staff and the hotel situated in a good location. Other information:- 1. Pool towels are provided in your room (light brown colour towels). When you need to change them leave them on the bathroom floor and the maid will leave you fresh towels. 2. The hotel has a back exit onto the promenade walkway. From the ground floor of the hotel use the bridge across the pools and on the left hand side there are about 10 steps leading down to the back door. There is a white button on the wall which you need to push to release the door lock. When returning use your door key card on the pad situated on the wall to unlock. 3. Madeira is fairly hilly for walking around; even the promenade walkway is hilly in places. Once we understood the hotel location in relation to local shops, supermarkets and restaurants we used the hotel lift to exit the hotel either level 5 or ground floor to save the leg work. 4. There were hand sanitiser’s at the entrance to every shop and restaurant. Masks must be worn when entering shops, restaurants etc but when general walking about the local area most people did not wear masks as it was not crowded, but in the capital Funchal it was fairly crowded and more people wore masks. 5. There is a bus stop immediately outside the hotel; buses 1 and 2 go into the main front area of Funchal. Bus 148 goes a torturous route but it does take you to Monte, where there are gardens to look at and is the terminus for the chairlift which travel up from Funchal centre. If you want to use the bus, everyone must wear a mask, all seats are used when busy (no gaps are left). You can purchase a ticket from the driver or you can get a transport credit card, (ours cost 13 euros for 10 journeys) and then it is just a card swipe on entry. There are different purchase options and this requires further research. 6. There are many shops selling trips around the island, we only did one trip and that was the Western one which was very enjoyable. 7. Just a brief mention regarding the Covid procedures for the island. Prior to leaving for your holiday (48 hrs before arrival) you will have needed to log into the Madeira site, details should be given by your travel provider. You will also be requested to download a Madeira app for the authorities to communicate with you. Once it is processed the Madeira site send an acknowledgement and a ref number which you will be required to show on arrival at Madeira airport. The procedures for testing new arrivals are slick with plenty of staff available to help. You basically form queues and get moved along, initially showing your Madeira site ref details, then directed to a person who will check reference numbers, fill out brief cross referencing details and give you the relevant containers, then moved on to private cubicles where the test takes place. Swabs taken from the back of your throat and both nostrils. Not very pleasant and in fact it does hurt but the sensation goes away after a while. We then went to our hotel where we stayed isolated in our bedroom until the negative result came through on the Madeira app. In our case it took 6.5 hrs for the result. 8. There are several supermarkets quite close to the hotel. The one I used most was leaving the hotel via ground floor exit, turn left, and walk along the frontage area for 5 – 10 minutes and the supermarket is up on the left, among a group of shops with a carpark in front. It is a fairly flat walk to this one. There is another supermarket in the shopping road above the hotel; it is probably closer but a bit steeper for walking. 9. Restaurants in area. There are lots of restaurants around the hotel area, it is probably easier to research them on line, but the following are what we found good and bad. (i) Leeno’s restaurant which is just along the prom from the hotel. We went there 4 times, good menu, excellent service. I had the fillet steak a couple of times and it was perfect. Even with the lack of tourists, this place gets busy and they recommend that you book 48 hrs beforehand. We saw people turned away because they were completely full (ii) Cris’s restaurants. Cris apparently has 3 restaurants locally, one is closed at present but we did try the other 2. I think they are called Cris’s Place and Cris’s Restaurant. They are quality upmarket restaurants, excellent menus and attentive waiting staff. Cris’s Place is just 2 mins from the hotel along the prom, whilst Cris’s restaurant s about a 10 min walk up via the shopping area. After studying the menu on both occasions we opted for the ‘concept’ option (40 euro pp) which includes any starter, any main course and any desert from the menu, plus as much wine as you wish or soft drinks if you prefer. The waiters are continually circulating the room topping up customers wine glasses. Excellent well-presented food. (iii) Indian Palace. This Indian restaurant is 3-4 minutes’ walk from the hotel on the road above (where the shops are). We went there twice. It was lovely food, very good portions and good service. It is also very popular and if you want to eat at peak times you will need to book a table. (iv) Papa Manuel. This is a pizza and pasta type of place, just a couple of minutes along the prom from the hotel. We also went here twice and both times we had pizza’s which were very enjoyable. Good food at a reasonable price. Outside tables give good view looking out to sea. (v) Now for the worst restaurant. Restauante Chanceller is just 3-4 minutes from the hotel on the road above with the shops. Although it looked nice from the outside, the food was poor quality, the service not very good, hygiene regarding the virus not very good using dirty book menus, seating close proximity etc. The sangria was very watered down and expensive. The bill was also very expensive compared to other restaurants. It is not surprising that on the reviews it has 88 ‘terrible’s’. Avoid.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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DidsburyRed wrote a review Nov 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom52 contributions60 helpful votes
Booked late to get away from the UK during the school half term with the family. The swimming pools are one of the hotels best features and we spent a lot of time in them though they can be a little cool for some, even the indoor pool was a bit cool, despite saying 29 degrees. We booked Saturday to Saturday and the hotel although quiet initially got noticeably busier as the week went on. It is also very well located for walks along the promenade and a very easy bus ride into the centre of Funchal for Euro 1.90 each way. I did walk back once and it took about 30 minutes, walking fairly quickly. The breakfast is good, not comprehensive, but it is rather enjoyable sitting outside in the sun overlooking the ocean eating breakfast. I would not recommend going half board at this hotel though, the buffet was extremely limited and a real let down. There are about 4-5 main dishes to choose from, some limited vegetables and and usually some form of potato. There is also a salad section, a soup and some deserts. The staff was great though and were willing to accommodate whatever you wanted, several nights I did order from the children's menu as it has a larger selection, the burgers were great, however the pizzas were soggy and the chicken overcooked and dry. Given the extra cost for half board, I was so disappointed with this and would have been much happier to get the money back to go out and eat at nearby restaurants every night. The only other negative was the entertainment which was poor, especially for kids - we walked up the road to the Baia Azul several nights - where we watched a couple of bands and a magician. There was nothing relevant for kids in the hotel other than the pool and there was a lot of kids running around unsupervised. It would be nice to have some kind of small play park or somewhere indoors where the kids can go and play. The rooms were great with great view, although, I'm not sure if they separate smoking/non smoking rooms as our room became so smoky due to surrounding rooms that we asked to move the next day. The 2nd one was much better as the first had a big glass window from the room into the bathroom, which lit the entire room when someone went into the bathroom at night, incredibly bad design! We also complained about a non-working fridge in our first room and the receptionist tried to pass it off as a mini bar and tell us it wasn't fridge, despite it saying refrigerator on it. I was a little disappointed that I had to force the issue to get someone to look at it. Overall, we had a really enjoyable holiday and the staff in Breezes were great but if you have had buffets in big 4* hotels in other countries before, you will be extremely disappointed like I was so I have marked it down a star for that. I think the most tables that we saw at dinner in the evening was 4 at any one time so I can understand why they didn't have a big buffet but it is too costly at 26 Euro pp.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Room Tip: Most have ocean and pool view
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zekka wrote a review Nov 2020
Bournemouth, United Kingdom38 contributions19 helpful votes
We booked Prestana Promenade Madeira last minute as an option for half term holiday with kids. The hotel is great for holiday stay: big out door swimming pool, sea view and comfortable rooms. Rooms were exceptionally cleaned every day as well as towels changed. Some decorations in a room however can be updated/ changed ( net curtains had a few holes). But this not effected our stay. Rooms are big and e had a balcony facing pool and sea view. We booked with breakfast which had a good selection of food. Service also was good and quick. The only thing I would suggest- as there was a lot of children in hotel that time, will be great to have some kids entertainment so they can spend their energy wisely. Thank you for having us, we will be back next year.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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John Christophe... J wrote a review Oct 2020
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom301 contributions144 helpful votes
We have visited this complex for many years, it has a great location and is very spacious. The hotel areas and rooms are very comfortable and spacious, the staff are absolutely brilliant - nothing is too much trouble - always a smiling face! We do not dine at the hotel as we stay in our apartment, The restaurants and bar areas are spacious. Excellent Covid-19 precautions and social distancing is well managed. The views from the 4th floor towards the sea and pools area is wonderful. Pestana has done very well to open this hotel at a very difficult time Always meet up with old and new friends. A very nice location - we shall be back
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Date of stay: October 2020
Room Tip: Views towards sea are best
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pestana Promenade
Which popular attractions are close to Pestana Promenade?
Nearby attractions include Passeio Público Marítimo e Jardins do Lido (0.1 miles), Jardim Panorâmico (0.06 miles), and Orchid Gifts of Madeira (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Pestana Promenade?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, a swimup bar, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Pestana Promenade?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Pestana Promenade?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Pestana Promenade?
Conveniently located restaurants include Indian Palace Restaurant, MadMarket, and Sabor da India.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Pestana Promenade?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Pestana Promenade offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Pestana Promenade?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, German, and Portuguese.
Are there any historical sites close to Pestana Promenade?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Colégio dos Jesuítas do Funchal (1.7 miles), Santa Clara Convent (1.6 miles), and Blandy's Wine Lodge (1.6 miles).
Does Pestana Promenade have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Pestana Promenade accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.