Set at about 5000 feet above sea level, you will notice the temperature is dramatically lower than at the coast. The Paul da Serra is a National Park and is a beautiful area of the island with plenty of walks and fantastic drives.
Due to the altitude the weather can change very quickly, so do be aware in the winter months that it is not only cold, but often shadowed in cloud, therefore visibility can be poor.
The hotel complex is quite large and well kept, comprising two restaurants with a bar area, although only one is open in the winter. The menu is extensive and the jungle theme will make you smile! Staff are very friendly and the food was excellent.
Our room at the front of the hotel had a moorland view, and although it was cold (there is cental heating but is not that efficient), luckily we managed to find an oil powered radiator which did the trick!
Room had a balcony and in the warmer weather this would be a pleasant place to relax.
At £27 per night this was great value. Breakfast is buffet style with a good selection.
We will return in warmer weather to do more walking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the scenic surroundings of the Madeira mountains, this 4-star hotel offers rooms with private balconies. It has a jungle-themed restaurant with simulated fog and special sound effects. Hotel Pico Da Urze provides an easy access to many picturesque locations including Porto Moniz, less than 25 km away. Guests can also enjoy hiking in one of the largest laurel forests in the world. Decorated in warm and uplifting colours, all rooms at Hotel Pico Da Urze - Paul Da Serra come with work desks and satellite TV. Traditional Madeiran and Portuguese cuisine is served at the Jungle Rain restaurant, which specialises in meat dishes. Guests can enjoy a variety of drinks at the hotel's pub. Pico Da Urze Hotel is conveniently located just 45 minutes' drive from Funchal and 1 hour's drive from Madeira Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Pico Da Urze Calheta, Madeira