I've stayed at Pestana Casino Park Hotel several times as I visit the island often on my own and it is a good place to relax and don't feel bothered for going on holiday solo.
The amazing price one can get for the Junior Suite, a lovely large room with separated sitting room, an enormous bathroom with large bath and shower, both with amazing sea views is a one off in the island for such good deals.
The swimming pool area is lovely and you will never get lost like some resorts. I love lying down in the sunbed inside the pool while having large jug of pina colada and enjoy watching enormous sea cruises arriving at port. It's the best entertainment, plus the ships look so large and so close that you feel you almost can touch them.
There are some things than make this place not so inviting for younger cooler tourists.
The breakfast buffet hasn't change since the 80s, although there's a large selection of food, Madeiran's don't seem to give up on canned fruit, would nicer to travel to a tropical island and have fresh organic fruit, plus the layout of the buffet sometimes is a bit dated and untidy and greasy.
The entertaining in the evening hasn't changed in the last 30 years, would be nice if "Pestana Group" invested in a good jazz band or a good singer, sure we can all agree that the old fashioned electric piano makes the place dated no matter "cool" they try to be. Lady in red and pan pipes is no longer the best way to entertain, especially when is played over and over
The overall experience is great, this hotel is very well priced and you're so close to town.
Madeira's night life is only well known to the locals and starts very early in the morning and this hotel is the best location to join them as the Casino is right next door and there's a good night cub that only gets busy around 3 am.
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- Also Known As:
- Pestana Hotel Park
- Pestana Casino Park Hotel Madeira/Funchal