Whilst not sure about the five star rating, this hotel represents good value for money and has excellent facilities in probably one of the best positions in Funchal, with easy access to the town, which was a big plus for us. As half board guests, all meals were buffet service, and although I applaud the chef's efforts to vary the food, the buffet format was a little repetitive. Having said this, breakfasts were always good (take the tip from another tripadvisor review and order a fresh pot of coffee rather than the poor quality coffee from the machines) and for dinner the salad and dessert offerings in particular were always impressive. Food quality was generally high. If we were to return, I would chose B&B only as there are numerous excellent restaurants in the town. Seeking some variety, we opted out of our half board twice in the week to sample another restaurant and only found out by accident that it was possible to go to a dinner show at the attached casino restaurant at a cost of only 10 euros each. Excellent value, very good food and much recommended. One irritant during our visit was the rather loud and sickly piped Christmas carols music, which proved impossible to curtail. Staff were cheerful and helpful throughout. If you have a hire car, very limited free parking spaces can be a problem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pestana Casino Park is a 5-star hotel in Funchal, Madeira, surrounded by 15,000 m² of private gardens. Designed by world-renowned master architect Óscar Niemeyer, this hotel is adjacent to the Funchal bay cruise port. Plus, it is only 5 minutes on foot from the city centre and the epicentre of the city's social and cultural life. Its privileged location on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean makes it one of the most famous hotels on the island of Madeira. It features an infinity swimming pool, gardens with peaceful alcoves, a private car park available for a fee, a Spa where you can schedule a massage and/or Magic Spa treatment, and an indoor swimming pool with water jets, jacuzzi, Turkish bath, sauna and gym. You can enjoy four restaurants and bars with views overlooking the tennis court and access to the Casino da Madeira, with games, shows and a nightclub. All rooms have Wi-Fi and a private balcony. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pestana Hotel Park
- Pestana Casino Park Madeira/Funchal