We have just returned from a weeks all inclusive stay at the Pestana Casino hotel. I read the tripadvisor comments beforehand and now feel qualified to answer a few of the negative posts some have submitted. First of all it is a 5 star hotel, maybe not the London equivalent of a 5 star but still excellent. The staff were very friendly, we never met any of the grumpy ones that some have reported, you probably get back what you give! The meals were excellent with a very comprehensive selection, even at lunchtime, a different choice of fish every day, sea bass, perch, kingklip( I know, me neither but it was delicious) sardines and not the John West tinned ones either.The carvery was varied,Beef, Lamb, Pork, Duck etc and the sweets were to die for,..the buffet is not recommended for weightwatchers,
We had a side sea view on the 4th floor with great views of Funchal and the harbour, if you are on the lower floors with garden views, then the views won't be so good, unless you like gardens. This was our first visit to Madeira and the one thing we were disappointed with, having endured years of timeshare touting in Tenerife was to find it alive and well and living in Funchal courtesy of the Pestana group.
- 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