Just returned from the Casino Park Hotel. This is a very large hotel with plenty of grounds around the hotel. The staff were excellent from the reception to the waiters were all first class. The room cleaners were not as good. There was dust under the room furniture and around the picture frames the carpet could also had done. with a clean.
We stayed b&b and the breakfast was very good with a choice to suit all ,except the coffee which was almost undrinkable. Looking at the daily menu I thought the evening meal was very expensive at nearly £30 for a 3 coarse meal when there were plenty of excellent places to eat, some just around the corner (Bernini Restaurant) where you would get 2 main coarse for £30.
The hotel has very spacious reception and bar areas. The indoor heated pool with steam and sauna rooms is one of the best I've seen in any hotel.
The hotel is a 15 min stroll to the town if it was flat, but there is a hill down to the town and would make it very difficult for people with walking problems. The best solution is a bus pass which you can purchase to cover 3/5/7 days.
Would I stay at this hotel again? Yes, if it were in a different country as I feel you have to be a mountain goat with all the hills, slopes, steps and uneven cobble streets to enjoy Funchal
Just a note on Funchal. At the present the whole area around the sea front is being ripped up.
It is very noisy and difficult to carry on a conversation in that area.
- 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 Hotel Madeira/Funchal