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“A perfect stay”
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Quintinha Sao Joao
Ranked #9 of 86 Hotels in Funchal
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traffy24
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“A perfect stay”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

My fiance and I have just returned from a very relaxing stay in Madeira and this hotel was definitely a highlight. I can't thank them enough for making my birthday very speical (with added cake and champers in our room :-)). The staff are so friendly and helpful you feel chilled and relaxed from the moment you enter until the moment you leave. The gardens are beautiful and the views excellent.

We loved the indoor pool, the only downside being an evening exercise class that cut into our post-walking warmdown for the final 3 days of our stay. We would have like to have been told that the pool was technically closed from 6.30pm rahter than open until 8pm as advertised!

Breakfasts were ideal and the food from the bar very nice, washed down with excellent tea!

We loved the hotel's location, up on a hill overlooking Funchal but i imagine some people might not relish the 20 minutes stroll into town. We found the walk essential for walking off the HUGE Madeiran meals we repeatedly enjoyed!

I would certainly recommend this hotel to couples or small groups, no one too noisy though - you'd spoil the atmosphere...

Room Tip: First floor rooms have a lovely view - and a balcony is always nice!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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abarreto, General Manager at Quintinha Sao Joao, responded to this review, April 12, 2013
Thank you for your review – it is much appreciated. We were more than happy to help make your stay perfect and we are glad that you found our staff friendly and obliging. The fact that you felt chilled and relaxed says it all!

We have noted your comments regarding the Agua Aerobic classes and added this event to our information folders in the room. These classes are held on a Tuesday and Thursday only and the pool is not closed as various guests also enjoy participating.

Thank you for choosing the Quintinha for your birthday celebration – we are delighted you enjoyed our little gift!

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Yours sincerely
André Barreto
General Manager
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Strathtay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Beautifully presented small hotel with lovely antique furniture and traditional Portuguese decoration. Lots of space for sitting around in your room and throughout the hotel. Set in well kept gardens with outdoor and indoor pools and excellent spa. Indoor pool is set on the roof in a bright conservatory which is lovely and warm to hang out in the cooler months and the pool was very warm.

Quiet and peaceful atmosphere and helpful staff. A pianist comes to the bar a couple of nights a week and there is an excellent drinks service on the sun terrace. Well located to walk into the centre of Funchal. Note the hill is quite steep but the hotel does run a courtesy bus at fixed times and prolific taxis are less than 5 Euros.

We stayed B&B and enjoyed the freedom to eat out at the numerous lovely restaurants in Funchal, some of which also provide courtesy buses. The hotel evening menu was on the pricey side. Large choice of buffet breakfast items and cooked food to order.

Chat to the very knowledgable consierge at the first opportunity for free advice and organisaing the best trips. We didn't realise the courtesy bus did airport transfers until we were leaving. It is definitely worth arranging pick-up from the airport in advance. For three of us we were charged 30 Euros and the clapped out taxi we picked up on arrival cost 35 Euros.

Only slight negatives for this hotel are limited sea views, and limited sunbeds round the outdoor pool. It's worth popping to the big hotel next door for a drink at their pool bar for spectacular views of the twinkling lights - but don't stay there unless you are into large scale package places.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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abarreto, General Manager at Quintinha Sao Joao, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
Thank you for writing such a comprehensive review. We are very grateful when guests take time out to write and each and every one is of the utmost importance to us. It certainly helps other travellers make an informed choice.

The hotel as you say is very traditional and spacious. We want you to experience the “real Madeira” and make a concentrated effort to continuously push this point forward. The Quintinha São João is, after all, your Home in Madeira!

We are delighted that you found our information accurate and useful. We are pleased to organise everything possible for you and are glad that your departure transfer to the airport was satisfactory.

All our rooms are “garden view” and we would never think of ourselves as having sea views although some rooms on the top floor do have a glimpse.

We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the future and, in the meantime, thank you again for your support.

Yours sincerely
André Barreto
General Manager
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Dartmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Delightful small hotel with very friendly and helpful staff. Excellent breakfasts and advice on restaurants etc from the manager. Be prepared for a pleasant 20 minute downhill walk to the centre of town, but this means an uphill walk home. Would definitely recommend this quiet hotel.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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abarreto, General Manager at Quintinha Sao Joao, responded to this review, March 27, 2013
Thank you for taking time to write your comments about our Quintinha on TripAdvisor.

It was lovely to have you to stay with us. We are delighted about the comments you made regarding our breakfast and advice - we take great pride in all aspects of our work here, so it is lovely when our endeavours are noticed and mentioned.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon for another relaxing holiday!

Yours sincerely
André Barreto
General Manager
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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

What a delight this hotel is. We booked this hotel after a tripadvisor search. It didn't disappoint. From the moment we were picked up at the airport to check out a week later we were looked after very well. The hotel is very well run, really friendly staff, super quality rooms which were kept beautifully clean. The decor of the hotel is splendid. The only down side for me was that the restaurant didn't seem to reflect the ethos of the rest of the hotel. The breakfast was good lots of choice and freshly cooked eggs etc. Diner was ok but rather expensive. There are much better restaurants in the town. I always felt I was not made as welcome in the restaurant as I was in the hotel. Nevertheless I would certainly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Rooms on the first floor are in the corridor to the restaurant. Any room on the 1st or 2nd floor is...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank Willyboy783
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abarreto, General Manager at Quintinha Sao Joao, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write your review for us on TripAdvisor, we really appreciate it. Your opening sentence made us really happy and it was a delight to have you staying with us! We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay and that you found that our staff and facilities lived up to their reputation.

We certainly look forward to welcoming you back and are most grateful that you would consider recommending the Quintinha de São João.

Yours sincerely
André Barreto
General Manager
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

We have just returned from the Quintinha Sao Joao and had a really excellent relaxing break. This hotel is very good, with superb standards and extremely helpful staff who all take a real pride in making this a fantastic place to stay. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the town centre although on most occasions we got a taxi back since it was uphill and after all we were on holiday! We only ate in the restaurant once and whilst we found it far better than other hotels we have stayed in recently, the standard of restaurants in Funchal is very high and it did lag behind the others we ate in during the week. We would not hesitate to recommend this hotel and we will return. My tip is to book the hotel, flight and transfer separately rather than book a package tour as we saved quite a bit by doing it this way.

Room Tip: Pay a bit extra and get a room with a balcony.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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abarreto, General Manager at Quintinha Sao Joao, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Thank you very much for your support in writing a review on TripAdvisor. We are very pleased that you think we give value for money and that you had a relaxing break.

We work hard to maintain the high standards we have set ourselves so it is most rewarding to hear that you feel we have succeeded and that you enjoyed the service of our staff. We try to get the balance right by being helpful without being intrusive. We are also delighted to hear that you enjoyed our restaurant on the occasion you chose to dine in.

We look forward very much to welcoming you back to the Quintinha on your next visit to Madeira.

Yours sincerely
André Barreto
General Manager
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

Just returned from a 5 night stay in this hotel. The location is ideal, being a short walk to the centre of town. Walking back to the hotel was not a problem, although all uphill. A taxi is always an option and not expensive. Our room was very spacious, clean, well equipped and having the balcony was lovely. Breakfast was good with a varied choice each day, with an option of ordering eggs cooked to order. We ate in the restaurant on 2 occasions and I would have to disagree with some of the other reviews. The service was efficient, food was good and the wine reasonably priced. This is a lovely hotel, the staff, without exception, were extremely friendly and helpful. If ever I'm lucky enough to visit the beautiful island of Madeira again, I would definitely stay return to this hotel.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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abarreto, General Manager at Quintinha Sao Joao, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
We believe that if guests take time to write reviews on Tripadvisor we should take time to say thank you. So thank you!

We are delighted that you enjoyed our restaurant cuisine and service – both for breakfast and dinner.

Customer Service is one of our main priorities along with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere...we constantly strive to get the balance just right. Happily it seems as though we have succeeded where you are concerned!

We sincerely hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back one day soon.

Yours sincerely
André Barreto
General Manager
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St. Neots, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

It is a ten minute walk downhill from the hotel to the centre of town (The Cathedral). Takes more like 15 mins coming back up, but we did not find this a problem and prefer this location to being out along the coast in one of the newer hotel development areas. The Quintinha has lots of character including interesting old furniture and pictures. We made use of the games room (table tennis, pool, chess and draughts) and the indoor pool (fairly small but good, with towels and sun loungers). Reception staff were cheery, efficient and helpful.

Our bedroom was large, clean and very pleasant, with a good bathroom including power shower - although the bath was not all that long. Whilst the hotel is generally very peaceful there was some slight traffic noise in our room (which was at the end of the building nearest the main road), but not enough to bother us.

We had one evening meal in the restaurant, which was disappointing. But there are lots of good places to eat in Funchal so if you don't mind the walk then no problem. In contrast, breakfast in the hotel was very good bordering on excellent. There was a very broad range of choice, including cereals, cake, sliced meat, cheese, croissants, bread rolls, yoghurt and superb fresh fruit. Cooked breakfast was also available, which whilst not up to the standards of the best "English breakfast" was quite acceptable - and this is Madeira not UK so play to their strengths and enjoy the fruit!

Room Tip: High (3rd floor) rooms have best views
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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abarreto, General Manager at Quintinha Sao Joao, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
We thank you so much for posting your review on TripAdvisor and would like to say that we value every single one. We are certain prospective guests will find it useful.

We have a dedicated, professional and helpful team who ensure our guests feel welcome and at home – we are so gratified that this is evident.

We do our utmost to provide the best buffet breakfast possible to cater for the tastes of all the nationalities staying with us. We specially prepare all our fresh fruit daily to save our guests the trouble of even peeling the succulent delights of our island!

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Yours sincerely
André Barreto
General Manager
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Property: Quintinha Sao Joao
Address: Rua Levada Sao Joao 4 | Madeira, Funchal, Madeira 9000-191, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Funchal
#6 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
#7 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#9 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Quintinha Sao Joao 5*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built within the grounds of an historic "Quinta" of Funchal, Quintinha de Sao Joao resurrects perfectly the magic of the old Madeiran residences. There are 42 spacious rooms in total, all equipped with the most up-to-date facilities with splendid views over the gardens. Bar, restaurant, heated outdoor and indoor swimming pools and full Spa are included facilities. The careful attention to detail and the excellent personal service brings to life our motto "Home from Home." ... more   less 
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