Funchal is a busy, bustling capital city. So it's a good thing that if you're after true relaxation, Quintinha Sao Joao is out of the centre. The estate the building was on once extended all the way into town but was then sold off piecemeal. Today, it takes a good 30 minutes to walk down into old town, where most of the restaurants are, or slightly less to wander down to the hotel quarter on the sea front where there are other good ones. The only downside is the walk back up the hill afterwards! The hotel does have a shuttle bus but we did not use it.
We stayed on a B&B rate and ate evening meals in Funchal, but for most of the rest of the time we remained in the hotel grounds as it was just so nice to be there. The staff were really helpful and friendly - all Portuguese except for the English Rosie who is guest liaison and can book you tours/trips or just give lots of great advice.
Breakfast was fantastic - the buffet spread was extensive and they're also happy to cook you hot food (bacon and eggs etc). I can't say enough good things about this hotel - it's in the top two we've ever stayed in, anywhere.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Quintinha Sao Joao Funchal
- Quintinha Sao Joao Hotel Funchal
- Quintinha Sao Joao Madeira/Funchal