We prefer self-catering holidays so we can try local food, therefore we booked self-catering rooms. We had everything you needed to cook full meals, although we really only used it to prepare breakfast and snack meals.
The hotel rooms were clean and spacious although we were given rooms with tiny balconies. When we complained we were immediately offered a change and given a free meal at the weekly barbecue. Our advice is don't accept rooms 221 and 222 if the balcony is important to you, althoough the rooms were fine otherwise!
The barbecue was a bit of a let down and made us glad we weren't eating in the hotel regularly as the food is nowhere near as good as the local restaurants produce. Avoid the dried out pork steaks and fatty meat skewers and go for the sardines and bratwurst instead. The desserts were very disappointing too - again much better can be had in local eateries.
The pool area was great with helpful staff to bring pillows for the sunbeds and umbrellas on request. The pool itself was good but got a bit rowdy when full of kids - avoid the school holidays if you are averse to this.
The rooms were well maintained and cleaned daily, again by friendly staff. The air con worked fine and kept the room lovely and cool.
The trips offered by our Thomas Cook rep were good too - we would heartily recommend the Jeep safari (try the Sunday tour of the south-west side of the island), catamaran trip to sea dolphins and open top bus tour of Funchal. All reasonably priced and exactly what was described to to us by the rep Diane - in fact she told of the catamaran trip was better value than a higher priced trip so full marks there.
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- Also Known As:
- Four Views Monumental Lido Hotel Funchal
- 4 Views Monumental Lido
- Hotel Monumental Lido
- Monumental Lido Madeira
- Monumental Lido Hotel Funchal
- Four Views Monumental Lido Madeira/Funchal