Just returned from the Regenct club, not knowing what to expect so expected the worst.
There were some pro's and cons which I'll try and summarise so this doesn't turn into war and peace
Nice lobby on arrival, first room was on 1st floor but was ground level as it was the route to the pool so no privacy and no balcony, just a big terrace type area indoors, but the room was very spacious.
We asked to be moved and they found us a room on the 4th floor the next day.
Great view overlooking the sea, balcony with two chairs and table , bedroom was curtained off and was a bit small but had ensuite bathroom and dresser, bedsides cabinets and wardrobe, was ample enough to sleep in.
Main room with small kitchenette was spacious and the kitchen fully equiped with kettle, toaster, microwave and oven/ hob plenty of plates and glasses etc.
Aircon in both bedroom and living, TV with some english speaking channels.
Yes the decor is a little dated and the kitchenette had a little wear and tear but the rooms were clean and maid service everyday, beds were comfortable.
We self catered and only ate in the pool bar once, for the price we weren't impressed but the menu in the evening seemed ok and they did BBQ and theme nights.
The pool is reached over a bridge spanning the road and there is direct access to the sea from the hotel lido, but this is restricted if the tide becomes rough.
Pool area nice with bar and restaurant and seemingly enough sun loungers, although the hotel wasn't busy.
Happy hour in the pool bar 6 -7pm and main bar 10 - 11pm.
The walk into town was for the most part flat, the hill being outside the hotel but was only about 1 min of walking and then flat, it's about 10 mins walk past the harbour.
Another way is up some steps and out of the side gate on the bridge level and turn left up the hill, then right then left at the end to the top main road, still a bit of a hill but gentle incline, this leads to the casino and Caterina park.
(Just behind the hotel through this gate are a few restaurants, the first one you come to practically attached to the hotel wall is quite good, nice food and service , the dish of the day seems to be more expensive than others but I can recommend the house wine and the red snapper.
Moynihans bar is next door and they do sandwiches and pub grub type menu, nice atmosphere, food hit and miss, my sarnie was lovely but hubbys chicken inedible. The Prince Albert is also a quirky little place , shame it doesn't have outside area for smokers, didn't try the food but barman was friendly.)
The cons- they gave you a card to get towels and lounger cusions but took these back at 7.00pm, but there was still a couple of hours of sunshine so for the die hards it seemed a bit unfair.
Big annoyance for me is that you can have towels and loungers but have to pay 2.50 for an umberella, each day you want one and you can't wander into town and save your place as they threaten to remove your things after an hour, although I think that's more when the pool is full.
Not only that but there were not enough umberellas for sunbeds so one day I couldn't get one.
The staff , and I don't know if this is just here or the general population, were a bit surly and some things seemed like it was a bit too much trouble.
The bar staff in particular looked like they wanted to be anywhere else and gave very little intteraction with guests.
There was supposed to be a courtesy bus to town, when I asked reception the guy said there was not, I didn't push it but as we were leaving spotted the regency courtesy bus on the main road, maybe you had to specifically book it or something.
Also when I asked where the stop was for the airport bus I was told up the hill outside the Carlton, which it wasn't, on asking at the Carlton I got better directions.
All in all though it wasn't a bad hotel, the room and view were great and the location I thought was fab, but I'd question the 4* rating given the little things like the umberella payment and staff disinterest, they could make it so much better. I gave this a good rating because of the location, cleanliness and the room with a view
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering panoramic views of the Madeiran coastline from its salt-water pool, the 4-star Regency Club features a restaurants and a health club. All air-conditioned apartments have a balcony and kitchenette. Spaciously laid out, all sunny apartments at Regency Club Madeira come with an LCD TV, seating area and modern bathroom. The majority of the apartments have ocean views. A breakfast buffet is served in the restaurant by the pool. The Yacht Bar Club overlooks the water and offers light meals for lunch and dinner. Guests have private sea access from the pool deck with its sun loungers. Apart from a sauna visit, guests can play squash or enjoy free transport to 2 of Madeira's golf courses. The centre of Funchal with its many bars and restaurants is 1 km away from Regency Club Madeira. This is our guests' favourite part of Funchal, according to independent reviews. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Madeira Regency Club Hotel Funchal
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