Stayed in an apartment (4th Floor) in the Madeira Beach Club (MBC) (Timeshare) which shares the facilities of the Carlton Hotel. The reception is at street level but as the hotel is built on a cliff it actually on the sixth floor! To reach the apartment there is one lift down 6 floors then a short walk to another lift to take you down to the apartments. First set of lifts very small and cramped.
Location is ideal and only a short walk from the harbour and the centre of Funchal. (Only one hill on the way back). There are two pools, one at sea level and another (more modern) half way up the cliff. Only place that I know that charges for the use of the sunshades! Access to a small safe bay for sea swimming. (Scuba diving available on site). The gardens and flower beds are excellent and the ground-staff must be congratulated for keeping them looking great.
The sea views from the apartment over the bay are fantastic. The apartments are looking a little tired and could do with being spruced up but nothing major. (Needs a lick of paint, new carpets, decent shower). However, reasonably appointed and equipped. No flat screen TV but BBC and english programmes were available. Had a balcony with two chairs, table and two sun loungers, great for having a chilled out breakfast or to watch the sunsets. Could see the Saturday nights fireworks display from the balcony.
No WiFi in the apartments or other public areas and had to go to limited small area near to the MBC offices to get connected. Not a very private facility and other guests making video and Skype calls were a bit of a pain. The computer connected to the internet ancient and I thought that it was out of the Ark, very slow and the mouse didn't work well.
Hired a car for one week of our stay and very disappointed at the high charges for car parking. Even if you go out in the car for a day and with a 2 hours discount you can expect to pay around 10 euros per day for the parking.
Had 7 breakfast and 7 buffet dinners during the stay. Buffet breakfast was excellent and choice of continental or full fry. Dinners were disappointing with limited hot choices but plenty of salads. Watch out for drinks prices with the dinners - a beer and a glass of wine costs nearly 10 euros but in the bar called The Pub its about half the price. meals and snacks in The Pub were good value. Plenty of local places to eat and drink. Recommend the Red Lion across the road and the Irish Pub (good Guinness) just down the road.
The staff were all excellent and very helpful. Our chambermaid was really great.
I have tried to be objective and it may seem that I have been complaining but really enjoyed our stay and notwithstanding my criticisms we will be going back to stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pestana Carlton Madeira is a luxurious and charming 5-star hotel in the city of Funchal, on the island Madeira with views of the sea, garden, swimming pool or Funchal bay. It's only 10 minutes on foot from the city centre, with a private car park available for a fee. It features two enormous outdoor saltwater swimming pools, direct access to the Atlantic ocean, and a dive centre where you can experience your first underwater adventure and take boat excursions. For deeper relaxation, you can take advantage of all of the services available at the Spa, including the 25-foot indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Turkish bath and relaxation rooms where you can enjoy a Magic Spa treatment. The hotel features Wi-Fi, four restaurants and two bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pestana Carlton Madeira Funchal
- Carlton Hotel Madeira