Room with a view facing west over the Arlantic providing a relaxing sunset each evening enjoying wine and snacks on our balcony. The staff, especially Owner's Relations was great in helping us create an itinerary for the week on island tours and meal options. Our first evening was the only night we had dinner on sight; there are plenty of other options nearby and in town either direction. You can begin or end your evening in the lounge downstairs with entertainment every night.
The promenade allowed a convenient walk in either direction to downtown Funchal or Camara de lobos. Convenient transportation to downtown Funchal as well (walk one way, ride the other?).
All common areas were clean and had nice decor. Our unit had everything we needed during the week, however for such a nice place, some of the finishes were lacking (older non flat screen TVs, no wi-fi access in unit). There was a minor insect problem that staff responded to quickly - I'm guessing this is a common occurrence since insects/ants is listed on a drop down box in the online survey from the resort.
It was off-peak season and our first visit to Madeira...most of our time during the day was off site. We didn't use nearly all the amenity the resort has to offer (pool, fitness center, spa, etc.). Hopefully the opportunity will allow itself in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pestana Grand is one of the best and most prestigious 5-start hotels in Funchal, Madeira and sits upon the Ponta da Cruz cliff with a view of the oceans and Cabo Girão. It is only 30 minutes on foot from Formosa beach and has direct access to Promenade do Lido, the famous promenade in Madeira. Surrounded by magnificent gardens is the island's largest outdoor saltwater swimming pool with views of the sea. The hotel has a Spa, with a Jacuzzi, sauna, gym, Turkish bath and even a panoramic indoor swimming pool, in addition to massages and/or spa treatments. For dining, guests can enjoy four restaurants and two bars. If you bring your family, the little ones can play in the lounge or the garden with a game zone. There is a free private car park (subject to availability). All rooms are spacious and bright, include Wi-Fi and have private balconies. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pestana Grand Funchal
- Hotel Pestana Grand
- Pestana Grand Hotel
- Pestana Grand Madeira/Funchal