We stayed in this hotel at the beginning of July and it was a fantastic, relaxing stay. The Hotel itself is beautiful and decorated to a high standard. The gardens are well kept and the hotel was very clean with very friendly staff. We paid extra for sea views and we were not disappointed - well worth the money especially considering the other side of the hotel looks onto apartments and doesn't get the sun. Our rooms were beautiful, clean and very comfy beds. We were full board and again well worth the money, the food every morning was great! Breakfast had a great variety to suit all needs. Dinner was also great with lots of choice and different themes every night so it was never repetitive. We also ate in the steak restaurant which is definitely a must. the food was out of this world!
The only negatives I can think of was the dress code for dinner times. This was very inconsistent which is very annoying. We were turned away one night as my partner was wearing dress shorts instead of long trousers so he changed however when we came back down from our room and went back to dinner there were quite a few other men wearing shorts who weren't asked to change which was confusing. Also we had to pay 5 euros to borrow and iron and ironing board which I think in a five star hotel should be free of charge. I have never had to pay for this in any other hotel I have ever stayed in (even Premier Inns).
Overall this hotel was definitely a five star hotel and worth every penny but I would recommend paying the little extra for the sea view room.
- 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 Girao. 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
- Pestana Grand Premium Ocean Resort Madeira/Funchal