Stayed at the Pestana Grand Hotel for 10 nights mid-late August and wish we could have stayed longer! We had a sea view room which is definitely worth the extra money as you get spectacular views of the ocean and Funchal (worth waking up earlier to see the sunrise over the town from your balcony). However the non-sea view rooms do not have a 'rowdy' location, they face a banana plantation out back. Although the location of the hotel is quite out of town this does bring its benefits. There is a shuttle bus from the hotel and taxis are relatively cheap. Plus we found the nice long walks welcome after eating so much! As it is set back from the main road as well it is so peaceful. I fear that noise could be a problem with other hotels in the town as most of them are set along the main road.
We found the room itself to be very clean (the cleaners did a wonderful job every day and asked us if everything was okay and if we needed anything else to be done), the bathroom was very modern and we were pleasantly surprised to have a small kitchenette which was handy for snacks and keeping water in the fridge.
We went bed and breakfast and I would definitely recommend this as there's so many restaurants nearby, especially on the promenade (we found here a lovely restaurant under the Tivoli hotel called the 'Brasserie' where they served the most amazing steak!). Breakfast itself had plenty of choice and I never felt the need to have lunch as I was so full up from it. All sorts of choice including the usual fry up, breads, pancakes, hams, cheeses, fruit, cereal etc.
We always found staff to be exceptionally friendly. Those at breakfast were always helpful although breakfast on a sunday seems to be a lot busier for some reason and they did seem rather understaffed that day, however they kept a smiling nonetheless! The first night we had a slight problem with the ventilation system in the room that was making quite a bit of noise so reception sent the maintenance man up right away and he fixed the problem. Reception staff were extremely helpful in booking us excursions as well. I must recommend a catamaran trip to see the whales and dolphins, we went with 'Sea the best' however there are many companies and they all seem to do the same thing. The pirate ship looked rather good! We also took the ferry to Porto Santo and although it's a very early start, it's most definitely worth it. The beach is beautiful, I'd even say I preferred it to those I visited when I was in Barbados. It's very much a holiday destination for the people of Madeira and Portugal but we had a lovely day there nonetheless and the beach has all the facilities that you need as well as water sports.
For children there is a separate pool, outdoor play area, giant chess board, ping pong table, football table and a snooker table. Additionally the pool area was lovely and tropical, however the pool was often rather chilly although this was refreshing during the heat! There seemed to be a sudden rupture of everyone 'reserving' sunbeds with their towels during our visit as well, but staff began to crack down on this by taking them off if there was no one there for a while.
So overall we had a magical stay and would definitely recommend Madeira and this hotel to anyone.
- 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