We stayed here for 1 week 29th October to 5th November 2012, booking through Thomson. The hotel is situated to the west of Funchal city centre and (like the rest of the city) on a steep hill. Transfer coaches cannot get to the front door and a short walk from the coach (or transfer by taxi) is required to get there.
The hotel is clean and well maintained with helpful and efficient Reception staff. Our room was one of the cheapest (termed a "Mountain View") at the back of the hotel. It did indeed have a view of the mountains and overlooked the gardens and roofs of the properties behind, though this was absolutely fine. The room itself was clean, comfortable, modern and well maintained. I agree with a previous reviewer that the hotel doesn't replenish tea and coffee - so take your own supplies if you want to use the kettle! Rooms are equipped with a Samsung TV with limited hotel remote and most channels (even local ones) have English programmes (with Portuguese sub-titles).
The grounds of the hotel are quite small and on several levels (it's on a a hill remember!), however the star feature is the roof top panoramic viewing deck equipped with sunbeds, a (free) jacuzzi and (wonderful idea) an honesty bar with drinks, snacks etc.
The downside of the hotel is the restaurant. Perfectly adequate for breakfast, but we went half-board and found that the quality of the dinners was lacking. The salad bar is fine and the deserts looked ok but the main courses were motorway service station standard. Admittedly they were trying to cater for the British tourist with food from home but they were poorly cooked and often inappropriate choices to languish in a bain-marie for long periods . Avoid the soups; it takes genius to make French Onion soup tasteless but they managed it! There are plenty of restaurants within a few minutes walk so unless you have mobility problems I would eat out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cradled against an oceanfront hillside and located in a quiet and sunny suburb of Funchal, within approx 2km from the city centre, the renovated Hotel Savoy Gardens (ex-Vila Ramos), renowned for the provision of friendly and personalised service, offers amazing mountain and sea views across lush verdant plantations. The Savoy Gardens is a friendly boutique-style hotel that provides its guests a modern feel and a traditional quality. All 119 completely renovated rooms include 9 suites. All have their own furnished balcony and are equipped with air-conditioning, direct dial telephone, flat screen TV set with interactive TV, FREE internet wireless system, tea and coffee making facilities, safety box and mini-bar, plus a fully equipped bathroom with bathtub, shower and hairdryer.The elegant and new interiors are all designed in soft colours with excellent materials to create a relaxing atmosphere throughout the hotel. The Savoy Gardens Hotel features the Restaurant Laurissilva, serving a daily buffet breakfast and themed Buffet dinners with cooking station. In a reserved cosy area, this restaurant also features a elegant a la carte dinner service. The Cica cocktail bar serving evening cocktails and the Palmeira bar serving snacks, hot and fresh drinks throughout the day as well as a daily suggestion of healthy and delicious light dishes for lunch. One outdoor freshwater heated swimming pool, a panoramic rooftop 360º view terrace with sun-lounges, jacuzzi, shower and self-service bar - the ideal location to spot the daily arrivals and departures of cruise liners in Funchal's harbour. Some of the facilities are also located in the lower-ground floor, such as the Spa with themed and seasonal promotions and special spa packages, the hairdresser, a games and TV room with internet desk and the Night Club Magnolia with nightly live music and entertainment. The Savoy Gardens Hotel is a new concept in Adults Only accommodation. Conceived as a place for rest and fun specially dedicated for those seeking a relaxing although extravagant vacation: unique experiences, amazing entertainment programmes, personalised service and attention to detail and all the commodities and services of a hotel for guests over 16 years of age. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Savoy Gardens
- Savoy Gardens Funchal
- TUI SENSIMAR Savoy Gardens Madeira/Funchal