As with anything, each person has different expectations.
Overall, it would be difficult to fault this this hotel as it's exceptionally clean, modern and well equipped. The pool area is lovely and as others have stated, there is a roof terrace with an honesty bar.
The rooms are a good size and (we had a sea view) there is a reasonable sized balcony. The maid service was exceptional. On a personal note, I'd prefer the room not to have carpet. It just doesn't work for me in a hotel abroad.
Food was buffet style and acceptable. Each evening had a theme, though in my view it represented just a couple of dishes from the norm so choice was a little repetitive. Breakfast was just that and acceptable. Food wise - my only fault was lack of choice for fresh fruit. Plenty of fruit salad but no loose fruit, bar apples. The odd tray of sliced melon for example, would have been lovely. Signs everywhere saying you couldn't take food away - maybe that's why there was little loose fruit choice!
Entertainment...not sure what to say here. The entertainment area was always full - so I'm not sure if it was just not to my taste or everyone else had simply nothing else to do. I could have quite happily hung myself after just one night. I don't think anyone would have noticed! It was dark down there and I'm sure a few were nodding off!!
There is a hairdressers and beauty salon, the latter was quite expensive.
The over riding thing for me about the hotel was it was well run, clean and good value but, bar the room maid, who was lovely, the staff were not particularly friendly. They're efficient and get the job done but there was just something missing. I felt sometimes that the staff were just going through the motions. Most staff were quite mature - maybe a mix of ages would lighten things up.
The hotel seems to be almost exclusive to Thomson. Their rep was on site daily (bar day off).
Position wise, the hotel is set back from the main road on a short (quarter mile or so) but steep hill. There is no hotel courtesy but there is a public bus each hour, just outside. Plenty more on the main road. Taxis are in abundance everywhere. It's about 6 Euros on a one way trip from the hotel to town. It's a nice walk downhill though. I think if you were struggling to walk for any reason, or simply chose not to, this would definitely not be your best choice.
Overall, it was ok but I wouldn't recommend it, nor return.
- 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