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TUI SENSIMAR Savoy Gardens
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Just returned from the Savoy Gardens. This is our second visit to this hotel.Our room had a sea view on the top floor a lovely large room with a safe, fridge, wi-fi kettle,a large bathroom plenty of hot water even had a radio in the bathroom plenty of cupboard space. The staff were friendly good selection of food.The hotel is peaceful no children running around.We will be going again lovely holiday

Room Tip: Top floor sea view
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

There is always a pattern to our holidays, my wife begins to get worked up about the packing and what to take about two to three weeks in advance, then frets about remembering everything and when we arrive there is usually a panic and a fit of the grumps over something forgotten.

Our holiday to the Savoy Gardens Hotel in Madera followed the usual pattern. We arrived about 1.30 pm on Monday 22nd July 2013 and the first thing we noticed was the hotel was further away from Funchal that we thought it would be – she also spotted how hilly the place was and that she had not packed the appropriate shoes – the grumps start here.

As the hotel does not allow guests into their rooms before 2 pm, after registering we were asked to wait for thirty minutes for our key cards to our room. This was not a problem as the bar was open and I was ready for a cold beer. So, surrounded by luggage we made ourselves comfortable in the bar and were quickly served by the very pleasant bar staff, the 30 minutes wait flew by after having a chat with another couple also waiting to get into their room.

We were then issued with our credit card sized key cards and the next challenge was how to open the door. All the hotels I have stayed in before, when issued with such cards, is you place the card in the slot, a green light flashes and hey-presto you are in your room – but where the bloomin’ eck was the slot? After a bit of faffing around we found out all you had to do was place the card in front of the sensor on the door and the green light flashed and we were in.

After all the unpacking was done we then encountered another fit of the grumps, total disaster, she had not remembered to pack her special hair grips and her hair was facing melt down for the entire holiday. Not to worry says I, we can find a supermarket and buy some more. So, off we go after a few directions from another hotel guest while travelling down in the lift. Super market number one had some sort of hair clips that we purchased but were really not good enough. Further down the hill (it’s all hills in Madera) we found super market number two, a Spar, more hair devises were purchased, then finally, in a small shopping centre further down we found a hairdressers who sold more normal hair grips, which would just about do. After a beer, which I needed by this time, in a nearby bar, we made our way up the hill loaded with an assortment of hair fixing products back to the hotel where my wife then found her original missing hair grips, which she had initially placed under some other items in the drawer. As we were there to celebrate our Ruby wedding anniversary I thought it best not to kill her!

Now when it comes to eating, I have the proud boast of being the world’s most finicky eater. There are more things on God’s earth I won’t eat than there are I can eat without pulling a face or gagging over, so meal times abroad are always a challenge. With this said, and not to be unfair to the hotel, I did not starve during our week in the Savoy Garden’s as there was always something I could manage to eat from the range in the buffet, but I would have liked more choice. However, my wife ate well and everyone we spoke to seemed happy, so this was a situation peculiar to me.

One of the first things you begin to notice about the Savoy Gardens once you settle in (and solve the hair grip problem) is just how friendly and helpful all the staff are – I have nothing other than praise for all of them.

After our first meal we wanted to see Funchal, which we discovered was a good twenty five minutes (hilly) walk away, something my wife had not got the shoes for with her being all dressed up for the evening, so I asked the receptionist if she could order us a taxi, which she did with a smile and in no time a bright yellow taxi was there for us. The taxi driver did not speak any English and as we did not know Funchal it was not easy trying to tell him we wanted the town centre, but he knew what he was doing and dropped us off in just the right place. As he was such a nice chap he then, in Portuguese, tried to inform us of what where was in the various directions which sadly we did not understand. The cost of the taxi was just over 6 euros.

From then on the grumps evaporated as we instantly fell in love with Funchal and Madera as we strolled around the town getting our bearings. During the week we visited the Botanical and the Monte Palace gardens, which you go to on the cable car, we went into Funchal every day and every evening, on the bus when we were informed that you could buy return bus tickets at the hotel reception for just over 3.50 euros each, we visited the fantastic market in Funchal, and most afternoons had an hour or so by the hotel’s good sized pool.

We drank beer in the town and enjoyed a late night glass of port while watching the entertainment provided by the hotel every evening of the week, we both enjoyed our hot breakfasts, which were excellent, and after that initial hour or two of the grumps the week just got better and better. We left on Monday 29th to return home and our opinion of the Savoy Gardens was nothing but good, we both agreed we would like to return some time. In my opinion when taking everything into account, the good sized and clean rooms, the brilliant shower in our bathroom, the fantastic hotel staff who were so friendly, the great pool and did I mention the roof terrace with the honesty bar? No, well, that was good too. Next time, now I know how hilly the place is, we will go with our walking boots and there will be no grumps then as it is all good and the Savoy Gardens a great place to relax and enjoy your holiday.

Room Tip: Pick a room on the front overlooking the pool and the sea.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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13  Thank Derek B
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Just returned from a week at savoy gardens,this hotel had everything.The value for money was incredible,the views from rooms and terrace were breathtaking.The staff were a credit to the hotel,the rooms were large and spotless and nothing was to much for anyone.The food was the best we have tasted in twenty years of holidays,breakfasts were lovely all piping hot and the evening meals were simply different class with resteraunt managers Jose and luis a credit to their jobs.We will be back to savoy gardens soon for another relaxing week WELL DONE to all at savoy!!!!!!

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6  Thank Bangorlad1
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This hotel is brilliant.

The basic rooms are more than adequate with nice big beds which are comfortable. The rooms have good facilities (including plenty of plugs, a fridge and good storage) and a good size bathroom.

The food in the hotel is absolutely fantastic - a great selection & beautifully cooked. The staff are friendly, attentive and generally go out of their way to make your stay as comfortable as possible. We stayed half board and did not regret it in the slightest. We enjoyed every single breakfast and evening meal we had and can see how the restaurant is the second best on TripAdvisor reviews for the resort.

In general, the hotel is peaceful, quiet and free of kids running around - ideal for a couple. The pool area is a great sun trap and has adequate beds/parasols to go round. We didn't even need to carry out the usual 'reserving of the sun lounger' duties!
Be prepared though, the weather can be mixed at the best of times.

The hotel also has a tremendous panoramic rooftop space which gives brilliant views across the resort of Funchal day and night. A perfect spot to sit and enjoy a cocktail in front of a stunning view.

The location of the hotel is fairly good. It's a good 15-20 minute walk into the centre of Funchal but this is great if, like us, you need to walk the tremendous dinner off you've just had in the hotel restaurant. A pharmacy is a short 5minute walk away should you require one. In addition, a 24hr pharmacy is in the centre of Funchal. The nearest good cocktail is just a few minutes walk away - crucially downhill which would be dangerous under the influence (the hills are fairly steep in places)

One very small down point - the hotel advertised Wi-fi throughout the hotel and I contacted them prior to arrival to confirm this was the case in rooms which I was told was indeed the case. Unfortunately, we had no wi-fi in our room throughout our stay and not by the pool either. The only reliable place we could get it was in reception. A bit of a shame but by no means the end of the world.

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Savoy Gardens and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone visiting Funchal.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
9  Thank Chris C
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

We have just returned from a 2 week break at this hotel. The staff are very pleasant and helpful, the rooms larger than average and to a very good standard, we had a sea view with balcony well worth it as we often sat and had drinks on the balcony. The tea and coffee facilities are only provided for the first day and after that you have to pay, which we thought was rather poor, what would it cost for a few tea bags. We went to the supermarket and purchased our provisions, water alcohol etc. the good side is the mini bar is empty, only filled if you request it, so we were able to keep our purchased provisions cool. The food in the restaurant was mostly good, only a couple of nights we experienced tough meat and tuna. Overall the standard of food was very good and plentiful, the salads were a good selection and very fresh. the restaurant staff were very efficient, particularly the head waiter who always looked to seat you on entering the restaurant. The only complaint we had,was you did feel if you went in after eight for a leisurely meal the waiters were pushing for you to finish. One evening we went to get some cheese and biscuits to return to our table cleared of our wine, water and everything else! However they were very quick to put it all back.
Outside there were plenty of sun beds and a lovely clean pool area, we went on the roof terrace which is lovely but no umbrella or any shade. The views around Funchal from the terrace are particularly beautiful at night.
The Thompson rep Paula, was very helpful and informative, we booked three tours, east, west and the nuns valley, scenery was beautiful and the meals provided included in the tour was satisfactory. We booked the catamaran to see the dolphins and whales nice ride out to Sea, didn't see any whales and just the tip of a dolphin. We also went to the cable cars and botanical gardens we did his ourselves a nice walk into town, we also walked back, very tiring as all uphill coming back.
The entertainment in the hotel was very average, we only stayed in the hotel a couple of nights and that was too much. We found the hotel drinks very expensive, we found a pub called the hole in one down the hill on the Main Street, drinks far more reasonably priced and entertainment very pleasant. You can sit outside and enjoy the the atmosphere. Food there was ok as well.
We were very happy with are holiday to Madeira well worth a visit, would we return, probably not as there are so many other beautiful places to see.

Room Tip: Room with sea view a must.
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4  Thank joelAlKhobar
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

I am writing this on my last day, totally gutted we are going home tomorrow. Fabulous place, really quiet, no kids, excellent food, great service.
Not far to walk to town and the weather as been brilliant. If you want a stress free holiday and great time... Book now, we will book for December when we get back. One of the best holidays I've ever had.

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4  Thank Nick H
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Good and bad but in all it was very good.
Good room and good food with excellent service.Nice and clean, a wonderful pool,. Nice views
NO CHILDREN..
Against that the bar prices and the bus service was a let down.
We enjoyed it and it ranks as one of the best we have stayed in.

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5  Thank rytona
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Additional Information about TUI SENSIMAR Savoy Gardens

Address: Azinhaga Casa Branca 7, Funchal, Madeira 9004-543, Portugal (Formerly Savoy Gardens)
Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Funchal
Price Range: $83 - $231 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — TUI SENSIMAR Savoy Gardens 4*
Number of rooms: 119
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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