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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Dorisol Buganvilia

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Dorisol Buganvilia
Ranked #65 of 87 Hotels in Funchal
Marseille, France
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“Go to Madeira for good holidays”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2014

Really a good hotel.I was there from 2nd,february to 16th of february 2014.Staffs restaurants,
reception perfects.Nice inside swiming pool with sauna and fitness center.
Ask to be around 8th floor.I was at the 11 with an incridible view.And very important good food.

Room Tip: Ask from 8 floor to 11 to have a very nice view.I was at the 11. Room 1102,1103,1104.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Derby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2014

We booked a sea view room, but was put in room 3 ground floor, next to car park and near Reception. No view and noisy, apparently only room available at the time. Following several visits to Reception we were moved to 7th floor on the next day. Very good room, no complaints. Speaking to two other couples in the hotel, who had booked through online booking company, they had had a similar experience. A ground floor room until they complained. So be aware that there may be problems at peak times. Breakfast is adequate, continental with two hot dishes, one of which is eggs in various forms. Good location with hotel bus to Funchal. This finishes at 6:30, however good local bus service. Trips are 1.9 euros unless you purchase a Giro card, this is available from the wine shop near the Hoppa bus stop. Kitchenette has microwave, fridge, hob and equipment. Only soap is provided in bathroom which was spotless, however towels only changed every other day.

Room Tip: Be persistent if allocated a ground floor room
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Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Espoo, Finland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

We stayed here a week during new year of 2014. The hotel was included in a package tour including flights and guide services. In our budget we had two hotels to choose from, this and Duas Torres. After reading TripAdvisor reviews we reserved Buganvilia.

I have accustomed to the fact that the cheaper package tour hotels are a little bit worn out and old. Usually I tend to give average rating to these hotels because the trip is a bargain and you are not spending much of your time in the room anyway. The facts that you have to use normal key instead of a keycard or that you will get only one key to the room are not problems for me. The bland breakfast with no variety was to be expected. I ignored the rudeness of staff (excluding wonderful and lovely Barbara). And what if the balcony is facing the parking area and building site - not everyone can get the sea view. The gym has no ventilation, is built next to the indoor pool causing humidity to be 100% and has equipment which is old, rusty and falling apart - but hey, is someone really expecting that these kinds of hotels would have a real gym?

And the hotel has some good sides as well. For sun worshippers there are two outdoor pool areas and there is an indoor pool and jacuzzi. Barbara in the reception is a real sunshine. You can use free wi-fi in the lobby. Rooms are clean and spacious and include a kitchenette. And of course, the location is fine. But then again, the tourist zone in Lido is not that big. One could argue that all the hotels in the area have a good location. After all, there seems to be only hotels and restaurants in the Lido area.

There were only two things that caused me to drop my rating from average:

First one was the bathroom. It would not dry at all. If you left your towel hanging in the bathroom it would still be wet the next day. If you wanted to use the toilet in the evening, your feet would get wet because the dribbled water after a morning shower was still there. Usually bathrooms have some kind of ventilation system, this had none.

The second issue was the soundproofing, more specially the lack of it. Our room was 103. The hallways are built in a way that everything echoes in them and the room door has a big gap under it. So basically we heard everything that was going on in the lobby area. Apparently this is not an issue if you have a room from the upper floors.

Anyway, our holiday in Madeira was wonderful and the hotel was mostly what we expected. This being said, if we ever come back we definitely try some other hotel. There is nothing special in this one.

Room Tip: Ask a room from the upper floors.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2013

We just stayed a week at this hotel and we were very satisfied.
The rooms are clean and our (room 810) had a nice view over the pool and the ocean.
The breakfast was decent, but sort of boring - it was more or less the same all week.
The location is great. There are som really good restaurants with 5 minutes walk and by car the highways are easy to access. If you use the hospital as guide, you can always find your way home. Walking to the center of the city take about half an hour.
The staff is very nice and helpful, and Barbara Gomes is always smiling and she was in particular very helpful when planning our sightseeing trips.
Also shopping is available from smaller supermarkeds just across the street, and a Pingo Doce is app. 10 minutes walk away.
A small kitchenette makes it possible to cook a bit.
We would gladly stay there again.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lowestoft
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

Booked Dorisol Bugunvilia having read the reviews.
Yes, the hotel has some wear and tear but it is clean, functional and in a nice spot surrounded by restaurants. It used to be four star but now shows as three star on the board outside.

Positives:
Lovely staff, especially Barbara Gomes the receptionist
Clean! Which is really important
Got a high twin room with sea view as I had requested
Had a problem with the heat and a fan was delivered to the room while we were out
Outside pool was also clean even though tree was shedding leaves and stuff
Free shuttle bus to town (OK, occasionally late especially the 2pm trip) - very convenient.

Negatives:
No air conditioning
No grill or oven in room which would be helpful if self catering as we were.

Highlights:
Barbara as mentioned above, such a sweetheart and full of helpful advice if you ask.
Cheerful staff including cleaners.
Was sunbathing by the pool which must be near the kitchen area as could hear staff singing, laughing and having good hearted disagreement.

Hints & tips:
If you go for this hotel take a mug as only provide tea cups
Take a tea towel
There is a minimum of cutlery but sufficient for two.
Prepare for hill walking - very good for the thighs and gluteous maximus!

If you accept that you don't get 5 star paying 3 start prices you should be happy here.

Room Tip: Go for a high floor, sea view. One side of the hotel gets the sun in the morning and the other in th...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Galway, Ireland
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44 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

Stayed at this hotel for a week in July as part of a Travel Department Holiday.
Couldn't fault it for value,location service and accommodation.
A free shuttle bus was available every half hour to take guests into town and back.
Lovely sea views from the nice balconies although they are obviously better from the higher floors.
Breakfast was fine and plentiful although not a great variety on offer.
Better choice at dinner(included in deal) and wine or water offered free of charge.
Little kitchen in room,great for making own tea etc.
Would be happy to go back to the Buganvilla when next in Madeira.

Room Tip: For better views ask for higher floor room.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Belgrade, Serbia
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

We had amazing vacation on this beautiful island and I found Dorisol Buganvilia Hotel as very convenient one. Speaking about Hotel, beside very good location, from where you can walk on both sides of the city (towards old and very new part), we found it as very clean hotel with really helpful staff (at the beginning we were a bit demanding) who fluently speaks English, Italian, Spanish and French. There is a very good service provided by the hotel - free shuttle bus from the hotel to the city center and vs. However, the transfer from the hotel is not always at time, but give them 10 minutes (in general, people on the island is very relaxed). Additional good offer is that you can use amenities from hotel other two Dorisol hotels (Esterlicia and Mimosa), but also the fact that all three hotels are organizing different day and night activities for free (aquabick, salsa, gym training, music nights, etc).
There are just a few things which should be improved - the elevator is rather slow, we really had to ask the reception for the soap even if the cleaning lady has cleaned our room every day.
Reading others impressions before we made our trip, I was a bit suspicious about some conditions, but today I'm very satisfied that we chose Buganvilia for our stay.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Dorisol Buganvilia

Property: Dorisol Buganvilia
Address: Rua Casa Branca 98, Funchal, Madeira 9004-535, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#29 Spa Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Dorisol Buganvilia 3*
Number of rooms: 107
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel located close to the promenade. Offers facilities like indoor and outdoor pools, tennis court, spa and wifi. Studio apartments with balcony and kitchenette. Shuttle bus to city center. Restaurante/bar open untill 2 am. ... more   less 
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