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Golden Residence
Ranked #25 of 88 Hotels in Funchal
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 27, 2013

Madeira is a lovely island and well worth a visit. The type of hotel you choose is important and this is a nice 4 star accommodation right on the coast with great views of the Atlantic.
It's important to note that this is a very quiet location. The loudest things there are the cockerels and howling dogs that 'chorus' on occasion (A bit annoying but it goes with the territory and you can hardly fault the hotel for that - Close your window?).

It is close to shopping and transportation services with easy access to Funchal (About 15 minutes on a bus). You can buy a Giro Pass for the day for about 5 Euros, if you're going to make more than two bus trips it is worth it to get one. If you like a good walk there is a coastal pathway you can walk along and enjoy the views.

On arrival the lobby staff were very attentive and helpful and maintained that kind of service through our time there. It was my Birthday and the hotel had put a bottle of champers in the room with a card, nice touch :-)

Maid Service was again efficient. Bar Service and Restaurant could have been quicker. Everything was a little overly laid back for us. Drinks were slow and tables were not cleaned very quickly for other guests.

We stayed in the centre building and had a large suite. It was clean and spacious with a nice balcony, offering a view of the hillside and the Atlantic. Very relaxing in the evening with a few drinks and snacks. Plenty of storage and a small kitchenette. Living area with a couple of couches and an average sized flat screen TV. Beds were ok but we aren't very keen on the twin beds. There are no rooms with double beds or with a bath according to reception.

We only had a look at the Spa so we can't really comment on the service but it appears to definitely be a place to relax. There is a heated indoor pool in the Spa area as well. There is also a gym available which is well equipped.

All in all, we had a good time here. It is a lovely place to relax and get plenty of peace and quiet.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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arcilia, Manager at Golden Residence, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2013

It was a real pleasure to have you as our guest's at the Golden Residence Hotel. Thank you very much for your review about our hotel as well as about our facilities.

We are very happy to know that we could bring you comfort while with us. The reason we continue improving our services is to keep being the first choice in our city, and we’ll keep all of our efforts to surpass our guest’s needs to remain your Hotel of choice in Madeira!

Looking forward to welcome you back, we remain with our kindest regards,

Arcília Martin
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

We were very impressed with Golden Residence. Very comfortable and clean with charming staff who wanted to please us. It is in a good position on the outskirts of the city - a 30 minute taxi ride from the airport (E25 arranged by the hotel and the same friendly driver who took us back there a week later - very proud of his town and gave us a description of the place in his impossible to understand English). The bus service was very good (occasionally late) into the center of the city from a bus stop right outside the hotel.
We were on a B&B basis and the breakfasts were excellent and we also had 2 very good dinners there as well. I cannot praise the staff more highly - all very helpful and smiling. We discovered a lovely restaurant round the corner called Doca do Cavacas (left out of hotel and down to small shopping area and then right down steps almost to the water's edge). The perfect little family (I presume) run restaurant with a small menu of excellent seafood.
As VictorSPbK says in his review, the rooms in Block A which is the top end of the hotel, are a bit noisy. Ours was not at the far top so we didn't hear the road noise but it ran parallel with a block of flats so we heard their noise (plus endlessly barking puppy left on a balcony all day long) and the two buildings side by side channeled the noise upwards. We had to shut the windows at night and use the AC which was a shame.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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arcilia, Manager at Golden Residence, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2013

Dear Guests,

Thank you for sharing your review with Trip Advisor readers. We are glad to know that you have enjoyed your stay at the Golden Residence Hotel.

Regarding your opinion about the noises, it is very important for us that you know that our Guest’s opinions are most valued and based on them we can keep our efforts to improve.

We're glad that you enjoyed your holiday and will look forward to seeing you again in a near future.

Yours sincerely,
Arcília Martin
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

Convenient location of the hotel- not far from the down town (15-20 minutes by bus).
20 minutes by walk to the beach Praia Formosa.
Beautiful views from the rooms. Gorgeous panoramic view from the pool area.
Friendly staff speaking main European languages.
But I must mention that building A is located too close to the main thoroughfare - Estrada Monumental and it's pretty noisy in the rooms, especially when motocycles and buses pass by.

Room Tip: To choose a room in Building C
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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arcilia, Manager at Golden Residence, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2013

We are sincerely glad to receive your review regarding your stay in our Hotel and are happy that you have enjoyed it.

Sincerely hoping that you consider the Golden Residence Hotel for your next holiday, we remain with best regards from the sunny Madeira Island,

Arcília Martin
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

We were delighted with this well run hotel. We booked via Monarch airlines but our holiday turned out to be a package holiday by Cosmos. Despite this it was a very individual holiday i.e. we were not in a group of any sort.
First surprise was that the hotel gave us a free upgrade to a spacious apartment. They said nothing about this at check-in and we hadn't asked for an upgrade. We spent the week thinking all the rooms were this size! The room was beautifully appointed and had large bathroom and a mini kitchen. Rooms a re fully serviced daily.
We went on a B and B basis and the daily breakfast buffet was of high quality and huge choice. They also do an evening buffet or a la carte evening meal which was also excellent.
The pool and sunbathing terrace were first class, there are also sauna and gym facilities. Pool towels and robes can be hired from the hotel reception.
All the staff were really helpful and pleasant, especially the restaurant waiting staff.
The hotel is a bit out of the main town, it takes around 50 min to walk into Funchal, or you can get on the frequent buses for 3.80 Euros (for two). Funchal is an interesting and vibrant city to explore and you can see the whole town on foot. There are hundreds of restaurants to choose from, the Old Town area has a street of lovely restaurants where you can eat outside and people-watch to your heart's content. The Cable-Car ride up to Monte and the sledge ride down are very popular.
Best day out for us was with "Upmountainmadeira" (bookable online or at the many tour booths in Funchal) who specialise in off-road trips in ex-military jeeps. we went on their East island tour and went up to 1800 metres and looked down on the clouds from sunny mountain tops. We went through all the tiny hill farms and saw how they grow vegetables on tiny patches of sloping ground, and had a fabulous lunch a tiny non tourist inn. Our driver, Ricardo was very skilful, informative and funny and we were in a Small (7) multi-national group and we all got on like a house on fire. By far the best day of our holiday and highly recommended. Don't worry about the off-roading, it's thrilling but not scary, and bumpy but not uncomfortable (and we are both in our mid sixties!) Try it, you'll remember it for ever!
Altogether we found the Golden Residence to be a lovely comfortable hotel and an ideal base for a week's break in Madeira. We hope you like it as much as we did.

Room Tip: We were given a free upgrade to an apartment with separate sitting room and cooking area. we had a b...
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5  Thank Bobanjude
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arcilia, Manager at Golden Residence, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2013

It was a real pleasure to have you as our guest's at the Golden Residence Hotel. Thank you very much for the excellent review about our hotel, facilities and about our team of professionals.

We are very happy to know that we could bring you comfort and relaxing moments while with us.

Looking forward to have the pleasure of welcoming you back at our Hotel, we remain with best regards,

Arcília Martin
Resident Manager

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Reviewed June 8, 2013

Just back from The Golden Residence and we found it to be an excellent hotel. We were 'room only' as the price difference we were quoted for B and B was excessive and it turned out to be a good decision. We had a lovely spacious suite of rooms that included a compact mini kitchen that had everything you needed for breakfast or a snack lunch (except a kettle). It was light and airy and furnished in a contemporary style that matched the decor of the hotel. We particularly liked the glass fronted balcony and wet room bathroom. Our room, C123, was disabled friendly with enough space for wheelchair use and an adapted bathroom. The only comment I would make is that the rugs should be removed as they are potential trip hazards for disabled people who can walk and the kitchen units sit on a wooden plinth that might mean that it is difficult to pull a wheelchair right up close. We used the restaurant only once for dinner and found it good and reasonably priced for what we had, which was from the A la Carte menu. We cannot understand the comment that it was like a cafeteria as it is modern in decor and nicely lit to create ambiance, certainly not somewhere you might feel you needed to eat quick and vacate. There is also a lovely outdoor eating area near the swimming pool and a decked outdoor bar - very swish. The only thing to be aware of is that it is a long walk to the main part of Funchal - about 3.5k up and down hills. The bus stops outside and provides a very good service, but even relatively modest fares add up if you want to go in and out at least once per day. There are a number of decent places to eat within a few minutes walk however, though these generally lack a bit of atmosphere.

Would we stay at The Golden Residence again? Our only reservation would be the distance from the centre; the hotel itself should be a 5 star.

Just a word oft warning regarding the yellow 'hop on and off' tour bus - at 12 euros each this is poor value as all you actually see is the main bus route and a few apartment blocks, absolutely nothing of interest that you might want to jump off for. Save your money for the scheduled bus service or for an organised trip out of Funchal to enjoy the rest of the island,

Room Tip: Room C123 is not overlooked and has a nice private balcony that gets the evening sun. It actually ha...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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arcilia, Manager at Golden Residence, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2013

Dear Guest,

We very much appreciate your kind comments regarding your experience at Golden Residence Hotel. Kindly note that our guest comments are always most valued and based on them we can keep our efforts to improve.

We are glad that you enjoyed your holidays and sincerely hope that you will consider our Hotel for your next stay.

In the meantime we remain wishing you best regards from the sunny Madeira Island.

Arcília Martin
Resident Manager

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Reviewed June 1, 2013

We have been to Madeira only for 3 days, stayed at Golden Residence Apartment Hotel.
And it was so pity because as island as hotel both need much more time to enjoy them completely!
We booked double room, but got apartments with bedroom, kitchen and side ocean view from balcony for same price.
Certainly, it was a pleasant surprice!
Room was enormous, clean and good equipped. Breakfasts, tasty and various, were included in price.
Helpful receptionists explained us how to get nearest opened beach, Praya Formoza (volcanic pools Doca do Cavaca was closed when we have been there). Not too close to hotel, in 20-30 min. walking. Dark grey volcanic sand, large and small pebbles, ocean waves - fantastic! You may walk along ocean promenade to neighbor fishing village Camara de Lobos (appr. 2-2.5 km).
Hotel is good for quiet and calm rest. At the same time you can easy get city center (in 3.5-4 km) by bus. They go often.
If I came to Madeira again, I will necessarily stay at Golden Residence Apartment Hotel again.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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arcilia, Manager at Golden Residence, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2013

Thank you for your kind review of your experience in our Hotel!

On behalf of the Golden Residence Hotel team, I thank you for your kind words.
Hopefully we will welcome you back in a near future!

In the meantime we remain with best regards from the sunny Madeira Island,

Arcília Martin
Resident Manager

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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Went to stay at this hotel for our 25th Silver Wedding, what a lovely hotel, had a side sea view room, nice clean room with a fridge and kettle, so you could have a cuppa. The staff was very friendly and helpful. As we arrived late we went for the buffet, lovely food, plenty to choose from it was 50 euro for two of us which also included half a litre of wine each as well - value for money. They did different theme buffets each night ie tropical, italian, caribbean,fish and portugese etc. We were on a BB basis so we could sample other eating establishments. The buffet beakfast was very good, had some lovley bread cobs and sliced ham and turkey. They had a selection of cereals, fresh fruits, home made yogurt, every other day there was bacon, scambled eggs, omelettes, selection of fine cakes, lovley food. Had a full body massage and facial in the spa centre, worth every penny, very relaxing. The hotel reception is across the road from the block what were staying in, but we didnt find this a problem, the hotel is in 3 blocks A,B and C. The hotel is in easy walking distance to 2 supermarkets and other restraurants. Its about a 50 min walk in to Funchal along the promenade/road unless you stop of at one of the many cafes on the way. Will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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arcilia, Manager at Golden Residence, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2013

Primarily we would like you to know that we were very pleased to read your review regarding your stay in our Hotel!

We are very happy to know that we could bring you comfort and relaxing moments while with us.

The reason we continue improving our services and facilities is to keep being the first choice in our city, and we’ll keep all of our efforts to surpass our guest’s needs to remain your Hotel of choice in Madeira!

Looking forward to welcome you back, we remain with our kindest regards,

Arcília Martin
Resident Manager

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Address: Rua Cabrestante 25, Funchal, Madeira 9000-105, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#24 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
#25 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
#29 Family Hotel in Funchal
Price Range: $87 - $160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Golden Residence 4*
Number of rooms: 172
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Golden Residence welcomes you to a enchanting 4-star hotel in an excellent location on the south coast of Madeira. Overlooking the sea and some imposing cliffs, the opportunities for fantastic sunsets are offered every day during your holidays. Once inside, the hotel is built with many open spaces to make the most of the natural light and a modern and luxurious design with comfortable and functional public areas to rest, relax, read or socialize with your fellow guests. The atmosphere is complete with the panoramic sea views and some of the banana plantations still existing in Funchal. More than a hotel, at the Golden Residence you will find the perfect solution for a holiday where well-being and relaxation will take on a new meaning for you. The excellent service and careful attention for small detail is what makes the difference. ... and we encourage you to discover its many charms. ... more   less 
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