Visited in mid July 2013 as 2 adults and 1 child.
Went all inclusive as it seems the best value for money.
When we arrived they put use in a suite, which consisted of two rooms with a walk way in-between two double beds together and a single bed in the other room for my 11 year old son. I don't know if they have recently changed the mattresses but the beds were ever so comfortable, most holiday hotels I end up with back ache after the 1st night, but here I slept all night without trouble. The room had a/c and two ceiling fans. Two flat screen telly's which had BBC1HD & 2HD and a few other English stations. There was a free safe (for All Inc) and a fridge with free water from reception (sparkling or still). There was a wall in wardrobe before you get to double sinks with a bath behind and a WC and bidet at the end.
Activities & Entertainment
There were daily excursions and car hire from the hotel or rep and a free bus trip into the Funchal each day. There was a gym 2 outdoor and an indoor pool which stank of chlorine. a tennis court with free use of rackets and balls. The entertainment was mainly local singers and the hotel band which on the first night seemed quite pleasant but after you have heard Stevie wonders "I just called to say I loved you" every night then its gets a bit samey.
Wi-Fi is free for an hour each day otherwise you have to pay. It's awful. why can't hotels these days give it free all over the hotel. We're not living in 2004 anymore!!!
Food was excellent and well organised, as there are two sittings its never a rat race to get your dinner. The waitress and waiters were first class and provided excellent service.
I would say this is the best All Inclusive hotel for drinks I have ever been too. The local wines were lovely. The beer was branded Portuguese Super Bock (on draft) and Coral (bottled). The sprits were also branded and free apart from expensive cognac and champagne. They had Drambuie included :-) The A/I would close at midnight, but by that time the bar was normally empty so there's no last minute rush
The location is a little isolated, but if this doesn't bother you (like us) then its not a problem. There is a large carpark and a bus stop right outside. You can walk around but you may be faced with some hill climbs.
They cater for kids and there are a few families who come. There is no kids club or very much entertainment for them. The hotel have an entertainment team, but I only saw them an hour or so a day. If you have kids under 10 then I wouldn't recommend this hotel. Older Children can use their tablets and keep themselves amused.
Room, Food, drinks, service and cleanliness
Entertainment for children, location and useless Wi-Fi,
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located opposite the oceanfront promenade of Canico de Baixo. 8-Storey building. 10 M to the sea; access to the ocean across a walkway. 13 Km from Funchal (complimentary shuttle service from the hotel; weekdays and Saturdays. Not available on public holidays). 2 Km from the city centre. 2 Km from various shops. 10 Km from the airport. 50 M from a bus stop. Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Diners. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Madeira Canico
- Hotel Riu Palace Madeira Canico