This is a good hotel in an excellent location right on the sea cliffs - the views from the hotel are incredible! It is in Canico de Baixo which is about a 35 minute walk from Canico. There are a few restaurants and bars very close to the hotel and the walk up to Canico (which is very, very steep) is well worth it as the old town is lovely too. In terms of location on the island, this hotel is perfectly situated. Funchal is a short bus ride across lovely coastal roads away so you have easy access to any trips or tours you might like to go on (I'd highly recommend the West Island tour).
The hotel itself is decorated nicely and has a modern feel to it. Rooms are kept up to a high standard of cleanliness and towels are changed whenever you require.
I would have rated this hotel as a 5 if it weren't for two small and one quite big problem I have. The two smaller problems are first that the hairdryer in the room is laughably bad (think of a desk Hoover attached to your bathroom wall) and second, the free shuttle to Funchal is impossible to get a seat on. The bigger problem I have is with the reception staff. Handing people a bus timetable and a voucher for money off in a local restaurant does not count as a good welcome. Having arrived at midday after traveling since 3am, a friendly smile, help with luggage and some information of where we could store our luggage until our room was ready would have been a much nicer start to our holiday. This is a big hotel and some information about the facilities, location of amenitys and the local area would have been extremely helpful and would have prevented us from spending the first hour of our holiday wandering the hotel, completely lost, with our luggage looking for somewhere to sit down and buy refreshments.
To sum up - great hotel, great location, take your own hairdryer, get to know the local bus service and don't bother too much with the receptionists.
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Orchid Canico
- Royal Orchid Hotel Canico
- Royal Orchid Madeira/Canico