This late 19th century hotel with a modern extension and pool, really does fit the description 'faded grandeur'. It has character and unlike the main drag of hotels in western Funchal is perched up the hill (good exercise!) and the view from our room (14 - in the old buiding) gave us a 180' view across Funchal. It was a large airy room with high ceilings and a very comfortable bed. Breakfasts have been critisised in other reviews but it was a typical continental breakfast found all over Europe! The bar is a great place to linger over a drink on return from an evening meal and sample one of the speciality drinks made by Ricardo or Marco and chat to other guests on the terrrace looking at the twinkling lights of Funchal.
We used our hire car to explore the island comprehensively and had to admire the brilliant efforts to clear up the dreadful deveastation caused by the floods in February. There is plenty of evidence of that day once you leave the town but nearly all roads were open, though care was needed in some places.
Simple directions on getting there from the airport. Leave the expressway at Junction 11 - follow the road downhill, past the roundabout and continue downhill (the road is now a dual carriageway with the river between) past 2 petrol stations built on bridges over the riverand turn right at the Opel Car showroom traffic lights. Follow the road round to the right and up hill. There is a sharp left turn and then right and then you have to take the next right as ahead is a No Entry - 150m ahead is the hotel.
Ricardo in particular was a brilliant source of information, especially on how to get to places - signposts are not very helpful on the island (especially to get to Monte at present) and he was so helpful when one of us was unwell. He is also a great raconteur!
If you dislike the modern multi roomed hotels that exist all over the world with little difference between them, and enjoy exploring to find a restaurant for lunch or evening meal then the monte Carlo is for you.
- Also Known As:
- Monte Carlo Funchal
- Hotel Monte Carlo Madeira/Funchal
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated within a previous Palace of Funchal’s charming and historic town centre, the Monte Carlo Hotel promises affordable accommodation and relaxing panoramic views of the bay of Funchal, and the Ocean. It’s located next to some main heritage and cultural points of Funchal, and Monte Carlo offers a relaxing stay, after exploring the magnificent island of Madeira. It takes only 5 walking minutes to reach the center and Marina, and there is a mini bus coming up to the Hotel Street every 30 minutes. The hotel provides a buffet breakfast, a living and games room with TV, a bar with Snack meals, as well as Wines and cocktails. At Monte Carlo you can enjoy a charming and friendly stay, in a unique place in Madeira. There is an exclusive esplanade, and on the top an outdoor swimming pool open all year, with a great view to see fireworks festivities in winter. The rooms are restful, cozy, equipped with a complete bathroom, telephone and TV. Some cultural events take place in the Hotel. ... more less
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