The apartment was spacious, bright and well equipped with a great balcony and good view. A variety of activities are on offer such as tennis, mini golf, bowling, snooker and swimming. The facilities are well maintained and don't need to be booked in advance. The complex doesn't have much character but is a good base for visiting the island with the sporting activities in addition. It offers good value for money and is a short drive from Funchal.
We spent a week at the HPB site at Cabo Girao. We were pleasantly surprised at how spacious our one bedroomed apartment was. As well as a large bedroom there was a large sitting room with a small but well equipped kitchen area and a sun terrace overlooking the sea. The hotel has many facilities including swimming pools, gym, spa, pool bar and restaurant as well as a small on site shop. It is quite hilly and we felt lucky that we were not right at the top as there are many steps to climb. You definitely will need a car unless you want to avail of the courtesy coach to the village of Câmara de Lobos or go on the various tours that are offered at extra cost. We ate in the restaurant on our first night and although it was quiet we enjoyed our meal. There is also a programme of entertainment including quiz night, Madeiran themed nights, barbecue, Sunday roast, etc. We would recommend this hotel if you are looking for a peaceful holiday as it was very quiet and relaxing. There wouldn’t be much for children to do in this area but there is mini-golf, a children’s pool and a small playground.…
it's on top of the mountain so you definitely need a car to get here, otherwise you can take taxi from major towns below but would highly recommend a car hire. plenty to do on site for adults and kids, excellent games room and excellent restaurant for dinner, reaonable price too compared to nearby restaurants and high quality. would like a bit more variety for the breakfast but it's all fresh cooked everyday. nice view too. the nearby Cabo Girao View Point you can walk there virtually like 5 minutes, excellent place to see sun rise and sunset, very beautiful. apartment rooms are not air conditioned, so could be hot in the summer? rooms are very big and cleaned everyday.
It's not acceptable not having running hot water from the day we checked in until the morning for a 4-star hotel. We called the service line in the evening without any help until the morning. We get to borrow a shower in another building which is not optimal in the cold windy day. Contact the hotel but they insisted that's not their responsibility. The staff is nice but the facility is too old and the location is too isolated.
Good site. Great restaurant. Poor location up in the clouds so often cold with no view. The big mistake we made was booking our car hire and insurance with the holiday thinking they’d use a reputable company. They didn’t! They used a poor off-site company. We had a two hour wait and they wouldn’t accept the insurance the site sold us. We had to take out a second policy which doubled the cost of the car hire. Incidentally those people who booked the cars themselves using reputable on-airport companies had none of the problems we had and arrived at the site hours before us. If we had been relying on public transport or taxis we’d give the site a 4* rating, but because of our bad experience 2* is a fairer reflection of our holiday experience.