Me and my partner stayed at the Melia between 30th May - 6th June.
The hotel is situated just above sea level, on the Estrada Monumental in the popular resort of Lido, which has plenty of bars and restaurants near by.
We arrived at 11am and was greeted by a very friendly lady on reception who advised that our room was ready. A helpful porter took our cases away so we could continue onto the room without our baggage after our flight.
The room (422) was a side view room which has a decent view of the ocean, and was overlooking a car park on a very steep hill - which was quite good for people watching from the balcony!
It was tastefully decorated and had a huge bed, flat screen TV, Mini Bar, a comfy chair with table, a Safe, Tea and Coffee making facility, a bathroom which consisted of a Bath with show over, 2 sinks and a toilet with bidet.
The clever part of the bathroom was that the toilet and bidet was separated by frosted glass, and the bathroom had an internal window in so if you were having a bath you could see the TV. There was also a speaker in the bathroom so you could hear the TV. Quite useful to have the music channel on whilst having a shower! The only let down was that the shower wasn't very powerful!
The balcony was pleasant and clean with a table and two chairs.
The Rooms were cleaned everyday - and you could also have your linen changed when you wanted, all you had to do was leave a card on the bed.
Air conditioning was also a bonus, and it was a very efficient system too!
The TV channels arent the best for English speakers. There is only BBC Entertainment and BBC World News. Thats all you get.
The hotel had 2 heated pools. One indoor and one outdoor. They also had a Spa on site, along with 3 bars. A bar in reception, A bar near the restaurant with stage and a Pool bar outside. There was also a TV room which we didn't use.
The outdoor pool area was spotless. The loungers had a removable layer on them - some of these looked tired but it was a problem as you could just remove them! I used the outdoor pool every day, and it was pleasantly warm. They do regular readings of the temperature of the water and also the chlorine levels. The temperature of the pool was often between 21-23c.
We didn't use any of the bars as we were out every night - we didn't even use the pool bar as prices could be a bit steep - so we preferred to get our water from the supermarket over the road.
The pool area has a stunning view over the Atlantic. It was quite easy to bathe all day gazing out to see - not realising the time!
The hotel also has a restaurant for evening meals, but we didn't try this.
The hotel also boats free Wifi. We found this to be fantastic! You could pick it up throughout the hotel and in the rooms. It was fast enough for us to stream UK television on our laptop in our room which was a bonus!
The safe is also free to use - just how it should be!
We stayed at the hotel on a B&B Basis. The restaurant opened at 0730 and closed at 1030. On our first morning we were late going down for breakfast and sat at around 0945, and most of the food was gone, and what was let was cold! The chefs were nowhere to be seen and there was nobody on the omelette station, however, the rest of the week we went down to breakfast around 0900 and it was good. The custard tarts are amazing when they have them in. I will say however that some of the hot food items weren't that hot, and the sausages are not great.
Also it was annoying how you couldn't help yourself to Tea and Coffee - its done by the waiters!
Overall though it was a good breakfast.
Overall it was a decent hotel and is probably about right for the money we paid. The staff are all very friendly, the Breakfasts are good and the rooms are to a high standard.
The hotel is in the middle of a fantastic area with shops, bars and restaurants which we made the most of daily! Its also a fantastic base for walks into Funchal (30 mins).
Would I visit Madeira again - Yes!
Would I stay at the Melia again? Most definitely!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Melia Madeira is a modern and elegant five-star hotel with a contemporary design that will enhance the availability of quality accommodation options for both business and leisure travelers to Madeira Island. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and boasting magnificent sea views, the hotel is conveniently located a few meters of the sea, in close proximity to the small pebble beach, Gorgulho and offers direct access to the Oceanside promenade. The Resort offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas, an indoor and outdoor pool and a spa. Elegantly-furnished rooms offer a balcony and cable TV. Some rooms of Meliã Madeira Mare include scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean from the balcony. Many of the hotel’s rooms also have a sitting area.Guests can relax in the jacuzzi and sauna at Meliã Madeira Mare’s spa. Massage treatments and a steam bath are also offered.Free parking is available. Madeira International Airport is a 25-minute drive away. Meliã Madeira Mare is a 5-minute walk from the center of the city.Meliã Madeira Mare’s restaurant serves a breakfast buffet and themed buffets for dinner. A la Carte menu is also available. The hotel’s pool bar provides refreshing beverages and light snacks for lunch. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Madeira Mare Hotel Funchal
- Melia Madeira Mare Resort And Spa
- Sol Melia Funchal
- Melia Madeira Mare Resort & Spa Funchal