This is my first hotel review so probably a bit OTT, but thought I'd share my opinion on the hotel and area. Stayed last 2 weeks of June 2014. Fantastic weather throughout. Looks good, a little soulless but if you want peace and quiet then you will have that in spades.
Room on the top floor was very clean, large and modern with a Japanese-style décor.
Large wardrobes with built-in drawers but no proper bedside cabinet/drawers which would have been nice. Large and very comfortable/hard bed. Wonderful pillows provided!
Bathroom - very chic/powerful shower. Air-con - the most powerful ever experienced - beware!
The hotel was relatively empty as it was just outside the peak season so a number of bars/communal areas were closed off which was fine. Didn't use the spa facilities despite there being a hotel deal of 'Buy 10 drinks and get 1 free use of the Spa'. Word of warning the drinks deal could not be used with the other hotel deal at the time which was 'Buy 4 meals and get 1 free'.
Breakfast was adequate…as usual the egg station a little overwhelmed at times.
Didn’t use the a la carte restaurant as too much choice outside the hotel
One main pool area – quite small especially for the number of guests. Definitely won't be enough sun loungers during peak holiday periods! Tip - there are two very nice cabanas on the upper level. Nice if you fancy a spot of shade!
High praise should go to the staff during our stay: Pestana & Tomas (bars), MIguel (restaurant) but a special mention deservedly goes to the all-rounder/enthusiastic Fatima who could not be faulted in anyway and Hugo Pires (pool guy) who worked tirelessly no matter how hot the weather! The reception and maintenance staff also delivered exceptional service. Very rarely have I had to use them, but twice when I called about something faulty within the room (broken door hook/intermittent faulty bathroom lights) everything was fixed within 10minutes! Remarkable.
Location-wise a good 30min walk to the town centre of Funchal. The local area has and is undergoing development which should make the area even more cleaner/pedestrianized. Convenient shops and a good variety of restaurants to cater for all tastes and budget.
My tips and recommendations:
Spar directly opposite the hotel. Pingo Doce - a big and even cheaper supermarket where you can stock up on virtually everything. For sushi lovers definitely try the Japanese buffet place Nagoya (upper level on the restaurant parade a short walk away) – 16 euros all you can eat except drinks. Went several times. Papa Manuel’s Pizzeria and Restaurant at the bottom of the hotel. Brilliant value and amazing portions. O Dragoeira Cocktail bar/restaurant and the White Candle directly opposite the hotel. Also afternoon tea at the Reids Palace hotel –a little pricey at 30euros but definitely worth it - go for a last sitting as we had unlimited sandwiches, tea, sweets and scones!
We only used the hotel dinner buffet twice and even with the deal on offer it still worked out around 28 euros pp and frankly one of the poorest buffets in our experience insofar as food varieties. For that price there are lots of other restaurants outside the hotel where you could have a 3 course meal a la carte. Many restaurants also entice with deals for 2/3 courses from around 15 euros upwards. There's plenty of opportunity to try out a few different places and tbh the portions at some places were enormous! Bon appetit!
- 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 Resort And Spa
- Melia Madeira Mare Hotel Funchal
- Sol Melia Funchal
- Melia Madeira Mare Resort & Spa Funchal