Got a good online deal for this hotel. 5 star? Probably not. It is extremely spacious and well maintained, especially the bar and pool areas. Indoor pool was great, especially as it wasn't quite warm enough to try the outdoor pool, which looks amazing, set in beautiful gardens.Dining room was a bit like being in a fish tank. Poor lighting and seats that look very 60's. First room we were shown was clean, but rather tired, with lots of road noise. Asked to move and were given a refurbished room with view of casino, which was fine. Good bed. Breakfast was very good, as were first course and dessert at dinner (all buffet-style). Mains were disappointing - we love to try local dishes but even local fish wasn't well cooked. Safest bet seems to be the roast. Waiting and cleaning staff were extremely pleasant. The hotel is fine if you are retired and fairly fit. There is a children's play area but I would hesitate to bring young ones here. There's not much for children or teenagers, and the layout - steps, glass partitions,etc. - isn't child-friendly. Evening entertainment is fairly low-key, which suited us. Party animals can always head for the casino next door. The hotel is well placed for walking into Funchal centre, but I stress you do have to be fit to get back up the hill! In all, it does what it says on the tin: good base to get some warmth away from northern climes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pestana Casino Park is a 5-star hotel in Funchal, Madeira, surrounded by 15,000 m² of private gardens. Designed by world-renowned master architect Óscar Niemeyer, this hotel is adjacent to the Funchal bay cruise port. Plus, it is only 5 minutes on foot from the city centre and the epicentre of the city's social and cultural life. Its privileged location on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean makes it one of the most famous hotels on the island of Madeira. It features an infinity swimming pool, gardens with peaceful alcoves, a private car park available for a fee, a Spa where you can schedule a massage and/or Magic Spa treatment, and an indoor swimming pool with water jets, jacuzzi, Turkish bath, sauna and gym. You can enjoy four restaurants and bars with views overlooking the tennis court and access to the Casino da Madeira, with games, shows and a nightclub. All rooms have Wi-Fi and a private balcony. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pestana Hotel Park
- Pestana Casino Park Hotel Madeira/Funchal