Just come back from 10 days in the pestana casino park hotel. This is in my opinion, not a five star hotel. I think perhaps the five star rating comes from the sheer size of the place and that there is a spa. That being said, we did enjoy our stay here.
Room was modern with a nice big balcony.We had a 'land view' but we could see the sea and the city so that was lovely.At night all the lights are beautiful. Breakfast choice was average, however we did tend to go quite late (its served until 10.30 and we would rock up at about 10 ish) so had we arrived bright eyed and bushy tailed at 7.30 am there may have been more choice.
There was a nice outside pool with sun loungers but we only managed to get sun loungers on our very last day.They are snapped up quickly and although there are signs advising that they can not be reserved, I have a feeling there is regularly a 5 am 'lounger dash'. However the grounds are beautiful and due to the climate the grass is thick and lovely, so we had no problem lying on the grass.
The great thing about this hotel is its location. The town is around a ten minute walk away (down a big hill) and there are lots of restaurants there and a beautiful park. beware when coming back up that hill if you have over eaten/drank as it can turn in to a long and arduous journey if one has over indulged at dinner :). There are some gorgeous restaurants just a stones throw away from the hotel and there is a little shop near by which is handy for milk and tea bags. ( Tea and coffee making facilities are not provided in the room so bring a travel kettle if you are a tea fiend like me!)
There is a spa which is lovely and prices reasonable if you fancy a treatment.The staff there are very professional and the experience very relaxing. Also the inside pool is really good! with a gentle current that pulls you round and a jacuzzi area.There is also a stream room and sauna and if you are very brave..an ice room!
all in all this hotel is not 5 star and there were issues such as the key cards never working, and the lifts being a bit dodgy at times, but we did enjoy our stay here and i would say this is a decent 3 star hotel. Kept nice and clean with pretty grounds in a great location
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- Also Known As:
- Pestana Hotel Park
- Pestana Casino Park Hotel Madeira/Funchal