I visited Funchal as an alternative to a City Break/Christmas Markets type break and picked this hotel due to its central location in the old town. I agree with previous comments that this is probably not a 4* hotel, but then again I didn’t pay 4* prices.
I was also aware of the comments regarding the breakfast so this came as no surprise and so would be unfair of me to comment further except to say that it is as described in the reviews, and the tea really is that bad. I have never taken my own tea bags anywhere but if I was to return to this hotel and certainly would and ask for some hot water.
The good points however more than made up for this. The staff were pleasant and welcoming, especially Elsa or Elisa on reception who was an exceptionally pleasant and helpful lady. I just hope that I didn’t upset her when I said that I would definitely be returning if only to see if the tea had improved. A bit of English humour that was probably misplaced at that time so apologies Elsa or Elisa, no offence was meant (but the tea really is not good).
We were only there 4 nights and on half board. The food in the evening really was good, with two choices for starter, main and sweet and was cooked to order which is something I’ve not seen in ages. The food was that good I didn’t eat out once, although I probably would if I was there for a week – just for a change.
The location was just what we wanted for wandering around Funchal in the evening. The Christmas lights were lovely and the Christmas atmosphere around town likewise, and not an overpriced bratwurst bar in sight. We did take a bus ride to the hotel zone to revisit the Hole in one Bar. The whole area seemed very dead compared to when I was there in the summer and I’m really glad we were based where we were in the Windsor.
So for an alternative to a Christmas Markets break over on the continent I would give Funchal full marks as long as you’re not looking for a rowdy time. Live music, festive stalls, and Christmas lights all combine to give Funchal real charm over the break (and it’s warmer to).
I would definitely go back to the Windsor if I went again, for the location, the lovely staff, and good food (and to take Elsa/Elisa a card and chocolates).
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- Also Known As:
- Windsor Hotel Funchal
- Windsor Hotel Madeira/Funchal