Took a Monarch flight to Funchal - tricky to land (cross-winds) but all went OK - and picked up a hire car from Bravacars, a reasonable service there. Only 20km into Funchal and to Quintinha São Joao. Very warm for mid-January and such a beautiful island.
The hotel sits in a perfectly-tended sub-tropical garden on a hill above the port. Its garage is underground. Fine location, great views across the town to the mountains - we'd recommend getting a room with a balcony. First we were offered room 201, which was a good size, but we asked for a room further from the road, and ended up in room 210 which overlooked the garden. There was no fuss. The only concern of the staff was that we were happy.
That was a theme throughout, the unfailing politeness and efficiency of the staff, whether at Reception, in the restaurant (Friday night is Masterchef night!), or anywhere else. Marvellous. And the food was just fine.
All spotlessly clean, all the facilities you might need, including wifi in public areas, well-looked-after antique furniture on show - though the hotel itself would certainly count as modern - a heated indoor pool (aerobic sessions), fully-equipped spa; we were there only one week but could have easily stayed for a month.
Madeira is a jewel, and this hotel is a great base from which to explore it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built within the grounds of an historic "Quinta" of Funchal, Quintinha de Sao Joao resurrects perfectly the magic of the old Madeiran residences. There are 42 spacious rooms in total, all equipped with the most up-to-date facilities with splendid views over the gardens. Bar, restaurant, heated outdoor and indoor swimming pools and full Spa are included facilities. The careful attention to detail and the excellent personal service brings to life our motto "Home from Home." ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Quintinha Sao Joao Funchal
- Quintinha Sao Joao Hotel Funchal
- Quintinha Sao Joao Madeira/Funchal