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“Excellent hotel in Funchal” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Quintinha Sao Joao

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Quintinha Sao Joao
Ranked #9 of 87 Hotels in Funchal
Certificate of Excellence
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Excellent hotel in Funchal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2010

This was our first visit to Madeira and we were amazed by the island but in particular by this hotel. The staff are lovely, nothing is too much of an effort to arrange. For my sister's birthday we found a bottle of bubbly and a cake in our room with compliments from the hotel. The hotel and the gardens are peaceful and well laid out with a lovely view of the city from the terrace and pool. We found we spent much more time in the hotel than we expected, just because we enjoyed the ambiance so much. The costs are more than reasonable for the service that comes along with it. The only downside we could find is that the beds are a little too hard and the taste of the coffee could be better. We definitely recommend to take tea and home made scones/jam on the terrace, they are excellent, as are the daily cocktails. If we ever return to Madeira, it will be for sure to this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Barry, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2010

This was our second stay at the Sao Joao. This lovely hotel has once again lived up to our expectations. The staff are a joy: friendly professional and nothing is too much trouble. It was our anniversary whilst there and after being out for the day we came back to our room to find a chiiled bottle of bubbly and a cake which was a lovely surprise. There have been some additions to the facilities since we visited in 2008. The outdoor pool area has been completed and incorporates a spa. The Zen massage was wonderful. The hotel is within easy walking distance of Funchal but a courtesy bus is available if required. Rosie on the customer relations desk is fabulous with a wealth of information to hand and has very good contacts if you want to see parts of Madeira that the organised coach tours do not cover. If you are looking for comfort, friendly staff and top quality food this is the place to stay.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Exeter, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2010

After a fairly long absence we returned for our 14th visit to our "second home", expecting the Quintinha Sao Joao to be somehow different. But, apart from external development in the grounds and completely refurbished bathrooms, nothing had changed--even the staff remained virtually the same! What a welcome "home". We both needed to unwind and rest, so we booked for three weeks. A wise choice as we were able to return home completely refreshed. The quality of service, standard of food, attention to detail, and helpfulness of staff was exactly the same as our previous visit--first class. The major difference in the QSJ was the development of the outdoor swimming pool, spa, and fitness centre and the covering of the heated rooftop swimming pool, making it all-weather. In our view a truly wonderful hotel, giving us the peace and tranquility we needed. We shall be doing our very best to return for our 15th! Thank you every member of staff. Eileen and Douglas Batten, Exeter.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Worcestershire
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2010

There are so many options, so we tend not to go back to the same place - but this was our third visit to this very special hotel; previously for a week but this time doubled. We consider it as 'what it says on the box' = our "home in Madeira." The service throughout is splendid; and in the main from the same friendly, efficient team. The whole operation runs like a well-oiled machine.
The premises are comfortable, food is good, facilities throughout beyond our expectations; and we are looking forward to our next visit.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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55 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2010

I think that this is a lovely hotel. We stayed for a week in June and could not fault our experience. Our room was charming; all of the staff friendly and the reception staff very knowledgable and happy to help. The whole atmosphere is one of calm and relaxation in a well run environment . This was our first visit to Madiera and we will certainly go again. If you go, to Funchal, try eating in "Londres" where the locals eat; take a taxi to "By the Sea" for fresh fish (which is actually quite hard to find) and for trendy modern food try "Armazem do Sal". The walking and flora and fauna are simply stupendous on the Island.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Freddie4
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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185 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2010

Coming off a 13-day cruise, I'd enjoyed terrific service, but Sao Joao topped everything. From the breakfast staff to bartenders to excellent Goan-style dinners, everyone was friendly and eager to give top-notch service. When visitors down the hall departed, the cleaning staff spent over 2 hours stripping the bed down to the mattress and thoroughly cleaning everything in the room. We loved sitting on the patio looking at the lights in the harbor and up the hill. We used the game room with its billiards and checkers, the gardens labeled with identifications, and both pools. The gym has top-notch equipment, and the walk to downtown and to the harbor took only a few minutes. The furnishings are simply elegant, befitting a manor house. The front staff explained local culture, helped us book a levado hike, a yacht from which to watch fireworks, and a private taxi service for a day trip. This is not a place for children. It's a beautiful, restful quintanha with a location and service that far surpasses the ocean-front hotels on the island.

  • Stayed June 2010
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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lancashire
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2010

We were disappointed on arrival as the hotel fronts a busy street. However!!!
our welcome was as if we were old friends returning. Inside the hotel is peace & tranquility. We were shown all the facilities of the hotel, so got our bearings very quickly, although it would be difficult to get lost in this charming estalgem. Nothing was too much trouble -when we mentioned the bed was a little hard , a softer mattress was placed on top. Cleanliness was immaculate, breakfast was abundant, varied & well presented. All the staff were extremely friendly, courteous & professional. We stayed in room 302 which is right by the road, so experienced some noise from traffic, however this died down by 11pm. B & B is the best option as there are so many restaurants in the old town offering greater variety - STAY HERE - WELL WORTH THE EXTRA COST

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank mikayLancashire
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Additional Information about Quintinha Sao Joao

Property: Quintinha Sao Joao
Address: Rua Levada Sao Joao 4 | Madeira, Funchal, Madeira 9000-191, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Funchal
#6 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
#7 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#9 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Quintinha Sao Joao 5*
Number of rooms: 42
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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Quintinha Sao Joao Funchal
Quintinha Sao Joao Hotel Funchal
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