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Four Views Monumental Lido
Ranked #31 of 88 Hotels in Funchal
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Reviewed 28 September 2010

This was a good hotel overall, but not quite up to the 4* one would expect in the UK.
All the staff were amazing, we can’t fault them. We had half board and the food was very good. Breakfast was pretty much the same every morning but there is so much choice you could have something different every morning. Evening meals were changed daily. We usually had fish which was always delicious. Some evenings were themed and there is a barbeque once a week.
You are taken to your table on the first evening and that is your table for the week, for breakfast you sit anywhere
We changed our room on arrival to a larger room, we thought the standard room was too small for us (especially with the now extinct CRT TV taking up so much space) so changed to an apartment which was very spacious, 2 balconies, 3 piece suite, table & chairs, desk, coffee table and flat screen TV. Bath with shower and a bidet. Kitchenette, crockery, fridge and microwave all there too.
Rooms were cleaned and tidied every day with fresh towels whenever needed. Separate pool towels were also supplied. The pool was cleaned every morning, but be aware that there were no pool staff so keep an eye out for the children if indeed you see any at all!
Buses were outside the hotel and there seem to be taxi’s on every street, around 5.50 – 6 Euros into town but buses are much cheaper. The town and surrounding area is there to discover for yourself, but you’ll no doubt be sitting next to someone who goes back year after year and tell you about their favourite places.
There is entertainment every night with dancers/ performers on selected nights doing a 30 minute show. The resident performers alternate. The pair of young lads (vocal & keyboards) slow down the ballads to a worrying funeral pace for the first hour or so, and then gets marginally livelier. Brian on the other hand is a very talented keyboard player/singer with a great sense of humour.
On the downside at this hotel was that the lounge bar didn’t open until about 6pm, so if you wanted to get out of the afternoon heat (or rain in our case) and sit in comfy chairs with air conditioning with a drink – well you just can’t and that’s not a 4* hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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jsergiocosta, General Manager at Four Views Monumental Lido, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2010

Obrigado!!!
That's thank you in Portuguese and that goes to thank you for taking the time to review our Hotel in TripAdvisor.We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed your stay on the Island of Madeira. I agree completely that our facilities and convenient location are great assets. I also agree that we must find an outlet which is open before 6 pm to provide rest in days of occasional rain or heat.
We look forward seeing you again in our Hotel.
Obrigado!!!
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Reviewed 15 September 2010

We have now stayed at the Monumental Lido twice over a couple of years both under new owners and the old and for the money paid this hotel represents excellent value for money.You can certainly pay a lot more in Madeira and get less.Rooms are comfortable, we paid extra for a sea view-higher floors best otherwise you get the swimming pool as the main view and you look over the top of higher buildings.
Bed is comfortable if a little firm (better than too soft) and unusually for a foreighn hotel you get tea/coffee making facilities. However these are not replenished, despite requests, so acquire tea/coffee/sugar from breakfast and buy fresh milk from Joes round the corner. He will split multi packs and is very helpfull about all aspects.
For arrival at the hotel from the airport (if not on a package holiday) there is a excellent aerobus from the airport to the hotel door for just 5 Euro's each one way.
For tours-We suggest Happy Tours in the Monumental Shopping Centre. Marco the owner is ex Strawberry which is just outside and he knows what he is doing. Strwaberry made him Redundant and he has set up in competition- uses english speaking guides, in mini busses that can go where coaches cannot go and the prices are slightly better as well. Having done the East and West Tour with Strawberry previously we did the South and North Trips with Happy Tours (North includes an excellent Volcanic Caves Visit-not claustropobic and interesting for all ages).
Meal organised by Driver on South Tour was superb for 10 Euro's each including drinks and 3 courses.
My only real critisism of the hotel is that they could do with more staff on particularly at breakfast, when some items of crockery ie: cereal bowls and cups ran out.
However the plusses outweigh the negatives by far, and if you want to find fault you can do whatever your budget.
Another Recomendation is Boutique Lido Pattesserie which is just to the right of the hotel as you come out. Lovely cakes/sandwiches etc.
Would we return-Yes undoubtably.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2010

For the price we paid, this hotel was excellent value for money. Take no notice of the poorer reviews. Food OK, room clean and comfy (with tea/coffee facilities) although the bed was a bit firm for me, pool clean and not overcrowded, location excellent. Aerobus stop and bus stop right outside. We used Happy Tours (in shopping centre under hotel) for minibus tours of this beautiful island.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 August 2010

The room was fine if a little dated. A hairdryer and a fridge were provided which was handy to keep drinks cool. Surprisingly tea making facilities were also supplied though they were never replenished after the first day so we bought our own teabags and were able to keep milk cool in the aforesaid fridge. The air conditioning was not terribly efficient but there was an enormous ceiling fan which though noisy was welcome. In any case it doesn't get too hot in Madeira. Yellow swimming towels were another plus. The bathroom was fine and two soap dispensers were fixed to the wall, one above the sink and another in the shower. The room was servuced every day by smiling friendly maids.
The food was buffet style and at dinner you were allocated a table for your entire stay although at breakfast you could use any table. I would say that the food was average but we both found something we liked to eat every evening. Another plesant surprise was that at dinner the hot drinks machine was turned on so you could have tea or coffe during or after your meal.
The swimming pool on the 4th floor was kept scrupulously clean and was continuously maintained by a very cheerful man who took obvious pride in his work.
The only criticism was that the receptionist staff were not so friendly. Oh, and we got stuck in one of the many lifts for about ten minutes one afternoon but were rescued before panic set in!
The scenery in Madeira is fantastic.We hadn't expected it to be so mountainous. We thought of hiring a car but Funchal is a large city and we were worried that we'd easily get lost so we didn't try it.
We went on a Vistas of Madeira Trip which we thoroughly enjoyed and also to the Nun's Valley. The highloight of our holiday was a boat trip during which we saw plenty of dolphins (no whales or turtles though) and stopped for a swim under an enormous sheer cliff called Cabo Girao.
The gardens of Monte and the Palheiro are well worth a visit as are the Public Gardens which are free. When we were there huge blue and white agapanthus were flowering eveywhere almost like weeds, as were beautiful hydrangeas and other exotic and gorgeous flowers. We paid seven euros in a tiny flower shop in Funchal for seven agapanthus bulbs and a bird of paradise plant which we brought back to the UK. (This is only legal if the plants are completely free of earth) Time will only tell if any of them take here!
To get around Funchal we bought pe-paid bus tickets at one euro per journey. The bus stop is almost right outside the hotel.
We went into The Story Of Madeira Museum and found it very enlightning. We also went around the yellow 17th century fort. It houses an art gallery but it's well worth exploring the towers and passages of the restored fort as we didn't find the art particularly interesting.
All in all we had a lovely holiday.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2010

We booked a late deal and have just returned from this hotel. In our opinion it is well worth a visit, the staff are helpful and friendly, the food is good with a fair amount of variety, (meat and fish served at every evening meal). They could do with a couple more toasters in the morning - but many hotels don't seem to understand the need for that! Tea, coffee and juices are provided at breakfast but you need to purchase the evening drinks yourself. The bedrooms are very clean and of a totally adequate size, (kettle and fridge provided and both work!) and you are a short taxi or bus ride from Funchal. If you get a choice I would suggest you ask for a pool side room as opposed to a road one. We were road side and the balcony was a bit small and didn't get too much sun - and of course you do get the traffic noise - but not that much as we were on the 7th floor! (however road side does get the dustman calling at 8 o'clock in the morning and that is smelly!!)
Other reviews commented on the darkness of the reception, and it is true that there is no natural light as it is under the shopping centre. This is no real problem as you don't spend your holiday in reception - but it does impact on the night entertainment as various singers etc perform at the back of reception in the bar area so there is a bit of a claustrophobic feel to it. The resident singer is a bit of an acquired taste but various visiting dancing groups are good.
There is lots to do - the casino in Funchal is worth a visit to see the show but it is an expensive night and the food is very cordon bleu and menu's that have 1 glazed carrot and raw beef are not to everyone's taste! Do try and go on a Lavada walk but don't be fooled into thinking that just because it is hot at sea level it will be the same once you are in the mountains - we went in July and needed jumpers!! Do also go with a guide - they are full of really interesting knowledge and will keep you safe. A visit, (or two) to Funchal is a must - it is so pretty and the cobbled streets and historical buildings are lovely. The ride up the mountain on the cable cars is a great way to get a good perspective of the island and the optional ride back down on the toboggan is good fun - but expensive at £25 per toboggan.
Another place to visit is the Old Blandy Wine Lodge - which offers free tasting of wine and Madeira cake - lovely!! Also don't miss the market in Funchal - lots of beautiful flowers, amazing fish and vegetables to see!
Because there were 4 of us we mostly used taxis as they were very cheap, (5 euros for a taxi from the hotel to Funchal) but if you are a couple or single possibly the buses would be cheaper - there is a seemingly endless supply of both taxis and buses!
Finally - look out for the coffee and cake shop just to the right of the hotel - fantastic cakes and coffee!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 August 2010

We stayed at Four Views Monumental Lido for one week in July and found this hotel to be very friendly, good service and in a great location. Buses to Funchal stop over the road but it is an easy 35/40 minutes downhill walk and you can get the bus back up.
Food served was good breakfast has a good variety of breads, hams, cheese, fresh fruit. yoghurts and cooked breakfasts. Evening dinner always consisted of fish (good) one meat dish and a pasta dish plus hot cooked vegetables plus the salad bar. Desserts a large variety of gateaus, fresh fruit salad and ice cream plus tea or coffee
all of which were cooked well.
Outside areas were clean with plenty of sun beds and two pools. Rooms were kept spotlessly clean and towels and bed linen changed regularly. My only complaint would be the beds were quite hard for me. Bedrooms either face or sea of mountains, we had a mountain view which at the back was on a main road but in spite of this the noise level was not great and it did not disturb us at night.
We booked trips through Strawberry World and Island Tours in a mini bus both of which proved very enjoyable the West tour being I consider the best. We also used the bus to Monte and back from the Botanical Gardens and to Palheiro Gardens to walk the Levada trail which was very enjoyable if not hair raising at times (do not go if you have vertigo).
Madeira is a very beautiful island with an abundance of flowers, fantastic scenery but very, very hilly.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 August 2010

We stayed for the first two weeks in July 2010 our third visit in four years to this beautiful island and our third visit to this hotel.
The Monumental Lido or Four Seasons as it is known now.
What has changed since our last visit in July 2008? Not a lot really.
New owners? New name but the old one seems to stick around. And all the usual faces still here I’m glad to say.
The very handy empty mini-bar fridge is still in the double rooms but now also a kettle and two mugs. Leave your travel kettle at home and just bring your favourite tea bags for that early morning cuppa, if that’s your thing.
And the evening buffet which was never a dress up affair but had a sort of smart casual dress code has become a little more dress down. Most people here still do dress smart casual in the evening, but men might now get away with football style shorts and t-shirts if they want.
Ok the hotel is a 70’s build, been refurbished once I believe and looks a bit dated when compared to new builds like the Pestana Promenade. But of course you will pay Pestana Promenade prices.
It depends what is important to you and how much money you are prepared to spend.
This hotel is spotlessly clean and in a very good location, it’s comfortable and offers the opportunity to visit a fabulous place like Madeira at a very reasonable cost.
We normally expect to pay around £600- each for two weeks half board in a sea view twin with Mercury Direct or First Choice /Thomson etc. from Gatwick or Stansted.This year Mercury Direct had an extra special deal of around £475- each for the first two weeks in July on half board, so check carefully for those offers as they are often difficult to spot in the small print.
We did consider upgrading this time to the next level up and staying at the Suite Hotel Eden Mar which gets very good reviews, but the bottom line would have been over £1000- more. You can have another holiday on that sort of money.
I’d recommend a sea view twin situated on the 5th to 9th floors, on 10th and 11th the balcony fronts are solid so it’s more difficult to appreciate the view while seated. The pool and restaurant are on the 4th so if you want your sun loungers right outside your patio doors then that floor would suite you.
I wouldn’t recommend the apartments on 2nd and 3rd unless the extra space is important to you. They are directly over the main road and get traffic noise especially on the balcony. Or the rooms at the back of the hotel, they are over another smaller road but still a bus route and are darker than the sun facing sea view ones. The sea view rooms are in the main hotel block set back with the pool and sun terraces between them and the main road at least four floors below, which is not a dual carriage way as one lady stated. So are much quieter as a result and with the patio doors shut you can’t hear much at all really and especially if you have the aircon on at night.
The food here is ok at this price level, nothing flashy but freshly cooked. The green veg is a bit overcooked but people moan if it is undercooked.
A help yourself hot / cold buffet at breakfast and dinner. The fish is particularly nice, sea bass sea bream etc, and the espada the locally caught black scabbard fish is very tasty especially when served with a banana.
There are also one or two hot meat dishes and a pasta dish each evening. Potato and veg selection and rice.
Salad bar, soup and bread, cheese and biscuits.
So mix and match and eat as much or as little as you please.
The desserts were particularly tempting but there is always fresh fruit salad if you want to be good.
Ice cream and squirty cream is in the freezer by one of the cold food areas.
And unlike some hotels the coffee/tea machines are available for use in the evening.
The drinks had gone up a tad since our last visit...8.50 euro a bottle of house wine...3.40 a large beer...6.50 a small jug of Sangria for two or wine by the glass.
If you have unfinished wine or water they will save it and bring it out the next night.
But if you get bored with the food or are staying on B&B then there are loads of reasonable restaurants very close by, catering for most tastes. 2/3 courses and a drink for around 13/15 Euros.
The hotel has some sort of evening entertainment in the bar, but that seems to be lower key now than our last visit. But I believe the ‘Hot Dancers’ who are very popular with the men are still doing their thing on a Wednesday evening!
The hotel has spa facilities for a price in the new wing, but I think the indoor pool there can be used for free.
We’ve never had any trouble finding sun beds around or near the outdoor pools and two towels for this purpose are supplied in your room. Most people bring their own as well.
There is a gym somewhere in the complex and a games room in the hotel. A computer is available in the library near reception but quite expensive I believe. A better option is next door in the shopping centre where Internet access is one euro for twenty minutes.
There is also a proper tourist information office in the shopping centre, the main one in Funchal can be very busy but this one is normally quiet.
‘Information offices’ on the walk down to Funchal are often timeshare places.
Funchal is an easy 30/40 mins stroll mainly downhill and there are interesting things to see on the way.
Trips on the yellow buses in and around Funchal are paid with a ‘Giro’ ticket. You get these from the small local supermarkets / booze shops. Joe’s is just up the hill to the left of the hotel and he will sort you out. Each ride is 1 euro no matter how long or short and you can add more credit as you require it. We normally start with 10 Euros credit on each ticket and see how it lasts. If you have to pay on the bus it is 2.20! The bus no. 1 (Linha Verde) has a frequent service to Funchal every ten mins during the day. It goes from the main bus stop which is across the road from the hotel. It starts and terminates at the Electricade de Madeira (EDM) building near the cable car end of the seafront. But there are other stops, one opposite the Marina for instance. The bus no. 6 (Lido) also goes up and down to Funchal and stops near the hotel.
Bus no. 48 for Monte goes from the same stop across the road from the hotel, and the bus back from Monte stops right outside the hotel.
Yellow Buses for the Botanic gardens and other places start from the side of the EDM building in Funchal.
You can catch the out of town west buses (Rodeoest) from right outside the hotel. These go to places such as Camara de Lobos and Ribera Brava. Just pay cash on the bus.
Or out of town buses for the east go from near the cable car. Bus no. 81 for the Nun’s Valley is a good ride. Get one up via Eira do Serrado (the view point) and then walk down to the village via the steps at the side of the restaurant car park (quite a strenuous walk!) and get the Funchal bus back from there. The stop is opposite the cafe that does the chestnut cake but check that before wandering off.
For first timers I would recommend doing both the east and west coach trips with Strawberry World whose office is right next to the hotel. These will give you a flavour of the island and cost around 22 Euros for the all day trips. They also do a half day mini bus for the Nun’s Valley at around 10 Euros.
Some people on here were moaning about Strawberry World but I’m baffled as to why? Ana was delightful as ever while Marco is a safe and careful driver, and the coach is very comfortable. Yes Ana does speak in different languages, on our trip this year in English and Portuguese. Perhaps the lady who wasn’t happy with that would rather Ana spoke Portuguese only? And yes they do visit the occasional tourist place, like the basket making at Camacha where you can buy souvenirs and gifts, but some people enjoy that side of things anyway. Most places they visit are not like that.
We also did a north of the island mini bus trip with Madeira Happy Tours who are based in the hotels shopping centre. It visited the volcano centre, the rose garden and lots of other places on the coast. The mini buses can go to places the big coaches cannot, so are more flexible but less comfortable. We were very happy with this company and paid 19 Euros for the all day trip.
You will see cheaper tours including lunch etc but they will involve timeshare.
Must sees.....So many...but just a couple of easy ones for starters....Nun’s Valley view point....Monte Tropical Gardens.
Enjoy!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: Estrada Monumental 284, Funchal, Madeira 9004-541, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
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Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Price Range: £54 - £132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Four Views Monumental Lido 4*
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