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Raga Madeira Muthu Hotel
Ranked #45 of 87 Hotels in Funchal
Kent
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“Madeira is such a lovely place”
Reviewed 11 August 2010

The Hotel Raga was what we had expected as we had read up before we left. The reception staff were friendly and helpful but we arrived at 12pm and our room was not ready till gone 2pm so we were left hanging around a little. The room was very clean and tidy and beds were comfortable. We stayed in room 701 which had 2 balcony's!!! As we already knew there was no tea/coffee making facilities so we took a kettle etc with us. The blue pool towels were left in our room on the second day, and they could be exchanged with the pool attendant throughout the stay. The lifts are small and you can wait a little while at busy times.

The pool was clean and attendants were helpful if you need towels/sun loungers etc.. We had bed and breakfast which we had no complaints... people had complained there was not much choice in there reviews but we felt there was most things you could want from breakfast - breads, pastries and cereal, to cooked items, fruit and yoghurt and different hot and cold drinks... What else do you need?????

There is two ways of leaving the hotel - we found by going out by the pool exit you were on the best road and you can go either left or right for eating out or shops. One recommendation is to take a left from here and in 50 yards you'll come to the best cake shop and it's open till 10pm.... nice for coffee's too.........

If you take a right and walk along the main road for around 20 minutes you come to a lovely indoor shopping centre, with lots of trendy shops (idea for young teenage girls) as well as McDonald's... also there are lots of other nice restaurants.... nice to get indoors and out of the heat for a while.

If you go left you can walk into Funchal town which takes about 30 minutes along a fairly busy road, if you walk along by the harbour there some lovely little boats you can sit and eat or just order drinks and on some nights there was live music. We found the old town a little scary, with a few of the local wino's sitting on benches which could be quiet scary if your young etc.....


The hotel raga is situated centrally from most restrants and shops, there is walking where ever you choose to go - We think that is the case no matter where you are staying on the island - it's very hilly...... I also recommend to pop along to Joe's shop (left out of pool exit, then first left turn and 2 minute walk). You can buy your Pay-as you-go bus ticket, only 50 cent and then 1 Euro per journey, if you pay the driver it's 2 Euro's. I would suggest that when your walking around that you note the bus numbers that go by your hotel – as when your in town there are lots of different one's and you could get lost a little.

The weather was nice and by the last day the temperature was getting hot... in the mornings it was mainly overcast but it soon got burnt away by the sun. It was strange walking around the island as you can look up to the mountains and they can be covered in cloud but your walking in the sunshine... great for some picture postcards......

All in all we had a lovely week and would recommend it for those looking for a nice, quite, do nothing get-a-way......... The island is beautiful and great for walking and screncery. We would love to go back but for 2 weeks - first week to fit in some ot the larvarder walks etc... and then the second week to chill and relax.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 August 2010

Me and my husband and daughter(15) have just come back from a superb stay at the Hotel Raga. Our room was 403, and had a breathtaking sea view. The breakfast was lovely. There was many rolls,meat,fruit,cooked breakfast,cereal,yogurts to choose from which changed daily. If we ever wanted something that was not out the staff were always happy to oblige. The pool area was fantastic and very clean. Maids were friendly and always keeping the rooms tidy. Resturuants nearby were great, and there was many of them. However near the hotel can be a bit pricy but in funchal(capital) the old town is very reasonable and more traditional. If you are wanting to go in and out of funchal alot the Guro bus ticket is alot easier and faster way, you can buy these from Joe's. I recommend the west tour and the catamaran boat trip. We were very lucky to see many dolphins, a tropical whale and turtles on the catamaran and was a fantastic day out. It was nice to see all different age groups at the hotel which was great for my daughter. I strongly recommend this hotel, because we had an amazing holiday all thanks to the Raga!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2010

We have spent some days at hotel Raga during our stay in Madeira with a large group of other travellers.Hotel is located out of Funchal center, but below the hotel is main street where you can catch either local bus(I recommed to use public transport) or taxi (price can vary so negotiate before you get in), where you can find also lots of restaurants, caffes and shops.Around the hotel are lots of other hotel facilities, everything for tourist's needs.
We stayed in room nr.808 (8th floor), which faces the Atlantic and in sunny and sunshine days you can enjoy wonderfull sunset...let me tell you hotel doesn't have its own beach (it lies little far from the sea),anyway we were in February, which is not a bath season...
We were little disappointed abot the meals in hotel restaurant,which were both breakfast and dinner every time we had them the same.I cannot imagine spending my one-week holidays including full board, and hotel with 4* should offer wider range of food and not only ham&eggs,cheese, jam, tea, coffe for breakfast and rice pasta and meat for dinner...I mean meals should me more various and diverse....
I don't have any other comments about hotel Raga, except hotel meals....

  • Stayed February 2010
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maximus999
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Reviewed 14 May 2010

Just got back from a week in the raga and 3 extra days stay due to the volcanic ash, The hotel raga from appearence looks really nice and it has been refurbished 2 years ago according to the taxi driver. A few pros and many cons to the hotel, pro's are the staff are friendly on the front desk, maid service was good, lovely pool and in a good location with views looking out to the atlantic if you are booked in the front of the hotel, the rear just looks onto a street. Here are the con's, No Wi-fi WHAT 21st century!! internet was broken in the lobby throughout the whole stay, no iron - Kettle or trouser press bearing in mind it is a 4 star hotel, fridge was empty, breakfast was nelow par in my view, evening meal was a buffet throughout the stay and for 20 euros not worth the money in my view as you can go 30 seconds down the road and pay that for a nice steak. The Manager was a slime ball in my eyes and the front desk staff mainly spoke french and german and had very little english, If you like germans then this is the hotel for you but if you dont like arrogant selfish germans book another hotel. Overall my stay was not a pleasent one but average and to top it off there is only 1 channel on the tv in my room which was sky news which repeats and repeats but if you are german french or spanish then you will love the tv. Around funchal and the Lido district where the hotel is there is many coffee shops and restaurants, when walking past them they all try to get you to come into their bars and restaurants which pees you off as you have to say no thanks every 15 seconds. Beware of all the trips which are advertised as 2 persons with a meal tours for 30 euros, you do get it at this price but they are all timeshare, some tell you and some dont and to get the trip for that price you have to be old and be willing to listen to slime ball in a hotel for 90 minutes trying to get you to do timeshare, they were not really interested in me as i am only 30 years old so we had to pay the 90 euro price, also beware of the survey english women on the strips who say they are doing a survey then you put your hand into her folder and guess what you win a prize, and to get the prize you guess it timeshare, Food and drinks on the island are very expensive,there is a lovely indian called bombay palace which we went to twice but it is a little on the pricey side but the manager is indian who has excellent english and can advise you on what to do and what to look out for. The local transport is amaizing 1 euro to travel anywhere on that bus journey, to get this for 1 euro go into a shop which displays GIRO and these shops are mainly wine and alchol shops, you simply purchase a card for 1/2 a euro (50 cents) the just load it up with euros and scan at the front of the bus when you get on and it deducts a euro. The cable car is a must to go upto monte a nd at the top of the mountain to speak you can get food and drinks and the tabogon ride is there also. We didnt go on it as it was a total RIP off, 25 euros to be pushed at 6 mph down a hill, they stop half way down and ask for a tip and you have to get a taxi back or walk but i was told to not get a taxi if i went on the ride as they overcharge you. There are no beaches on the island apart from a man made beach which is at the other end of the island from thehotel.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 April 2010

just came back from the raga hotel place is really smart !breakfast very good,room smallish but tidy and smart mad power shower!lcd tv too and fridge too!maid cleaned are room everday at a reasonable time and even changed are pillow cases.bed small for a large male but slept well every night ! herd a few drunk locals up the back behind the hotel but shut the door and it was quiet.pool was supposed to be heated but was really cold even for me alot of people never swam at all was a bit of a shame for as there were plenty of people there!good location.40 minute walk to funchal town centre a lovely walk lots to see and wonderfull views too! Antonios behind the hotel does brilliant steak on a rock !And also a good priced supermarket to the right of the hotel got all our wines and madeira cakes here as pricey in the little shops! went b&b cos theres so many nice places to eat out.not much to do at night but eat and sleep did not see many bars around.READ the hotel wall as theres deals on it as our REP from thompson never told us!! found out happy hour at the pool bar 5 till 7pm !on last day lol !no real gym just table tennis in there instead !brilliant hotel would go again area nice people nice weather awesome !

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Cornwall
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Reviewed 28 March 2010

We were originally put in room 712. Unfortunately this was at the back of the hotel overlooking the back road and was very noisy. The room was very small and smelt musty!! We had paid for a bigger room and Ester on reception gave us the choice of 1111 or 511. When we looked at 511 it was on the back corner but the view was the next hotel!! But 1111 was perfect. Although on the same back corner because it was on the eleventh floor we had a lovely view into Funchal and over the sea. The morning sun streamed onto our balcony ay 7.00a.m.!!! Make sure you have a room that sleeps 3/4 for the bigger room. The location of the Raga is perfect . You can pick up all the trips and buses from 30 second walk out the front . The chambermaids were a happy group and kept our room clean but also did the fancy bedmaking with my nightdress made into different shapes. The breakfast is adequate with enough to make a good cooked breakfast (and continental) but the self-service area is badly planned so there is alot of congestion. Pool area and bar/cafe are clean and well staffed. Our dining tips for outside the hotel are : for lunches and lovely fish & chips on Friday nights go to see Dino at Barracuda Bites above the supermarket in the Eden Mar shopping complex. Great omelettes and Dino is really great too!!! For a posher evening meal you can't beat Moby Dick ( on the right towards town) the steaks are to die for. Our favourite place for a relaxing drink ( and steak sandwiches) is O'Briens Pub with Claudia. (Further along towards town). For younger people The White House Pub along the back road out of the hotel was lively and welcoming. We had been told to use Strawberry Tours and they were very good. Very cheap. Alfredo was a very good driver and guide. Beware the taxi drivers especially number 1001 in Funchal. He agreed to take us to the Botanical gardens and then back to our hotel but he upped the price when the time came to take us back!!!!! Oh, and Five ( the downstairs restaurant at the Raga) they microwave the steaks.....ugh!!!! Last note... the damage by the landslides.....the people of Madeira are cleaning it up fast .....our holiday was not affected at all except that our hearts went out to all who had lost houses and whose shops had been flooded. Good luck to all of them and do not cancel your trips.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Espoo, Finland
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Reviewed 10 March 2010

The location of the hotel is a mixed experience. On the other hand, it's in the middle of the Lido area (a district full of tourist hotels) and all the basic services are nearby. But the city center of Funchal is 30 minutes walk away. The view from the ninth floor is great and you can see over all hotels nearby - from lowest floors the view is probably quite poor. The public areas and the room was very clean, and the absence of wall-to-wall carpeting probably makes this hotel a good choice for allergic people. There was only one free electric plug in the room, and it was hidden behind a bedside table. The minibar was empty - they are probably too scared to keep alcohol in there, because most of the customers were package tour tourists... There was only a few tv channels available.

The breakfast buffet was average by selection. We probably got a stomach disease from the buffet (we can't be sure about this, but we heard that some other people in the hotel had similar, quite strong symptoms), but luckily the medical clinic was nearby.

In overall, I would try another hotel during my next stay, but if you get a good bargain, this is ok, too...

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Raga Madeira Muthu Hotel
Address: Estrada Monumental 302, Funchal, Madeira 9000-100, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#41 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
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Hotel Class:4 star — Raga Madeira Muthu Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 170
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