My husband, teenage son and I stayed at this hotel from22/12 to 28/12/2010. We all had a really good time!
It is a clean, modern hotel within walking distance of the town. Our rooms were on the 9th floor, overlooking the harbour with its amazing views. We enjoyed the fact that it was surrounded by the busy roads, it gave us so much to look at! There is no getting away from the fact that there is road noise, but to be fair, I don't think you could stay in the centre of Funchal without experiencing some traffic noise. Our rooms were spotless and cleaned everyday (except Christmas Day, when we were left a note explaining that they like to give as many of the staff the day off to spend with their families. Which we thought was a good idea AND we were invited to have a cocktail in the bar and a little present was left for us to enjoy, so no hardship really!)
We don't have much experience of staying in hotels, but we found that there was plenty of choice at meal times. Every morning there was fresh bread, rolls, croissants, a selection of meat, cheese, fruit, cereal, as well as a selection of hot food. There was also tea, coffee, hot chocolate, fruit juice and milk. You could help yourself to as much or as little as you wanted. The staff were on hand to help and clear away your plates ready for your next selection! We stayed half-board and again there was plenty of choice. Every evening there was soup, rolls and bread, followed by salad, cold meats and fish, and a selection of hot food. The best course was pudding with fresh fruit, cakes, pastries, ice cream, etc. So as I say, you were spoilt for choice! We certainly enjoyed ourselves!
We have never been away for Christmas before, so were unsure what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised! Every evening there was Happy Hour (we never actually went to that, but it was there if you wanted it!) Entertainment was provided every evening in the Woogie Boogie bar and we joined in with the Folk Dancing group that entertained us one night! The hotel provided daytime entertainment too, the one we attended was the Madeiran Wine tasting, which is to be recommended! The staff were attentive without being intrusive. We found that if you wanted advice, the staff on reception were very helpful.
If I had to say one bad thing about the hotel (which is really difficult!), it would be that I found my bed to be very firm, but that's just a personal thing!
We had a really good time staying at the Four Views and would have no hesitation in returning!
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- Also Known As:
- Four Views Baia Hotel Funchal
- 4 Views Baia
- Sao Joao Hotel
- Four Views Baia Madeira/Funchal