We ended up at this hotel due to a problem at another Pestana hotel. We weren't looking forward to it looking at the outside of the building which looks rather dated. However, we were allocated a junior suite overlooking the ocean which was absolutely gorgeous. It was stylish and roomy with a fab view.
The facilities are very good if you have children - both indoor and outdoor pools. We chose to learn how to scuba dive at the Madeira Divepoint (within the hotel grounds) which was amazing. We had a 9 and 12 year old in our group and the instructors were brilliant with them.
The food is lovely. All self service in the main restaurant. We were half board. Breakfast had everything you could think of. The dinner theme changed every evening and if you don't fancy it, you can change to have food in the pub or taverna. We had a late lunch in the roof top bar on two days which was beautiful.
My only criticisms are that there is only wifi on two floors. Would be great everywhere.
Some of the areas of the hotel are dated and the entertainment is a little old fashioned as it caters predominantly for older travellers. My parents loved it though.
It's also massive. You have to take three lifts to get to the sea pool which is where we spent most of our time.
There are time shares on this site. You can constantly see people being shown around getting the sales pitch.
All that said, I would definitely stay at this hotel again as the location is brilliant - right on the water with direct access to the sea, overlooking the famous Reid's Hotel. It's not far to walk into Funchal either.
The scuba diving was a real highlight and draws in a younger people. Can't wait to go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pestana Carlton Madeira is a luxurious and charming 5-star hotel in the city of Funchal, on the island Madeira with views of the sea, garden, swimming pool or Funchal bay. It's only 10 minutes on foot from the city centre, with a private car park available for a fee. It features two enormous outdoor saltwater swimming pools, direct access to the Atlantic ocean, and a dive centre where you can experience your first underwater adventure and take boat excursions. For deeper relaxation, you can take advantage of all of the services available at the Spa, including the 25-foot indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Turkish bath and relaxation rooms where you can enjoy a Magic Spa treatment. The hotel features Wi-Fi, four restaurants and two bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pestana Carlton Madeira Funchal
- Carlton Hotel Madeira