It was two years since our last visit to the Carlton Hotel and it was pleasing to note a few changes and improvements.
There has been a real effort to make the pool areas more attractive and the flower beds were looking extremely colourful, particularly around the garden poo. Unfortunately, the ocean level sun terrace is still sporting the same old stained and well-used sunbeds and the rusted and threadbare parasols. However, a few flower tubs have now been installed around the front edge of the terrace in an attempt at giving a more pleasing outlook. A pity that no-one seems to be caring for the plants though as they were desperately in need of a good watering.
There was certainly much more going on in the way of entertainment in the evenings but sadly they were very poorly attended and we can only think this is because of the ridiculously high prices charged for drinks.
The time share apartments are coning to the end of their current shelf-life with only 3/4 more years left on the 30 year leases. Apparently, the rooms are all due to be modernized and re-furbished at that point so in the meantime it is a case of accepting the tired and dated furnishings.
The hotel is excellently located for walking into Funchal; is close to the main bus stops, taxi rank and so many restaurants that you are spoilt for choice. On the whole, the staff are pleasant and helpful and the ones in the Owner Relations Office are available to answer questions, advise on trips and excursions, book shows and restaurants for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pestana Carlton Madeira, one of the most lively hotels in Madeira, enjoys a privileged setting in Funchal, at the top of a slope on the island of Madeira, providing fantastic views over the bay of Funchal and the sea. This luxurious and charismatic hotel in Madeira is a reference point for any visitor to Madeira, due to the excellent conjugation of a family atmosphere with the sophistication of its excellent installations. Once you are in the hotel, you will find at your disposal a wide range of services you can enjoy, including 3 leisure areas. In the Garden Pool, you will find a heated saltwater outdoor pool and a swimming pool for children. In the Atlantic Pool, there is a salt water outdoor pool with access to the sea and an indoor pool with Jacuzzi, relaxation rooms and bar. The Magic Spa offers an indoor heated swimming pool with sauna, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, gym and treatment rooms. To promote the cultural gastronomic diversity of Funchal, this 5 star hotel in Madeira has 3 restaurants and 3 bars, with excellent views of the Atlantic Ocean, with a variety of flavours that will satisfy the most demanding tastes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pestana Carlton Madeira Funchal
- Carlton Hotel Madeira