Returned from Funchal just over a week ago, we were somewhat hesitant as we went just two weeks after the devastating floods. However a lot of clean-up work had already been done, and while there was still some evidence of the floods, it had no impact whatsoever on our holiday, even the city centre is little affected now.
It would be difficult to elaborate further on the many previous excellent comments about the Carlton. Booked through Thomsons after looking at tripadvisor, and it was even better than we expected. We booked a standard non-sea view room, but I emailed the hotel, and we were given a free upgrade to superior room which was superb to say the least. Even if not provided free, it would be cheaper to book a standard room and request a sea view direct with the hotel, which they are happy to do.
The hotel is within a 10/15 minute walk of the city centre, whereas the main hotel area is towards and beyond the lido and would perhaps require a bus into town. Superb views across to Reids Palace Hotel on one side and across the pool and straight out to sea.
Service from all staff was second to none, immaculately clean throughout, excellent buffet breakfast. Superb pool with good sunbeds, though the lower sea level pool is out of action due to heavy winter seas which caused a bit of damage, not yet repaired. Quiet location, even though the Savoy hotel at the front (land side) is being demolished at the moment. We did not eat in the hotel as it seemed expensive, but there are restaurants close by, including an excellent one across the road (The Chalet).
A top hotel, no hesitation in recommending, would certainly go back again.
- 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