In November, this hotel is a peaceful quiet place, the guests mostly being elderly, some on sticks and crutches.This is because the hotel is on a flat level of the promenade, easily accessible, with good lifts and excellent gardens.
A courtesy bus service runs almost hourly during the day into Funchal and back, and service buses are nearby.
The staff are all very friendly and helpful, and you only have to ask and they do all they can to oblige. e.g. there was no complimentary 'welcome pack' of teabags in the well equipped kitchen on our arrival. The nearest supermarket is a short walk along the promenade , and when I returned from stocking up on milk, coffee etc., I realised I had forgotten tea bags. When I explained the restaurant manager gave me a few tea bags to last until I went shopping again.
Our room on the 6th floor, overlooking the sea, was comfortable and spacious, with a bathroom, a shower room, and a double balcony. To our delight, a stone circular staircase led up to and extra sundeck, with sunbeds. Very private and peaceful, an useful to escape the occasional breezes.
There is a good heated indoor pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, and 2 big outdoor pools, though it was a bit cool for these.
There are plenty of restaurants about ( the hotel restaurants were a bit pricy for what they served) and many restaurants offer a 'pick-up and return service).
Up a steep hill (lots of those in Madeira) is a shopping complex with good qualityclothing shops.
Altogether an ideal place for a good restful holiday, especially if you are not very mobile.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The LTI Pestana Grand, one of the best and most prestigious hotels in Madeira, is also undoubtedly one of the best located. Sitting at the top of the Ponta da Cruz seacliff, it provides a superb view of the Atlantic Ocean and Cabo Girão. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pestana Grand Funchal
- Hotel Pestana Grand
- Pestana Grand Hotel
- Pestana Grand Madeira
- Lti Pestana Grand Madeira/Funchal