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Dorisol Florasol
Ranked #54 of 88 Hotels in Funchal
Reviewed 16 April 2012

On arrival the 1st thing that I noticed was the 1960's music playing at the reception area this continued in the dining room at breakfast time - Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini cheered me up every morning and by the end of the week I knew the lyrics... The hotel was in the style of the 1960's.music!
My friend and I stayed for a week over Easter. We had booked a twin bedroom but were allocated a double room on arrival. After complaining at reception we were immediately given a twin bedroom apartment on the 10th floor. This was spacious - twin bedroom with balcony (view at the back of the mountains) bathroom, kitchen and dining room. Overall it was very clean, beds comfortable and quite so we slept soundly. The rooms were cleaned very day and towels changed when required. Overall everything was functional however the rooms are in need of an upgrade perhaps just to paint the old fashioned brown doors and change the tiles in the kitchen and bathroom would be a great improvement. The reception area and diningroom are fine and the breakfast provided was excellent with a great choice of bread,cereals, fruits, hot and cold food. The swimming pool outside is on the 4th floor with an area for sun bathing. Staff at reception were excellent, friendly and very helpful. it is very central to Funchal with bus stop nearby, shops and supermarket closeby, and lovely walks in the area. I would certainly return to this hotel again, and it was in my opinion good value for money.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

Florasol was the most basic hotel that I stayed at for a long time. But I more or less knew what to expect when I booked my last minute Easter bargain holiday to Madeira. The reception area of the hotel is reasonable, but the corridors are in tune with the rooms: old, dark coloured tiles and cheap, energysaver lighting. We had a one bedroom apartment on the 10th floor with a view towards the mountain (although we were promised a side sea view, the sea could only be seen from the far corner of our two balconies). I had no issues with the room. Decorations, furniture and lighting were basic, but everything was functional. Bathroom (shower over a tub) alright and again functional with good and stable water temperature and pressure. Beds and bedding were absolutely alright, as was the sofa in the living room, which could easily accomodate 1 additional person (I wouldn't recommend it for 2). In spite of the tiles good soundproofing from the corridor and adjacent rooms. All of us slept well. Separate kitchen with fridge and microwave, again basic but functional. Bus stop towards Funchal centre or towards other destinations right in front of the hotel, and limited free parking at the rear. Breakfast was reasonable, with a choice of breads and a selection of hot items. There was even some daily variation to the style of eggs offered and the cakes. We had dinner once from the restaurant, and had it delivered to our room at no charge. It was not great, but passable. I would stay at Florasol again, but only at a similar bargain rate that I paid this time round. As the hotel has no aircon, it's best avoided during the hot season.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank Chris_Jetten
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

The reception area was attractive, the rooms we had (bedroom,living-room, bathroom, kitchen, two balconies) were a bit worn-out, but clean and cosy, and the views from the tenth floor magnificent. The meals we had (half-board) were delicious and plenty, thanks to the cook! And the restaurant personnel were helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank ssinikkal
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

Just returned from 2 weeks over Christmas 2011. We were looking for a shorthaul winter sunshine break but not the usual mediterrainean venues, thus the semi tropical island of Madeira was ideal. Very impressed with this magical islands variety of flora and breath taking mountainous vistas and comfortable wintersunshine.
As a couple we were looking for an oasis of calm and relaxation and the Dorisol Florisol Hotel went a good way to providing it. At the outset having only spent £540 each for 2 weeks half board with a seaview and balcony we were ready to be disappointed if the basics weren't there. The Florisol gave us an excellent seafront venue with views and convenience for the nearby capital of Funchal. The one double (double bed not 2 single beds pushed together!) room appartment was spacious and no frills-functional. 'Josepheno' on the reception provided us with the cordial and efficient cheeriness one would expect from an island whose main industry is tourism.
Yes,some things were abit hit and miss, the Hotel furnishings in places were jaded although the reception area was tastefully done, after a dissappointing start the A La Carte menu picked up., the breakfasts weren't the usual overindulgences you might expect but again at the price we paid were are not complaining. The staff kept our room cleaned and replenished daily even on Chrismas Day we had a change of basics.
So overall we would recommend Florisoln for reasons of getting a good deal on a budget but if you are easily upset or overly-critical you might need to spend a little more elsewhere.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank stevemacCardiff
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Reviewed 30 December 2011

We were here for a week at the beginning of December 2011.
We booked a one bedroom apartment which was really big (one bedroom with balcony, bathroom with bathtub, kitchenette separate from the living room, living room with balcony).
There was plenty of space for 4 people.
The hotel is clean.

The price was very good for such a big apartment (364 euro).

but...

The forniture is quite old (seems like the hotel wasn't refurnished since 60's).
Doors are very old and they seem very dirt (also handles). The entrance door seems unsafe.

The safe was broken (there was no lock at all!!!!).

This is the first three star hotel we stayed were there wasn't any shower gel at all. I understand that being a apartment-hotel some items should be brought by us, but at least for the first night I would have expected some shower gel. Ideed we get a soap which was replaced only after 4 days (as the shower mat which was missing for half a week).

The kitchen had a microwave oven but was very very poorly equipped. 4 knives, 4 spoons, 4 forks..... There wasn't neither broom nor dustpan... so how we were supposed to clean after meals? We weren't and so the floor became crumby.... ants did appreciate it (to be fair to the hotel, I presume ants are a common problem in such a green, luxuriant place like Madeira).

The breakfast was always the same, except when there were left-overs (i.e. cakes) from the previous dinner. It was average quality except for orange juice (was like colored water) and cereals: why on earth should I choose between two different kinds of chocolate cereals? Bring some variety, please!

The hotel has outdoor pool and a hot tub.

The hotel website (http://www.dorisolflorasolhotel.com/index.html) claimed there was free wifi in all the hotel. Indeed there was poor strength signal only in the pool/restaurant area.

One night we were sitting in the outdoor area of the restaurant (where we found the best signal ever). When the restaurant closed we were closed out of the whole hotel.
They closed also a door which we used several times before to enter the hotel.
We claimed with the director and she told us that it was good that _all_ the doors at the restaurant level closes when the restaurant closes, for our own safety.
What about a sign on the door ?? What about respecting the closing times and not closing before the arranged time, even if there was no one, if that would limit the freedom of people of staying outdoor, in what the hotel claims to be the " garden " ?

To exit this trap we had to exit from the car park (we were lucky! That door was open! It was supposed to be closed too, for our own security!) After exiting from that (it was very dark) we were to go through a very narrow and dark flight of steps... what about if I fell down and broke a leg ?

The morning after we realized that the concierge who checked in us didn't give us the key!!
Terrible! Unforgivable!

After 3 days, at the end of our week, at the time we were supposed to write the hotel review, we were offered a 1-euro Estrelicia flower (you can buy everywhere in the island).
What poor and ridiculous way to regain our esteem!

The parking lot is free but has few places.

The location is good, but listen to me, try other hotels: there are plenty of it.

I won't recommend at all.

Room Tip: Avoid at all.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank zolletta
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Reviewed 27 November 2011

Stayed for 2 weeks November 2011 selfcatering, 1 bedroom apartment with nice sized rooms, sitting room with table and 4 chairs, separant kitchen, and bathroom.And 2 small balconies 1 off the sitting room and 1 off the bedroom. We found the hotel staff were very polite and very friendly. We would recommend this hotel to anyone

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Reginald L
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Reviewed 24 October 2011

We stayed here for 2 weeks in October 2011 on a bed and breakfast basis in an apartment which had a sitting room, bedroom and separate kitchenette. There were also two balconies with sea views. The accommodation is a little tired and worn looking and in need of refurbishment, also note there is no air-con in the rooms. The breakfast was varied and good. The staff were friendly, helpful and efficient. The location is convenient, surrounded by good restaurants and coffee shops and close to the promenade. Overall this hotel was good value for the amount paid.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Dorisol Florasol

Address: Estrada Monumental 306, Funchal, Madeira 9004-538, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#33 Spa Hotel in Funchal
Price Range: £41 - £85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Dorisol Florasol 3*
Number of rooms: 101
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located close to the promenade, with great views over the ocean. Studio and 1 bedroom apartments with balcony and fully equipped kitchenette. Gardens, outdoor pool and spa. Free wifi in public areas. Restaurante/bar. Shuttle bus to city center. There are studios and 1 bedroom apartments with capacity of up to 4 people, a fully equipped kitchenette or kitchen, private balconies and cable TV. Free parking with limited places. Our hotel is ideal for active clients looking for self-catering, who want to fully explore and enjoy Madeira, on affordable holidays without abdicating the comfort of a hotel located in the city. ... more   less 
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