We booked this hotel less than 24 hours before traveling and had no time to read any reviews which is something we usually do before booking any holiday. On arrival at Madeira we were told that as the coach could not get to the hotel reception the luggage would in a separate van and be waiting for us at reception. As my wife has a problem walking very far we were a bit concerned at first but we had no need to be, the walk from the coach was only about 30 yards up at hill and then about 50 yards on the flat to the hotel entrance and then up a very short slope to reception led all the way by our very good rep Alex. The luggage was already there waiting for us. We had a room with a sea view on the 5th floor which was large modern and very clean. The room had a balcony with 2 chairs and a small table with great views over the rooftops to the sea straight in front, looking to the left we could see the port about 1000 meters away with the cruise ships anchored there. The hotel had seven floors and on the roof there is an excellent terrace with a Jacuzzi and sun loungers affording great views over the area and an honesty bar you just take what is on offer and complete the form provided and place it the locked box for payment later. The food was really very good both at breakfast and dinner. Breakfast was the usual buffet, Cooked meats cheeses, fresh fruit, yogurts, cereals, bacon eggs fried,scrambled or boiled and fresh omelettes,Hash browns, mushrooms and beans one day fried bread another day french toast, and for the health conscious there was also porridge! which i did have with honey before the bacon and eggs. Diner was different every night we were there but we only stayed a week so if it was a weekly menu or not i do not know. The quality of the food was always good as was the choice. There was a different theme every night so there was a good variety of dishes, even on Friday night when fish of varies types Salmon and Sabre fish just to mention 2 was the predominant food, which i am not keen on there was still turkey or gammon and pineapple which along with selection of salads and vegetables was very good not forgetting the soup and the usual selection of breads. Deserts were also very good with a good choice of cakes fruit jelly and ice cream, followed by cheese and biscuits. As this was half board all drinks were to pay for, normally you just order what you want and sign for it. The drinks in the hotel were not badly priced and were of good quality. We did not take part in any of the day time activities in the hotel which were organised by the two young ladies from Thompson s but did seem to be well organised. In the evening the entertainment was quit good, Provided again by the two young ladies and the resident duo called the players who where excellent and very professional. The staff at this hotel were excellent and very friendly and certain knew many of the guests from their previous visits. The hotel is on a hill but only about 50 meters from a bus stop which will take to the center of Funchal which takes about 10 minutes to get there the fare is 1.90 euros each way but you can get tickets from reception which cost 1.80 each way and a time table. This is an Adults only hotel and the majority of our fellow guest,s were elderly but very good company. The hotel is in a quite part of Funchal but there are bars and restaurants in easy walking distance The white house pub is about 300 meters away and was popular with many people we spoke to. The walk to the Lido takes about 20 minutes at a steady pace and there is a promenade with bars and restaurants there, but it down hill most of the way. A taxi from Funchal center costs about 6 euros.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cradled against an oceanfront hillside and located in a quiet and sunny suburb of Funchal, within approx 2km from the city centre, the renovated Hotel Savoy Gardens (ex-Vila Ramos), renowned for the provision of friendly and personalised service, offers amazing mountain and sea views across lush verdant plantations. The Savoy Gardens is a friendly boutique-style hotel that provides its guests a modern feel and a traditional quality. All 119 completely renovated rooms include 9 suites. All have their own furnished balcony and are equipped with air-conditioning, direct dial telephone, flat screen TV set with interactive TV, FREE internet wireless system, tea and coffee making facilities, safety box and mini-bar, plus a fully equipped bathroom with bathtub, shower and hairdryer.The elegant and new interiors are all designed in soft colours with excellent materials to create a relaxing atmosphere throughout the hotel. The Savoy Gardens Hotel features the Restaurant Laurissilva, serving a daily buffet breakfast and themed Buffet dinners with cooking station. In a reserved cosy area, this restaurant also features a elegant a la carte dinner service. The Cica cocktail bar serving evening cocktails and the Palmeira bar serving snacks, hot and fresh drinks throughout the day as well as a daily suggestion of healthy and delicious light dishes for lunch. One outdoor freshwater heated swimming pool, a panoramic rooftop 360º view terrace with sun-lounges, jacuzzi, shower and self-service bar - the ideal location to spot the daily arrivals and departures of cruise liners in Funchal's harbour. Some of the facilities are also located in the lower-ground floor, such as the Spa with themed and seasonal promotions and special spa packages, the hairdresser, a games and TV room with internet desk and the Night Club Magnolia with nightly live music and entertainment. The Savoy Gardens Hotel is a new concept in Adults Only accommodation. Conceived as a place for rest and fun specially dedicated for those seeking a relaxing although extravagant vacation: unique experiences, amazing entertainment programmes, personalised service and attention to detail and all the commodities and services of a hotel for guests over 16 years of age. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Savoy Gardens
- Savoy Gardens Funchal
- Sensimar Savoy Gardens Madeira/Funchal