A guide book described the Savoy Gardens (Vila Ramos, as was) as "having all the style/quality of the Royal Savoy, at a bargain price". How right it was. This is an excellent hotel and any faults reported are either personal niggles, or downright picky!
We lucked upon a closeout deal that we couldn't believe and you know what they say about some things being too good to be true!
The service was impeccable - especially Sylvestre on Reception - with the hotel copy of Diario for me. Breakfast was excellent - coffee crap. Dinner on the whole was good, especially the salads. It's a crying shame that they to pander to British tastes with a roast on sunday and suchlike, with crummy boiled carrots just like my mother-in-law used to serve up - cooked to death! (the treat then was the cold rare beef on the cold buffet also the roast sweet potato). This is the downside of it being a Thomson Gold property, just like Blackpool - but with sun (and hills!).
The room was small, perfectly formed and fully functional with a birds-eye view to the west for some sea, a bit of a sunset and some interest from a gang construcing the tropical garden on the plot alogside with huge palm trees and others recovered from the Savoy Resort that is being redeveloped. Dogs were heard but you have to be pretty anal to regard that as a downside.
It's easy enough to keep a check on the bill with the guest services function on the TV. Depends whether your'e a bit of a lush as far as the bar is concerned and have a lot to check on!
A niggle was the charge to replenish the tea/coffee (€8 for the week) - it's always the little things. Another was the charge to upgrade to a Jr Suite - €40, which we considered to be close to extortion and were surprised at the reluctance to do a deal.
As for the bus, if you walk around to the Quinta Magnolia, the 8 & also takes you into town.
To walk off a good dinner and that bottle of wine, nip down the passage opposite and turn right. A few yards along is a snack-bar that serves up a decent coffee - as is usual. For a reasonably priced drink, there is a bar at the roundabout just above the Quinta Magnolia.
For a change, take the bus in the opposite direction and a short walk from the last stop will take you into Camara do Lobos.
- 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