We booked our week back in June 2009, for Feb 2010 holiday, as a result we had a very good deal for booking so far in advance. 3 of us (all ladies) shared a room - there was plenty of space for our luggage and the "extra bed" was an adequate chaise lounge.
The room was very clean, good size, lovely bathroom, plenty of storage, view from balcony was great - sea, Funchal and mountains. Previously stayed at the Classic Savoy (being demolished and rebuilt) as such the staff who moved over to the Gardens remain as professional and helpful as ever.
Pool area and roof top terrace with jacuzzi are lovely, as are the public areas - tastefully decorated, clean, light and spacious.
However, few things to be aware of that we weren't too keen on. Being a Thomson Gold hotel, the "Thomson Branding" is quite heavy handed. There are organised activities, trips, evening entertainment etc. Thomson take care of everything - so you don't need to think for yourself. It's also half board, the breakfast is good we weren't keen on the evening meal options (personal taste - we would rather go to local restaurants).
We were against the majority as most people who stay here like the "organised" style, but I think we were made to feel a little uncomfortable about doing our own thing. It felt like we were being clocked in/out at times (by Thomson reps, not the Savoy staff). The trips are cheaper at Strawberry World (office by the Lido) and the food in Madeira is fabulous - worth venturing out of the hotel (shame some of the guests never left the hotel).
You can ignore the downsides and just get on and do your own thing, the plus sides outweigh this but something to be aware of. Value for Money, even with the half board we didn't use, is still a good option.
- 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
- TUI SENSIMAR Savoy Gardens Madeira/Funchal