This was our first experience of a Thomson Gold holiday and our first impressions were very good. The reception staff were very friendly and efficient and we had a very spacious room with a lounge area; large bathroom with heated towel rail plus window and a very large bed. It was also spotlessly clean. The chambermaid checked every day to see if you needed any bottled water (1 litre free of charge) or if your pool towels needed changing. The pool area is quite small and you have to get there early for a sunbed; they say they remove towels from saved sunbeds if they are not used within half an hour but we only saw this happen once. There is also a very nice sun terrace and jacuzzi on the roof, but as there is no shelter from the sun we only used it once when we couldn't get by the pool. There was a good choice of food on offer at breakfast and evening time and we ate very well, however the serving area is a little cramped and we did find the restaurant staff a little unfriendly, they didn't greet you or smile much. The hotel is quite a trek from Funchal and the lido area but we thought this would be ok as we expected there would be decent evening entertainment at the hotel, but this was not the case. The Production Team worked very hard but I did not want to see the same four people performing night after night! The evening entertainment is held in the basement but this area lacked atmosphere and your view is restricted by lots of pillars; when the local dancers performed one night we only saw them by facing away from the stage area and looking at their reflection in the patio doors! You can sit out in the small courtyard off the entertainment area but again this lacked atmosphere, also the bar staff rarely came out to see if you wanted to order a drink. We did explore this beautiful island and booked our trips through Thomsons, even though you could have got them cheaper through other companies. The east and west tours were very good and would recommend them but we found the 'flavours of funchal' trip disappointing, it was 33 euros for a half day which included the cable car ride, a visit to the embroidery factory (a waste of time), the flower and fish market and a 20 minute visit to the wine lodge; you were also taken to monte for the tobaggon ride (an additional 12.50euros each), if you didn't want to do this you just came back down on the coach. You could easily do all of these yourself from town. We got a bus to the botanical gardens and spent a very pleasant half day there, also the presidents gardens are well worth a visit, as is afternoon tea at Reids. We also went to the casino on a saturday night but again this was disappointing; the venue was only half full and they were very stingy with your 'free drinks', our glass was half filled 3 times during the course of the evening. A singer did a 20 minute tribute to Tom Jones while you were eating dessert and the waiters put a quality questionairre on your table at the same time! The actual show was entertaining but it only lasted around 40 minutes. The casino area smelt smokey (we thought it was banned) so we decided to go back to the hotel; the production team were on that night so we ended up sitting on the terrace at the front of the hotel watching people come puffing up the hill. To sum up our holiday at the savoy gardens we had good days but poor evenings. It's a well apointed hotel but the location and evening entertainment was not for us.
- 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