My husband and I stayed at the Savoy Gardens from the 12th - 19th July 2010. We had never been to Madeira before and had heard mixed reports about it. Anyway, we got there -despite the 40 min delay from N'castle Airport -and we fell in love with the island and the people. The coach could'nt get all the way up to the hotel due to the narrowness of the road, so we were dropped off on the main road and had a couple of minutes walk to get to the hotel. From the outside it looks like a very 60's/70's era building and not that impressive. Once inside it is very modern and clean. The reception staff were great and very helpful. Quickest check in I have ever had!! Our room was a pool view room and very quite and comfortable. It was cleaned every day and left spotless. The restraunt food was good and varied and always hot. The gala dinner was absolutely lovely with waiter service. I have read reports that the restraunt and bar staff are not friendly and do not smile. I found that most untrue. The restraunt managers -Paulo and Luis -could not do enough for us. They were very attentive and nothing was to much trouble for them. The bar staff were also very friendly and knew us by name. The area was always very clean and any tables were cleaned immediately and re-set for the next guests. Clare and Faye the reps. were really helpful and again could not do enough for you. The Thomson Gold entertainment team had us in fits of laughter every day and night. Sarah is so bubbly and funny you cannot help but like her, and what an amazing voice from someone so small. Kieran is the same. The pair of them had us in stiches. They certainly kept us busy during the day as well with the quizes and prizes. Joining in the games around the pool is also a great way to meet people and we have come away with some lovely new friends. The only thing I will say is that there are a resident band called 'Two to go' and they are the worst I have heard. Not even our local club would give them a slot. They are so boring and repetitive. Thomson entertainment staff work so hard to make your night fun, but I think that the cost of the holiday also warrants some good professional entertainment at least twice a week. The position of the hotel means that some less able people are a captive audience for the entertainment and have no choice but to watch it as the walks to town are to steep on the way back up. The gardens in the hotel are absolutely beautiful. In Madeira you go up or down. You turn right or left and you go up or down!! The only flat part is the lido. It certainly gets you fit!! Taxis are cheap or you can get the bus. Buy a Giro card from the hotel as it is cheaper than paying on the bus. Funchal has some great pubs and places to eat. It is a 20-30 walk from the hotel depending how fast you walk. Cable car and toboggan ride is recommended highly. Gardens are out of this world. All in all the holiday is what you make it. We went for a relaxing holiday from the stresses and strains of our hectic working life. We got it. Good food, good wine, lovely new friends the sun and most importantly, a very beautiful island with lovely, friendly people. It is completely different to any holiday we have ever done before. We are usually sun,and beach people and enjoy the late nightlife. We will go back to this hotel and to Madeira definitely. It is a grown up holiday and I would not recommend this island or this hotel for anyone younger than 40 as I think they would not enjoy it. Oh, I forgot to say about the pool!! Plenty of sunbeds and you normally did'nt have any problems. As always, there are the few holidaymakers who put half a dozen towels on beds for family and friends that never even bother to come down, but all in all no serious shortage.
- 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