This was the third Riu hotel I've stayed in and, although all 3 have been terrific, the Madeira one was the best. Spacious room and large balcony with 2 chairs and a table. I only have 2 'negatives' to point out, but neither are serious problems and didn't stop me having a fantastic holiday.
1. No tea and coffee facilities in room. This seems common to all Riu hotels though. I knew this in advance and took my own travel kettle. However, there are no handy electric sockets in the room and to use the kettle did involve shifting furniture around.
2. There are no lights on the balconies. If, like me, you enjoy reading on the balcony before bed, take one of those clip-on reading lights that you can usually find in Pound shops.
Food and drink choices were fantastic, but drinks would work out expensive if you don't take the all inclusive option. A gin and tonic, for instance, would cost EUR7.10. If you do take the AI option, virtually all the drinks and cocktails on the bar menu are included, excepting a few.
Gordon's gin is AI, but Beefeater isn't. Jim Bean bourbon is, but Jack Daniels isn't.
They do excellent Irish coffees as part of the AI too.
Go there. You won't be disappointed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located opposite the oceanfront promenade of Canico de Baixo. 8-Storey building. 10 M to the sea; access to the ocean across a walkway. 13 Km from Funchal (complimentary shuttle service from the hotel; weekdays and Saturdays. Not available on public holidays). 2 Km from the city centre. 2 Km from various shops. 10 Km from the airport. 50 M from a bus stop. Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Diners. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Madeira Canico
- Hotel Riu Palace Madeira Canico