Our first time on the Island of Madeira and it didn't disappoint in the least the Hotel was just a short drive from the Airport and upon arrival we were greeted with a glass of Madeira wine and friendly reception staff who despite the numbers processed us quickly and courteously, and whilst we were waiting for our cases to be deposited in our room sent us to the restaurant for a drink and Lunch one of many we really enjoyed.
When we got to our room it was fantastic we had been given room 1501 a large bedroom two double beds dresser and flat screen TV, sitting room dresser settee comfy chair and flat screen TV, separate dressing room (loads of hanging rails and drawers for your clothes and belongings) with large bathroom linked to a toilet and bidet room, from the main bedroom the large patio doors led on to a large balcony not with a sea view but quiet looking up the hill all very clean not modern style but very classy I believe.
The location of the Hotel is just of the Sea with lovely sea views and a short walk to a little harbor area with a cafe bar and diving school not the place to go if you want to go out on a night and let your hair down but Funchal is accessible during the day on the free Hotel shuttle bus and also by public transport just outside the hotel entrance and is well worth the visit, we went three times whilst we were there and had a wonderful time.
Food at this hotel is some of the best I’ve had in an all-inclusive hotel for a long time we and a lovely table for our evening meals and lunch time was often spent out on the terrace in the sun, to start the day breakfast choice was wide fresh and tasty queuing was not a problem and the omelettes fresh and made to your liking. Lunch time could be a snack by the pool or as we mostly did eaten on the terrace delicious, the evening meals were by far the icing on the cake starters made individually and with lots of taste attention to detail and very fresh with lots of salads and cold cuts too. Mains consisted of fresh Paella, Pasta, and Risotto, Sea food always fresh and cooked in different ways with or without sauces, and for the carnivores the choice was excellent Steak, joints of beef, Pork and lamb a different joint on the carvery every night all well cooked and flavorsome backed up with a fine choice of vegetables and breads.
Drinks in the bar were all branded and served by friendly knowledgeable staff cocktails were limited on the all inclusive menu but beer was always available Super Bok as I recall, the wine was served by the glass in the Restaurant and was very palatable but we never had to wait too long for a refill, If I have any complaint about the Hotels drinks it was that from 6.00pm on-wards it was not possible to get a drink around the pool and as we were on the late sitting it would have been nice to stay by the pool a little longer into the evening with a drink or two, the main Bar was open but sitting in it in swimwear was not the done thing maybe as the Season moves on this may change.
The Riu Palace is a lovely Hotel with very attentive and friendly staff with excellent food and drinks not the most raucous and the entertainment needed more variety and added excitement to get the guests more involved and participating but as we were there for a quiet relaxing time it was adequate, all in all though we had a lovely time and left relaxed if not a little heavier after eating all that great food we will be returning soon I hope soon PBV.
- 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, Amex, Visa, Diners. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Madeira Canico
- Hotel Riu Palace Madeira Canico