My husband and I stayed here for two weeks from 27th August 07. We have been to a few Riu Hotels now and quite frankly, you can't go wrong. The location of this hotel is a little out of the way but for us this was not a problem, if you like to walk out to local bars then this may not be for you. However the first week of our stay there was a week long local festival and there was an array of temp' bars and eateries along the sea front promanarde, local music and dancers were everywhere and it made a very bright and lively atmosphere of an evening. In fact it seemed very quiet when it was over. All this aside, the reception is typical riu plush chairs and polished wood, it has a small shop for papers and those things you may have forgotton and another selling shoes, handbags and swimwear etc. Our room was on the first floor and had a nice view of the sea and pools, although if we had been one higher I suspect it would have been even better. The rooms are clean and well furnished with air con' and a fan. The bath room has a shower over the bath and a hairdryer, however if you need to style your hair with one I would take your own. This does bring me to one gripe (and I have the same gripe with most hotels) they put a huge mirror in the bedroom but no power point next to it so you can use your electric hair dressing appliances. I ended up using my straighteners in the bathroom which for health and safety resons is not the best thing to do. One good point I did find here was full length hanging space in the wardrobe so no creased dress hems ! Anyway, let me get to what Riu do best, the food. At the Thomson welcome meeting the manager said that they only paid the cheff if the guests left weighing an extra 5 kilos, this can be easily done. The breakfast choice is good but don't expect english bangers. The cheffs do fatastic omelettes with fillings of your choice and there is the usual friut, yoghurts and cereals. You will be spoilt for choice at evening meal which when we were there was in sittings of 6.30 and 8.30. there is always a carved meat of some kind lots of differnet veg and the cheffs are cooking fish and various meats on show. The first day you arive you will be asked to go to the 6.30 sitting and the head waiter will sort out your table and time for the rest of your stay then. As with most of the Riu dining rooms some of the tables are very close together but if you want space just tell the waiter that you want a quiet table and they will do their best to find you one. I saw many people sitting in silence at dinner obviously not wanting to sit next to strangers, Riu want your custom forever so you have only to tell them if something is not quite as you would like it. The food at the lunch time resteraunt is very good, do not be fooled by the term 'starter' on the menu, they are huge. The steaks are to die for and a chefs special one day of a good size half lobster was very good value at about 18 euros.
There are two pools and one is slightly heated and although the hotel was quite full there was plenty of loungers. On the subject of loungers, this must be the first hotel where I have not seen the dreaded towels on beds at 6am, for some reason it just wasn't done, yes there is a sign asking you not to do it but since when has a sign made any difference, no, it was a refreshing change.
The staff are very good, very polite and helpfull. We thought the reception staff were not quite on the ball as in other Riu hotels but none of it was a big problem. The entertainment manager did his best, he himself was a very tallented young man turning his hand to anything but the acts they employed left a lot to be desired. We did not mind too much as we were not expecting Vegas.
Madeira itself is a very dramatic island, I have never seen so many mountains and valleys on such a small island, it is well worth taking a couple of trips. The trips offered by Thomson were for once quite well priced. Before we came to Madeira we were concerned about the image of it being Gods waiting room, we found this not to be the case and as every where you go is either up or down very steep hills you have to have a good state of mobility. We found the age group in our hotel very well mixed, about 30% 60+, 45% 35 to 50 and the other 25% young couples with or without young children and also groups of friends. So on the whole we had a good holiday, the weather was good, we had good food and good wine and as always have come home looking for our next Riu escape.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Riu Palace Madeira is open all year round and is located in the village of Caniço, with wonderful views of the sea, in the south of the "Flower Island" Madeira. RIU Palace is the most elegant category in the RIU hotel chain, with hotels that meet the highest standards in terms of luxury, excellence and sophistication, creating a unique experience. The location is ideal due to its proximity to Madeira Airport FNC (10 km) and Funchal (13 km) and invites you to explore the area. The hotel has 327 comfortably furnished rooms with free Wi-Fi and offers many amenities. Relax in the spa or get in shape in our gym. 2 outdoor pools, 1 indoor pool, 1 children's pool. Day and evening entertainment. For lovers of gastronomy, we offer live cooking stations at our buffet restaurant and Brazilian Rodizio optional dinner, as well as 2 bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Madeira Canico
- Hotel Riu Palace Madeira Canico